29 Weeks and Natural Childbirth

Well, here we are at 29 weeks gestation, and I am ready to deliver this baby.

Yeah, yeah, he’s not ready to come out yet, and we have absolutely nothing for him yet, not even a crib. But eight more weeks, and he’s technically full-term, and by then I will be most definitely beyond ready. I feel so huge this time. I do weigh more at this point in pregnancy than I did last time, but I also started out weighing more pre-pregnancy. Boo. I think I’ve gained about the same amount of weight overall, but just that starting number… it’s really throwing me off my game.

Oh well, whiner!

Gelato, according to my Babycenter update, is about 2.5 pounds and about 15 inches long, head to heel. He’s getting big! His head is getting huge and his bones are solidifying. So I basically have to eat a lot of good-for-you-things. Check.

Something that’s been on my mind a lot during this pregnancy has been the idea of doing a natural childbirth. This was not feasible last time due to other circumstances. (I maintain that I was slightly hoodwinked by my doctor and her nursing staff… after doing a lot of research on that lately, I feel like we could have let the pregnancy progress longer and had a natural delivery.) However, I am somewhat glad that things went the way they did last time because I have a lot more motivation to really do the research and prepare better than I would have otherwise.

I have been asking a lot of mom friends that I trust about their experiences, and every single one of them who has had a natural childbirth experience says it was wonderful and that she’d gladly do it again. Many of them also rave about the Bradley Method, so I decided to check it out.

I found the book by Dr. Bradley, Husband-Coached Childbirth, at our library on Tuesday and I was finished with it by Wednesday night. I was pretty impressed with it and it motivated me to try this. At first when I was reading through some of the chapters, I was freaking out, because the experience he describes is so completely different from what I had last time. I am feeling uneasy about using an OB simply because I know that some OBs are very quick to suggest labor augmentation and/or pain medications. I am still not sure how my OB will handle it- she says she’s on board for natural delivery, but I think I will have to question her more closely now that I know what I’m looking for. (Watch out, a little info in my hands goes a loooong way and I am S.T.U.B.B.O.R.N… but if you’re reading this you already knew that about me, most likely!)

Anyway, it’s also been really helpful to look over a few birth plans written by friends and strangers. I used to think birth plans were stupid because you never know what is going to happen… whether your delivery situation will be “ideal” or not. That’s why I was so willing to just do what the doctors and nurses said I should do last time. I didn’t really give any of it a second thought. Oh, hindsight, you torture me… But this time I am ready to make a birth plan and I have a lot of very specific things I want to include. Jonathan has agreed to sit down and read the book, so that he and I can make the birth plan together. We will be doing this in the next two weeks, so that when we go back to my OB in June, we can bring the plan with us to have it approved and signed. I also plan to call the hospital in the meantime, just so that I can learn what is required by law/policy/whatnot, and what is negotiable. For example, some hospitals require 24/7 fetal heart monitoring (a really wide, really itchy band is strapped to the mom’s belly). This severely limits the ability of the mother to move around during labor. Other hospitals will allow 15-minute check-ins and the like. Each hospital is different… so yeah. Since I’m not delivering in the same hospital as last time (shucks!-for real, it was so nice being in a brand new facility!), I have no clue about the hospital’s policies and procedures.

I will keep you posted on our birth plan and how things are going. I can say that exercising yesterday was simple and easy to do every day, so I can see myself actually doing the things I’m supposed to do to prepare. (Bradley’s method includes several “exercises” that are basically as simple as folding laundry, or easier… one of them is called, “Sleep Position.”) Here we go!



  1. kristypowers said,

    May 17, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    Stubbornness will come in handy for a natural childbirth! I think you have a great chance of making this a reality! I had a natural childbirth the first time and the second time chose to have an epidural. I say that only because I also thought about things I would have done differently in hindsight. No matter how much you read, you are always pretty well in the dark for the first baby’s birth. I will always remember certain details of that first birth, which is really neat. The Bradley Method (I read up on it before my second delivery but didn’t use it) sounds really amazing. You have stick-to-it-iveness and you do good research, so it could be a great fit.

    • May 17, 2012 at 8:33 pm

      lol, “stick-to-it-iveness” sounds like such an education word. I love that we share that background. 🙂

      • kristypowers said,

        May 18, 2012 at 7:03 am

        Ah, but you were in the classroom! I look up to all decent, good, and great teachers. 🙂

      • May 18, 2012 at 2:00 pm

        But teachers definitely need a lot of decent, good, and great supporters, too! And even now, you’re doing a great job of supporting Xander’s teachers as a parent. So we both rock, here.

  2. Jennie Wolter said,

    May 17, 2012 at 11:52 pm

    Good for you!!! I had a midwife delivery at a hospital birthing center and it was the best. Do your research. Most of that “required” stuff like fetal monitoring you can sign a waiver to get out of. That’s the good old lawsuit protection they need in today’s world!

    • May 18, 2012 at 1:57 pm

      I am so glad to hear that you can do that! I had no idea last time, and frankly, was quite ignorant. I had not done a lot of research, and Jonathan and I just giggled through our “birth classes” because we’re, like, four. 🙂 I will be asking specifically about the waiver! Thanks!

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