|38w Midwife Appointment (a short one)
||[Jun. 20th, 2006|10:22 pm]
I had my 38w checkup today. My stats are:|
Weight: 180 (+2 from 2 weeks ago, +40 total)
Urine: trace of protein and trace of blood
All of those stats looked good. The protein and blood worried me, but Peggy assured me that a trace of protein is normal, and the blood could even be from a dilating cervix.
My urine culture from the last visit came back as clear. Unfortunately, though, I am GBS+ from the swab.
Peggy asked about the supplements I'm taking right now. The list is: probiotics 2x/day, Evening Primrose Oil 1500mg/bedtime, prenatals, vitamin C 1-2x/day (depending on how often I remember), and my tea. She asked about garlic, which reminded me (although, how could I forget) that I am using that every night. And let me just say I don't mean orally. She gave me some tips on making that more effective, so I'll be continuing it until I give birth. Oh joy.
We talked about what the protocol will be if I go into labour while she is out of town. (She is teaching classes at a seminar in Chicago this weekend, and she won't be back until Sunday afternoon. ) I am supposed to call her cell phone for questions, etc. If I go into hard labour, I am supposed to call her cell phone AND a backup midwife. (Who, interestingly enough, actually lives closer to us. )
I mentioned that I thought I had contractions the other night. At the time, I wasn't trying to get my hopes up, so I assumed they were gas pains. Of course, nothing was coming out at all, and it was accompanied by a weird spurt of energy where I could not sit still to save my life! I don't think they were doing anything, though. I've had a few menstrual-type cramps too, but again with the not thinking they were doing anything.
When Peggy palpated, she found that the baby had rotated to my left side, which is a great thing. She's still high, but I can expect that until labour. (It's a positive thing in that baby can find her own way once it starts.) We heard a good strong heartbeat too!
My next appointment is Monday June 26 at 11am. My mom may or may not go. (I hope she does. I was SO wiped out by the time I got home tonight.)
Other things I've done this week include going swimming at the state park on Saturday. It was a lot of fun, and it was nice to have that weightless feeling for a little while. We had intended to do the wet dry run with the birth pool, but we hadn't been able to find a waterbed kit to drain it until Saturday morning, and then we found that the air mattress pump had to be charged for 10 hours.
Sunday, we all went to the berry farm for snacks and shopping. We came home and then Adia and I met Lizzie (my doula) for coffee and chatting. She arrived with pumpkin bread for me (which she'd told me she was bringing) and two new really awesome Sckoon diapers (which were a total surprise!). We chatted for a bit, which was nice, since I hadn't seen her in practically forever! :)
Sunday afternoon, we came home and set up the birth pool for a wet "dry run" of how much time it would take to fill up the pool and how long it would stay warm. For the record, it takes about 30-35 minutes to fill as deep as I need it, and it keeps its heat pretty well. It dropped 5 degrees in 3.5-4 hours, which I don't think would be overly noticeable if I was in it the whole time. We only knew because we had a thermometer. Draining it took for-ev-er! Luckily we'll have more hands to help bail to make it go faster after the birth. Floating around in there was pretty nice for the 40 or so minutes I spent in it. Right now it's being stored in our guest bedroom until we need it. (It's too much of a pain in the rear to keep it in the kitchen!)
At this point I'm floating between being really excited about Baby Firecracker's impending arrival, and trying to really appreciate the pregnancy and not rush it. Some days I am better at it than others.
I think that's all the news that's fit to print! :D Hopefully no big updates for another week!