Tuesday, 25 September 2012

40 weeks

How your baby's growing:

It's hard to say for sure how big your baby will be, but the average newborn weighs about 7 1/2 pounds (a small pumpkin) and is about 20 inches long. His skull bones are not yet fused, which allows them to overlap a bit if it's a snug fit through the birth canal during labor. This so-called "molding" is the reason your baby's noggin may look a little conehead-ish after birth. Rest assured — it's normal and temporary.

How your life's changing:

After months of anticipation, your due date rolls around, and... you're still pregnant. It's a frustrating, but common, situation in which to find yourself. You may not be as late as you think, especially if you're relying solely on a due date calculated from the day of your last period because sometimes women ovulate later than expected. Even with reliable dating, some women have prolonged pregnancies for no apparent reason.

You still have a couple of weeks before you'll be considered "post-term." But to be sure your baby is still thriving, your practitioner will schedule you for testing to keep an eye on her if your pregnancy continues.

You may have a biophysical profile (BPP), which consists of an ultrasound to look at your baby's overall movements, breathing movements (movement of her chest muscles and diaphragm), and muscle tone (whether she opens and closes her hand or extends and then flexes her limbs), as well as the amount of amniotic fluid that surrounds her (important because it's a reflection of how well the placenta is supporting your baby).

Fetal heart rate monitoring (called a nonstress test or NST) will generally be done as well — by itself or as part of the BPP. Or, you may have what's known as a modified BPP, which consists of an NST and an ultrasound to assess the amount of amniotic fluid.

If the fetal testing isn't reassuring — the amniotic fluid level is too low, for example — you'll be induced. If there's a serious, urgent problem, you may have an immediate c-section.

Your practitioner will also check your cervix to see if it's "ripening." Its position, how soft it is, how effaced (thinned out) it is, and how dilated (open) it is can all affect when and how your labor is induced. If you don't go into labor on your own, you'll be induced, usually sometime between 41 and 42 weeks.

Sunday, 23 September 2012

Pre-WW, pre-pregnancy and current picture comparison

Got the inspiration from someone on a fb group today to put my pictures all together and see what I look like now compared to what I looked like around the same weight while NOT pregnant...

First picture: side shots (had no side shot of me at my heaviest pre WW)
Left: 2 weeks pregnant
Right: 39 weeks pregnant

Second picture: face shots
Left: August 2011 at starting weight
Middle: NYE 2011 down 30ish lbs (lost another 5 before finding out I was preg) 2 weeks pregnant
Right: August 2012 up 35ish lbs (right around WW starting weight) and 35 weeks pregnant

Third picture: front shots
Left: August 2011 at starting weight
Middle: NYE 2011 down 30ish lbs (lost another 5 before finding out I was preg) 2 weeks pregnant
Right: September 20/2012 up 40ish lbs (about 5 more than starting WW weight) and 39 weeks pregnant

Saturday, 22 September 2012

Another Rant

Dear she who shall not be named,
Just because you had a baby 26 years ago, does not mean you know more than I do about the way the body works. There are TONS of new research and discoveries as well as the INTERNET for those of us nowadays to learn from. Try tell me that you know more about how things work again because "you're OLDER" and I will unleash my hormones on you. Oh, any BY THE WAY... you're WRONG anyways.

A Ju Ju Be Birthday!

So in this post, I mentioned I thought I was getting this bag for my birthday:
Well, instead I got an even BETTER bag! I got this one (as well as a few other fun things):
Here are my pictures of my pretty birthday gifts! Click to make them bigger! I really lucked out on the print placement on these ones. Because of the number of characters in this print, it's really easy to have your favourites cut off or have a funny placement of a lot of them.

front / back (with strap... love the donut chick on the strap)

side pockets / changing pad

organizing bag and coin purse front / back (coin purse is adorable)

Thursday, 20 September 2012


Dear world,
Just because someone is pregnant and nearing her due date does NOT mean that her vagina is an appropriate topic of conversation... If you wouldn't talk about her vagina while not pregnant, don't talk about it while she's pregnant.

