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!