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Physical Changes

I should probably apologize for not writing these last couple of weeks. I’m on the last sprint towards my master’s degree and all of my blogging time has been spent working on my paper and presentation and all of my free time has been spent spring cleaning the house.

As my belly gets bigger, so do the small annoyances.  I had to say goodbye to the snoogle pillow. It just wasn’t working out anymore. I am sleeping a little better but the nights that I go to sleep and don’t wake up through the whole night are long gone. I have just gotten used to tossing and turning and peeing and tossing again.  I have increased my exercise time and try to stay up later so that my body is more tired when I lay down to sleep. Both of those strategies seem to be working.

My hair and skin have taken a turn for the worse. My skin is blotchy and I almost HAVE to put on makeup every day to feel good about my appearance. I have a lot of new hair growth which means a lot of “whispies” around the front of my face and the new hair is growing in kinky instead of straight. My hair now has frizzy fly-aways. Super!

My belly is now a stain magnet. When I pull into the garage and then walk passed the tight space between the garage door and my car, my belly takes off all of the dirt on the car in one clean swipe. The other night I was in a room full of crowded people and as I tried to squeeze by people, I keep hitting them with my belly. Clearly I am still not used to my new body. Cooking is also different as my options are to either stand farther away from the cutting board or clean the countertop as I go with my belly.  My aprons are definitely getting more use!  Hugging people now involves me bending over and I’m hoping that I don’t shut my belly into a door one of these days!

My lower back had been killing me at work because my 9 hour days involve sitting at a desk. Fed up with the achiness and pain, I came up with some solutions. I take an hour walk on my lunch break just to get up and use different muscles. I invested in a fitball chair because the lumbar support pillow just wasn’t hacking it. The chair has been AWESOME and my back doesn’t hurt anymore. I think it is also working my core while I sit which is an added bonus when it comes time to push.  I’m looking into prenatal yoga and prenatal massage as well.

My boobs seem to still be growing because they are so heavy. It is painful when I take off my bra and now almost have to sleep in a sports bra. After talking to my mom about how her pregnancies went, all she said was that her boobs grew 3 sizes! She also said that while she was nursing, she couldn’t fit into any of her pre-pregnancy tops because her boobs were so big even though her pants fit. She also told me to get ready for not only the huge boobs, but the hard-as-a-rock boobs too (as she made a knocking gesture on her chest).  Great. Just great.  I’m only 5’2″. The LAST thing I need is huge boobs.

Then there’s the final annoyance. Jenny McCarthy refers to it as the “Snail Trail” in her book, “Belly Laughs” but I refer to it as the vaginal faucet. Let’s just say that even though I’m not getting my period, I’m still wearing thin maxi’s everyday.  Couple that with the fact that my inner thighs seem to be “retaining fat” and the humid summer is approaching, and you’ve got one cranky pregnant lady. Don’t you just love when your fat moist thighs rub together? UGH!

3 more months….3 more months…


OB Ward Tour
April 23, 2008, 3:26 pm
Filed under: 7th month | Tags: ,

My husband and I took a tour of the hospital at which we think we are going to deliver. I still want to have a conversation with my OB to get his opinion but I’m pretty sure that the hospital we went to is where he does most of his deliveries. As we walked through the delivery hall, we didn’t hear any screams from laboring moms like I had envisioned and we really didn’t see anyone in labor. I guess it was a slow night or they have sound proof doors on all of the rooms….Or, everyone gets an epidural these days and sleeps through most of their contractions.  The rooms were fine but I was a little disappointed. They are private but I think I was picturing more of a hotel room. I don’t know why I would considering it is still a HOSPITAL but we did see a birthing ball, laboring tub (not allowed to do a water birth) and squatting bar so that is good. I fully intend to use the squatting bar as I would like to be vertical as much as possible. The rooms were pretty small and I’m not sure how a team of nurses and doctors will fit, but I’m sure they make it work.

We also got to peek into the special care nursery and see all of the tiny babies that I assume came early. Those newborns were adorable and sooo little!  It was certainly cute and my motherly instinct has definitely kicked in and I was smiling ear to ear.

The Business of Being Born
April 11, 2008, 4:09 pm
Filed under: 6th month

We rented the Business of Being Bornfrom Netflix and watched it the other night. I am really hoping to give birth naturally, without medicine, and so have already been reading about the crazy history of childbirth in America. I was dubious, at first, that this movie would bash hospitals and modern intervention but I thought it was able to keep an open mind about everything. It certainly leaned in the direction of home births but still gave hospitals credit for when there are high risk births. There were a lot of graphic birth scenes but I’m getting used to them now and I have been able to get passed the “oh my god that looks so gross and painful” phase and into the “holy shit, that is really amazing” phase.

I started this blog writing about my fascination with the human body and how I would have loved to have been doctor but am way to squeamish for it to be feasible. Watching this video really brought back the idea of how amazing our bodies are to home.  There is something to be said for giving birth at home since our species has been giving birth without medical intervention for thousands of years. The female body was made to successfully give birth without c-sections and pain medications so isn’t it strange that the rate of c-sections in America is something like 31% in 2006.  That is a crazy number. In regards to pain medication, yes, I agree that modern medicine has been able to do marvelous things and taking advantage of those miracles can be wonderful. Sometimes, however, messing with nature can have negative effects. Knowing those effects and being able to chose if they are worth it are what’s important. The Business of Being Born, in my opinion, presented those effects and choices in a very good way.  Receiving an epidural slows down labor, pitocin speeds up labor and can cause distress to the baby, which in turn may cause more hospital intervention. If you are a woman who is okay will all of those risks/options, more power to you. I, on the other hand, think birth is an amazing experience that not everyone will experience and only half of the human race can even have the chance to experience it. I want to experience it completely and let my body do what it needs to do, without interfering with medicine.

With those desires in mind, I also want to be in a hopital so that if there is a problem or complication, modern medicine can be there. What can I say, I want it all. Based on stories that I’ve heard, read and watched in this movie, it seems that I might run into some trouble trying to give birth with out intervention in a place that intervenes. But, my husband and I are arming ourselves with knowlege and information and a Doula, to help increase our chances of fulfilling our natural desires. The future is unpredictable and only time will tell how it actually all goes down.

No more sleeping on my stomach.
April 2, 2008, 2:09 pm
Filed under: 6th month | Tags: , ,

Dooms day has come. I woke up in the middle of the night extremely uncomfortable with serious discomfort around my lower belly.  It didn’t take long for me to realize that the nights spent on my stomach were over. Trying to sleep on my side has been a challenge for me since my shoulder hurts or my arm falls asleep. With a little less than 4 months left of this pregnancy, I had a feeling this whole sleeping situation was going to be aweful. Then, my friend introduced me to her snoogle. It was a little intimidating at first but after a few nights of getting used to it and finding the most comfortable positions, I have a new best friend. I can sleep comfortably now!  It gets in the way of my husband and I cuddling together in bed and is a monster of a pillow to store, but it is finally allowing me some decent rest.

 I went to the OB 2 days ago and the baby was measuring 25 weeks even though I was only 23. It’s too early to make any conclusions but it’s possible that I’m going to deliver a 9 pound baby (please god, no) or I’m 2 weeks ahead of schedule (please god, yes). It’s also possible that I’m short waisted and the baby really has no where else to go so I’m measuring bigger than usual. At this point, we just wait and see.