On July 26, 2014, Ivan and I went to our second Hypnobirthing class. Again, it was really cold in the room. Good thing I wore pants this time. Mandie said she forgot to remind people to bring a blanket. Ivan doesn’t know why she just doesn’t turn off the two fans in the room.
Every couple was given a big binder filled with information about Hypnobirthing, birth and labor.
We watched two Hypnobirthing Birth Videos. The women in the video seemed so relaxed and calm. No matter how many times you see women delivering… It still makes me think, Oh that’s a bit much to see in the morning!
We learned two new breathing techniques: Surge Breathing and Birth Breathing which is more known as J Breathing. Relaxation Breathing we learned last week is used in between surges (contractions). Surge Breathing is used when 0-9 cm dilated and J Breathing is when you’re 10 cm dilated.
Surge Breathing is where you take a long, slow breath in to the rapid count of 20 while you focus on the abdomen rising and lifting. You fill the belly with air and visualize seeing your baby’s name or face on a balloon. The balloon is being filled with your breath. Breathe out slowing to the count of 20, visualizing the breath going down and out of the vagina and the balloon drifting off into space.
J Breathing is taking a deep breath in through the nose and work with the out breath to the count of 20. You breath down, imagining that your breath is going down your body through the birth plan. Visualize a J down and up. Your teeth should be touching, but not clenched. I’ve heard of this breathing technique since my doula Shannondoah told me to start practicing on my exercise ball recently. Mandie recommended that we practice this on the toilet. I guess it would help if you have constipation.
Mandie said we should place a picture of a baby (which is included in the binder) in the right birthing position so that we can envision it for our upcoming birth. She said it would be a good idea to place it somewhere that you’d see it a lot throughout the day.
I placed one on the fridge since I work on my computer a lot in the kitchen and also right by my sink upstairs.
For next week, we are to fill out a fear releasing worksheet since we’ll be doing a guided relaxation for fear releasing. We state our fears and emotions about the birth and becoming a new parent.
I saw my midwife Kat for my prenatal visit on July 29, 2014. Her intern Felicia and her assistant midwife Margo were also there. Everything is going well for me. The baby was in the ROA position which has the baby’s head slightly off center in the pelvis with his back of the head toward my right thigh. Margo brought the thing that measures my hemoglobin. My iron is still low at 11 gm/dL. It was 12 gm/dL last time. Kat said 12 is doable for a home birth, but she would prefer if it was higher. Kat recommended that I take 3 tablespoons of chlorophyll twice a day (in the morning and night) to help raise my iron.
My friend Carrie recommended Dr. Christopher’s Birth Plan pills which are supposed to be taken the last 6 weeks of your pregnancy. I asked Kat if she thought if was alright to take. She thought I shouldn’t be taking Black Cohosh Root which is one of the ingredients in the pills before the birth. She said that if they had to induce me, they would use Black Cohosh Root and it might not be effective if I took the pills. I decided against taking it. Kat did recommend eating dates – 6 to 8 dates a day until the birth. It’s recommended to eat 6-8 dates a day 4 weeks prior to your due date. The dates are supposed to help your first stage of labor to be shorter and with a reduced need for induction and augmen-tation of labor.
Kat said that I didn’t have to do the monitoring that Dr. Wilkes recommended unless I wanted to. She said it’s the standard thing doctors say since I’m high risk. She said why expose the baby to even more radiation from the ultrasounds. We decided to go to one appointment and then not bother with every week after. I think everything is fine with the baby.
My weight has remained the same since July 15th. I was worried about it, but my friend Carrie said she gained a lot at the beginning and then nothing towards the end in her last pregnancy, so I must be the same. So far, I’ve gained 29 pounds. My belly still feels so heavy sometimes, especially after I’ve eaten a meal.
I started taking the chlorophyll. It taste so much better in water than spirulina. It tastes minty! I add some ice to make it cold since I don’t like warm water.
