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Breastfeeding after a glass of wine
July 25, 2008, 5:41 pm
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This is just too cool. Milkscreen– home test for alcohol in breast milk.


3 days and counting

Today is my last day of work before I go on maternity leave. Yeah! My due date is on Monday , 7/28, and I’ve decided to go ahead and take off even if the baby doesn’t come for another week. Sitting all day at work really sucks and this way, I can focus my last few days of pregnancy on walking, stretching and relaxing. (and hopefully all of those include going to the pool!)  They baby still hasn’t dropped and I really doubt that I’ve dilated any more. The only thing that really has changed since my last 39 week appointment is that if I walk a lot, I have a lot of very mild contractions that go away when I lay down and my hips feel out of alignment. I’ve learned that there is a hormone released to loosen your joints so that the baby can fit through your pelvis so I’m pretty sure that is what’s going on. It feels like I need to pop my hip back into place when I walk but I can’t. I also had another colostrum leak the other night because I woke up with a spot on my shirt.

I’m looking forward to the weekend. I’ve been so tired lately so I can envision lots of naps. I still want to walk a lot so I will be doing that as well to try to get things moving. I’ll have an appointment on Monday and the last time we talked to the doctor, he said he’d let me go a week after my due date before wanted to do some tests to make sure everything looks and responds well. I’m really hoping this baby comes because I don’t want to be induced at all. The less intervention, the better my chances are of doing this naturally.

My husband is getting really excited and he’s having dreams of the baby arriving. I have had a few dreams but my last one was about me waiting and waiting and waiting. A couple of my friends have also had dreams about me having the baby but I keep waking up with no activity! What is it going to take?!

10 days and counting!

At my last OB appt. 4 days ago the doctor confirmed that I was still at 0% effacement and 0 dilation. The baby hadn’t dropped at all either and I asked him to tell me the position of the baby because he was still all up in my ribs and I wanted to know what body part could be to blame. He offered to do a quick ultrasound to find out and I was happy to agree. It was neat to see another ultrasound since I hadn’t seen one since the one to determine the gender at 20 weeks. He confirmed that the head was still face down but he was looking to my side. I asked if I should be concerned because he wasn’t facing my back or my stomach like I have read about. He assured me that all that mattered was that he was head down and would probably turn into the correct position soon enough. The baby’s butt is what has been pushing against my ribs so I’m sure he’s going to get all sorts of big-booty jokes when he’s old enough. : ) We saw the heartbeat and his scrotum. So, we are definitely having a boy still!  (You always hear of those rare instances where they tell the parents the gender and then once the baby is born it turns out to be the other gender)

I left feeling good because I was able to see the little guy but still felt discouraged because this baby wasn’t even close to being ready to come out. I’m ready!!!

Then, two days ago, I no longer felt his big booty in my ribs and noticed that he had shifted from laying to side of my stomach area, to the center. I’m happy that he has centered up because that is a much closer position to delivery than hanging out on my side. But, he’s still super high up and hasn’t dropped any. Come on baby, come experience the world! Work with gravity!

People have started to ask me if I have had any contractions yet and my answer is “I think so?” Then they reply with, “Well, you would know if you’ve had one.”  All the material in my classes and books tell me that the initial and false labor contractions are so mild that you can sleep through them and function normally. So, if that’s the case, would I still know if what I’m feeling is a contraction or just discomfort? I feel crampy sensations and I’ve felt a few instances of lower back cramping as well. I think that is a contraction but am unsure. Either way, none of what I have been feeling has been consistant enough to warrant excitement (even though I do get a little excited everytime I feel something!) so it really doesn’t matter. I have a few friends who have similar due dates to me and I will be so jealous if their babies come out before mine. My mom keeps reminding me that my brother and I were 7 and 10 days late. I REALLY hope that will not be the case for me. 10 days passed my due date? I would just die.

I’ll have another appointment in 3 days (which is also the day before the 9 month mark) so keep your fingers crossed for me that the little guy finally listens to me when I tell him to go towards the light!

Obesity Increasing Among Pregnant Women in the U.S.
July 16, 2008, 3:27 pm
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I came across this article and was shocked. “One in five women who gives birth in the U.S. is obese…” That is just ridiculous. I just saw Pixar’s Wall-E, where they have some strong messaging about obesity so the topic is on my mind but 1 in 5?!! I just have to wonder what impact this may have on the upcoming generation of babies. “Light” baby formula? XXL newborn diapers?

Last month symptoms

Since this is my last month of pregnancy, I thought I should write about some of the symptoms, since it has been a while. I am still sporatically emotional and some days are worse than others. But, for the most part, I don’t tear up as much as I did in the 2nd trimester.

