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Preggo Update: Week 23

Friday, January 11, 2013

It's nearly week 24, but I figured I better recap the week before I forgot!

Today is a miserable day. The weather is sharky (it's supposed to be our summertime and it's windy and cold instead) and I am sore and achy today.

How far along?
23 weeks. He's weighing in just under 600grams {a little bigger than average}. We saw the little guy this week and I felt overwhelmed with gratitude. We watched him yawn, and wiggle his fingers and toes. The scan was wonderful, but my blood pressure dropped so we had to cut it short.

My tests are all happy as a clam. Even though I feel crappy, my body is miraculously doing what it should be and that's all that matters!

Weight Gain?
No weight gain this week. I dropped those mysterious 2kilos that I collected over the holiday week 3 days ago, but have since started retaining water, and found them again. This time, I know they are water, so I am fighting hard to drink drink drink more water and eat less salt. So a total of 4kgs gain (8.8 lbs) but I do expect that to drop to 2 or 3 kgs by next week. {or at least I hope so!}

Sleep?
Getting better than last week! On the advice of GRACEMCC45, I went and got myself a preggy roll. Mines more L shaped than C shaped but it supports everything nicely. I still need another pillow under my belly since the roll is just a little too high for my little bump at this point. But who cares? I had 4 solid nights of sleep this week and that's a record so far!

Best moment this week?
Baby related: The scan was very very special. Also, we did two hospital tours and my hubby and I were able to really chat about what I want in a birthing experience. He's the sweetest guy ever, but he's a dude. So getting him to talk about things like birthing was incredible. It's great to know what he expects for the rest of the pregnancy, the birth and newborn care, and to share where my heart stands on those issues too.

Non baby related: I was whisked away for an impromptu date night. So nice. So needed. So appreciated.

Anything making you queasy or sick?
Lots this week. Anyone who says that morning sickness is only in the morning, or only in the first trimester is flat out lying. I've reverted to bland foods to try and counteract this feeling of food-dread. So sad. And so not the healthiest either.

Week Recap?
It was a great week! I loved going to the doctor, seeing the baby, confirming he's healthy, and visiting the hospitals. Today has been a hard day, but all the other days were just wonderful.

I returned to work on Tuesday, and it's been a big adjustment. Did you know that a symptom of pregnancy is a running nose? Irritating at home. But AWKWARD when you are wired in. And the hip pain I mentioned last week is my hulk baby sitting on my femeral nerve. It causes a crazy radial burn in my hip and causes my upper legs to go numb. I feel it all the time now- and the only thing that makes it better is to lay down with my feet up. Not the most practical solution at work. *sad face* But I'm not complaining. My body is growing another human being, it's not going to be the easiest thing to do!

Looking forward to...?
This week I am officially changing care providers! I am sad to leave my other OB {for now}, but after a tour of the maternity ward I was REALLY put off the hospital she delivers at. I didn't like the attitudes of the day nurses nor the lack of birthing options available (no water therapy etc). As it turns out none of hubby or my siblings would have been allowed in the ward, and we would have had to pay an additional {what works out to be} $3000 out of pocket for us to have a private room {other room options were 4 people per room} and baby would not be allowed to sleep in our room. This is in addition to the actual birthing/care costs - which praise Jesus our medical insurance will be covering 100% of. IT seems ridiculous right?

Where as this other maternity hospital has no additional fees for a private room, the baby always rooms in, and Dads stay the first night at the hospital for free. If he chooses to stay another two nights it's only $250. And I get the other birthing options that I want (water birth, shower therapy, etc). It's a better level of care, better accommodations {king sized bed/jaccuzzi tub/double shower/garden etc} and cheaper to boot. Plus the visiting hours are all as I deem fit. I can choose to have as many or as few people in, whenever is desirable. {need your mom at 9:30? NO PROBLEM!}

I have confirmed that I am able to birth at the hospital I wanted with 100% coverage over any sort of birth I have (C-section/Epi/unmedicated). SO all that to say... I am changing to a midwife for the best chance at an unmedicated birth. And I'll be doing that this week. This makes me so joyful! I feel so much more at peace with this choice and have really seen great confirmations everywhere I go that this is the right choice.

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PRAIRIECROCUS 1/14/2013 1:14AM

    Good for you !
All the best !
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WINDSONG26 1/13/2013 10:44PM

    I love reading these updates :)

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PUNKY100 1/11/2013 3:34PM

    I've said it before and I'll say it again...this is going to be one lucky kid!!!

I can't believe you're going to try it without pain meds, you are awesome lol...if I ever get pregnant, I have already decided that I am going to get as many pain meds as possible...I hate extreme pain, no matter how long it lasts!!

I am so glad you have made a better decision for you, your baby, and your family. It sounds like you have everything so together, and a WONDERFUL hubby to be right there with you.

Can't wait for the next update!!!!

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DUMBBELLE84 1/11/2013 11:33AM

  I can just hear your love for your child in your blog. He's very lucky to have you for a mother. I'm really glad you were able to find the alternate accommodations you were looking for for the birth.
Hope you're feeling better very soon!

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STEPH-KNEE 1/11/2013 11:30AM

    I love your updates, I'm glad you are getting all the details squared away and the scan had to be so amazing to see! I hope you feel better soon! emoticon

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LIBELULITA 1/11/2013 10:39AM

    I'm so glad you found an alternative hospital , and that what could've been a potentially traumatic and expensive experience has been averted. My birthing experience was so awful and backwards in my local hospital that I haven't had more children because of it.

So it seems all is going well and to plan with no health problems which is just great.I'm just so impressed that your sticking to your guns with a healthy lifestyle during the pregnancy and not succumbed to th eusual "eating for two"! You're amazing emoticon emoticon

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ELRIDDICK 1/11/2013 7:14AM

  Thanks for sharing

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