I am getting a lot bigger. My stomach feels really heavy sometimes. Sometimes my pelvis area hurts. I walk (well, really waddle) a lot slower now.
I still find it amazing that Ivan and I created a baby. I know we’re both so excited to meet the baby. It feels great to be pregnant and feel his kicks, movement and hits.
My carpal tunnel syndrome has been worse. I still get the pins and needles feeling in my fingers. It can be painful, too. My fingers haven’t swelled up more, so that’s good. But, my fingers can get very numb. I do exercises like holding my wrists and going in circles in both directions. I really hope that the numbness goes away after I give birth.
Ivan and I didn’t return to the BabyCare parenting classes. It was a lot of good information, but boring. I’m currently reading Mayo Clinic Guide to Your Baby’s First Year: From Doctors Who Are Parents, Too!
I have been feeling weak sometimes between meals. I’ve been trying to eat more snacks between meals. I have been getting fuller quicker than I used to. Don’t think there’s as much room for food in my belly now.
I saw my midwife Kat and she asked if I was doing the squats. I had stopped because of the leg cramps. She thought I should start doing it every day.
We received the birth kit and I’ve been buying things off our needs list. I’m really excited, but still getting scared about the birth. I do believe the fear releasing helps that Shannondoah does when I’m having my hypnomassage.
When we saw Kat on July 15, 2014, the baby’s position was Left Occiput Anterior (LOA) which is the fetal position at the start of birth. His back is forward, facing my belly. Looks like he’s practicing for labor!
My ankles and feet have swelled up. I finally bought new slip-on sneakers since I felt like I was going to bust out of my old ones.
On July 19, 2014, Ivan and I attended our first Hypnobirthing class at Well Rounded Mama. The class starts at 9 am which is way too early for me. I was hoping I didn’t fall asleep during the class.
Our instructor is Mandie Medford. She showed us a video with the creator of Hypnobirthing Marie Mongan. Her voice was very monotone and I think she was trying to put me into a trance. No wonder she’s so good at hypnotizing!
Mandie is really nice, but she tends to waffle on and on. I kept zoning out when she was talking. I’m not sure if it’s because she just talks a lot or because I was really tired. She talked about the History of Birthing, how fear affects birth and how the uterus works. It’s interesting and crazy to hear about how in the 1950’s chloroform was administered to women when they gave birth. They were passed out when their babies were born. When they awoken, they were bruised since they were pulled out by forceps.
She showed us a breathing exercise where you inhale for 4 count and then exhale in for 8 count. I didn’t think exhaling in made sense at all. She said it was like when you hum. She made a sound when she exhaled in. Ivan agreed about the exhaling in not making sense since when you exhale the air goes out your mouth or your nose. Exhaling in sounds like inhaling to me.
We watched two Hypnobirthing births where both women seemed very calm. The classroom was so cold. I’m definitely bringing a blanket next week.
At the end of the class, we were given the Hypnobirthing: The Mongan Method book by Marie F. Mongan and the Rainbow Relaxation CD. I don’t know why this isn’t available in MP3 format. We were to listen to the Rainbow Relaxation twice a day and listen to and recite the Birthing Affirmation once a day. Mandie said she covered up to page 79 in the book. I will definitely be reading the book to refresh my memory. I found the Rainbow Relaxtion MP3 tracks online and put it on my iPhone.
Ivan and I went to Desert Perinatal Associates on July 21, 2014 for an ultrasound. An older lady named Dianna was our sonographer. She moved the transducer around to see different parts of his body.
The baby has hair! Ivan thought it looked like he had a mohawk. We also saw both his eyes at the same time and he blinked twice. At one point, I think he gave us the thumbs up sign. Maybe he’s telling us that everything is going well.
She said that it’s getting crowded in my stomach now. Dianna gave us 3 pictures and a CD with a few pictures of the baby.
Dr. Wilkes came in a few minutes later. He told us that the baby looked good and he was of average size this time. He told me to pay attention to his movement. If he isn’t moving as much, he might be unhappy or something may be wrong. He said I had a good amount of amniotic fluid. He said I will come in once a week starting at 36 weeks, so he can monitor my amniotic fluid and the baby’s heart.
I started reading the Hypnobirthing: The Mongan Method book and listening to the CD. The book is good. I like how positive the book and the Birthing Affirmations are. I do my squats during the Birthing Affirmations to stay awake because Marie Mongan’s voice is so monotone that it makes me want to fall asleep. The Rainbow Relaxtion track is an induction to put you into hypnosis.
I am now 33 weeks and 3 days. My thighs and calves have gotten bigger. My back hurts. It’s been getting harder getting out of chairs and getting in high chairs.
I can still bend at the waist to get things on the floor, but I need to hold on to something to get up. I feel good, but I get tired and usually take a nap if I get the chance.