Ultrasound today- Placenta is good to go (2.75 cm, far enough!) and baby has his little head jammed against my cervix. Good news for birthing, and probably explains why my pelvis is so darn sore. Hopefully he stays head down from here on out!
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I think one of my little boys is really having fun bouncing on my cervix. Today has been intense when I try to walk with a purpose. If I am leisurely walking, I am okay for a little bit but then it feels like he is shaking his head back and forth in there. Weird feeling.
Today was exciting for me as I have a part time job lined up for once my boys are born - it is a work from home job where I will be creating tools for teacher and looking at tools other teachers have created and picking the best to share with teachers. I am very excited to begin working for this organization. I think I can make a difference and still be able to spend quality time with my children.
I might need to go to the chiro, too. After reading this thread, maybe that pain shooting down my leg from my right booty cheek can be fixed and go away! It hurts like crazy if I sit too long in one position or if I'm up and down the stairs too much. Ouch!!
My oldest daughter and I have been having a blast sewing and getting things ready for the new babe and for me. I made two "puddle pads" for the bed that are big enough to be under the babes head to catch nursing leaks and his bum to catch any diaper leaks. I made them out of wool interlock, so they will be nice and breathable, but still absorbent! Yay for not having to wash the sheets all the time from puddles of breast milk!
I'm finally 30 weeks and am feeling pretty good, except for the hip pain, although my belly is getting big. And awkward. And heavy!! :-). So fun watching it contort as the babe shifts around.
Give the chiro a few visits before expecting any significant improvement. Even when not pregnant that body will try to shift itself back to how it was before the adjustment. Add those nice pregnancy hormones of relaxin and progesterone in there and things are really moving around. I think it took at least 3-4 adjustments before I started getting any long lasting relief, and I started going at 23 weeks.
My baby has finally shifted from being in a head up diagonal position (her head was high on my left side and her butt on the lower right side) to head down since Thursday and oh my gosh do my hips hurt now. I think I could've waited at least 6 more weeks for her to turn head down and been ok with it. I'm 30 weeks today and not looking forward to another 10-12 weeks of waking up with sore achy hips. But it's been fun feeling and seeing all her kicks at the top of my belly now.
Sorry to hear you guys are having lots of pains. I've been feeling very heavy lately but I don't think he dropped yet. He's lying in a good position (LOA) so it might be time to start doing deep squats. The only bummer is that the heartburn is back . Baby's movements are also sometimes too strong, especially when he's kicking the rib area.
So 33 weeks here! Actually "officially" I'm 34 weeks so my midwife is coming over on Thursday to do the hospital sign-up. Things are getting serious rather quickly!! I finally cleaned and sorted the newborn clothes, got overly emotional and smothered DD with lots of hugs and kisses until she told me "no more kisses"...
I get a massage next Monday and I can't wait!!!
I need to have my baby's position checked...I keep thinking that's a round head centered under my ribcage, but there are feet all over to the right of it...so either it's a round butt or he's got his feet up by his head. If he is breech, it's been like this a lot so I want to get him on board for a head down birthing!
I am so behind on the chat once again!
Sorry to hear about everyone's aches and pains. I seem to be having an every-changing series of little pains or cramps... but each individual pain is fortunately very short-lived so I can not complain.
Michelle, I recommend getting used to different positions and balancing on the ball before labor starts. But it is true my DS loves the ball, so I have started being really strict about him not playing with it at all. I remind him that it is a tool for mama, not a toy. And yes, my DH is trying to figure out how to get my ball to fit in the car! He says he rather not inflate it at the hospital...but maybe he will change his mind.
I loved sitting on my ball anytime! I've read they're good for kids to sit on to help them concentrate when studying too.
This girly thinks she's a gymanst with all the flips she keeps doing. I know she was head down for a few days, and I thought she still was since I'm still getting kicks up high but nope. At my MW's today she has her head on my upper right side and her butt is down by my left hip with her back facing down. So I'm getting kicks and punches up high still. She doesn't seem to stay in one position for more than a couple of days. At least my hips aren't achy now :) My MW isn't worried about her constant flipping yet. She said around 36 weeks we'll need to work on getting her to stay head down. We talked about the previa and she said that she's fine with it being the 1 cm away. As long as it's not covering or touching the cervix we don't need to worry about it. And it can only move up from this point on.
Michelle, I've also ordered one a few weeks back and I've been using it since. It's supposed to help with keeping the spine and hips well aligned and the uterus leaning forward (so to speak) so that the baby is more likely to stay anterior (as opposed to lying back on the couch/armchair). I'd vote definitely inflate it and get used to it. There's also some interesting workouts online to do with a birth ball (I liked the squat with the ball behind you against a wall). The hospital here has a ball in every labor room but if it didn't, I'd just deflate it a bit until it can be put in the trunk and then inflate it again at the hospital (it really takes a few minutes).
BTW I wouldn't let small children play with it. We let DD and she fell flat on her face. It's just too big and mistakenly gives them a false sense of stability. Now it's off limits but she's anyway not interested since her fall.
Trish, DD was like that, and the last flip she did (I think around 32 weeks) had me grabbing my stomach and bending over with discomfort! This little boy has been head down for ages and seems content that way, his kicks though are stronger... Good news about the placenta
I am so stumped on baby's position. My midwife wanted me to pay attention to where kicks are and I am just having the hardest time identifying them. Baby moves all the time, but the movements are mostly big, rolling movements where I get a huge lump rising up from the middle of my belly or near my right ribs... feels like he/she may just bust right out of there. I know head is down, so I'm thinking this means baby is facing backwards and the hump I am seeing is Bum Mountain with feet pressing back towards my spine where I can't feel it. What I wouldn't give for transparent belly sometimes! Like one of those circular windows on a submarine, haha.
Getting close to 35 weeks and the sleepiness is making an appearance once again, I swear I could drop and take a nap at the snap of a finger anytime, anywhere.
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I officially cannot lie on my back at all. Within seconds I'm gasping for air and feel my lungs squished. But at least I'm sleep so much better that with DD. Fingers crossed it remains that way!
My midwife finally visited today and I love her! She's not the most "natural birth" oriented but she seems quite supportive of her client's wishes. Right now she gave me a thorough list of what to bring to the labor room, to the hospital room and what to prepare at home. I was also surprised to know that at the hospital where I'm planning to give birth they actually offer food and drinks (basic things like yoghurt, fruit, water and juice). I was so hungry last time but did not occur to me to ask!
Feeling more and more ready for this baby to come!