Sunday, April 10, 2016

30 Week Update

I can't believe that I'm 30 weeks already.  When this pregnancy started it felt like we had forever to go but now we've only got ten weeks left and I'm starting to worry that it's going by to fast!  I'm happy to report that things have went along perfectly so far.  We had our 30 week checkup yesterday and I'm down 30 pounds this pregnancy.  The goal that my doctor and I set was to not gain any weight during this pregnancy so she's ecstatic that I've actually lost weight.  I'm so happy that I've not had to go on insulin - I've really been staying on top of my blood sugars.  It helps that Tim has been so supportive during this pregnancy and these last couple of weeks he's completely revised our eating plan again to make sure that the baby is getting what she needs and I'm eating what I'm supposed to.  I think getting pregnant and realizing that our choices are immediately affecting her has really motivated the both of to exercise and eat better.  It's payed off too because she's measuring right on time.  Having a bigger baby is a huge concern because of my diabetes.  Anyway, things are looking great and I couldn't be happier.

Of course, now that we've only got ten weeks left I can't stop thinking about labor and delivery.  It seems forefront in my mind these days.  I'm sure that's a natural concern for most pregnant women but it's scary to think that she's coming out one way or another.  There's no going back now.  I really want to have as natural of a birth as I can and I'm worried I won't be able to handle the pain so I'll choose an epidural.  There's nothing wrong with having an epidural and I don't mean to make it sound like there is.  I just want a different labor - I want to be able to walk and move and not be stuck in a bed.  Plus, I'm terrified of needles.  Anyway, my midwife assures me that no matter what happens during labor whether it's a natural birth, an epidural, or even a C Section that it will all be okay.  She told me to be open to any possibility.  That's amazing to me because when I first found out I was pregnant I thought for sure the only way she was getting here was through a C section.  I didn't think my body would be able to deliver at all.  But my body is strong and even though I'm carrying around extra weight I'm fully capable of having a normal delivery.  That alone is reason to celebrate.

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  1. Congrats. Natural childbirth is amazing. I had an epidural with the first and enjoyed my second delivery so much more. You just need to have a solid reason to look upon when it gets hard. For me, I didn't want an epi again. No matter what, I hope you have a healthy baby girl :)

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    1. Thank you! Almost everyone that I've talked to that's had an epidural has told me that they wish they hadn't done it. The mom's that I've talked to that have had both always tell me how much better it is without. For me, I don't want to be restricted. I want to be able to move and labor in any position I want. Whatever helps her come out easier/more naturally.

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  2. Well your midwife is right. I never had an epidural because the thought of not being able to feel my legs really freaked me out. I did have to be induced a few times, which made the contractions much more intense so I had some pain meds to cope with them. I did have one induced labor with no pain meds though, way back when, when I thought that was the best way to do things, ha. In my humble experience though, I would advise to avoid induction if possible. The pitocin induced contractions are so much more intense. Natural labor is so much more manageable, almost a little bit enjoyable:) And of course you are going to have a sweet newborn baby girl when you're done...that feeling when it's over, and you meet that baby, oh there's nothing in this world like that feeling. I'm excited for you!!!

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    1. Thank you, I can't wait! We are getting so close to meeting her now and I just want to hold her so bad! Luckily, my midwife is super against pitocin so she tries to do other ways to induce if she can. The only reason, at this point, that I would need to be induced is if the baby decides to come late. Because of my type 2 diabetes there is some concern about the placenta not holding up after 41 weeks. So there's a good possibility that if she goes longer than 41 weeks I'll have to be induced. I'm not going to worry about until happens. Or at least that is what I'm telling myself.

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