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I'm following a first-time pregnant mom, Brittany (bam61907), on her exciting journey from bump to baby. Check back every Wednesday for the latest developments!
What's Happening with Mom: This week we painted Aubrey's room and I love the light green color! Now that we have everything ready and the room painted, I'm even more anxious for her to get here. My mom friends warned me this would happen!
This week I've been so aware of my tummy sticking out even more. I've even caught myself WADDLING. It is getting harder to carry this belly.
My next OB appointment is coming up, and I want to discuss this discomfort I've been having. It feels like Aubrey is sometimes head down and VERY low. It can be really painful. Plus, I'm still having Braxton Hicks contractions a lot and bad back pain.This week, if I had to sum up pregnant life, I'd say it's achy. I love my warm baths now! They do wonders.
I keep trying to map out in my mind how my labor is going to be. I am so excited but also nervous. My biggest worry is that I'll go to the hospital when I feel like it's time and they'll tell me it's a false alarm and send me home. I'm afraid if I go home and then "true" labor sets in, that I won't be able to make it back to the hospital in time. We live in northern Virginia and our hospital is in Bethesda, Maryland so, with traffic, it could take a while to get to the hospital.
Other than that, my biggest concern is that I really want a vaginal delivery. I'm just hoping everything goes smoothly and that I don't have to have a C-section.
It doesn't feel like Aubrey's really "kicking" anymore, but the past three days she has been doing somersaults or something in my belly. Justin and I have literally stared at my belly when she does it and it moves from side to side and looks like she is going in circles! It feels cool but weird at the same time. She's really been moving big time!
What's Happening with the Baby: My movements are big and strong and chances are good that I'm already head down. I weigh close to four pounds and am around 17 inches long -- most preemies born at this age will survive. My eyes are open when I'm awake and closed when I'm sleeping -- they're likely blue right now, but that may change a couple of months after birth.
Question of the Week from Pregnancy:
I'm 32 weeks and a first-time preggo -- the labor's getting close and I'm getting scared! What will it be like when they start checking my cervix? And for labor -- I just don't want the pain to get to me. -- angelahess09
Ask your doctor when and how they do cervical checks -- it varies from practice to practice. I had one provider that did them weekly after 36 weeks and one that never did them because it doesn't tell you much and has a slight infection risk. -- riotgrrl
They'll check your cervix with a gloved hand -- two fingers are inserted to check your dilation. You can ask your doc to limit them to what's medically necessary. Pain during labor can be heavily influenced by your attitude and mood -- the more relaxed you are, the less pain you'll experience. Epidurals can be great for moms who have a long labor. -- pregpostmassage