Thursday, October 6, 2016

thirty-five weeks!

bump watch: the bump is definitely growing! i measured 36 weeks at my appointment this week, although i was almost surprised it wasn't more. some of my maternity dress shirts are already getting perilously short ... and we have a ways to go!

little peanut: she's continuing to chub up and grow that grey matter! she weighs an estimated 5.5 pounds and has reached her birth length. apparently this corresponds to a canary melon, which Google tells me is a little smaller than a watermelon. and the little stinker decided to flip breech this week, which is not cause for alarm yet, but we do want to coax her back to a vertex presentation by 37 weeks. if she's still breech at 37 weeks, we would try an external cephalic version to turn her, which has a success rate of about 60% but also carries a very small risk of inducing active labor or causing fetal distress that would necessitate emergent delivery (so, that's a far cry from my assumption that i'll go to at least 41 weeks with this babe!). and if she stays breech up until the time of natural delivery, i would end up with a c-section as my midwives don't perform breech vaginal deliveries. 

so, in an effort to avoid all of that craziness, i went to the chiropractor for the first time in about 20 years yesterday! Nick has been seeing him for years and i was very impressed with him. he's experienced in treating pregnant patients and in optimal fetal position. apparently i have some spasms in my low back and pelvis that are creating torque and making it hard for baby to nestle down right where she's supposed to (i'm sure some of the same issues were at play with Greta, who was vertex but in the occiput posterior or sunny-side up position). the whole idea is to create enough space in the pelvis for baby to turn on her own, and to adjust my own body mechanics (raising my stool at work, stepping up into my SUV backwards with a neutral pelvis instead of hiking my right leg up sideways to step in, etc.) anyway, he adjusted me on his magic table that had an open spot for my belly to hang (that alone was worth the visit!), and then performed some gentle maneuvers on the baby. she did turn about a third of the way around, and she's been moving around a good bit since, which is hopefully a good sign! i'll go back tomorrow for another adjustment, and the midwife wants to see me in the office next week instead of waiting for 37 weeks like i had originally scheduled so we can check peanut's position again. fingers crossed!

best moment: getting more of the baby gear set up (the thought of baby possibly coming at 37 weeks sent me into a little bit of panic mode!). the swing, mobile, playpen, and bouncer are all ready, and the car seat is installed. i just need to pack the hospital bag and put the sheets on the cosleeper!

symptoms: not much change from last week ... i did have one episode of pregnancy insomnia where i woke up around 3:30 AM and couldn't get back to sleep until almost 5. thankfully that hasn't repeated itself!

cravings: anything crunchy.

what i miss: real sushi.
looking forward to: seeing Amelia and meeting her sweet baby this weekend! can't wait to snuggle her!

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