Monday, July 12, 2010

34 weeks (and looking forward to the end!)

I am 34 weeks pregnant today, and I feel terrible.  More on that later.  First of all, we had a doctor's appointment and an ultrasound last week.  Everything looked fine, but we learned that our little girl is HUGE.  She was measuring at about 5 pounds 12 ounces, which put her in the 90th percentile for size.  I'm carrying a baby that is already about the size of a full term baby.  Thank goodness I am delivering early!  I think I would be completely miserable if I had another 6 weeks left.  I'm pretty sure I'm going to deliver about 4 weeks from today (give or take a few days).  The appointment to make the delivery day schedule is next Thursday, and I can't wait!  I'm really looking forward to having something set.

On Saturday afternoon Darren and I had a hospital tour.  I really like our hospital.  They have a lovely women's center, and they are a certified "baby-friendly" hospital.  Only about 100 hospitals in the entire nation and 5 in Texas have that designation.  Its kind of nice to have the hospital down the street be such a good place for delivery and babies.  Its a smaller hospital, but they even have a level 3 NICU.  I was surprised.  The tour guide said the only reason they would ever need to transfer a baby to another hospital is if it is born before 27 weeks gestation.  They can handle any other situation right on site.  I'm sure we won't need the NICU, but its nice to know we would be so close if our baby did need to stay for some reason.  Anyway, the delivery and recovery rooms are all very nice, and they all have wireless access, so Darren should survive the stay. :)

On Sunday I had that breastfeeding class.  I went by myself, which was totally fine.  There were several husbands there, but I didn't think they really needed to be.  It was all very helpful information though, and makes me feel a bit more comfortable about the whole thing.  I think I will be able to breastfeed without a problem.  The hospital is very helpful with breastfeeding support and a lactation consultant visits your room within the first hour after birth.  They also have a breastfeeding support center I can visit anytime to get extra help.  Hopefully I can do it.  I don't look forward to paying for formula, so if I can avoid it for a while I will be happy.

Now back to how I feel.  I am 34 weeks pregnant today, and this has been the worst day yet!  I have lower back pain, leg pain, hip pain, and increasingly uncomfortable and painful jabs in my stomach.  Plus, I'm completely exhausted!  This really sucks.  I feel like my uterus is stretched to the limit and can't possibly get any bigger.  It doesn't help that my baby is so large already.  I've been trying to exercise this past week.  Darren keeps telling me it will help me feel better, but it doesn't.  I exercised last night and today was worse than any other.  I will try to keep up with the exercise, but I am convinced it hasn't helped me a bit.  At least it will keep Darren quiet. :)

Only 4 weeks left!  I hope all of this pain and exhaustion doesn't get worse.

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