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Holy JJB obsession

Remember when I posted this? Well my darling husband just found me one of the prints that I was in LOVE with!! It's gonna come live with me in a couple weeks when MIL and SIL come for a visit! I'm super excited. The print has been discontinued for a while and the bag is still new with tags! Below is the bag:

Julia's Ribbons Be All

Now here's the rest of my Ju Ju Be stash as it sits right now:

Licorice Twirl Be Right Back 2.0 / Fuchsia Blossoms Be Light

Blush Frosting Be Quick / Tokidoki Iconic Be Quick (have TWO)

Citrus Sorbet Be All / Vanilla Earth Leather Be Major (wallet)

Be Connected stroller clips

AND (hopefully), this last one here (for my birthday):
Dreamy Diamonds Hobobe

Soon, I will post a LARGE post (or page) detailing all the accessories I want to match these main bags and which other bags are on my dream list! I have a dream of getting one bag of every type eventually :)

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

39 weeks

  • Dr appointment was my last one before my Dr goes on holidays
  • baby from U/S last thursday measures about 50th%ile for head and belly size. head is differently shaped (not basketball round but more oblong I think) and femur length is in the 90th%ile. sounds like we'll have a tall baby. estimated weight last week was about 8lbs
  • t minus 6 days until my due date and a max of 17/18 days before we would be getting induced if baby isn't here
  • I'm torn because I'd love my Dr to deliver baby but I'm tired of being pregnant. I'm hoping baby puts me in labour tonight and comes tomorrow before Dr leaves! lol :) best of both worlds!
  • feeling stretched to the max!
  • much more pelvic pain and back pain. it's so hard to get comfy at night and hurts to roll over to change positions and to get up to go to the bathroom

How your baby's growing:

Your baby's waiting to greet the world! He continues to build a layer of fat to help control his body temperature after birth, but it's likely he already measures about 20 inches and weighs a bit over 7 pounds, a mini watermelon. (Boys tend to be slightly heavier than girls.) The outer layers of his skin are sloughing off as new skin forms underneath.

How your life's changing:

At each of your now-weekly visits, (we've been weekly for like 3 weeks already) your caregiver will do an abdominal exam to check your baby's growth and position. She might also do an internal exam to see whether your cervix has started ripening: softening, effacing (thinning out), and dilating (opening). But even armed with this information, there's still no way for your caregiver to predict exactly when your baby is coming. If you go past your due date, your caregiver will schedule you for fetal testing (usually a sonogram) after 40 weeks to ensure that it's safe to continue the pregnancy. If you don't go into labor on your own, most practitioners will induce labor when you're between one and two weeks overdue — or sooner if there's an indication that the risk of waiting is greater than the risks of delivering your baby without further delay.

While you're waiting, it's important to continue to pay attention to your baby's movements and let your caregiver know right away if they seem to decrease. Your baby should remain active right up to delivery, so far baby is super active like ALL the time! lol and a noticeable slowdown in activity could be a sign of a problem. Also call if you think your water may have broken. Membranes rupture before the beginning of labor in about 8 percent of term pregnancies. Sometimes there's a big gush of fluid, but sometimes there's only a small gush or a slow leak. (Don't try to make the diagnosis yourself. Call even if you only suspect you have a leak.) Especially important being GBS+ as well. I hope contractions start first rather than water breaking. I'd rather avoid induction! If you rupture your membranes and don't start contractions on your own, you'll be induced.

38 week adventure

So last thursday I went to my Dr appointment and found a BP up around 140/90. Well that's a lot higher than usual and a huge jump from the week before. My Dr decided to send me to the hospital for monitoring. He figured I'd be there for 24 hours for monitoring.

We got there... waited around for a room for an hour. All the antepartum rooms were full so I got put in a LD room. Lovely little pee test, blood work, blood pressure, NST and more blood pressure. First BP showed what the Dr saw. After lying down for the NST for 30 mins or whatever, my BP was back at 120/80ish or whatever normal was for me.

Then they sent me home... that was a stressful day. We didn't know if I'd be stuck in the hospital to deliver the baby or not... All was good though.

At my appointment, I was dilated 1cm (boo but 1cm more than last week!), soft (but not effaced) and posterior. Oh well, that will change in labour if it doesn't before :P

We didn't tell anyone about the hospital visit though. No reason to stress anyone out.

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

38 weeks

37 weeks / 38 weeks

Nothing really to say since my 37 week dr appt update... I'm pretty sure baby did indeed drop though this last week.

