Archive for November, 2009

24 Weeks

If you’ve been waiting for me to post pictures of my growing belly, you can thank my mom for taking these shots.

November 22, 2009 at 2:12 am 2 comments

22 Weeks

I had another check up yesterday afternoon.  It was a good thing that I didn’t make Ed go with me, because they stuck me in an exam room that had to be about 80 degrees for half an hour.  It was a beautiful 65 degrees outside, so I can’t figure out why they even had the heat on.  When the doctor came in and asked how I was, I replied “Hot!”  He said he was hot too, and had just asked for the heat to be turned off. 

My blood pressure was 124/80, and the AFP test was normal.  We listened to the baby’s heartbeat with the Doppler, and it was about 150 beats per minute.  I was happy with everything, except for my weight gain of 8lbs since my last visit.  The doctor wasn’t concerned, since that brings my total weight gain to 13lbs, which is normal for 5 1/2 months.  I’ve been eating normally and healthfully, so I guess that nature’s just taking its course.  Still, to see an 8lb gain was surprising.

November 11, 2009 at 3:21 pm 3 comments

Movement!

It was 6:00am, time for me to get up.  Ed was downstairs making his breakfast.  I layed still on my back, with my hands on my belly.  Suddenly, I felt it!

Three movements in different parts of my belly!  Kick, kick, kick!

There had been a few twinges that I wasn’t sure about, but this was unmistakable! The baby was moving!

“Abbie! Get up!” Ed yelled from downstairs.  This is our typical morning routine.

“The baby moved!” I didn’t want to move, since he might move again.

“Why don’t you get up and tell me about it!”  I chuckled and stayed still for a few minutes more, but didn’t feel anything else.  Time to get up.

November 5, 2009 at 10:01 pm 4 comments

21 Weeks

Today marks 21 weeks of pregnancy, and we’re officially over half-way there, though I’m still suspicious that this baby will come late.  I’m anxiously awaiting the baby’s first kicks, and I’m assured that I will feel him in the next week or two.  So far, staring at my belly and concentrating has not seemed to result in anything, not that I thought it would, but I can hope.

I’ve been looking into childbirth classes and have decided that the Bradley Method fits well with my beliefs and hopes for childbirth.  I’m reading the book Husband-Coached Childbirth, which starts with Dr. Bradley’s experiences watching animals give birth, and I immediately felt like this is the right method for us, as I’ve often thought of my own experiences with animals giving birth.  So, I’m looking into signing up for classes and getting feedback from friends who have taken the Bradley classes.  I’m also planning to sign up for a one-day class at the hospital so we can get a tour and fill out the paperwork, and so I can learn more about the hospital, since I’ve never been hospitalized before.

I have to say that I feel very encouraged by looking at Yale’s website.  They hold classes on VBAC’s, hypnobirthing, and breastfeeding for couples, as well as a sibling class (not that we need that!).  This, in addition to the low episiotomy rate (less than 5%)  makes me so happy that I have chosen Yale.  While the C-section rate is high, I feel that’s partially due to the fact that high-risk mothers in our area deliver at Yale, as it is one of the best maternal-fetal medicine centers in the country.  I feel very optimistic that I can have the birth I want to have at the hospital.

Though my clothes are tighter, I’m still waiting for my belly to really make its appearance.  I’ll be happy when people can look at me and tell that I’m pregnant without having to tell them that I haven’t just gotten chunky! As for weight gain, I’m pleasantly surprised that I’ve been putting on weight at a very healthy, slow rate.  I always had fears that I would balloon in weight, but I’ve been following my instincts: when I’m hungry, I eat, and I don’t eat when I’m not hungry.  I try to eat a healthy diet with lots of grains, fresh fruits and veggies and protein, but I don’t beat myself up if I eat something that’s not the healthiest.  And as usual, I don’t believe in depriving myself of treats, either, but try not to over-do it.  I feel healthy, although I’ve found that I need to go to bed earlier and have a harder time getting up in the morning.  I’ve started taking the elevator at school to my third floor classroom, if only so I’m not completely out of breath by the time I get there.

I’m really enjoying being pregnant, and feel so lucky that I haven’t been sick at all and haven’t had any complications.  My next doctor’s appointment is next week, and I’m hoping for a good report again.

November 1, 2009 at 6:54 pm 7 comments