Thursday, February 7, 2013

32 Weeks


A few weeks ago I was dreading the every 2-week and eventually every week doctor visits, but this week I was looking forward to it. I am growing closer and closer to my due date and, being in the third trimester now, am experiencing different things. My feet are sometimes swollen in the evening which is worrisome for a former pre-eclampsia patient but the doctor said that's normal especially when simply sitting upright at the dinner table cuts off the blood supply to my legs because my stomach is pressing down on them! I also am experiencing more frequent and more intense Braxton Hicks contractions. But after a check yesterday, I now know that I am not dilated at all so they are indeed "fake" contractions. It's comforting to have a little confirmation that everything is going remarkably well and that everything I'm feeling is normal, because although this is my fifth pregnancy, I don't have a lot of experience with normal.

I also had my monthly ultrasound on Tuesday. The babies are doing well and GROWING! Their estimated weights are now 4 pounds, 6 ounces for Baby A and 4 pounds, 9 ounces for Baby B. That means they are above average and already weigh almost as much as Jathan did when he was born! I suppose he will continue to hold the spot as smallest baby in our family.


I was disappointed to find that the babies are not in great positions as far as birthing goes. Baby A was transverse with her head on the left side of my stomach and her feet near the right side of my stomach kicking her breech sister in the head. Of course they do still have time and space to flip into better positions! In the meantime their weird positions are a help in keeping them in there longer since there are no heads bearing down dilating my cervix. I am planning a trip to the chiropractor, however, and am doing pelvic tilts and spending time on all fours each day to see if that helps. I go back to the doctor in two more weeks so I'll let you know!

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