How your baby's growing:

Your baby has really plumped up. She weighs about 6.8 pounds and she's over 19 1/2 inches long (like a leek). She has a firm grasp, which you'll soon be able to test when you hold her hand for the first time! Her organs have matured and are ready for life outside the womb.

Wondering what color your baby's eyes will be? You may not be able to tell right away. If she's born with brown eyes, they'll likely stay brown. I'm betting brown based on hubby's eye colour though! If she's born with steel gray or dark blue eyes, they may stay gray or blue or turn green, hazel, or brown by the time she's 9 months old. That's because a child's irises (the colored part of the eye) may gain more pigment in the months after she's born, but they usually won't get "lighter" or more blue. (Green, hazel, and brown eyes have more pigment than gray or blue eyes.)

How your life's changing:

For many women, the next couple of weeks are a waiting game. Use this time to prepare your baby's nursery or to take care of necessary tasks you may not get around to for a while after your baby's born. I have a to do list for me and one for hubby. Take naps, catch up on your reading, and spend uninterrupted time with your partner while you can.

Some swelling in your feet and ankles is normal during these last weeks, but call your practitioner without delay if you notice excessive or sudden swelling of your feet or ankles, more than slight swelling of your hands, any swelling in your face or puffiness around your eyes, or have a sudden weight gain. Still no swelling thankfully. I still have ankle bones and my fingers are normal. Also let her know immediately if have severe or persistent headaches; visual changes (such as double or blurred vision, seeing spots or flashing lights, light sensitivity, or a temporary loss of vision), intense upper abdominal pain or tenderness, or nausea and vomiting. These are symptoms of a serious condition called pre-eclampsia.

My to do list: 
organize the storage in the garage
organize my desk and bins
empty my hard drive
clean the bedroom clutter
sew nursing pads
make monogrammed taggies for baby
pack hospital bags (labour bag, food bag, baby bag) and put in REAL bags not shopping bags

Hubby's to do list: 
clean the toilet
store his lego somewhere other than the kitchen table
clean the books in the corner by his desk
secure the DVD shelf to the wall
empty the tupperware from the back of the car

Thursday, 6 September 2012

37 week Dr appt

Since I know I'll forget all of this by monday I'm going to post it now.
  • group B strep + (boooooo) will write more on this below
  • internal exam to check dilation and effacement next week
  • baby seems to have dropped a bit more, head doesn't wobble as much as it did last week
  • because Dr is away for my entire 40th week and a bit before that, he's scheduled me for another ultrasound to assess size, fluid, and position just in case I deliver before he's back (so the on call Dr has all that info)
  • heart rate normal
  • BP normal (after checking with the original cuff, it read 140/whatever, so he rechecked with a bigger cuff and it read 118/whatever lol)
  • fundal height 37cm
  • fundal height puts baby at about the 60th%ile for growth according to the Dr's charts and has been in normal the whole time
  • Dr estimating I'll deliver a 7.5lb baby (I doubt it... expecting 8.5ish)
  • Dr estimating I'll deliver shortly after he comes back from vacation (Oct 1+ at 41+ weeks)
  • REALLY REALLY hoping to deliver before Oct 4ish because the thought of feeling like I need to entertain MIL and SIL while in the hospital trying to learn how to feed/bathe/diaper my baby is just killing me... delivering by the 4th would mean I should be out by the 6th if all is good and they're arriving on the evening of the 5th.... plus if I deliver before they arrive, there will be no drama if they decide they are above the rules that we set for our stay in the hospital
  • inductions for my Dr would start at about 11 days after your due date which in my case would be the 5th and there is a possibility of being bumped for someone who's having complications if I'm just a normal post term with no complications... that might mean that MIL/SIL wouldn't get to see baby
What being positive means for my labour:
  • go to hospital AS SOON AS my water breaks
  • IV antibiotics at least twice 4 hours apart during labour
  • if water doesn't break before labour, go in with the 5-1-1 rule like normal
So it really doesn't mean much for my labour except I have to get an IV... which is a huge PITA considering my hospital doesn't do routine IV's for natural labouring moms (except for epidurals, pitocin, dehydration or c-sections). Hopefully I can get a heplock so I don't have to be all corded in between doses.