I still don’t have swollen ankles or legs but I think that happens when the baby drops and mine really hasn’t yet. I think I read somewhere that the baby clamps down on a major vein that pumps the blood from your leg back up to your heart, causing more blood to stay in your legs and swell. So, we’ll see if that happens once the baby drops.

I gained most of my weight in the second trimester as well and really haven’t gained that much this trimester. So far, I have gained 25 lbs, which I’m very happy about. I will say that it’s been sooo nice not worrying about how many calories I’m eating. I just eat whatever I want until I’m full. I’m still very conscious about getting enough nutrients and protein but if someone brings ice cream or cake to work, I will be having some!  I’ll also admit that while I’ve been pregnant, I’ve had fried chicken, taco bell and a delicious cheeseburger happy meal. (Probably won’t be doing that again after the baby comes… but then again, that happy meal was REALLY good!) Before I was pregnant, I feel like I stressed about food and weight gain a lot more so hopefully I’ll be able to keep the same stress-free attitude towards food and calories after I’m pregnant.  I will also admit that I walk a lot, which has probably helped with the weight.

Speaking of walking, I’ll move on to my next symptom…achy feet. I can’t walk too long anymore because my feet hurt if I stay on them too long. I try to sit whenever I can because carrying around this weight takes its toll on my bones. Comfortable shoes are a must at this stage in the pregnancy and I am so grateful that I work at a University and my clients are undergraduate students who come into our office wearing pajama pants. The atmosphere here is pretty casual and even more-so right now, during the summer months. I wear my Chaco sandals everyday and t-shirts. If I worked at a law firm or another professional atmosphere, I think I would be a lot more uncomfortable. Thank god I don’t have to squeeze into a suit or wear heals!

Sleep. Let’s just say, I don’t really get a lot of quality sleep anymore. I’m up every 45-60 minutes and can’t sleep through the whole night anymore. These past couple of nights have been brutal as I have gotten up 3am and not gone back to bed until a couple hours later…only to get up an hour after that. I’m also exhausted when I get home from work but try to stay up as long as I can because if I take a nap, I’ll be up at 3am again. I just want to wake up feeling refreshed…I wonder how far out I am from that. 18 years?

The last thing I’ll talk about, just happened yesterday and took me a bit by surprise. I had my first sign of “this-baby-is-coming-activity.” I was eating breakfast and felt a wet spot on my nipple. I touched it to see if my shirt was wet and it was. Then I looked down at it and there was a wet spot exactly the same size as my nipple, right over my nipple. I felt the counter top to see if it was wet thinking I bent down into a wet spot or something but then remembered that I read somewhere that Colostrum can leak before you have the baby. My bra was wet in exactly the same spot and my nipple was sticky. It was weird. I finished getting ready to go to work thinking that this spot on my shirt would dry and it never did. It just hardened. I had to put on a new shirt and open my box of breast pads! Totally awkward but I’m so glad that it happend at home and not at work. Can you imagine a wet nipple spot on your shirt all day?  I now have a change of clothes and a towel in my car just in case that happens again or my water breaks suddenly.

37 Weeks and waiting

So, here I am, 3 weeks away from my due date. After a trip to the Doctor’s office today, I learned that I have NO activity in my cervix and the baby has not dropped yet. I know that most first time mom’s don’t deliver early but I was sort of hoping I would be one of the few. I really just want the baby to drop and get the hell out of my ribs. I’m almost certain that they are bruised because it hurts to touch them. Occasionally the baby will kick my rib and that just plain hurts. I am doing what I can to get the baby “down and out” like sitting on a ball all day, squatting and walking and also doing the nipple stimulation and orgasms/intercourse. I read somewhere that I can use my breast pump too, which I find amusing. Am I supposed to trick my body into thinking that there is something that needs my breast milk even though the baby is clearly still inside me getting what it needs? Oh well, I’ll try anything around my due date…except for Castor oil. I don’t want to get the runs all day or night and THEN go into labor. That sounds terrible.

So we wait. They should call being pregnant “in waiting” because I feel like that’s all I have been doing. Waiting to ovulate, waiting to get my period, waiting to take the pregnancy test, waiting to see the ultrasound and now waiting to deliver the baby. I am trying not to stress about it too much and just take it day by day. I’m pretty much totally ready for the baby (car seat is installed, baby room is done, baby gear has been bought, diapers and wipes have been bought, major work assignments are complete and my temp has been trained).  I’m also trying to stay positive. It’s starting to get really hot here and I’m more tired every day BUT, I didn’t gain any weight in the last 3 weeks, the baby is small to average sized (wahoo!) and I still have time to nap when I get home from work.  I love naps.