How far along: 36 weeks,4 days
Weight gained: 12lbs. With only four more weeks I’m not sure if I’m going to actually make it to the gain I had with Avery. Which actually sort of makes sense because I lost more at the beginning of this one and I’ve eaten far healthier. My pre-pregnancy weight was the same.
Baby Size: Now Eli is over 6lbs! So insane to me. The bigger he gets, the more real it gets for me. Unfortunately, it was confirmed he’s in transverse breech position so he seems even bigger to me since that isn’t the most efficient position for a body in a belly. I’m hoping against hope he turns on his own, and soon.
Cravings: Yup, I wanted ice cream bad on Wednesday because it was SO hot outside (91*F a record for MO in April!) and last night I actually made French fries! haha
Aversions: Coffee, all food…..just food in general. I’ve been getting very nauseous lately and all the contractions and crampiness don’t help my appetite.
Physical: It’s been a week or a week and a half since I had the suspicion that Eli might be in breech position (he was breech for most of my second trimester and flipped when I entered third) but my midwife during my appointment on Tuesday confirmed it. She gave me a quick sonogram to see everything going on in there. I have high fluid (good), he’s measuring small (makes things hopeful for a flip), and he’s in transverse breech which is feet down rather than butt down and it’s a little easier of a position to turn head down from. The one concern is that his cord is all down near his feet which means if my water broke it could come out and once the cord touches oxygen the baby has to be out within a minute or two…..scary. Fortunately though I’m not quite 37 weeks yet and he may turn on his own and if not, a manual turn (called a Version where the midwife turns him from the outside)has an extremely high success rate.
Since his head is sticking out of my side it is very uncomfortable. I’ve only had two nights with insomnia this week and otherwise have slept fine but waking up so sore is always hard. His position is such that it makes me crampy and a lot of Braxton Hick’s contractions so I’m trying to drink lots of water and rest.
Emotional: Before Tuesday, I was just excited and giddy. After Tuesday things have been a little up and down. Mostly I have decided not to stress out at all about him being breech (most practitioners won’t deliver breech vaginally but schedule c-sections…which I refuse to do) because it’s not worth it. My general plan is to go with the flow, if a Version seems like a really good low risk option I may go with that and if he flips back breech or the version doesn’t work I plan on going into labor breech. However, if he won’t flip during labor or gets distressed or something isn’t working out, I’m all for whatever option will get me a healthy baby, safely…c-section or otherwise.
Thinking about all this stuff has definitely given me a couple downer days. I know things will work out just how God planned them and so I’m not worrying, but I do certainly get affected emotionally because of my own expectations and wondering if they’ll be met at all.