39 Weeks

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Okay, I’ll admit, my posting has slowed down quite a bit, I feel terrible that I haven’t been able to keep up online the last couple of days. The last few pounds of baby weight has really been slowing me down in just about every aspect of my life. They say you gain a pound week…or maybe the baby does…I can’t quite remember, during the last month of pregnancy. Well, it feels more like 10lbs a day.

Yesterday we spent all day buying the minivan, which was followed by a night of me being sick in the bathroom. Maybe it was bad food, my body doing a pre-labor cleansing, or just stress from the day of car shopping. Whatever the cause, it was the worst I’ve felt in a long time.

One thing I managed to escape for most of this pregnancy was the awful midnight calf cramps…until 3 nights ago. I woke up with one of the worst I’ve ever had, followed by 3 days of stiffness. I’ve barely been able to walk because of it. But thanks to the lovely man hands of my husband, he was able to work out the tight muscle and all is better today.

Baby Emma is still baking away. That I can live with..what I really get irritated with is people constantly asking, “you haven’t had that baby yet?” I hear it several times a day from friends, family, even perfect strangers that have seen me in passing for 9 months. Yes, we live in a rather small town. Sorry folks, I can’t make her show up, she’ll be here when she gets here. It could be tomorrow, it could be up to two weeks from next Tuesday. I made it very clear to my OB that an induction was out of the question unless Emmaleigh is under stress. She’ll let me go up to two weeks over due. I know you’re probably cringing at the thought, but it’s the same way I feel about sitting in a hospital bed stuck full of needles forcing my daughter to be born. Yes, many inductions go without complication but there are risks associated with it I’m not willing to take, such as.

  • longer, stronger contractions caused by pitocin can interrupt blood flow and oxygen to the fetus, and lead to drops in baby’s heart rate
  • Increased risk of forceps or vacuum extraction used for birth, which have another set of risks of their own
  • Increased risk of cesarean section, which again comes with a huge list of additional risks


Again, my point is not to bash moms who choose to do inductions, but to help make others aware of the risks involved. This is an area I’ve researched thoroughly and should be thought out carefully by any woman.

So there we have it, yes, I’m still pregnant, and probably will be for a little while longer. My kids are rather stubborn, I’ve got to quit feeding them so well. Ha!

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  1. Don’t worry about what everyone may see. You do what is best for you. She will come when she is ready :) I am glad your hubby was able to help you feel a little better.

  2. Stesha says:

    Glad you are still hanging in there. I hope my twins turn, so I don’t have to have the big C! I have always had vaginal, so this is really bothering me. Take care of yourself. You don’t have long now.

    Hugs and Mocha,
    Stesha

  3. Take care, the good thing about pregnancy is there is an end in sight, right? I am waiting for it!!! My water broke Monday night … and we are waiting and waiting and waiting!!!

  4. Hope you feel better! I remember those leg cramps…OUCH! Thank goodness your DH is good at massages!

  5. I know I know… I’m just one of those crazy moms that I want to schedule when Grant comes… I’m not as all natural as you my dear love! :)

    hehehe!

    Hang in there…. Can I bring you anything to the house? need anything?

    Just yell… you have my number. I’m still moving around without too much pain… 10 more weeks to go. I swear though if you get pregnant again… I’m beating matt off with a stick… since our last 2 kids have been within a few months of each other.

  6. Estela S says:

    I totally hear you on the induction deal. Due to my gestational diabetes, I had to be induced for my first, and my delivery was filled with worry about those risks you mentioned and more! With my second, I again had GD, but thankfully had a doctor willing to allow for a natural labor. I felt a million times better with the natural than with the induction. Good luck to you, and I hope it doesn’t turn into 2 weeks past due date!!

  7. Now that I’ve read your post after telling you i’m going for the induction…now i’m scared and not sure I want too!! Grr…this baby making thing is hard stuff…what to do what to do…

  8. Sheila H says:

    That you haven’t had that baby yet? question drove me crazy when I was pregnant with my daughter!! Your almost there! Good luck!

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