Monday, June 28, 2010

Birthing Class

Yesterday's Lamaze/Birthing class went really well. Jason and I learned alot, although some of the info I've been absorbing through books read over the course of my pregnancy. Jason said he didn't realize there was so much involved. He thought you just started pushing as soon as you got to the hospital. I can see why a guy would think this, with how movies portray birthing scenes and all.
My biggest thing is that I'm still on the fence about getting that epidural. Maybe not in all cases, but having an epidural can set off a cascade of events that ultimately lead to having a C-section. But the main thing that conerns me is being confined to bed. Narrow hips run in my family and I want every opportunity to open them up which means needing to move around and try different birthing positions. I'm really glad I took this class because I feel informed which will lead me to make decisions based on personal conviction, not just the general consensus.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Updates at 30 weeks

It's been forever and a day since I last blogged, and now I'm nearly 31 weeks along. I've been blessed with a good pregnancy. To date, I still have no swelling and no stretch marks. I really thought I'd turn into a marshmellow, but somehow I'm staying stitched together at the seams.
The summer heat has suppressed my appetite some, but what's worse is that my stomach has barely any room for a regular sized meal. I don't try to eat 6 small meals a day, I HAVE to or else I get severely uncomfortable. The third trimester has definitely brought on the discomforts again. I'm winded, burping, hiccupping, waddling, squatting, and tossing and turning days and nights.
Yesterday I woke up after a sleepless night and found myself constipated and crying in the bathroom. With everything else a pregnant woman has to deal with, why constipation!?!? I felt like calling for the stirrups right there on the toilet! Enough said,...Now I have a hemorrhoid the size of a cherry.
Boston moves a ton. Yesterday I was actually worried that he was moving too much and that something might be wrong, like he's trying to unwind the cord from around his neck. Absurd that my mind should go there, but the worries just never end when you're about to become a mom for the first time. It's funny to me how many times a day he gets hiccups. He had them in bed last night too! That makes 3-4 spells a day for the past 2 days!
I'm thinking alot about my upcoming labor experience and have gone back and forth several times. Most women put alot of thought into it, drafting birth plans and all. But I come from the medical community and know that things never go the way you plan them to. What I've seen and learned as a nurse is that those patients who do best are those that remain relaxed and open. For the general public that takes a lot of faith! But fortunately, I have close connections to this hospital and group of doctors who will be delivering my baby and there is definitely a strong trust factor there, something most women don't have. So even though I still plan to educate myself about what to expect on D-day, my goal will be to stay relaxed and keep an open mind. Beyond that, there is no manner of control that can improve the odds of delivering a healthy baby, only good decisions and I trust myself, doctors and nurses to work well together on that.