Sunday, January 11, 2009
So... here I am with a little update, for all who have been wondering about how things are developing for us.
First, baby is still in Mom's tummy, and Mommy and baby (and Daddy) are all well and healthy.
I'm now past the 40 weeks mark, but according to my first ultrasound, my estimated due date is January 14-th, so we're not even quite there yet. And we realize that it's not at all unusual for a woman to go a couple of weeks past her due date - so as much as we are anxious to see and hold our baby, we're perfectly willing to wait while this little one takes her time.
Of course, as many of you know, once a woman passes 40 weeks, frequency of check-ups and visits to doctor dramatically increases. I went to do fetal monitoring today, and was told that I'm having contractions. I had three in twenty minutes, but I could only feel them when I really concentrated, which according to the nurse means I can easily have a few days until the "real thing" yet. Anyway, it does seem we are making progress.
I try to stay active, and have spent many hours on my feet in the past days. I don't over-strain myself, but I take long walks, dance, and make circular hip movements when I feel back pains, to gently ease the baby's progress into birth position. Her head is so low now that I feel I'm practically sitting on it.
Since I heard labor is similar to running a marathon, I do my best to eat well, drink plenty, and stay healthy and relaxed. I hope that very soon, I can share the excitement of the birth of our precious child.
I'm also very happy for Daja, who had her sweet little girl a few days ago. Reading her wonderful natural home birth story was a true delight, and I think every expecting Mommy should definitely take the time to visit.