32 Weeks Prego with Middle

I don’t know what it is, but something about hitting the 32 week mark really made my mind go into high gear.  It was like suddenly I realized..

Oh, snap.  This is happening.  In 8 short weeks, we are having a baby.  Another baby!!

This prompted the beginning of what I can only assume is the nesting phase.  I had already begun to work on the nursery, but I really got in there and cleaned it up over the weekend.  I also bought some necessities and put them in a stack in my closet for the big day.  This made me laugh because at this point with Poppyseed, I believed that I had to have about 100 different items in order to be prepared for a baby.  This time I could only come up with four things: a thin and comfy bathrobe, a nursing tank, lanolin, and newborn diapers.  All of which I purchased at Target, in less than 10 minutes and for less than $40.  It’s kind of funny, really.  You really do relax so much between baby #1 and #2.

I picked up these two newborn accessories at a baby boutique last week.  Only one will be needed, and I honestly have no idea which!

I picked up these two newborn accessories at a baby boutique last week. Only one will be needed, and I honestly have no idea which!  Each time I see them sitting in our moses basket I get all excited and full of anticipation.

On Thursday I had a really great prenatal appointment with the certified doula who works with my midwife.  Her name is Andrea, and I absolutely loved her.  Toni tries to make sure that all of her patients meet Andrea at least once during their pregnancy, because she is very likely to be assisting during the birth and she doesn’t want the moms to see any unfamiliar faces.  On top of the routine prenatal things that happen at every appointment (urine sample, weight check, blood pressure, fetal heartbeat, measuring, etc) we just spent a lot of time talking.  We talked about everything from how I was feeling, baby’s movement, my nutrition, my exercise routine, any discomforts I was having, questions I had, and more.  That is one thing that is just such a huge contrast compared to using my OB, is that appointments are always 45-60 minutes long.   I know I’ve said before that I completely understand why a typical OB appointment cannot be as long (they have a much higher patient load and a much more broad spectrum in terms of patient care), but I have to admit that one thing I have really loved about using a midwife is that I can literally ask EVERY question under the sun at my appointments and enjoy longer and extremely thorough conversations.

Last week I became religious about drinking my pregnancy tea.  Raspberry leaf is known for toning the uterus, and alfalfa/nettle can help prevent bleeding during labor and also prevent hemorrhoids.  I brew a double serving each morning and drink it iced throughout the day.

Last week I became religious about drinking my pregnancy tea. Raspberry leaf is known for toning the uterus, and alfalfa/nettle can help prevent bleeding during labor and also prevent hemorrhoids. I brew a double serving each morning and drink it iced throughout the day.

I finally caved and bought some compression socks.  Despite how silly they look, they actually do make my left leg feel about 60% better.  I didn't think that compressing my lower leg could possibly help my thigh and upper leg, but it certainly does help!

I finally caved and bought some compression socks. Despite how silly they look, they actually do make my left leg feel about 60% better. I didn’t think that compressing my lower leg could possibly help my thigh and upper leg, but it certainly does help!  Which is a good thing, because those bad boys cost me $50!!  These are the 2XU brand.

On Saturday I had the long awaited sonogram to check the status of my marginal placenta previa.  The last time I had a sonogram was at 27 weeks, and I was told that the placenta was very, very close to my cervical opening.  I heard things like, “It could be very dangerous,” and “How would you feel if you needed a C-section?” and “At this point in your pregnancy, it is a lot less likely to move up in your uterus.”  They explained that it was less than 2cm away from my cervix and it needed to be at least 2-3cm to delivery normally.  Frankly, it was a pretty stressful appointment.  It took me about a week to pull myself together afterward and realize that it was going to be okay no matter what.

But that didn’t stop me from praying like hell.  (Is it okay to say that?  Ha.  Maybe I should say pray like heaven?)

