Baby Bump Diary: Week 38
What's Up With Little B
- Little B is about 6lbs 5oz according to last week's ultrasound
- At this point Little B is considered full term so he/she can decide to make an appearance any day now
- His/her growth is mostly just fattening up, as all organs fingers and toes are ready to rock
- Little B is a super active little baby, I haven't had to track fetal movements at all because I'm always feeling my little one shift throughout the day
You may remember that throughout my pregnancy I've been worried about little B being breech. Well either little B turned 3 weeks ago or was never breech at all. At 35 weeks I was sent for an ultrasound to check because the doctors were sure my little one was in a breech position. Turns out baby was head down. This was such a relief for me.
I want to discuss breech babies because I did some research while I waited for my ultra sound. It is important to note that if you are in the care of a qualified health care professional who has experience catching breech babies it can be safe to give birth vaginally. This applies to all forms of breech accept a footling breech. In most cases, it is not necessary to be rushed to the ER and have a cesarian. The problem lies in finding a health care professional who will allow you to deliver vaginally.
It is also important to note that most babies turn before or at the time you go into labour. So, even if you have a scheduled cesarian due to a breech baby, there is stall a chance you can have a vaginal delivery. For more information on breech babies talk with your health care professional and check out www.spinningbabies.com.
Last week it was brought to my attention that my fundal easurement had consistently stayed the same for 3 measurements. Because my weight hadn't changed much the doctor was concerned the baby wasn't growing. So, it was off to the ultrasound clinic again to check on baby. Of course the ultrasound showed baby's growth was on target and little B had gained almost 1lb since the ultrasound from 2 weeks before. Nothing to worry about.
The reason my measurement had remained the same was because little B had dropped. His/her little head is now very low in my pelvis. Which is great, we are almost ready to try out this childbirth thing :-)
My pregnancy has been fairly easy. I feel blessed because I haven't had anything to complain about. I've done my best to get plenty of exercise and eat nutritious foods. I feel this is a major factor in why pregnancy was easy for me.
Now that my belly is so huge, I do find certain activities awkward, but I know there is only a few short weeks left. I'm tough, so I can handle it.
The best thing I've done during my pregnancy is loosely follow the Weston Price diet. I am eating a diet high in animal proteins, good quality fats, fruits & vegetables, and nuts & seeds. Of course I allowed myself to eat the occasional treat to keep my spirits high, but I was very aware of the foods I consumed. I believe this type of whole foods diet is why my pregnancy was easy.
With the rebranding of krystalbernier.com I will be providing an easy to follow meal plan program to help any of you who would like to focus on good nourishment for a healthy baby and pregnancy. The program will be top notch, so stay tuned.
Preparing For Baby
I feel like over the last two months I've done nothing but prepare for baby. I wrapped up my out of home job, which felt so good. I didn't have any complaints about my job, but it wasn't what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. For me it feels like a step in the right direction to let the job go.
I've set up little B's room. There is still some artistic work to be done, like hanging some pictures and making a mobile, but little B can move in at any time.
I've cleaned and organized throughout my house. Getting rid of clutter, vacuuming those underneath places I rarely get to, and getting caught up on personal/business paperwork. I still have household chores I would like to do before little B arrives, but it's okay if I don't finish everything. Isn't that what company is for, wink wink.
Since I became 37 weeks preggo I've really started to focus on preparing my body for labour. I've been drinking red raspberry leaf tea (iced) 3x per day, taking primrose oil, and a homeopathic product called EZ Birth, all to help prepare for labour and ensure baby arrives on time. I am very aware of when I need to rest and I allow myself to do so. The physical toll labour and birth takes on the body is more than running a marathon, so it's important for women to rest in the weeks leading up to labour.
If you can I highly recommend taking at least the 2 weeks off before your due date. 4 weeks would be better. Take this time to relax and prepare for the arrival of your new little one. For you mothers out there who already have children, the weeks leading up to your due date are a great time to hire or ask for help so you can get yourself ready.
I am so excited to meet my little B. The next time I write a baby bump diary it will be to deliver the good news.
I'm not sure what to expect when my little one arrives, but I probably won't be active on the blog until fall. I do have some big changes in the works for you all, including a new website, a new blog format, and some great tools to help you wholly nourish yourself and your baby.
Love and Happiness,
Krystal Bernier, Holistic Nutritionist