{pregnancy} week 38 and why I not doing a home birth

by purelytwins

A day in the life of being 38 weeks pregnant video.
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I am in the middle of my 38 weeks. I am counting down the days. I am beyond anxious over here.  Michelle is keeping me busy with focusing on business related projects 🙂

A day in a life of a 38 week pregnant women.

Click here to see video on youtube.

I hope you enjoyed seeing a few pieces of my day on Sunday. Like I said it was a pretty casual kind of Sunday.

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Fun times installing infant car seat.

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We finally figured it out!!

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Big brother Jax unsure what to think here. All he wanted to do was jump in the car or play with baby M’s toy on her car seat.

Now I think we are officially ready for the hospital trip. Hopefully I won’t forget anything. I probably should make a checklist or something.

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Why I am not doing a home birth?

I did not realize on my last facebook pregnancy update about me packing for the hospital would cause some questions about me not considering a home birth. Especially how people were surprised that I was not doing a home birth?!  I did not mean to offend anyone.

I wasn’t going to address the question but after some deep thought I felt like I should. I have nothing against those that decide to do a home birth. I also don’t have anything against those that decide to go to the hospital or for those that plan to get all the drugs either.

To me pregnancy and labor is a very personal choice.

We are all different so why would we all want the same births? I know home births can be very safe. To be honest I just never really thought about a home birth. I picked the hospital with the idea of still having a natural birth because it feels safe for me with my first birth. My goal is to stay in my home as long as possible before heading to the hospital. I have my birth preference ready so everyone at the hospital will understand my needs.

I know that childbirth is a natural thing and my body knows what to do.  I feel even though I am planning my birth experience to happen at the hospital I feel it will still be an amazing experience.

There are so many different opinions and sides to this subject. And I don’t want to make it a big deal because I think we should all agree that everyone is looking for the best pregnancy experience they can get!  I think both options to have birth is fine.  Again it comes back to a personal decision. AND I would love it if we could all just not bash one another when someone decides to do something a little differentl than them.

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Overall I am still moving around like normal. As normal as I can be over here with a big baby belly 😉

I decided not to do my normal pregnancy update because not much has changed.

Things are similar to what the past few weeks have been for me and baby M!

I have another doctor check-up this Friday where they will check my cervix to see if I am dilating.  I am nervous and excited for that appointment. I am ready for baby M to be here!

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Now for my pregnancy workouts.

I am still doing our home workouts. I try to do 2-3 a week along with more walking, some TRX action and stretching whenever possible. I am hoping all the stretching (that you saw in the video) will help me at labor. I do feel my workouts have helped me tremendously with keeping my energy up, not having too many body aches or issues and overall keeping my emotions stable.

What are your thoughts on home birth vs hospital?

How easy was it for you to install the baby car seat?

What did you do for your workout today? What was your highlight from the weekend?

I am off to go film a new workout for our purely fit sisters.

xo

L

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21 comments

Meghanne September 16, 2014 - 9:20 am

You are so right. Homebirth is such an individual choice! It’s so important to labour and birth where you feel most comfortable. In my practice about 30% of women choose to deliver at home and the other 70% choose hospital. I love caring for women in both locations and just because you are in a hospital does not mean you won’t have a lovely natural empowering birth experience. Good luck Lori. You will have a beautiful birth.

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purelytwins September 16, 2014 - 4:08 pm

thank you Meghanne for the sweet words!!! xoxo

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Dietitian Jess September 16, 2014 - 9:40 am

Everyone has a different preference on where and how they want to give birth and it’s an incredibly personal thing to share, I hope everyone will suppport and respect your decision (no need to any bashing!). I feel like when I’m pregnant I would chose a similar route as you. Good luck with your delivery!

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purelytwins September 16, 2014 - 4:09 pm

thank you Jess!! hugs

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Kat September 16, 2014 - 12:14 pm

I fully support whatever choice makes you most comfortable, so you can take all those comments with a grain of salt 🙂 But doctors are trying to make your birth easiest on them not you, and I’ve heard of some docs discouraging squatting ect (which is the natural urge) in favor of on your back bc its easiest for the doctor. Just be firm with your preference. Also, keep flexibility in mind if for some reason you were unable to leave home (a birth is not a medical emergency)
Love and prayers! <3<3

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purelytwins September 16, 2014 - 4:10 pm

thanks Kat, thankfully Michelle will be there to help keep me firm with my preferences 🙂 she will look at for me! one great thing about having an amazing twin!! xoxo

