Pregnancy week 33 update and natural birth preference.
Michelle and I are happy to hear you guys enjoying our 12 minute leg workout. It was a fun workout for us. I love working my legs.
Things are going well over here. We had a pretty busy weekend full of baby related things.
This past Saturday we had our private birthing class. It was a great class. Michelle was present for it as well, as her and Gary are going to be my labor support and coaches. We went with the confident child birth method and had a 3 hour class. I really enjoyed the class. I learned so much and feel even more confident with my choice of doing a natural birth.
On Sunday at the hospital we had more baby classes. First up was infant CPR.
Followed by basic infant and baby care. Another useful class where we learned what happens immediately after birth, how to hold and bathe baby, and how to swaddle. Plus several other basic starting things to help prepare us new parents.
I haven’t talked much about what I plan to do for birth. Today I will be sharing what I hope to happen. Of course I said “hope” to happen as you never know what will happen when the moment comes.
My birth preference for a natural labor.
I am calling birth preference instead of birth plan because I feel “plan” means this way or no way. I tend to be a flexible person so I plan to be flexible with my labor. I have my idea of what I would like but of course will change if needed.
Some things formy Birth Preference:
We desire our labor and delivery to happen naturally, with as few interventions as possible. If there is a procedure or test that needs to be performed we would like to be informed before it happens. In the event of an emergency we need to be aware of all options.
I would like to be able to walk around and move as desired.
Reduce of electronic fetal monitoring. Use intermittent monitoring.
I would like to be able to use essential oils in the room throughout labor and afterwards.
Use of upright labor positions like squatting and gentle pushing, or whatever position feels right when that moment comes.
I would like to do all natural options before considering a c-section.
Skin to skin immediately after labor and allow for breastfeeding before doing anything else.
For any baby test and examinations, parents need to be present and have permission.
No medications. No use of Pitocin or other drugs to induce or speed up labor. Prefer to have no episiotomy.
No to the Vitamin K shot and Hepatitis B vaccine.
Do not wish to receive any pain medication or stool softeners post labor and would like to cope with after pains naturally.
Those are just some things that I am putting on my natural birth preference. I know things could change so I am keeping an open mind and plan to be flexible. By having Gary and Michelle there during the whole thing already puts my mind at ease. I know it is going to be the most painful thing, but I am planning to do my best to stay relaxed and know that my body was made to do this.
I hope to breathe deeply through each contraction, which I am going to refer to them as waves. Seeing them as good thing and not bad 🙂
More nursery highlights. I love the splash of purple in the room with this quilt that my mom made.
Finding ways to get organized in baby M’s closet. I love using clear containers so I can see what is in it!
And love, love, love the TInkerbell quote above her crib.
Make sure to check out my mini nursery video tour here.
Sorry for the low lighting, it was dark out when we took this pictures on Monday morning.
PREGNANCY WEEK 33 UPDATE:
Current food cravings?
Similar to last week. Really all foods are sounding good to me!
Here is what I ate yesterday.
Breakfast bowl – fresh peaches with protein powder chorella coconut oil mush.
Followed by plain black decaf coffee.
Lunch was sauted swiss chard, red cabbage, eggs, anchovies, coconut oil and nutritional yeast.
Snacked on a cinnamon sugar scone that I made for Gary to enjoy as breakfast this week. It’s our gluten-free scone from our purely classic cookbook, it can be made with or without eggs! I flavored it with some cinnamon and sugar. Delicious.
Dinner was mahi mahi, white rice, cauliflower, sautéed argulua, coconut oil, sea salt and a slice of bread. Michelle and I practiced a new vegan bread recipe that didn’t really come out. But that’s okay as the flavor was great.
Dessert was some raw brownies. Another recipe from our purely classic cookbook. I forgot how much I love those brownies.
Similar things as I have mentioned previous weeks.
I am getting a little more gassy a few days. Sleep is hit or miss. Some nights I get good sleep while other nights I toss and turn (well the best I can). Some nights I do get restless leg syndrome. I can’t seem to ever get my legs comfortable. One night Michelle couldn’t sleep because she was having a bad itching outbreak so we texted each other to keep the other twin from being alone.
Dreams are similar to last weeks with just a few random ones. My mood has been great. No mood swings 🙂 Gary’s happy about that.
No swelling so wedding ring is still on and fitting good.
Don’t really see so I don’t think so.
I am still enjoying this stage of pregnancy and grateful everything is going well. And that it’s almost done!
How is your skin?
How is digestion?
Digestion is doing great. Bowel movements are okay. I did get one day of constipation. But the next day I was able to have a nice bowel movement. Sorry for the TMI but this stuff is important to me and interesting to me. I have been trying to increase my water for more than 9 cups to 10 or 11 cups. I am not doing the greatest at remembering to drink more water (getting myself ready for breastfeeding). I again try to just drink water when I am thirsty.
Total weight gain/loss?
Belly is bigger so know I gained weight from that which is normal. Overall, I am feeling the same and clothes are fitting the same. I do wear mostly maternity friendly clothing as they are just more comfortable to me.
How is baby M doing?
She is doing great. Kicking away during certain times throughout the day and night. I love it when she kicks. Brings a smile to my face.
She is about the size of a pineapple now with being around 4 pounds or so. She’s got her own immune system which is pretty cool to know.
My belly is really starting to fill out more. Sometimes I catch myself waddling more. Not too many body aches yet besides when I sit down for a long period of time my lower back starts to hurt. I usually just have to get up and go do something else.
NOW FOR MY PREGNANCY WORKOUTS FROM LAST WEEK:
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Monday – little yoga
Tuesday – filmed purely training #74 – 12 minute leg butt workout
Wednesday – 20 minute yoga
Thursday – filmed a new club workout – 18 minute bodyweight interval workout
Friday – 20 minute yoga
Saturday – Purely training #64 – leg workout
Sunday – 20 minute yoga
Overall I am still loving my workouts and now yoga! My body is handling working out well. My pace has continued to slow and I do less and less jumping. I haven’t done much extra walking lately but know the last few weeks of being pregnant I will do more. For now, I am taking it day by day and doing what feels right.
I added in more yoga to help with Michelle’s eczema. And really for both of us to learn to slow down more and breathe. I loved the day of workout followed by a day of gentle slow yoga.
What are your thoughts on birth plans or preferences? Did you have one? Why or why not?
How did you handle things immediately after birth with the test and everything involved?
Do you want a natural birth? What helped you the most achieve that?
What are you doing this weekend? Any fun plans?