It’s official! I am currently more pregnant at 38 weeks 4 days than I have ever been before. Granted, I only have the one previous pregnancy to compare it to, but even more pregnant than before I still feel so much better than I did with my first son.
38 weeks pregnant!
VBAC or C-Section?
You may remember my concern at 36 weeks with my OB telling me that they were going to induce me at 38 weeks for baby’s size. I am not comfortable with being induced only because they are concerned baby is big. At 37 weeks we had a big ultrasound with my high risk OB. I have been going for twice weekly monitoring and ultrasounds, but this one was to check on baby’s size and see how he was growing. As with all of our other growth ultrasounds he was measuring right on with his previous growth.
He was measuring just about 40 weeks, but my Dr. was not super concerned because baby’s abdomen and head were measuring the same. If his abdomen was measuring bigger than his head, then he said he would have been concerned that the Gestational Diabetes was causing increased growth and that there would be a high risk of shoulder dysplasia if I delivered naturally.
Since he was measuring the same though, my Dr. gave me the go ahead to try and see what my body could do. However, he believes if my body has not gone into labor on it’s own by 40 weeks, that I need to schedule a repeat C-Section. The reasoning for this would be baby’s size (My son was 10.2 lbs. at 38 weeks), and that induction with previous C/S has a high risk of not working. I am okay with this. I feel it is a good compromise, and honestly while I know I could deliver a 10 lb. baby, I am not sure I could or would want to if baby was much bigger than that with a high risk of the induction failing. I realize that not everyone will agree with this, but I truly feel like it is the best for my body, and if for some reason I make it to 40 weeks, I can always re-address the situation with my doctors if I feel differently. I really feel like I have a good team behind me, and I know my options. That is the most important thing to me, to know what my options are and to be able to pick what is right and best for me and the baby.
In the meantime I will be doing lots of natural things to get my labor going, including asking my chiropractor to assist me with getting my body and baby ready for delivery. Wish me luck!!
Random Pregnancy Tidbits
I am getting closer to being ready for this baby to be here. He has a crib assembled, cloth diapers are washed and stuffed, storage for said diapers has been purchased and assembled, and his room is getting closer everyday to looking more like a nursery and less like an office.
My hospital bag is mentally packed… I plan on fixing that asap this week.
I have a bruise on my belly from repeatedly bumping it while using public restrooms… that latch gets me every time! Those stalls really aren’t made for protruding bellies or maybe I just need to think thinner!
We are still working on picking out a name…
I think my belly may be dropping a little bit. What do you think?
I do think I stood further back in the last picture than I did in weeks prior so it made it a bit hard to tell…
The 22 Point Pregnancy Turn…
What is the 22 point pregnancy turn? Try laying in bed, and realizing that you are too uncomfortable on one side, but dread making the turn to the other side. While my sciatica and SPD have been controlled pain-wise with my weekly chiropractic visits, the one place that has never ceased to be painful is flat in my bed. Rolling from one side to the next is like trying to pull out of a parking space with and inch of room on all sides and doing 22 point turns to get to where I want to be. The grinding and shooting pain pretty much sucks and I swear my hips are going to split in half do to the relastin… My husband laughs with me as it really is the only thing I can do. Laugh at the fact that something so easy is so hard this late in pregnancy. If you saw it – you’d laugh too!
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