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lindsay September 16, 2014 - 3:19 pm

i would not be able to do a home birth either, at least that’s where i stand now. So i get that. personal choice

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purelytwins September 16, 2014 - 4:08 pm

yes it is and maybe things will change for my next one 😉

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Sarah September 16, 2014 - 6:37 pm

I didn’t notice anyone getting offended or bashing your choice. I respect you for doing a hospital birth and I respect my personal friend who is doing a home birth (any day now, actually!). But she had her first ones in a hospital and it wasn’t until now that she decided she wanted a home birth. It’s your body, your baby, your choice. Not anyone elses! So I respect that you are doing what will be most comfortable for you! (I’m not anywhere close to having a baby, but I would want to at least have my first in a hospital as I wouldn’t really know what to expect and would most likely be very anxious to being with and I’d feel safer knowing I’m at a hospital in case something goes wrong!) Good luck with your birth, you’ll do great!!!

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purelytwins September 17, 2014 - 6:23 am

thanks Sarah!!! hugs

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Sarah September 16, 2014 - 6:38 pm

***to begin with*** darn autocorrect!

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Lauren September 17, 2014 - 9:41 am

You look fantastic! I’m not pregnant but I’ve always liked the idea of home birth but a bleeding disorder makes that not a smart choice for me. You are so right, these things are incredibly personal. Best of luck!

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purelytwins September 17, 2014 - 10:43 am

Thank you Lauren

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MC September 17, 2014 - 10:33 am

Hi Lori – so excited for you! I’ve been following along quietly the last bunch of months; the first baby is SO exciting – well, every baby is SO exciting! I have three now, the first born at the hospital, then the next two at home. 3 Precious girls I’m so proud and humbled to be their mommy. I have to say one big benefit of the hospital birth is the attention and care after the birth. Those first two-three days when your body is recovering is hard to go through at home but easier at the hospital when they check on you frequently, bring meals, have all sorts of supplies, all-night care, the nursery I swore I wouldn’t use but grateful I did, etc. Nurses are angels:>
A couple tidbits of info I like to share with first time mammas is that 1) the average gestational time for a first time low-risk mama is 41 weeks and 1 day, not 40 weeks as we generally hear…but still, who knows when the big day arrives individually, right? waiting game:> 2) don’t weigh yourself for at least two weeks postpartum – it takes that long for fluids to leave your body; 3) post partum tummies are soft and jiggly by nature, be gentle with yourself and be proud of the little angel your amazing body made; your strength and fitness come back with time – sounds like you do a great job listening to your body already:> It was just a shock to me the changes post-partum, I had so focused on labor and delivery…anyway, another lovely surprise was that newborns sleep SO much, like 20 hours a day! Then around 5 weeks or so, boom – more awake times and then, smiles – such a precious time!
You seem awesomely prepared as any loving Mama can be – I wish you all the best Lori!

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purelytwins September 17, 2014 - 10:45 am

THank you so much for your comment and tips!! Love them, you are so right 🙂 Hugs to you and your girls!

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Jessica September 17, 2014 - 2:27 pm

Best of luck, Lori! I’ve been keeping you in my thoughts. Your pregnancy is neck and neck with my sister in law so I’m just on the edge of my seat over here waiting for news 😛

Nuts to whoever was giving you a hard time about going about a hospital birth. You do what you feel is the best for you and baby. And L&D nurses are the bees knees and I think they’ll prove to be wonderful help 😛

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purelytwins September 17, 2014 - 4:57 pm

thanks Jessica 🙂 HUGS

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eimearrose September 17, 2014 - 3:07 pm

Lori, you are very brave for sharing your pregnancy journey. I have no plans to have children, but I really feel for pregnant women- everyone feels like they have a right to pick apart your choices- and I’m sure that can be hard as you are trying to work out this big life change. People don’t with the same frequency and vigour pick apart our other life choices, like career, where you choose to live, what hobbies you have etc. It always amazes me how a pregnant women is like a magnet for free comment! You are blessed to have lots of support from family which I’m sure helps keep you sane. Anyway, you look very happy and sound like you are taking everything in your stride. All the very best for the next few weeks- the unofficial purely fit aunts (we are your sisters, right? 😉 ) will be waiting for the news!!

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purelytwins September 17, 2014 - 4:58 pm

yes!!! you are 🙂

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Jaclyn September 18, 2014 - 5:55 pm

Lori, you look exceptionally beautiful in the video! Your skin is glowingggg

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newsletter September 18, 2014 - 7:57 pm

thank you sweetie 🙂

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