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Week: 39 weeks, 4 days
Days to Go: 3 Days to go
Symptoms: Just heavy baby running out of room, pressing his head on everything. Lots of pressure down low in my pelvis. Otherwise, I feel really good. First pregnancy I’ve ever made it to my due date and still had my wedding rings on (comfortably, they can slide off).
Signs of Labor: Still a little nauseous, braxton hicks every 8-10 minutes since Sunday afternoon, so intense that we were convinced it was time at one point.
Midwife Appointment Notes: no midwife appointment this week until Friday.
Food: still a light appetite, so most of the time:
- Breakfast – 2 eggs, 1/2 sprouted grain english muffin + smoothie w/ spinach, greek yogurt, frozen blueberries or strawberries, mango & cherries, and flaxseed
- Lunch – chicken, guacamole, red/orange bell peppers wrapped in collard green leaf
- Snacks – banana with a tablespoon of peanut butter, apple and greek yogurt/almond butter “dip” before bed
- Dinner – Lean meat, 1 green veggie and 1 other veggie. Example meal from this week: Apple Cider roasted chicken, butternut squash, broccoli
- Prenatal vitamins daily as a backup to my healthy diet
- Cod liver oil daily, read here why I swear by it
- Magnesium Powder for sore muscles and to help with sleep (Note: I take 615mg, more than the dose listed on the product).
- Red Raspberry Leaf – 8 capsules daily (started 2 pills/day at 35 weeks, increasing by 1 weekly until birth) to prepare uterus for delivery
- Dandelion Root Tea daily for edema (swelling)
- Evening Primrose Oil added at 37 weeks (inserted vaginally) to help soften cervix, increase until birth
Exercise: The goal is a daily 2-3 mile walk with 3 days of strength training per week, to keep from losing strength and muscle mass before the birth. This week we had an ice storm so I missed a lot of walking.
- Thursday – 2.76 mile walk
- Friday – no workout
- Saturday – no workout, cleaned the house to stay active
- Sunday – no workout
- Monday – 50 pushups, 100 air squats
- Tuesday – 2.64 mile walk
- Wednesday –
Thoughts and Feelings:
While I was prepared to be patient to meet my baby, I am not doing very well with this whole constantly thinking I’m in labor thing. Sunday afternoon I started having pressure waves that just never let up, no matter what I did. They were getting stronger and stronger, then more regular. We were totally convinced “this was it”. We packed our bags up, made plans for the kids, and even sat down and did a Hypnobabies track together. I was sure that it was just a matter of time. We decided to try to sleep as long as I still felt I could. I laid down and put more Hypnobabies tracks on in my headphones, and he laid down next to me. After my first track, I realized that the pressure waves were slowing down and losing intensity. I wanted to cry when I rolled over to tell him.
The pressure waves have. not. stopped. since then. They are every 8-10 minutes, non stop, all day, all night. Some are more intense than others, waking me up in the middle of the night or causing me to stop in my tracks. But I’ve just had to continue life as much as I could. An ice storm this weekend and being home-bound made it hard to distract myself from the constant labor but once it started melting, I was able to get out and get some things done, like getting my haircut, to get my mind off of things.
So it’s not that I am not anxious to meet my little guy, I am, but I could mentally deal with waiting a little longer. I understand these are my last nights to sleep soundly, to not be breastfeeding, to be able to do so many things independently. But physically I’m exhausted from the constant pressure waves. I’m also mentally exhausted from wondering “is this it?” And by “it”, I mean one of the most physically demanding challenges of my life – unmedicated childbirth. That will mess with your head!
Anyways, I’m a little grumpy and a little anti-social and just trying not to think too much. This can’t go on forever!
Saturday is the due date. My one child that was not induced was born 2 days after his due date, after a 24 hour labor…so I don’t think it will be much longer. Even still, I’m mentally preparing to go through this until Christmas 🙂