How far along: Will be 39 weeks on Sunday, but I’m getting this post out early when I have time.
Total Weight Gain/Loss: 3 more pounds, so up around 15 in all.
Sleep: I’m sleeping well at night but it’s still hard for me to take naps during the day.
Movement: Lots of movement. She might be turning a little since I feel her feet pushing up against my ribs on sometimes one side and then the other. I really hope she doesn’t go posterior!
Food cravings: Still into cherries, all kinds, dried, fresh, or even cherry jam.
Labor signs: I might have had some tightening, or maybe it was just baby girl pushing outward. I remember being confused by that with Eva’s pregnancy too. I wasn’t sure if I was feeling Braxton Hicks contractions or if baby was just stretching.
What I miss: Nothing! Can’t wait to meet our baby girl!
What I am looking forward to: Surviving labor and delivery and having a healthy baby girl.
These are from last week but can’t be much different.
I found my Labor Notes from my last labor/delivery with Eva. How nerdy am I that I took notes during my early labor? I’ll totally try to do it again because you just can’t remember those things and it’s a good way for me to have an idea of what might happen this time. I started my notes on Sat, 1/14/2012 at 11am before labor had started and the notes ended about 24 hours later at 11:30am, Sun, 1/15/2012. They ended because I went into, as any other mother knows, the final stages of labor which require complete concentration and definitely do not allow note-taking. Eva wasn’t born until 12 hours later after 11pm that night.
Here are the notes I took:
Sat, 1/14/2012 11am: Took less than 1 oz of castor oil in juice. (***I was 10 days past due date and this was an attempt to start labor to try to avoid the hospital induction and it seemed to work or was totally a coincidence that I started labor that night.)
6pm: Mild cramping.
9pm: Cramping increased to something more like a contraction, but I’m not sure because I never had contractions before.
10pm: Tried to sleep. Still having contractions, but they are irregular.
11pm: Can’t sleep, contractions are getting very painful and now have a pattern of every 5 min for about 60 seconds.
Sun, 12am – 3am: Labored at home, contractions staying regular. Called OB around 3am and she said to come in.
4am: Went to hospital. Triage checked me in. I was 3cm dilated so I was admitted.
4am – 5am: Took my vitals, signed paperwork and checked into room. Requested room with labor tub.
6am: Nurse put in heplock and I was given a dose of anti-biotics because I was Strep B positive. (***This is not an illness or disease, it’s a bacteria that some healthy women carry and it does not make them sick, but it could be passed to the baby during birth and make the baby sick, so anti-biotics are given during labor. I have only taken anti-biotics a few times in my life and I hated that I had to get them in labor, but I wanted to greatly reduce the chance of it affecting the baby, so I agreed.)
7am: OB and nurse switch shifts. Talk to new OB and nurse. My regular OB happens to be on call while I am in labor and deliver, so that is a nice coincidence that I didn’t have to be with someone I didn’t know.
8am: Nurse fills jacuzzi tub. This is amazing for pain relief. I was in there 2 hours and then nurse said I should get out and move around. (***That hospital allowed women to labor in the tub, but not to give birth in the tub, which is why I switched to U of M this time, which allows water birth.)
10am: After getting out of the tub, the pain increases immensely and I have a contraction every time I move. (Wish I could have stayed in the tub.) I try a position on hands and knees since I’m having back labor and it just feels like I shouldn’t be on my back.
11am: 6cm dilated. OB asks if she should break my water. I said let’s wait a bit and see if it breaks on it’s own. I’m happy for the progress.
11:30am: Danail is a sweetie and keeps bringing me water. (***I love this last note, I totally don’t remember thinking or writing that.)
Those were the end of my written notes, but I was in labor another 12 hours until Eva was born. I wrote a full birth story on my previous blog so I’ll have to post the link to that when I find it. There was another note written at the bottom of the page which said that during labor I didn’t want any massage or counter-pressure on my back (which is what the husband’s learned to do in Lamaze class), didn’t want to be touched or spoken to. So, basically when I was in that much pain, I just needed to be left alone in a calm environment to allow my body to do what it was meant to.