Week 39 – NST (Fetal Non Stress Test)

December 27, 2013

Due to my advanced age, we did a Fetal Non-Stress Test today at the Hospital.

NSTs are generally performed after 28 weeks of gestation. The test is named “non-stress” because no stress is placed on the fetus during the test.

How is a NST Performed?

The test involves attaching one belt to the mother’s abdomen to measure fetal heart rate and another belt to measure contractions. Movement, heart rate and “reactivity” of heart rate to movement is measured for 20-30 minutes. If the baby does not move, it does not necessarily indicate that there is a problem; the baby could just be asleep. A nurse may use a small “buzzer” to wake the baby for the remainder of the test.

Why would a NST be performed?

A NST may be performed if:

  • You sense that the baby is not moving as frequently as usual
  • You are overdue
  • There is any reason to suspect that the placenta is not functioning adequately
  • You are high risk for any other reason

The test can indicate if the baby is not receiving enough oxygen because of placental or umbilical cord problems; it can also indicate other types of fetal distress.

In our case, the nurse said the result is very good. Our baby is very happy and active in my belly.

After the NST, we also had a OB appointment – My OB did an pelvic exam again and found out my cervix is still not open yet.  He said if nothing happens this week, we will arrange a induction on my due day, Jan 3 2014.


Always Believe that Something Wonderful is about to Happen

December 23, 2013

I need to remind myself this – Always Believe that Something Wonderful is about to Happen.

Today is 38 weeks 3days of my wonderful pregnancy journey. I will enjoy it as much as I can. 🙂 positive thinking

Week 38 – Numb Heels and etc.

December 23, 2013

Dec 20 – OB appointment: My OB did an pelvic  exam. He said the cervix is getting thinner but still not open yet.

Hemorrhoids are getting better but I saw some bleeding when I went to bathroom. Continue using Anugesic-HC and Sit-bath after each bowel movement.

More Braxton Hicks and they last longer and stronger. Baby still move a lot. I can tell that he is moving towards to my pelvic area and I am feeling pressure in my pelvic. As a result, my panties XL size are not comfortable any more – they drove me crazy when I am sitting in the car. I need larger size panties.

In the last a couple of days I noticed that my heels are getting numb – it must related to swollen feet. I will ask OB next time.

Today, Dec 23, I did another ultrasound exam – baby is now 7 pounds. His head is about 9.4cm, which means my cervix has to be at least 9.4cm in order to give birth naturally.

I asked a lot of questions after ultrasound. The u/s operator is also an experienced OB. She is nice and I am more comfortable asking questions to her than my own OB. She said I should not be worried too much since it won’t help at all. Just keep positive and open-minded. That’s so true. I should focus on good things – everything is showing that I have a healthy baby and most likely I will be able to give birth to my baby without too much trouble.

Keep positive!


Week 37 – Hemorrhoids, Swollen Feet, GBS

December 15, 2013

We reached Week37 mark on last Friday, Dec 6. We had a OB appointment on that date too – GBS came back negative so that’s good news. We did a growth U/S again on last Monday Dec 2 – everything is on track – baby was about 6.5 pounds and my cervix was still 3.3cm. No sign of dilating yet.

My feet and ankle have been swollen since Nov 11 2013. One thing my belly is getting big and I am still sleeping on my back with my feet bend. Another reason is that I stop my routine walking due to cold and raining weather. What’s worse the hemorrhoid is back and it was painful since yesterday due to long hours sitting for my final exam and the lunch with in-laws after that.  Pain in ass – that’s how I am feeling now.

Swollen feet and ankle are worse at the night time too. DH has to give me feet message every night.
This week we bought car seat and stroller – almost ready for the baby to come.

Check List for Post Partum Kit

December 6, 2013

Below are my check list for Post Partum Kit that I will bring to hospital.

For me after the birth

  1. A going-home outfit. You’ll need loose comfortable clothes to wear while you’re in hospital and for the journey home. It will take a while for your belly to go down, so you’ll be still wearing maternity clothes when you come home – sorry!
  2. Nursing bras. Take two or three.
  3. Breast pads
  4. Breast cream
  5. Maxi pads (sanitary napkins). Bring a couple of packs.
  6. Nightshirt wrap or t-shirt. Front-opening shirts are useful in the early days of breastfeeding.
  7. Toiletries (same as labor kit)
  8. Old or cheap underwear or disposable panties. Don’t bring your best ones as they will get messy.

For my baby

  1. An infant car seat. Some hospitals won’t let you leave by car without one.
  2. Car seat cover
  3. One outfit for the trip home (all-in-one stretchy outfits are easiest).
  4. Two or three sleepers for baby to wear while you are in hospital.
  5. Baby blanket. Take a warm one if the weather is cold.
  6. New born diapers
  7. New born wipes
  8. 4 Receiving blankets
  9. One pair of socks or booties.
  10. Hat
  11. Jacket or snowsuit for winter babies.
  12. Burp cloths or receiving blankets
  13. Alarm Clock for feeding timing
  14. Birth Registration form?
  15. Baby care book

Packing List for the Hospital or Birth Center

December 6, 2013

It’s  recommended to have everything ready to go when you’re eight months pregnant, since you could go into labor at any time in the weeks before your due date.

