Pregnancy Diary Week 17

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Week 17 is here, and I hope you're still enjoying our pregnancy diary, especially considering that we still have 23+ weeks to go! Apparently littlest can now hear sounds from the outside world, and has started practising breathing. Handy skill that! Littlest is now between 11 and 12cm long (Crown to Rump), and weighs about 100g. That's the weight of a slab of chocolate! Mmmm... Now I want chocolate. Actually, I think the baby wants chocolate... dark chocolate... imported dark chocolate... yup, 2 kicks for yes, that's it. I'll have to go get some on my way out.

Littlest doesn't seem to want to cooperate when dad wants to say hello though...

I think I mentioned in last week's pregnancy diary that I was sure I felt the baby moving? I was right. Littlest seems to enjoy doing somersaults – often! I really love this stage! When I wake up in the middle of the night to pee and can't get back to sleep, I put my hand on my belly to see if littlest is awake. I am usually rewarded with mini grasshopper kicks. Littlest doesn't seem to want to cooperate when dad wants to say hello though...

This home birth thing is starting to seem a lot more real.

I did get around to seeing the midwife this week after all, and it was really great! This home birth thing is starting to seem a lot more real. On that note I just thought I might share a status I posted on Facebook this week:

Home Birth Facebook Status

Well, I'm sure you've guessed that the list is actually far less ominous than that. Looks like we'll be needing some buckets, some plastic sheeting, some towels and a crowbar, and a bottle of champagne. OK sorry, I'll stop now, no champagne.

Anyway, my hubby mentioned this week that I'd probably be really bummed if I didn't end up having a homebirth and had to transfer to hospital for assistance or for a caesar, and I was able to tell him that I had actually been thinking about that.

If I do have to transfer to a hospital for assistance, or a caesarean, I'll know that it was because I really needed it...

If I do have to transfer to a hospital for assistance, or a caesarean, I'll know that it was because I really needed it, not because someone was trying to avoid litigation, or because tee-off time was getting closer, or because it was a really busy day at the practise, or some other reason.

Because we aren't limited to 15 minutes per appointment ... she'll have a more accurate idea of what I can handle – physically, mentally and emotionally.

It takes 7 minutes to get to the hospital from my house. I'll have a bed booked and a doctor on standby, just in case (a requirement of the midwife – and a good idea). I'll also know that because my midwife and I will get to know each other pretty well, because we aren't limited to 15 minutes per appointment, and I see her for aqua classes and my toddler's swimming lessons, she'll have a more accurate idea of what I can handle – physically, mentally and emotionally. That means she'll also have a better idea of when to intervene, and what interventions might be necessary.

And again, even if I do have to transfer for assistance, I will feel that I had a fair chance, and I will know that I did make an informed decision, and I will be grateful that my body went into labour naturally because I know that my baby will benefit from that. I will be grateful that I was able to labour at home, in a familiar environment.

That last one might sound like it's all about me and not about the baby...

That last one might sound like it's all about me and not about the baby, but I know that labouring in familiar environment does help things things to move along at the right rate. Often women are in established labour when they arrive at the hospital, and because of the unfamiliar environment their bodies shut down, labour stalls and then their caregivers want to augment labour.

Synthetic augmentation can cause very strong, painful contractions without much break between, which often require an epidural. An epidural would probably put me in a horizontal position, all of which would increase my chances of needing interventions, from episiotomy, to forceps, to possibly needing a caesarean. If I'm labouring at home and things are going slowly, I'm more likely to use natural methods of speeding up labour like staying upright, amongst others, and I'll be more able to avoid the 'cascade of interventions' I so often hear about. So labouring at home, or at the very least in a familiar environment, can be better for mom, and better for baby too.

I'm not sure what the term is nowadays – aquacise or aqaurobics...

I also mentioned that I went to aqua this weeks. I'm not sure what the term is nowadays – aquacise or aqaurobics – but either way the midwife runs aqua classes from her home. I went for my first class yesterday and it was great! I have slight scoliosis in my lower back, so with my joints relaxing in pregnancy my back gets 'clicky' and I know that I just need to get my core muscles activated again to prevent that. Usually I'm doing ballet or teaching ballet a couple of times a week, but with the festive season I've been a bit out of action.

Furthermore, I find it difficult to do anything aerobic at ballet because it's just uncomfortable so being in the water is great! I consider myself to be reasonably fit, but my heart was going and I felt all the right muscles working, and I can't wait for my next class!

So that was week 17. I'm not sure when I'll be able to post week 18 of my pregnancy diary, because next week I start lecturing again and getting into the swing of things, but I'll do my very best to keep you updated!

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