*Delaying Cord Clamping Benefits – new Swedish study – Check it out! Our midwives are thankfully totally on board with waiting to cut until cord pulsing has stopped (this is something I’ve been researching for months now).
Since I normally do my weekly pregnancy updates on Thursdays, I’ve totally slacked on TVTs, so I’m doing a Thought Vomit Tuesday instead.
For those of you who are new to the game, there are no rules for TVT – it’s just an excuse to write out a bunch of your bulleted thoughts in a totally non-coherent post. 🙂
*It is 11 below zero this morning with a real feel of 22 below zero. HFS that is cold. My husband is working outdoors cutting tile with a wet saw today. Yikes. 🙁
*At my 37w appointment last Thursday, Charlie asked the midwife if she thought this kid was a boy or girl based on the doppler HB rate she had just taken. As reference, in the 10 appointments I’ve had, the HB (manually calculated by the midwife listening and looking at the clock) has been in the in 160s – 2x, 150s – 2x, 140s – 4x, 130s – 2x. She told us that it’s normal for the HB to be higher in the beginning because the kid is living in a constant state of flight or fight because the nervous system, etc. hasn’t developed yet. It then often starts to slow as the child grows and develops. She then told us that later in pregnancy, a higher HB can be an indication of slight dehydration on the part of the mother (which in turn dehydrates the baby). She likened it to when you’re sick and dehydrated, you feel your pulse racing… that’s b/c there is less blood volume and your heart is working harder to keep it pushing around fast enough. Same thing happens during pregnancy and childbirth, and that’s part of the reason it’s SO important for pregnant women to be drinking water all the time – even during labor – in order to keep up hydration and avoid needing an IV, etc. Long story short, she doesn’t believe in the old wives tales of prenatal HB rates determining gender, so she has no guess. 🙂
*Every time I call my Mom, she answers by saying “you’re not in labor, are you?” LOL
*I finally washed the co-sleeper and crib bedding yesterday and got those all set up. Why did that seem like such a scary step??? Today I’m finally going to decorate the walls of the nursery…. I might post pics later. The bookshelf for books/toys won’t be here for two more weeks, and the drapes/cribskirt I want to buy post-delivery so that they can be more gender specific, so the nursery won’t actually be “complete” until this kid is here. Still, I can show you some progress pics I guess.
*Thanks for the reassurance that my pissing problem will only get worse. You ladies sure know how to make a gal feel better about herself. 😉