This last week marked 33 weeks pregnant for me. Sadly it also marked a frustrating week with my ISP who happens to be Comcast. Magically or suspiciously the internet would go down between 10 am and noon and come back up sometime after 5 pm every single day this last week. I suspected that in the process of remodeling an apartment in our building it got shut off each day but when I asked some of the remodelers they claimed that they did not shut off anything during a remodel. Maybe they meant to say that their official stance is no but they do it anyway. So the last week was spent trying to figure out what was interrupting our service. A Comcast technician is coming on Monday between 2-5 pm and hopefully he/she will be able to solve the problem. If not maybe we will only pay half of our bill when it comes. Thus this is why I am writing about the 33rd week of pregnancy on Saturday the end of the week. Apparently you need an internet connection to post.
In the midst of my ISP issue we had an ultrasound done. Our first ultrasound was done at 14 weeks and we could not see any anatomy so we opted to have another ultrasound done. We did not want to find out the gender of the baby, we wanted to see the anatomy like the heart and the kidneys. It was so amazing. The technician was very nice and personable. He would tell us when he was getting close to showing the gender so we could turn our heads away.
The kidneys were so neat to see and the four chambers of the heart as they pumped blood. A week before at an appointment with our midwife the baby was not turned head down yet, but on the ultrasound the baby’s head was way down. This is probably the reason I was able to eat a bit more this last week. I had a lot more space for it as the baby’s head was down and lower allowing some room for my stomach to expand. We were given a DVD of the ultrasound but the technician advised us that the video does show the gender so we have chosen to wait until after the baby is born to view the DVD.
Gestational Diabetes Test
I also had to partake in the 3 hour gestational diabetes test. I don’t recommend it at all. I had to fast the night before and then skip breakfast. I arrived at the lab at about 8:40 am. They drew my blood when I first arrived, then at 9:40, 10:40 and 11:40. That makes FOUR times total. The first drawing resulted in a nice hematoma so on my left arm I could be mistaken for an intravenous drug user. GREAT. It did give me a lot of time to sit and read ‘Husband-Coached Childbirth’ by Dr. Bradley since I was there for about 3 hours.
Natural Childbirth Preparation
I have been consuming myself with ways to prepare for natural childbirth. I will be writing and posting a rather long post later as to what I have been investigating and then I hope to post after giving birth providing some evidence as to what worked and what didn’t.