Well the time has come. I am officially 39 weeks today and have an induction scheduled for Monday at noon. I can’t believe that this time next week we will have a baby in the house. The whole thing is still just so crazy to me. That there is a person inside me. I don’t think I will grasp the concept until I see her physically come out of me.
We are ready to meet her. I can’t wait to see what she looks like and to hold her in my arms. I am also ready to have my body back. I am feeling pretty good overall, but a few things here or there.
The acid reflux is just getting worse. I can’t eat dinner at night or I will be up all night and end up throwing it up in the morning about 5am. So I have been having my usual morning green smoothies at night instead, and that has been better.
I saw my midwife today and I am officially 0% effaced and 0 dilated. So I have a feeling that the induction will be a long process. We are going to try to hold off on pitocin as long as possible. I would love to not use it at all. This weekend I have been assigned to try all the different methods to get my cervix soft. Eating dates, drinking raspberry leaf tea, walking, evening primrose oil capsules. I have 2 1/2 days to get something going.
I really wish that I could go natural, but with my high blood pressure, it is not recommended. I guess with high blood pressure it can make your placenta stop working sooner. So that is the risk we are trying to avoid.
Nursery is done for the most part, just need to hang some pics. I think we officially have everything we need for her. Hospital bag is packed.
Some of you may be wondering if I am delivering at a hospital since I am with a midwife. That is actually my most asked question. I think that is the biggest misconception with midwives, is that you have one, then you must be doing a home birth. I couldn’t do a home birth if I wanted to because I am high risk because of my blood pressure. But besides, I never had the desire to have a home birth. I would be too nervous to not be at the hospital just in case something happened to myself or the baby. So I am happy to say that I have a midwife whom I love and will be with me at the hospital. I will be wearing what I want and not the hospital gown, and eating what I want, up until I have a big medication like pitocin or epidural. Which, I am sure I will have an epidural and I am totally proud to say it. I know myself, and I don’t need to prove anything by trying to go natural. Props to the girls who can, but I don’t think it will be working out for me not to get one. Just being realistic.
So finally here are some pics of me. They are by no means professional. They were taken by our server at the restaurant for my birthday dinner. I could probably look a little more glamorous, but hey, it is what it is.
Wish me luck on Monday and I will update with my birth story in a few weeks.
How Far Along: 39 weeks
Weight Gain Total: 18 lbs. I am officially swollen, swollen. Cankles and all. Never had those before and they are not a pretty sight. I am going to be happy to have my regular sized feet back.
Sleep: So much better now that I don’t eat solid food for dinner. I only wake up about every 1.5 hours to pee.
Feeling: Good. Everyone keeps asking me how I am feeling. Not sure what I should be feeling. I heard at this point women feel pretty miserable. I feel pretty good but for the acid reflux. Oh and back pain.
Movement: Still moving a lot. I am getting to know her sleep and awake schedule. It is about the same everyday. It is crazy.
Baby size: They say size of small watermelon. So big! The last ultrasound measure last week was 6.3 pounds.
Mood: Pretty good. Mostly just easily annoyed or angered. Trying to work on breathing through it because of the high blood pressure. Or maybe that is why I have high blood pressure?
Food cravings: None. Kinda sad I didn’t get to experience any cravings.
Food aversions: Completely gone.
This week: Excited and just going to enjoy this weekend with the hubs before our lives change on Monday!