You do know what this means, right?
I am now officially in my ninth month of pregnancy. [One of the biggest misconceptions is that pregnancy is only nine months when, in fact, it’s TEN.]
It still amazes me to walk past a mirror and see my enlarged mid-section in the reflection. And you’d think I’d be used to compensating for the belly by now, but I swear I accidentally swing at least one door or cabinet into it per day.
“Your baby is still packing on the pounds — at the rate of about an ounce a day. She now weighs almost 6 pounds and is more than 18 1/2 inches long. She’s shedding most of the downy covering of hair that covered her body as well as the vernix caseosa, the waxy substance that covered and protected her skin during her nine-month amniotic bath. Your baby swallows both of these substances, along with other secretions, resulting in a blackish mixture, called meconium, will form the contents of her first bowel movement… At the end of this week, your baby will be considered full-term.” [Source.]
It seems obvious by how large I am that the baby is growing healthily and happily in there, and it definitely feels like there’s a 6 pound baby in there – the movements of the baby are big now and sometimes a bit uncomfortable. But, as always, it’s reassuring to me to feel the baby move so much.
The little one is still head-down [perfect] and gets hiccups all the time. And from what I can tell, he/she loves: the beach and swimming, belly rubs, warm showers, story time, and yoga.
[ 8 Weeks / 36 Weeks ]
W.O.W! I look at those photos and am absolutely amazed by what a woman’s body is capable of. The belly is definitely here and there is no doubt that there is a healthy baby hanging out in there. The crazy thing is that, because we take these update shots in the morning, I feel – and look – even bigger by the end of the day. Although the scale says I’m not gaining a ridiculous amount of weight, I’ve been feeling extra large lately – taking longer to waddle through the day and experiencing some pelvic pressure come mid-day or so.
I’m finding it ironic that all throughout my pregnancy people have told me how small I’ve looked because no one is saying that anymore. Everywhere I go I get comments like, ”Wow, you are VERY pregnant” and “You could pop any day now, huh?”. I try to take it all with a grain of salt because I know I’ve said things like that to pregnant Mamas before, but – especially for someone who has struggled with weight issues my whole life – it feels inconsiderate sometimes. I realize now that pregnancy is such an emotional and sensitive time that being conscious about the things we say is very important. I know that personally I’m going to make an effort to tell hapai mamas that they look radiant, healthy or perfect rather than small, big or ready to pop.
I may also just be overly sensitive at the moment… with Ben gone for the past couple of weeks, I got a lot of well-needed time for myself and baby. We also just found out that we’ll be moving in two weeks [yes, that would be just two weeks before my due date]. And as my due date approaches, there are so many emotions and questions surfacing:
- When will the baby come? Will we be in the middle of packing or moving? Will we be settled in?
- Will having a home-birth in a brand new space hinder my ability to open up and birth this baby?
- Should I plan to birth at my midwife’s house instead?
- What does the baby look like?
- Have I eaten enough healthy food to ensure a healthy weight for the little one?
- Is it a boy or a girl?
- Have I done enough squats and cat/cows to help me through childbirth?
- Can someone please explain to me again how a life-sized baby is going to fit through my vagina?
I keep reassuring myself that all of these questions are natural and that everything is happening just as it should. Ultimately, I trust the process completely and know that in the end my intuition will always guide me in the right direction. Ben has been excellent about being open to all of my random questions [even in the middle of the night] and giving me wonderfully reassuring feedback and love.
Odds and ends for 36 weeks:
- Next midwife appointment: This coming week we planned to do a home-visit [we’re not sure what’ll happen now that we’ll be moving] with everyone that’ll be attending the birth – our midwife Tina, her assistant Sonia, my Mom and Ben.
- Next medical center appointment: Tomorrow I have my Group B Strep test at Kaiser [in case we need to go to the hospital].
- Signs of labor: None that I know of.
- Physical feelings: Walking has been getting slower [what used to take me 40 minutes now takes me almost 60], my pelvic bones feel like they’ve been stretching/opening, and the eczema on my finger is going crazy right now.
- Emotional feelings: I’ve been focusing mainly on getting prepared in this arena for the birth – writing, meditating, and talking with the baby more often.
I have so much that I’d love to share with you all that it feels strange not to have the motivation to write out a few more posts. I’m hoping to get around to it soon – because who knows what my motivation will look like once the little one gets here? – but I truly appreciate you all bearing with me as the blog takes a bit of a backseat to real life right now. I love that I’ve been able to share this journey with you all and am still amazed that there are only a few more weeks left until we welcome the little one.
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