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The Labor Tub or the Jacuzzi

We toured the second hospital and still have not made a decision to where we should deliver. I’m more confident with Hospital 1 and their ability to take care of me and the baby should something go wrong but Hospital 2 seems more capable of supporting us through a natural delivery. Hospital 1 has a labor tub that can be rented for $200 and set up in the room, and Hospital 2 has 2 rooms that have a jacuzzi bathtub in the bathroom of the room that, if available, are free. There is no guarantee that either the tub or jacuzzi will be available when I arrive to deliver, but the labor tub, in my opinion, has a better chance of being available since it is reserved and it brought into the room as apposed to coming with a room. Hospital #2 has bigger rooms and better sleeping arrangements for my husband. They are both about the same distance from our house and my OB delivers at both places. Hospital 2 also has the labor, delivery and recovery all in the same room and Hospital 1 has a separate room for recovery so we would have to change rooms after the baby is born. Honestly, people say how nice it is to not have to move rooms once you’re there but I kind of think it would be nice to move to a new, clean room to bond with the baby in recovery. I guess it doesn’t mater to me, I’ll be wheeled around and won’t have to actually do any unpacking and packing…that will be my husband’s job.  I guess I need to decide how important the tub/jacuzzi is to me because if it is really important, I think we should go with hospital 1 but if it isn’t, than we should go with hospital 2 because I think overall, it’s mission and birth philosophy is more in line with our birth wishes. But then again, we hired our Doula to help us get our natural birth wishes and be an extra experienced advocate for us so it shouldn’t matter where we are. Oh, and the whole labor in warm water thing isn’t even a definite. Some doctors don’t want their mom in the water after their water has broken and some patients don’t get to the hospital in time to use it because by the time the tub is filled up, they are ready to push. Decisions, Decisions…

We have our last monthly appointment with our OB tomorrow so I’m going to ask him if he has a preference of hospital at which to deliver or has a recommendation to where he thinks we will be more comfortable.


9 weeks to go!
May 26, 2008, 5:38 pm
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I’ve finally entered the stage of my pregnancy where I am counting down instead of counting up. It feels so nice. The nursery is mostly done. We still need a mattress for the crib, a changing pad for the dresser and to paint some fun things on the walls but the furniture is set up and the custom closet has been installed. All of the clothing I have has been washed and hung and the new rug has been vacuumed. For the most part, we are ready. I will post pictures when it is all complete, hopefully in 2-3 weeks.

We’ve interviewed and chosen a pediatrician and are happy with him. He answered all of our questions to our liking and was the chief resident at our local children’s hospital so seems more than qualified. He also went to Dartmouth medical school which scores him some major points. We’ve also interviewed and chosen a Doula with whom we have developed a nice rapport. She met us at our house yesterday to talk about our wishes and concerns for the birth. Overall, I think we know what we want but still need to make a decision on a few things, like circumcision. I really hope everything goes how we would like it to and there is as little medical intervention as possible once we get to the hospital. I’m trying to do everything I can to prepare for a natural birth like making sure my diet is complete, continuing to go on frequent walks and working on my birthing exercises. We have four more Bradley Classes and I’m really happy we signed up for them. The amount of information we are learning is amazing and I feel more prepared to give birth after each class. Our Doula gave me a couple of books to read as well and those are very helpful.

So, the countdown continues and I can’t wait to have a little baby in my arms! We tour one more hospital tomorrow that has two rooms with jacuzzis and will hopefully have the hospital chosen shortly thereafter. We also have our last monthly doctors visit on Friday and then we will go to biweekly visits. My first baby shower is in two weeks and can’t wait. So far I don’t have any sign of stretch marks but I have a feeling my belly is going to grow faster than it ever has in the next 9 weeks so we’ll see!

My sleep still sucks and my energy level is decreasing again so I’m definitely not as mobile as I used to be and have slowed down a bit. Baby G continues to move and kick which is always fun to watch and feel. Things are surely getting exciting now!

Baby Kicks
May 12, 2008, 8:03 pm
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I have to admit, this last month of pregnancy has been really fun. The baby is moving and stretching and kicking a lot. He has also been moving around for longer durations of time. Before, I would feel him move and then would try to get my husband’s hand on my stomach fast enough for him to feel something. We would wait and most of the time, the baby wouldn’t kick again. But, recently, I’ll feel some activity and my husband will put his hand on my belly and feel more kicks for at least a couple of minutes. Last night, I think the baby was trying to swim because he was moving and fluttering all over the place. My husband and I just sat there laughing. I had him move his hand to see if we could “see” the kicks. To our surprise, my stomach was rippling and moving. It was awesome. All we could do was smile and get even more excited about our son’s arrival. We both are so curious as to what he looks like!

I think that spending that time feeling and watching the baby move was a crucial time in the pregancy to formulate the bond between the baby and us parents. I already feel really attached to the baby since I feel him all of the time but to be able to feel and see him moving around in my “stomach” must be nature’s way for the whole family to be able to attach themselves to the baby before he/she is even born, for evolutionary purposes.  If only our dog could understand that a new family member is on the way so he could start bonding with the baby! : )

Bradley Classes

My husband and I will be attending our third Bradley Method class tonight. There are 8 other couples in the group and will meet for 6 more weeks. We have really enjoyed the classes and are learning so much about pregnancy and delivery. This class was recommended to us by a friend who also did a natural childbirth and I’m glad we signed up. It’s been really useful having other couples who are going through the same things that we are exchange stories and advice. So far, we have learned about exercise and nutrition for pregnancy. I have enjoyed that part because now I feel like I am training for the birth. I love training for things and will have some investment into the delivery process. Going to the classes has definitely made me less anxious about giving birth and I actually feel prepared. We often talk about the pain, which is nice because we all know it will be there, but really talking about it makes it more real.

The Bradley method is also called “husband-coached child birth” and I’m really really excited that my husband is going to be my partner throughout the momentous event. He’s going to be a fantastic coach and I’m really looking forward to going through it with him by my side. It’s exciting to know that this experience will bring us even closer together than we are now.

28 Week OB appointment
May 2, 2008, 7:54 pm
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The results are in: I don’t have gestational diabetes but I am slightly anemic. Baby G appears to taking all of my iron!  The doctor recommended some over the counter Iron vitamins that I will soon add to my daily routine. Also on my daily pill list: Fiber. I am one of the many lucky pregnant patients with hemorrhoids. Thanks Baby G!  I have been having this burning sensation right under my ribs and my doctor explained that my muscles are ripping and stretching. Again I ask, who are those people out there that LOVE being pregnant?

My uterus is still measuring 2 weeks bigger than it should be (30 weeks when I should be at 28 weeks)and there is no more room for my uterus to grow vertically. The top of it is butting up against my ribs so the only place left to grow is out. Yikes! I’m scared I may tip over or something if it grows too far out! So, 12 more weeks… I hope it goes by fast.


Second Trimester Belly Shots
May 1, 2008, 2:34 am
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Here are the much anticipated belly shots. I felt weird putting my face up on the blog so I have just shown my torso.