Info on group B strep:
What is Beta Strep, or Group B Strep? Group B Strep, or GBS is a type of bacteria commonly found in the intestinal tract, rectal, or vaginal areas. Up to 30% of women have these bacteria in their vaginal flora at one time or another. Most of the time this bacteria lives in balance with other bacteria and is considered normal, however if it grows out of balance or travels to other parts of the body, such as the blood stream, the urinary tract, or meninges, problems could occur.

How Can GBS affect my pregnancy or my baby? Pregnant women infected with GBS could develop urinary tract infections, amnionitis, or endometritis. Amnionitis could cause the membranes to rupture prematurely, resulting in a pre-term baby. GBS disease could also cause a stillbirth. In most cases, however, women with GBS colonization remain asymptomatic and are only carriers of the bacteria.

If a woman is a carrier, the concern is the possibility of the baby contracting the bacteria as he/she passes through the birth canal or before birth if the membranes rupture and the bacteria passes into the amniotic fluid. Most babies exposed to GBS during birth have no symptoms and do not contract any illness, but in some cases Early Neonatal Group B Streptococcal Septicemia (ENGBSS) could result. Here, GBS bacteria infects the bloodstream and could potentially spread to the meninges (water which surrounds and protects the brain) resulting in meningitis. This could lead to brain damage or death in the baby. Other effects of the disease in babies include pneumonia, cerebral palsy, hearing or vision loss, and learning disabilities. A premature infant is at much higher risk than a full term baby of developing ENGBSS.

Most cases of GBS infection in babies are of the early onset type, which occurs within the first week of life, and often within the first 24 hours. There is also a late onset type, which is the type that most often results in meningitis and this can occur after the first week up until about three months of age. Late onset of GBS infection is only caused by exposure during birth 50% of the time, and the rest of the time is unknown.

What are the signs and symptoms of GBS in an infant?The first four to six hours after birth are the most crucial time for acute observation. Signs and symptoms to watch for are problems with temperature regulation, breathing problems and grunting sounds, fever, seizures, and stiffness or extreme limpness. All of these will be carefully monitored by your health care provider.

How often does GBS infection affect people?Different sources off different statistics on GBS infection. The Group B Strep Association estimates that 8000 babies each year in the US contract serious GBS disease, and that of these 800 will die. Another source sites that 300 babies die each year from GBS disease. The CDC estimate that the risk of a baby contracting GBS disease is .5/1000 births. Although all sources agree that it is a very small number of babies affected, strict protocols have been written by the CDC that affect an extremely large number of women and their babies.

What is the current protocol?

In 2002 the CDC wrote new GBS protocols that call for all pregnant women to have a rectal/vaginal culture to detect GBS between 35 and 37 weeks and for those who test positive to receive I.V. antibiotics during labor if certain risk factors develop that would increase the baby's chances of developing ENGBSS. These risk factors are:• Preterm Labor(less than 37 weeks)• Rupture of membranes before 37 weeks• Rupture of membranes for more than 18 hours• Temperature in mother higher than 100.5 during labor• GBS found in urine

Problems with current Protocol

One problem with the present protocol is that GBS colonization can come and go. A woman, who tests positive at 36 weeks, could become negative by the time she goes into labor as her body creates its own balance yet she will still be considered positive and receive treatment. And vice versa, she could test negative and become positive by the time she starts labor and go untreated.

This present protocol has led to 1/3 of all pregnant women and their babies being treated with I.V. antibiotics during labor which has caused and increase in antibiotic resistant bacteria, not just in GBS strains but other bacteria such as E. coli. This has led to an increase in babies being infected by other bacteria as well as some strains of GBS which are resistant to all know antibiotics.

A study of 43 newborns with blood infections caused by GBS and other bacteria found that when the mother was treated during labor with I.V. antibiotics, 88-91% of the infants' infections were resistant to antibiotic treatment. In mothers not treated during labor 18-20% of the infections were resistant.

Another less serious effect of the I.V. antibiotics is that they also wipe out the natural, healthy flora in the mother's (and baby's) body creating an environment for unhealthy flora like Candida to grow. Thrush, an infection of Candida in a baby's mouth, has become rampant since the development of this protocol.

Allergic reactions to antibiotics are also a real concern. Ten percent of mothers will have a mild reaction and one in 10,000 will experience anaphylactic shock, a severe allergic reaction to the antibiotics which threatens the lives of both mother and baby.

