Here we are, 33 weeks. It will actually be 34 weeks in a couple of days. 6 weeks to go, sheesh! This is all starting to feel very real. I've been keeping to myself lately as you have probably noticed. There have been a couple of minor issues with the pregnancy that we have been dealing with and just haven't felt much like sharing.
Baby has always looked a little bit small for her gestational age and wasn't growing much week to week, but with a few changes (drinking a protein shake my naturopath recommended and more rest) she is now catching up. Our baby is also breech and has been for at least the last 6 weeks. Frank breech to be exact - silly thing has her bottom down, head up and legs straight up in the air! Doesn't sound all that bad but if she was to stay that way for the rest of the pregnancy it could cause some issues with her hip development - possibly needing a brace, or in very rare cases, surgery.
Last visit we could see that she had bent one of her knees, which is a relief. If she can bend the other we might have the slightest chance that she will turn around. My amniotic fluid is lower than normal, which also doesn't give the baby much room to turn around in! My obstetrician says she is crammed in there quite tightly - hence my small baby bump. Our obstetrician thinks it's not likely she will have the room to be able to turn at all. Speaking of obstetricians, ours seems like a really sweet lady but we always come away from the visits with not a great deal of confidence. I usually burst into tears by the time I reach the car. I know nothing major is wrong with the baby but it would be nice to hear something positive when you have an antenatal visit. The words used to describe our baby are usually 'not bad' and 'ok' with kind of a hesitant tone. To an expectant mum that is not what you want to hear, you want to hear that your baby is doing great. Maybe it's mother's guilt, because it's my body that is growing the baby, you do feel in some way responsible.
The realisation that the choice to have a natural birth may be off the cards was really disheartening. I was really into my antenatal classes and had myself all geared up for a natural birth with minimal pain assistance (if I could manage it). I'm starting to come to terms with the idea of a caesarean but also trying some alternative treatments - like positioning and Chinese medicine to see if we can encourage the baby to turn. So I'm currently burning moxa sticks that look like charcoal near the outer corner of my little toes for twenty minutes once a day. The idea is that with a breech baby there is a blockage in the chi and this will help unblock it and make the baby more active, therefore more likely to want to turn. Here's hoping! Otherwise we could be booked in to have the baby sooner rather than later, either just before or just after Christmas.
Later this week we are taking a little break with my mum to celebrate her 60th birthday and I'm really looking forward to it. I'll finally get some of that rest I've been told I need. No doubt it will be the last time we have a holiday for quite awhile so we will be sure to make the most of it. Enjoy the quiet whilst it still exists.
On the shop front I'm going to try to streamline the store a little before the baby comes, to make life easier for myself and make way for us to work on our own product more next year. So in a couple of weeks time we will be having a sale to clear out some of our stock. Keep a lookout on the blog for an announcement, or sign up to the mailing list on the website if you would like to be the first to know.
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