It was a HUGE challenge to move in so pregnant as the movers and Todd did the heavy lifting, but as a pregnant woman, I did not have the energy or the capability to move as I always have in the past. I so wanted to do more but my body kept telling me 'no'. It was super nice for my family to come over and help unpack and bring dinner for a couple of days. By Friday my feet were killing me and I had my first foot swelling episode which I have yet to have during this pregnancy. I thought for sure I was having Preclamsia but the internet and my 10 books on pregnancy (yes, I have a book addiction thanks to Borders) reassured me that I should be okay for now and to just elevate my feet. Needless to say I had to miss going to dinner with our friend Maria that night as she was in town for a short trip from San Fran.
As far as the pregnancy is going, all is good so far. Stlll having back aches and found a great Chiropractor my midwife suggested and she treats pregnant women. I am on track with my measurements, but gained a little more than I was hoping for so far at 26 pounds, but as long as I am in the recommended weight gain of 25-35 pounds total I will be good. My midwife does not want me to gain too much as it could cause a large baby that would make it difficult to have naturally. I figure a little weight is better than too little to help support the baby and to help prevent pre-term labor as it's been kinda scary with other girls I know having preterm labor symptoms, as most of the girls in my birthing class have been put on moderate bed rest and are about as far along as I am and makes me realize I need to take it easy so I don't end up like them. Our Birth Center can deliver babies starting at week 36 so I have 2 more to go until it is safe to deliver there.
We had our mandatory Birth Center meeting on Saturday and they discussed all the items we need to bring, what could cause us to have to go across the street to Baylor Hospital, when to call the midwives when going into labor, etc. Basically they said about 10% of first time moms are transported to Baylor for complications or failure to progress but it was nice to hear our Birth Center has the lowest C-section rate in the country and they try to avoid them at all costs! Sometimes you just have to let nature take its course and it may not be the birth we dreamed of but as long as the baby and baby mama are healthy is all that matters!
One other new discovery we have decided on is our possible birth plan as we watched several natural water births in our class and saw how much more calm the mothers who delivered in the jacuzzi tub were and we think we may go that route. At least we want to try it out because whatever is easier on the mom will be easiest on the baby! If not, there are about 20-30 different positions we may try at the center and will just have to see how it goes. We are also going to birth appts every 2 weeks now, going on pediatrician interviews and starting the La Leche meetings so I will keep you all posted on all the changes as it gets closer.