I wrote a post not long ago about the symptoms from the last week, which as it turned out was not the last week at all! 12 days later and we’re still here. We went for an ultrasound Friday and he weighs about 8 pounds 2 ounces; I’m also still going to the hospital twice a week for non stress tests and once a week for the OB appointment.
Difficulty sleeping – I sleep about 4 hours a night. I have to switch sides constantly as my ribs and pelvis feel like they might crack.
Irritable – Everyone seems to be going in to labor but me.
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So yesterday I was in the hospital getting a non stress test (twice weekly now I get electrodes stuck to the tummy to monitor the boy while I watch Ellen) and it just so happened that my OB was in the next room delivering a baby. Actually crowning through delivery. It was so cool! The mom made some pretty decent grunts, there was about 1 minute or 2 between the big pushes and they were all counting (she had dad and grandma, 1 or 2 nurses, and doctor) to ten and they all clapped as the head came out and then as the whole kit and kaboodle followed. It was like a movie, except the baby cried for a while. I was like, ok kid, be cute now. And the grandma had too much to say (she was ruining my moment). And, after, things happened pretty fast. Like they weighed him, they took photos of him being weighed and then they took him off to the nursery and they were making the mom stand up. I was only there for 45 minutes! I thought there would be more alone, serene time right there and then. Nope, it’s all bidness!
I was having a lot of contractions yesterday – I was hoping they would be leading up to something, but haven’t had one yet today. 😦
Posted in Belly Journal
Tagged baby, birth, delivery, labor, maternal, maternity, mother, motherhood, pregnancy, pregnant, prenatal
When the skin on your tummy stretches out, it gets really itchy.
Make sure you wear sunscreen because scratching burned thin skin would be very painful. Same goes for bug spray – I have a bug bit on my underbelly and it’s killing me. I can’t see it but it itches like crazy. I don’t want to scratch and make my skin even more raw than it already is.
So, despite the major confusion over the actual due date (could be the 12th, the 14th or the 19th depending which doctor you ask), I thought it would be good to mention some of the things that happen towards the end. Maybe these things are just me, maybe they happen to all.
1. The baby drops.
I know this doesn’t happen to all. I guess second time mothers don’t always have the drop until birth. For me it happened last week. I didn’t feel it but the doctor told me, and people noticed that my belly actually looks like it’s going to collapse over rather than hanging in suspense.
2. Your boobs leak.
This started about three weeks ago. Nothing major and more out of one than the other, but tiny drops appeared when I was washing. Supposedly you aren’t supposed to partake in nipple play because it can induce you (my sis-in-law’s doctor told her), but anything that might induce is for me!
3. Feet and hands swell.
Not just after you walk either. Pretty much all the time. It’s not really noticeable all the time, but try making a fist and you’ll notice.
4. Changes downstairs.
Constant leaking. Not like water breaking just enough to make you uncomfortable and want to shower twice a day. Try panty liners. And also, you have to go number 2 after everything you eat. It’s not diarrhea but it’s kind of like the beginning of a stomach bug where you wonder if it’s gonna get worse.
5. Your bones ache
For me, when he dropped, I could feel his weight on my pelvis when I lay down. I have to turn over throughout the night as my hips and pelvis start to hurt. Sometimes my ribs too.
6. You can’t keep up
I can’t walk more than a mile now. My feet and hands swell like crazy, including the bottom of my feet and my body will ache and this pain will go on for 2 days. Not worth it!
I have little contractions every now and then. Nothing regular of course. They feel like the muscles in your tummy squeeze up tight and the baby is really tight in there. It feels kind of like a period cramp or gas pains.
There are plenty of other symptoms of labor, but I haven’t had any others yet. For more symptoms, check this link:
Posted in The Blood, the Guts, The Not So Glorious
Tagged baby, birth, breast feeding, breast milk, labor, maternal, maternity, motherhood, pregnancy, pregnant, prenatal