What to pack for labor

  • A picture ID (driver’s license or other ID)
  • Your insurance card
  • Your birth plan if you have one
  • Eyeglasses
  • Robe, dressing gown, wrap sweater. This will be useful if you end up pacing hospital corridors in early labour and you’ll need one for after if you’re staying overnight. Hospitals can be very warm, so a lightweight one may be better.
  • Slippers
  • Socks. Believe it or not, your feet can get cold during labour.
  • An old nightdress or a T shirt to wear in labour. It will probably get a bit messy, so don’t bring anything new to wear in hospital.
  • Massage oil or lotion if you would like to be massaged during your labour.
  • Snacks (chocolate) and drinks for you while you are in labour
  • Things to help you relax or pass the time, such as books, magazines, games and so on.
  • Extra Pillows. The hospital might not have enough to make you really comfortable.
  • Toiletries – body lotion, shishado, toothbrush, toothpaste, lip balm, comb, soap, shampoo, shower cap, maxi pad
  • Music to listen to
  • Cellphone and charger
  • Camera and charger
  • Takeout Menus

Week 36 – First Mild Cramps & Packing for Hospital

December 6, 2013

It’s week 36 today! Only 4 weeks to the due date! This morning about 7:00am when I was lying on the bed and stretching my numb and sore fingers, I had a mild period-like cramps, first time ever that I felt a cramp like this. So it’s a sign of baby is getting ready. I have had frequent Braxton Hicks since week 28, especially the last 4 weeks. It comes and goes without any cramps. My OB told me that when Braxton Hicks are getting fewer, it’s the time when the baby is ready. I noticed that it’s kind of slow down a little bit yesterday but not too much. I also felt more pressure on my lower abdomen these two days.

I think I should really start packing my bags for the hospital.

Week 35 – Prenatal Tour at the Hospital

November 27, 2013

This Wednesday November 27, we had a hour to the Labor & Delivery Unit and Maternity Unit at the hospital. It was a one-hour and half tour. An experience nurse at L&D unit guided the tour with tons of information. Very helpful and informative. Highly recommended for first-time parents. You will know where to go to if you are in labor, where to park, what to bring, what to expect in the hospital, what facility the hospital provides for your labor, etc. This tour certainly make me more comfortable to prepare for my labor experience.

Week 34 – Natural Birth, Medicated Birth or C-section?

November 22, 2013

So far we have had 4 prenatal classes at the local college. The topics are focus on Labor and Delivery choice and medication options during laboring. I am in 34 weeks now so it’s also the time to really think about how to cope with laboring.

First of all, I am very worried about my labor – I am afraid that I might have trouble giving birth due to my age and physical condition. I don’t know if my cervix will be able to dilate to 10cm (who knows?); I don’t know if my pelvic bone will be wide enough for baby to pass … etc. – I know these unknown are the same to all pregnant women and everything has to cope with these issues if they want to be a mom. My rational me told me not to worried about these uncertainty since it won’t change anything – it will only make myself more stressful at the last a few weeks of pregnancy.  I should really focus on the positive part – my baby is doing well and I am in good shape and good hands. I have my DH and a Douala to support me during laboring. I should just enjoy the last a few weeks of pregnancy!

I think I have low tolerance of pain – I need to take pain killer even for my menstrual cramps. Labor contractions are more  intense than menstrual cramps. I think I will be open to medications for pain management. I am not against to c-section if it’s medically necessary. As know some people really want to have natural birth but they still ended up with c-section after the painstaking laboring efforts – that’s what I don’t want to experience. But this is not under anybody’s control. I have expressed this concern to my OB but it seems he is not too worried about this. He said most likely I won’t have a big baby and it should be fine. But who knows what will happen. Let’s just don’t worried too much for now.

Week 33 – Braxton Hicks Contractions

November 15, 2013

Even since I noticed a Braxton Hick around week28, it became more frequent in the last a couple of weeks. Sometimes I even have 4 or 5 times Braxton Hicks within an hour. I checked books and found out that it’s normal for my uterus to practice mile contractions like Braxton Hick, as long as it doesn’t come with cramps and pain. I just feel discomfort and tightness in my belly.

Below is information of Braxton from Internet research:

What are Braxton Hicks contractions?

Braxton Hicks contractions are sporadic uterine contractions that start about 6 weeks into your pregnancy, although you won’t be able to feel them that early. You probably won’t start to notice them until sometime after mid-pregnancy, if you notice them at all. (Some women don’t.) They get their name from John Braxton Hicks, an English doctor who first described them in 1872.

How can I tell the difference between Braxton Hicks and true labor contractions?

In the days or weeks before labor, Braxton Hicks contractions may intermittently become rhythmic, relatively close together, and even painful, possibly fooling you into thinking you’re in labor. But unlike true labor, during this so-called false labor the contractions don’t grow consistently longer, stronger, and closer together.

What can I do if my Braxton Hicks contractions are making me uncomfortable?

If you’re within a few weeks of your due date, try these measures:

  • Change your activity or position. Sometimes walking provides relief. At other times, resting eases contractions. (True labor contractions, on the other hand, will persist and progress regardless of what you do.)
  • Take a warm bath to help your body relax.
  • Try drinking a couple of glasses of water, since these contractions can sometimes be brought on by dehydration.
  • Try relaxation exercises or slow, deep breathing. This won’t stop the Braxton Hicks contractions, but it may help you cope with the discomfort. (Use this opportunity to practice some of the pain-management strategies you’ve learned in your childbirth preparation class.)

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