Baby5: Pregnancy Update

Still pregnant here. I’m 38 weeks with Abegayle, and certainly feeling Any Day Now-ish. But haven’t I been saying that since 36 weeks? This waiting period isn’t any easier than ever it has been. I actually thought that being a Winter pregnancy the wondering and waiting wouldn’t be as big of a deal.

So. 38 Weeks.

Wednesday I had my OB/GYN appointment and was pleasantly surprised to be told that we were going to have an ultrasound. I’m not a fan of weekly ultrasounds as is common practice for some physicians, but after an unexpected face up presentation delivery for Koen I was keen to have a look at full term Abegayle.
She’s currently 19 inches long and weighing approx 6.5lbs, so just about the size of her 41wk gestation brother Diederick. Also, like Diederick, she has the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck. Her position is a first for me–she is head down, which is a blessing, but her head is facing sideways towards my right inner thigh. The doctor said it wont be quite as easy as the traditional presentation, so I may want to plan on a little help with pain. Good to know, but I think I can make it pain meds free again thru the birth.

My favorite part of Wednesday’s ultrasound was seeing that perfect spine, beautiful heart and my second daughter’s sweet face. When Dr. Tan first started looking for a profile image, Abegayle had her hand over her face–a couple minutes later she moved it as if she’d been playing a little game of peek-a-boo and we were able to see her eyes, nose and mouth. Another unique thing about Abegayle is her legs: instead of being crossed and pressed tightly against my ribs, she has the left extended straight up and the right meets up up nearly even with an elbow. Anyone ever seen something similiar? A first for me.

I’m so excited to meet Abegayle and just really hope that my next post will be pictures of her.

4 Responses to “Baby5: Pregnancy Update”

  1. Dor says:

    No fear, Laura. She sounds like she’s nearly in optimal position to me.

    If you have time to read these, they explain really nicely how fetal position works in labor.
    http://naturalbirthinkitsap.blogspot.com/2010/07/optimal-fetal-positioning-how-babys.html
    http://naturalbirthinkitsap.blogspot.com/2010/08/optimal-fetal-positioning-part-2-fetal.
    htmlhttp://naturalbirthinkitsap.blogspot.com/2010/09/optimal-fetal-positioning-part-3.html

    I dunno if you’re familiar with spinning babies but I recommend their labor techniques.

    http://spinningbabies.com/more-info/in-labor/3-principles-in-labor

  2. stephanie says:

    Wow laura! U look ready….like big! I can’t wait to see pics. Hope all goes well w/ your labor. At least you’re not like my husbands cousin who has two littles and is abt to have her next one. All this w/ out her husband. He is in scotland studying for the ministry. I feel like I’m am so unlike ppls. Whenever im 36 weeks,I want the baby to be in there for awhile. I guess I don’t have my babies til 41 weeks. So I know to just wait till then. Am I making sense? I’m distracted.

  3. Kathryn says:

    Aww, Laura…I know how you feel right now! The last month, in my opinion, is the worst. We’ll be praying for you and your precious little one! :)

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