Thursday, November 5, 2009

34 weeks!

I had my regular OB appointment today. I was sort of terrified, as I was prepared for the dreaded GBS (group B strep) swab -- you'd think at this point there wouldn't be much you could put in my hoo-hoo that would scare me, especially a Q-tip -- but that fun gets to wait until next time.

So, it was utterly uneventful, although I did get a bunch of questions answered as well as some food for thought. In a nutshell:
  • This baby will come before Christmas. My doctor doesn't want me to go past 41 weeks, which would be December 23rd. Which means that the baby might come on my birthday (December 22nd), but hey. I've been sort of over my birthday since I turned 21.
  • The doctor strongly suggested that I either stop working or at least cut back my schedule at 36 weeks, so that I can "contemplate impending motherhood." Since my company did its second round of layoffs today, I think I will opt for "contemplating how I can kiss as much ass as possible so as not to get fired" first.
  • She thinks the baby is head down, but we're going to do an ultrasound at 36 weeks just to be sure. Yay ultrasound! That will almost make up for the aforementioned Q-tip.
  • She will let me have an epidural as early as 3 cm if I want it, and maybe even earlier if I need it. And she will not do an episiotomy unless it looks like I'm going to have some sort of exploding tear. Which I guess is comforting.....that's really the only part of childbirth that I'm truly squicked out about at this point.
  • I need to stop gaining weight. I think that means I need to toss the leftover bag of Halloween candy.
Off to breastfeeding class now, which should be interesting. I couldn't possibly be more clueless!


Amber said...

I can't believe you are this close! Sounds like you have gotten some things cleared your comment about the job...yeah, kind of important right now! :-) Hope the class was helpful!

Donna said...

YEAH! It's nice to have a plan!!! I just did the breastfeeding class this past weekend... it scared the you know what out of me!!! We are doing our birth class this week!

"Jay" said...

I can't believe you are 34 weeks already! I am so excited that baby Barefoot is almost here! And she is coming before Christmas! I am so impressed that you have continued to do yoga and swim. There really is no need to ditch the Halloween candy, is there? It is one of life's small pleasures, right?

KM said...

I just stumbled upon your blog a few days ago - just wanted to thank you for posting about your journey. I will be doing IVF with PGD for genetic purposes in January and have felt very alone. I've been working through your old posts and they've helped a lot, taking some of the mystery out of the whole process.

I also started my own blog since I can't find any other blogs about PGD, if you're ever *that* bored. :)

Anonymous said...

I'm glad that all is going well for you! How fun that you know that you will have the baby by Christmas...we're due on 12/22 but just not sure if we can start buying "baby's first Christmas" stuff yet.

Oh, and I hear you on the work stuff too. Everyone's telling me to take it easy, but I just feel the pressure to keep at it and make $$ in this economy!

Michele said...

Glad all is going well! What a lovely little Christmas gift you will have!

Kate said...

"exploding tear"
I think I might never sleep again.

All sounds good! except the ass kissing-- that sucks, but I get it, oh how I get it.

Take care of yourself and it sure sounds like you are in good hands.

warmly, kate

Anonymous said...

take time off to "contemplate impending motherhood" *snort* for some reason that just cracks me up.

Ben & Anne said...

Hi, glad things are going well, just to reassure you that I had my baby 6 days ago and had to have a grade 2 level episiotomy, it honestly isn't nearly as bad as I thought it would be. By day three any mild residual pain had gone. So I hope you don't need one but if you do I wouldn't worry about it.

AL said...

Hey You stopped by my blog a few weeks back from the Stirrup Queen's game. No worries having a pregnant lady posting! Pregnant ladies that got so through IF just give me hope and make me happy.

Looks like you're near the end, only a few more weeks :-). Good luck with the birth!

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