All joking aside, I prayed and prayed and prayed.  There isn’t really anything else you can do to move a placenta, but I prayed several times a day.  I asked Oatmeal to put his hands on my tummy every night and pray for the placenta to move, my body’s well-being, the baby’s well-being, etc.   I asked my mom to pray, and she said that she prayed nonstop for a month.  She asked her prayer group and all of her friends to join in as well.

So on Saturday I went by Toni’s birth center and anxiously awaited the verdict.  At first it was difficult to get a good measurement, because the baby is head down (yay!) and covering my cervix.  Finally, she was able to get a measurement.

8 CENTIMETERS!

Woohoo!  Totally in the clear!

And just for good measure, she did a vaginal ultrasound as well.  (Joy.)  This part was just to make absolutely certain that there was no placenta blocking the cervix.   Everything looked exactly the way it should.

We also learned some other fun facts while we were there.  For one, Middle’s placenta is quite large.  I’ve never even considered the fact that placentas come in all sizes, so it was kind of weird to hear that.  But it makes sense, because Middle is quite large!  According to the sonographer, he/she is weighing in at 5lbs, 6oz already.  Toni asked me if there was any way my due date could be wrong, but since I had a miscarriage the month prior to conceiving Middle and even know my date of ovulation, we are pretty sure that it has to be the first week of August.  Based on the day I ovulated my due date would be August 7, and based on my initial sonogram it would be August 3, but the sonogram on Saturday dated me at the third week in July.

Another tidbit that really got my attention was the measurement of Middle’s head.  At 32 weeks along this little nugget is already carrying a noggin’ that’s 5cm wide and dates me at about 35 weeks pregnant.

Awesome.  Someone pass the coconut oil, because it looks like I should start the perineal massaging STAT.  This could hurt.
😉

One last little snippet was that it appears Middle has hair!  By the time they told me that Middle was large, measuring early, and full of hair, I was seriously wondering if this child can possibly be related to Poppyseed.  Poppyseed was tiny, late, and completely bald!  I mean, I realized I was not to give birth to an exact replica of my existing baby, but it is still mind-blowing to hear all of these contrasts!

Overall I left the appointment with a huge sense of relief, excitement, and yes, some nervousness that I am going to give birth to a large baby.  I talked with Toni about Middle’s size before I left, and we each agreed that keeping up my Crossfit, yoga, and walking was a good idea.  I also decided to keep a food log for the next few days, just to make sure I’m not eating more sugar than I realize.  I’ve definitely increased my fruit intake quite a bit since I got pregnant, and I also like to bake paleo muffins and such every week or so.  Maybe I’m eating a ton of sugar without realizing it and this is contributing to Middle’s size?  Who knows, but it can’t hurt to keep a food log and double check that I’m falling into a healthy range.

Which brings me to the close of this post…. I hear all the time that sonogram measurements can be off by quite a bit.  If you are a mama reading this, did you have an ultrasound later in your pregnancy?  If so, what did your baby measure and did it turn out to be accurate?  I can’t help but remember a friend who was told that her baby was far too large to deliver normally and was scheduled for a cesarean.  Turned out her baby was average size.  Another friend was reassured over and over again that her baby was 6.5-7lbs at just before her due date, and yet she gave birth to a 9 pounder!  (She said she was glad she had no idea that her baby was so large because her frame is extremely petite and it would have scared her.)  So if you have any of your own experiences to share, I’d love to hear it.

Until next time…

Welp, here I am!  Feeling large and in charge.  ;)

Welp, here I am! Feeling large and in charge. 😉

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  1. What is your tea recipe? Just raspberry + alfalfa + nettle X 2? I am in the second trimester and looking for something that will energize me and give me an alternative to water… I’ve been drinking water like a champ but it gets SO BORING. Thanks!

    • Sarah, I don’t have much of a recipe for the tea…. but I would go to Wellness Mama’s website and look there because I loosely follow hers. If you google “Pregnancy Tea Wellness Mama” then one of her posts will come up about Nutrition in Pregnancy and if you scroll to the bottom of her article you’ll find the info on her tea. 🙂

  2. Both of mine were spot on for size. The 32 week board is cracking me up!!!

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