I am now 30 weeks pregnant with baby Isla, and it’s all becoming too real. My belly is growing by the day it seems, and my hunger has returned with a vengeance. I am now 10 weeks away from my due date, and I just had my second appointment with my new OB. I was on the search for a new OB since about 22 weeks when I finally decided that my former provider was not as supportive of my birth plan as I previously thought.
At my 30-week appointment last week, there were no major concerns. My husband and I got to see baby Isla and her little hands grabbing onto her feet on the ultrasound – can’t wait to meet her, she seems like so much fun already! Took the super-fun 1-hour glucose test, in which you drink orange or lemon-lime liquid and have your blood drawn to rule out gestational diabetes). I definitely drank worse things in my college days, and thankfully, I passed!
Although, my former provider delivered my first two babies, via C-section I might add, she wasn’t too keen on supporting my plans to VBAC with baby number three, meaning Vaginal Birth After Cesarean. I plan to have a separate post all about VBAC and why I want to attempt a VBAC with this pregnancy, will post soon! She was a wonderful provider, and I am thankful I had her to deliver my babies. With that said, I have wanted a vaginal birth since I found out I was pregnant with Eva in 2016, and now, I want it more than ever. My husband and I want to have 5 kids total, and recovering from major abdominal surgery while running after toddlers is not my ideal circumstance. I plan to do a post on each of my daughter’s birth stories at some point, but until then, I will say that my previous births brought my babies into this world, for which I am truly grateful, but there are aspects I would change or do-over if I could. I am so excited and hopeful for baby Isla’s birth, because my new OB is VERY VBAC-supportive, and I couldn’t be happier that I spent the past 8 weeks calling around town and posting on forums trying to find the ideal provider for the birth of my dreams. Never give up, mamas!
How I am feeling: I am uncomfortable to say the least, and like I said earlier, my belly is getting huge! I can feel some swelling starting to happen in my legs as well. Standing for long periods of time makes my legs feel swollen and achey, but not visibly showing much swelling yet. Acid reflux has started in big time, like all day long! I have been having allergies and sinus pressure – thanks, Oklahoma – which is causing me to have mini migraines and neck/shoulder pain. Been using a heating pad for that and Benadryl when I can’t stand it anymore. Going to Thrive Chiropractic Clinic every two weeks for a 30-minute massage and adjustment helps immensely. I also have a 1-hour massage at Recover Therapy once a month. I recommend taking care of your body as much as you can during this time to ease discomfort and ensure baby’s proper alignment for when labor is closer. I am feeling baby kicking like crazy, and I have been utilizing my pregnancy wedge pillow to try and get some sleep.
What I’m craving: CARBS. I feel like I am back to the first trimester, and am craving carbs and comfort foods. Breakfast sandwiches (egg, sausage, and cheese), pasta, Cherry Pepsi, and all the desserts. Trying to get in my protein when I can, but it’s hard because the thought of meat has been disgusting probably this whole pregnancy. I always start my day out with two scoops of collagen peptides in my coffee, and then have a protein shake in the afternoon. During pregnancy, women should aim to get around 70 grams of protein a day.
What I am doing for labor preparation: During this trimester, it’s GAME TIME! I have been seeing a prenatal Chiropractor in Tulsa Thrive Chiropractic Clinic every 2 weeks since about 22 weeks. Benefits of chiropractic care during pregnancy include: reduce pain, optimal positioning for baby for labor/birth, and a healthier and more comfortable pregnancy overall. I walk for 30 minutes a day when my schedule and the weather permits. My biggest endeavor during this month has been starting Hypnobabies online home study class. Hypnobabies teaches “teach real, medical-grade somnambulistic hypnosis techniques, creating an automatically peaceful, relaxing and more comfortable pregnancy, a calm confident Birth Partner, and an easier, much more comfortable natural birthing for our pregnant students.” This is has been eye-opening for me as a major component that I plan to utilize for my upcoming birth, free from epidural and pain meds. I will do a full review of the program after baby is born!
Overall, this mama is optimistic, determined, but dammit am I tired! I keep reminding myself that I CAN DO HARD THINGS, and that this is only temporary. Just happy to be in the last third of this pregnancy, and that much closer to meeting baby Isla. More updates to come!