In women who test positive for GBS and receive no antibiotics, less than 1% of babies will become ill from GBS infection according to CDC estimates. Are these dangerous protocols truly worth it?

Are there alternative protocols?

The effectiveness of herbal therapies on GBS has not been scientifically proven and most likely won't as the drug companies won't benefit from herbal treatments for disease. However, it must be assumed that if a woman carries GBS in her body, she also carries the antibodies which will also be pass to the baby. There are herbal which could support this natural immune response in the body and keep GBS in check.

The following is an herbal regimen the mother could use during the 5 weeks prior to her due date:

• Echinacea-tincture or tea once per day• Garlic- 1 clove or 6-8 capsules per day• Vitamin C- 1000 mg/day• Probiotics- daily, follow directions on bottle• Vitamin E- 400 IU per day

This protocol can be used by women who choose not to be screened but are still concerned about GBS or by women who have tested positive for GBS but who choose to have a home birth and no antibiotic treatment, or those who just want to treat prophylactically(not testing but want to just make sure).

Another safe alternative treatment that can be used during labor is rinsing the vaginal and rectal areas with Hibiclens solution every 4-6 hours until baby is born. Hibiclens is the brand name for chlorohexidene, an antiseptic solution that is safe for both mother and baby yet very effective in reducing the incidence of GBS and E. coli infection in newborns. Unlike the herbal regimen recommended above, there have been specific scientific done which have proven the efficacy of this treatment (J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med 2002 Feb; 11 (2) :84-8 and British Journal of medicine 1997 Jul 26;3 15 (7102):216-9). This treatment can be used if the mother tests positive for GBS and her water breaks without labor or if other risk factors develop during labor. Your health care provider can answer any questions you may have about this safe and effective option for prevention of GBS infection in your baby.

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

37 weeks

This week:
  • full term
  • GBS test last thursday (the swab hurt my bumhole :/ that's an EXIT, not an entrance)
  • internal exam indicates baby was DEFINITELY head down... bumped Dr's fingers through my cervix with its head
  • baby is not in my pelvis yet (hasn't dropped) -3/-4 station
  • cervix closed, high, and thick (0 dilation, 0% effaced) super awkward how difficult it was for the Dr to reach my cervix
  • internal exam itself wasn't super awkward... for the pap smear he had to get his face right up in my lady bits... for this one, I didn't even have to scoot down the table, it was all by feel (since there's no way he can SEE up there to check dilation lol)
  • my Dr is heading on vacay Sept 20th to Sept 30th. I'm hoping baby comes before the 20th or after the 30th. I'd really like him to deliver baby for me but honestly, I don't think it will make too much difference having a different Dr up in my bits.
  • kinda debating if I want to see baby come out with a mirror or not... I don't really want hubby to see that though :/ I can't imagine how gross it might look
  • I've given a lot of thought to nursing. I'm going to be a nursing mom who DOES NOT use a cover or leave the room. I'll do it discreetly and maybe use a cover or leave the room until baby and I get it down pat without flashing people. Nursing is not dirty and by hiding it, I think we're giving all those people who think it's gross and wrong, fuel for their fire against the non outspoken moms. If I'm at YOUR house and you are uncomfy with me nursing I'll go to a different room but I won't be carrying a cover to just cover up.

How your baby's growing:

Your baby is now considered "full term," even though your due date is three weeks away. If you go into labor now, his lungs will likely be mature enough to fully adjust to life outside the womb. (Some babies need a bit more time, though. So if you're planning to have a repeat c-section, for example, your practitioner will schedule it for no earlier than 39 weeks unless there's a medical reason to intervene earlier.)

Your baby weighs 6 1/3 pounds and measures a bit over 19 inches, head to heel (like a stalk of Swiss chard). Many babies have a full head of hair at birth, with locks from 1/2 inch to 1 1/2 inches long. But don't be surprised if your baby's hair isn't the same color as yours. Dark-haired couples are sometimes thrown for a loop when their children come out as blonds or redheads, and fair-haired couples have been surprised by Elvis look-alikes. And then, of course, some babies sport only peach fuzz.