I had my last chiropractor visit on July 16. The lady Lauren who works the front of the office told me a few weeks prior to my last visit that I only had 3 more visits that were covered by my insurance. They only approved 20 visits. I wish I had known this sooner! I would have spaced them out for every two weeks toward the end of my pregnancy. Each visit without insurance is $54 which is too expensive. I told Kat about this and she said I could call the insurance and then get a letter of recommendation from Dr. Wilkes. Kat recommended Dr. Lampe who’s $25 per adjustment. I called and he’s actually $45 for the first visit and $35 for each visit after.
The next prenatal visit which I’ll be at 36 weeks is an important one. I need to have all my needs list stuff and my birth kit ready. Anybody who is going to be at the birth must attend this visit. I also need to have my birth plan and our birth stories ready.
I saw my doula Shannondoah on July 30, 2014 for my hypno massage. She really worked out my back since it was so sore. The chiropractor adjustments do really help. I’ve just been too lazy to go get them lately. Shannondoah did the fear releasing again since I didn’t think it was as effective since I think I was too relaxed towards the end of my massage when she did it last time.
It’s really weird, but I sometimes hear my heartbeat in my right ear. I don’t know why. I find it very odd.
We had our third Hypnobirthing class on August 2, 2014. This time we learned Light Touch Massage. Ivan and I each practiced the massage on each other. We also learned about positions during birthing. She took an hour going through Birth Preferences (Birth Plan). I think she could have gone through it in a lot shorter time than that.
Mandie did a Fear Releasing guided relaxation. Again, Ivan said she was reading from a script. I think that it would be more effective to actually teach the Hypnobirthing instructors proper hypnosis. I’m so glad that Ivan and my doula know hypnosis. We’re just learning relaxation in this class. The fear releasing wasn’t really good. I prefer Shannondoah’s fear releasing.
We’ve been planning our joint baby shower pool party with our friend and neighbor Carrie for awhile. The day of the baby shower finally arrived on August 3, 2014. The party was to be hosted at our friend Michael’s house which is 4 floors with a pool and a basement. The day started out rainy and we were so worried since it was a pool party. But, we got lucky and the weather was good for a few hours for the party.
It was a crazy party where you had to walk through the womb of the house to enter. We got the Balloon Master Rob to do crazy balloon creations like babies hanging from their umbilical cords.
We had a snow cone truck, naughty games for the adults, a kids area in the basement with a babysitter doing games and a bouncy castle, a graffiti t-shirt guy, a candy bar, a chef making burgers, a valet, a bartender and even a lifeguard. My mum made Filipino food which was a big hit. We had signature drinks called The Edward and The George. The George was a Blueberry Mojito. I’m so glad we had a Blueberry Mojito Mocktail, so it felt like I was drinking a real cocktail.
Even the cakes were crazy and so funny.
It was fun taking pictures at the photo booth. Here’s me and Carrie.
It was so fun with the Balloon Master MC’ing the party and Ivan controlling the music to keep the party going. He and Rob had a microphone to control the games and tell people about different things to do at the party.
One game had girls putting a balloon vagina over their bodies. Each round was a smaller balloon vagina.
Only one of the four ladies popped a part of the balloon vagina. I think Rob the Balloon Master was surprised that the ladies were so limber.
We gave out cool favors: poop brownies, whipped cream vodka, chocolates with a sticker saying George and Edwards names and saying Thank you for coming and Childbirth Simulator hot sauce.
I do believe we achieved our slogan: Not Your Grannie’s Baby Shower. So many people told us it was the best baby shower they’ve ever been to. We’re so glad since we put a lot of work into it. I’m so glad everybody a fun time at our crazy, unique shower. It was lots of fun. My feet were so tired from walking around the house all day.
I’ve been feeling good at 35 weeks and 5 days.
The carpal tunnel is still annoying especially when it hurts to pick things up which happens rarely. I’ve been a lot more tired lately. We’ve been taking it easy and eating in more.
I do miss things since I am pregnant. Here’s my top 3 things that I miss: 1) Dancing, 2) Alcohol and 3) Sushi.