I’m thirty five weeks. I’m thirty five weeks. In five weeks or less this belly buddy will no longer be in my belly. Just let that set in for a minute.
Three weeks have come and gone since my last post and I’m happy to report that my blood pressure has improved significantly!!! Woo hoo! All of the extra rest and other things I’ve been doing have worked some magic. The hardest change has been trying to cut back and relax more. I’m a classic type a personality/control freak (ha!), so it’s really hard for me to delegate and let others help me. It’s something I struggle with, but having a healthy pregnancy and baby for my IFs was most important.
I had my hospital tour last week and met with the labor planning people. It was completely awesome! My hospital rocks. Really, it does. Even though it has the latest and greatest medical technologies and a highly respected neonatal unit, it also respects the rights of a woman to choose how to birth (as long as she and the baby aren’t at risk). They have lots of resources available to laboring women such as birthing balls, the newer peanut balls I’ve just been reading about, birthing stools, squat bars, etc. This all surprised me because they’re at the forefront of medical technologies for labor and delivery, so I didn’t expect to find these things available. They seemed more in line with a home birth or one of those freestanding birth centers.
Now, let me be clear. I am in no way one of those (awesome) “crunchy” women who dreams of a water birth, no drug interventions, and catching the baby herself. Hats off to those ladies. It’s just not for me. I think epidurals are wonderful things and I’ll more than likely want one. However, a lot has changed since I had my own kiddo. I know a lot more about laboring and how to handle pain and stress. While I’m not certain when or if I’ll for sure get an epi, I am hoping to hold off on it for a while to allow my body to labor better with other techniques such as using a birthing ball. I’ve really come to love using mine daily to relieve discomfort in my back and hips. I’ve done a lot of reading and the benefits of being mobile and not strapped to a bed with an epi just sound ideal for a faster and safer labor and delivery for me and the little guy.
I also was glad to be able to convey the wishes of the dads as we created my delivery plan. I’m really excited that they want to do skin to skin and cut the cord. I think that will be an incredible bonding experience for all of them. Our plan is for them to have their own room with the baby after delivery. The hospital was on board with that as long as a room is available. I’m looking forward to uninterrupted sleep and they can enjoy those first precious days together as a family. I’m still planning to pump colostrum for them, per their wishes. I’m nervous about this because I’ve heard it can be painful and difficult, but I’m willing to give it a try. Mostly, I’m just thrilled to know in a few weeks this belly buddy I’ve carried around for almost nine months will FINALLY be where he belongs… in his daddies’ waiting arms.
I had my 35 week appointment today. My blood pressure, weight, urine, etc, were all perfectly healthy. I wanted to jump up and down and celebrate, but I thought better of it. Baby is measuring right on track at 35 weeks and is in the head down position (fingers crossed he stays that way). They checked my cervix and it’s still fully closed and thick, so no signs of labor yet. I will have my 36 week appt. next Thursday, July 2. They will recheck my cervix and also do a growth ultrasound to check his size and position. My IFs will use that information to help them decide on their travel plans. I know it will be hard for them to be here and away from their own home and country for that many weeks. I’m willing to bet they think it’s worth it, though.
I’m working on finishing up my hospital bag. Look for a post on that soon!
How far along? 35 weeks
How big is baby: Your IPs’ baby doesn’t have much room to maneuver now that he’s over 18 inches long and tips the scales at 5 1/4 pounds (about the size of a honeydew melon). Because it’s so snug in your womb, he isn’t likely to be doing somersaults anymore, but the number of times he kicks should remain about the same. His kidneys are fully developed now, and his liver can process some waste products. Most of his basic physical development is now complete — he’ll spend the next few weeks putting on weight.
Boobies? Bigger and fuller. Bras are awful. I miss the support of a good underwire bra, but they just hurt too much.
Stretch marks? No new ones. Yay! I’m using the amazing all-natural products my IFs sent me from France.
Belly button In/Out? In, I have a deep one, but its closer to the surface of tummy now.
Wedding ring Off/On? Off, hello swollen hands
Symptoms? Insomnia. Frequent pee trips. Carpal tunnel in my hands at night. Crazy dreams. Sporadic appetite. More easily tired. Back sore more often. Some sporadic swelling in feet and hands. Thirsty. Always hot (Alabama heat doesn’t help). Weird numbness at the top of my belly. Quick little pains in my cervix which we’ve decided is the baby punching it!
Sleep? Sporadic- the wrist/hand issues at night make it hard as well as vivid dreams and peeing often. It’s getting more difficult to sleep. I’m averaging about 6 hours a night, but it’s very spaced out.
Miss anything? Sushi and sleep without numbness in my hands. Bras that are comfortable. Clothes that fit. Wine. Sleep. Sleep. lol
Movement? Yes! He’s a very strong and frequent mover. He’s head down now and does a lot of cervix punching!
Food cravings? Anything lemon, icy drinks,taco, grapes, sushi (which I can’t have), popsicles.
Anything making you queasy or sick? Nope
Labor signs Nope. Cervix is still fully shut and no effacement yet.
Happy or Moody most of the time? Happy! A little more emotional sometimes.
Best moment this week: The Supreme Court ruling that marriage equality must be legally allowed and recognized in all 50 states. 🙂 🙂 🙂
Here’s my 35 week bump picture. You can see weeks 33 and 34 over on my bump picture page here.