How your life's changing:

Braxton Hicks contractions may be coming more frequently now and may last longer and be more uncomfortable. Still don't think I've had many of those, if at all. You might also notice an increase in vaginal discharge. Yup, it's irritating :/ If you see some "bloody show" (mucus tinged with a tiny amount of blood) in the toilet or in your undies, labor is probably a few days away — or less. Nope, nothing yet. (If you have heavier spotting or bleeding, call your caregiver immediately.)

Also be sure to ask your caregiver about the results of your Group B strep culture. Should get them on thursday :) That way, if the result isn't yet on your chart when you get to the hospital or birth center, you'll be able to give the staff there a timely heads-up if you need antibiotics.

It may be harder than ever to get comfortable enough to sleep well at night. I've been falling asleep on the couch every night... 2-4 hours total. Once I wake up on the couch, I often go to the bed since I'm usually half asleep at that point. If you can, take it easy through the day — this may be your last chance to do so for quite a while. Keep monitoring your baby's movements, too, and let your caregiver know immediately if you notice a decrease. Though her quarters are getting cozy, she should still be as active as before. Oh boy, definitely... baby likes to hang out in my side which hurts!

While you're sleeping, you're likely to have some intense dreams. Anxiety both about labor and about becoming a parent can fuel a lot of strange flights of unconscious fancy.

Monday, 3 September 2012

Labor according to BBC

Surprising Facts: The stages of labor

For first-time moms, labor takes an average of 15 hours, though it's not uncommon to last more than 20. (For women who've previously had a vaginal birth, it takes eight hours, on average.) The process of labor and birth is divided into three main stages. Here are the highlights on how childbirth progresses:
First stage The first stage begins when you start having contractions that progressively dilate and efface your cervix and it ends when your cervix is fully dilated. This stage is divided into two phases, early and active labor.
It can be tricky to determine exactly when early labor starts. That's because early labor contractions are sometimes hard to distinguish from the inefficient Braxton Hicks contractions that you may have been feeling for some time.
Unless there are complications or your midwife or doctor has advised you otherwise, expect to sit out most of your early labor at home. (Be sure, though, to check in with your caregiver to make certain.)
Early labor ends when your cervix is about 4 centimeters dilated and your progress starts to speed up. At this point, you enter what's known as the active phase of labor. Your contractions become more frequent, longer, and stronger.
The last part of the active phase — when your cervix dilates from 8 to 10 centimeters — is called the transition period because it marks the transition to the second stage of labor. This is the most intense part of the first stage, with contractions that are usually very strong, coming about every two and a half to three minutes and lasting a minute or more.
Second stage Once your cervix is fully dilated, the second stage of labor begins: the final descent and birth of your baby. This is the "pushing" stage of labor, and it can last anywhere from minutes to a few hours. (It's likely to be quicker if you've previously given birth vaginally.)
Your baby's head will continue to advance with each push until it "crowns" — the term used to describe the time when the widest part of your baby's head is finally visible. After your baby's head comes out, your midwife or doctor will suction his mouth and nose, and feel around his neck for the umbilical cord. His head then turns to the side as his shoulders rotate inside the pelvis to get into position for their exit. With the next contraction, you'll be coached to push as his shoulders deliver, one at a time, followed by the rest of his body.
You may feel a wide range of emotions now: euphoria, awe, pride, disbelief, excitement (to name a few), and, of course, intense relief that it's all over. Exhausted as you may be, you'll also probably feel a burst of energy, and any thoughts of sleep will vanish for the time being.
Stage three The final stage of labor begins immediately after the birth of your baby and ends with the delivery of your placenta. The contractions in the third stage are relatively mild.

Saturday, 1 September 2012

Facebook stupidity

Many moms out there who are proud to breastfeed post pictures of themselves nursing their babies on facebook. Those pictures often get reported and pulled down, resulting sometimes in a BAN of the facebook account. A mom on the birth without fear group posted that her breastfeeding profile picture has been reported three times. There was no nudity... her nipple was covered by baby and literally you saw less than in a bikini top (which breastfeeding moms always remind people of). I decided to report this picture and see what facebook did about it. Below is the response I got from facebook:

Click the pic to make it bigger to be able to read...

All in all... facebook didn't take down the picture of the naked woman wearing a string thong, yet pulls pictures of breastfeeding moms down all the time when their community standards says that breastfeeding doesn't fall under that category just as artsy pictures don't either.