Week 39!!!! So if you have reached this point or any point after week 37, you have probably tried every natural inducer known to man. You may have just finished sex and now on google while bouncing on a birthing ball, eating pineapple, and sipping on red raspberry tea, all while considering a perineal massage with evening primrose oil, when you had no idea what a perineal was! Lol!! At this point I am not tired of being pregnant, I actually love it. My concern is being medically induced, that terrifies me. In many hospitals, the closer you get to your due date, the more talk you will hear about it in the hospitals. Now I’m not sure if I told you all that my goal is have a natural, medicine free birth. Everyone is entitled to birth their own way, I chose this one because I’m not big on medication.
Anyway, during these last few weeks I got to see my daughter again on the ultrasound at 37 weeks. She was 7 ibs 12ozs, but they say give or take a few ounces. now that day didn’t go the way I expected. First of all I started feeling mild shakes in the womb at week 35 and it concerned me. So I told my OB and she sent me to get a non stress test. A non stress test is a fetal monitor and contraction monitor that you stay on for at least 20 minutes to check the baby’s heart rate during contractions. Well, my baby stays up all night and sleeps all day, so at 9am, she slept through the test. So after they tried keeping her awake three times, they sent me for a growth ultrasound. The ultrasound was extremely detailed. It measured blood flow, weight, and brain/heart function. Just when I thought it was over, they sent me to labor and delivery 😦 I wasn’t ready yet!!!! But she ended up passing the prolonged monitor testing and by 4pm, we got to go back home. Now don’t get me wrong, my bags were packed and in the car, nursery complete, carseat installed and all ready, I just hadn’t mentally prepared myself, but hey it’s her show, not mine.
Well now I’m home and only dilated 1 1/2 cm and 20% effaced, booooo!!! I will of course keep you all updated with progress, but for now I’m going to go get back on my birthing ball, lol!!!!!
These last few weeks:
Super frequent bathroom runs!!!!
And my personal favorite… Braxton Hicks!!!!