I have another OB appointment today.
Today I will plead with her a little bit for help.
I haven’t been well towards the end of this end of pregnancy – my tailbone hasn’t been doing too well coping with the extra weight, so I have a hard time getting comfortable simply sitting or laying down. I have been encountering swelling in my right foot/ankle (and as of this morning it won’t go away after sleeping over night). While this baby is not a big one that compresses my lung area, the weight I’ve gained from this pregnancy (30-ish pounds) isn’t going over well after my weight loss – it’s like my body wants to rebel against it, or something.
Not to mention, I am not sleeping well. If wielding a baby belly into somewhat comfortable positions in bed were an olympic sport, I’d fail. Heck, I wouldn’t even make the olympic team (although it is quite a work out). Also, I wake up nauseous every night now, my stomach is wayyyy up in my chest area, and laying flat makes me feel like I’m going to get sick everywhere. (Even hours after being awake, like right now, I still feel horribly nauseous.) It’s awful.
I don’t know what it is I am going to ask her, other than for help. Do I choose to try to make myself go early? I’ve always been a real big listener to my body, letting it do what nature intended, but this time, it’s different. The baby wants out. I want the baby out, and I feel like my body is saying “GET THE BABY OUT,” but it isn’t helping itself by getting anything going, labor-wise.
I don’t want to ‘cheat’ by taking all the home remedies, etc., but at the same time, I don’t know how much longer I can go like this, without proper rest or the ability to sit comfortably in a relaxed position. How will this fare for natural childbirth, you know?
So, between my ailments as of late, and contractions and my curiosity as to how much further along I’ve progressed dilation-wise (if at all), I’ve got lots to discuss at today’s appointment. But, we do not know the gender. Heck, even the DOCTOR doesn’t know the gender.
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*Post Doctor Update* – I’m a “full two” in dilation (YES! PROGRESSING!) and still high (always am, baby never comes down until it’s pushing time). She could offer me no “suggestions” on how to help nausea, other than taking Tums etc. She did say that the baby may be making me swell by leaning too heavily on the right side. She called this “normal end-of-pregnancy discomfort” but it’s sooo not normal for me. Meanwhile, checking me has “awakened the demons” with contractions. Woo! And heart-rate 150′s