Week 28 (November 16 – November 23)
Estimated Due Date: February 8th, 2013
Symptoms: Braxton-Hicks and lots and lots of movement! I’m also having some serious shortness of breath, which is partially due to pregnancy, but also because of my icky cold.
Body Changes: Growing a belly and more milk production
Cravings: Carby carb carb carbs
High Point: I saw my OB/GYN this week and it was, as always, a great appointment. I really like her and am starting to be able to maintain my confidence that she’s not going to suddenly say no to my VBAC. We discussed:
* Whether or not I want to be induced if I went over my due date. I don’t. My induction with E. was horrible and I ended up having a c-section anyway, so I don’t see the point.
* How long she and I are willing to let me go over my due date. And apparently she’s willing to wait quite a while! This makes me really happy (no pressure to schedule a c-section earlier than necessary), but I hope I won’t have to wait that long! My due date, according to my OB’s office is the 12th, but according to when I believe I conceived and ultrasounds, my OB also has the 8th down. But, my OB is going by the 12th and she’s willing to let me go over two weeks. So, this baby and I could come really close to sharing a birthday (mine’s the 27th).
* Continuous monitoring. So, I really couldn’t get her to budge on continuous monitoring, but she made me feel better about it in a couple of ways. For one, when I mentioned my fears about mobility she basically said, “I really don’t want to see you if you’re still able to walk around.” Meaning, she is totally encouraging me to labor for as long as I can manage at home, which is great. The other thing she brought up was that they could use telemetry monitoring (I know I’m spelling that wrong or giving it the wrong name), which is basically wireless continuous monitoring. I can walk around with it and even go in the shower, maybe even the tub!
* If I have to have a c-section. I had a few worries about having a c-section that I wanted to get out of the way and used this visit to get them out of the way. Unless absolutely necessary, I did NOT want my arms restrained. My doc said that shouldn’t be a problem. I also wanted to hold the baby while I was being sewn back up so I could have him skin to skin and possibly initiate nursing. She also said that shouldn’t be a problem. My last request was that the baby NOT be given any sort of sugar water or supplementary drink before I got a chance to feed him (this happened with E. and it still ticks me off). My doctor assured me that wouldn’t happen.
Overall this visit left me feeling at ease and at peace with a lot of worries I’d had previously. I’m still going to write up a birth plan to give to my OB at one of my visits over the next few weeks (I only have 9 left!), but it’s good that we’ve discussed a lot of this ahead of time, I think.
Low Point: I ate my weight in turkey dinner this week on Thanksgiving and have been feeling a bit worried about my weight and food consumption. It’s not as good as it should be and I’m hoping to improve.
What I did to prepare this week: Well, we did a little Black Friday shopping with the hub’s grandparents and mom. We have established a tradition of heading into Target at a reasonable time (this year we were there at 11 am) and buying E.’s Christmas gifts in addition to picking out what we’d like. This year I chose a few things off my registry, namely: a Boppy pillow, a slipcover for the Boppy, Tommee Tippee bottles, and extra nipples for said bottles. While I can’t really play with any of this stuff until after Christmas, it’s very reassuring to know that the Boppy and bottles are sitting upstairs in my closet and the slipcover and bottle nipples are with my mother-in-law.
Paranoid Moment: I was really worried about the results of my glucose test, which I took on Monday of this week, but I never got a call from my OB’s office, so I’m guessing everything is fine.
What’s going on “in there”: The folks at BabyCenter say: “By this week, your baby weighs two and a quarter pounds (like a Chinese cabbage) and measures 14.8 inches from the top of her head to her heels. She can blink her eyes, which now sport lashes. With her eyesight developing, she may be able to see the light that filters in through your womb. She’s also developing billions of neurons in her brain and adding more body fat in preparation for life in the outside world.”