Our beautiful baby boy was just delivered via an emergency cesarean section. He was delivered early due to lack of fetal tones during a Nonstress Test. Despite the acute changes that occurred towards the tail end of this pregnancy, Hubby and I are very happy that our son was delivered safely.
“Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re going to get”. -Forrest Gump
Baby turned 32 weeks on Wednesday. My seemingly smooth pregnancy changed and I am now considered high risk. Baby is IUGR, which is short for Intrauterine Growth Restriction. This does not mean that there is something cognitively wrong (nothing detected per trisomy21 test), just that Baby is measuring a little small. I have been referred to a Perinatologist, who educated Hubby and I about IUGR and the plans for the remainder of my pregnancy. Baby does not have a severe case and is one percent from being in a normal weight class. Still, it is important that Baby’s progress is monitored. Per my Perinatologist, IUGR is often caused by chronic illnesses such as diabetes, hypertension, hyperthyroidism, etc. Also, by pregnancy related complications such as pre-eclampsia and gestational diabetes; all of which I do not have. Moreover, there is the rare instance where the cause of IUGR is completely unknown. Baby had a Biophysical Profile which screened for any severe physical anomalies and none were detected.
Overall, baby is doing fine. Hubby and I were extremely worried at first, but because of my Perinatologist educating us as well as the positive data, we are more relaxed. Per recommendations, I am to undergo a cesarean delivery at 37 weeks. That means Baby will be with us less than five weeks!
This past weekend, I put my hospital bag together. Hubby and I still have quite sometime until baby arrives, but I didn’t want to procrastinate. To avoid over packing, I’m using a small carry suitcase to house everything.
For myself: toiletries, fluffy socks, memory foam slippers, a comfy robe, night gown, shower flip flops, undergarments, silk scarf, silk pillow case, aromatherapy kit, bluetooth speaker, extra long chargers, chap stick, and my discharge outfit. Yes, the hospital does provide toiletries, but using my favorite products is comforting. My goal is to be as comfortable and relaxed as possible.
For baby: three onesies, with matching hats and mittens, socks, two pacifiers, and two swaddle blankets. With baby, we will definitely take advantage of the toiletries, diapers, etc. offered by the hospital. They typically use recognizable brands that I know and trust.
For Hubby: toiletries, pajamas, phone charger, undergarments, and a couple of outfits.
The Baby Doppler Sonoline B is a very easy to use fetal monitoring tool that allows you to listen to your baby’s heartbeat. The kit came with the device, batteries, ultrasound transmission gel, and instructions. You can put the gel directly on your abdomen or on the probe. I prefer to put the gel on the probe because it’s not as messy. It may take a few tries to locate your baby, but once you do, baby’s heartbeat will display on the screen and you will be able to hear it via the speakers. If I feel like baby isn’t moving as much as normal then I use the Baby Doppler. It definitely brings me much joy and peace of mind to hear my baby’s heartbeat.
Moreover, the Baby Doppler was gifted to me by my husband. Per Hubby, it was purchased directly from the manufacturer and with free 2-day shipping.
Today, baby reached 30 weeks in utero. Tomorrow Hubby and I will begin the final preparations the big day! I already purchased what I need for my hospital stay and will pack this weekend. Per this week’s OB visit, my fundal height measured at 28cm and baby’s heart rate measured at 141bpm. Baby is active as always and packs a very strong punch lol.
Happy New Year everyone! 2019 was one heck of a year with many positives and surprises for my family. We traveled, made strides in our careers, and conceived our first child. 2020, we are pressing forward with additional goals and aspirations. My goals include: postpartum healing, adjusting to motherhood, lifestyle/dietary improvements, schooling towards my RN license, as well as practice more self care. I’m looking for 2020 to be another year of progress and positives. I have attainable goals that are definitely within reach as long as I pace myself and remain disciplined. My hubby has his own set of goals and we are determined to work together as a married unit is supposed to.
Moreover, to better prepare for the new year, I put together a planner with different sections dedicated to keeping track of our goals. It includes: my family’s schedule, important deadlines, our finances, our medical providers and appointments (because health is wealth), inspirational quotes, etc.
What are your goals for this new year?
Are you taking the proper steps to make said goals happen?
Today, baby turns 28 weeks and 2 days.
It seems like yesterday that my OBGYN confirmed my pregnancy and we (Hubby and I) heard baby’s first heart beat. Now, I’ve entered my third trimester and I’m thankful to have made it thus far; considering my rough first trimester. During my first trimester, I was put on temporary leave from work due to an extreme case of nausea and fatigue. My second trimester was plagued with the worse ligament pain I’ve ever experienced.
Moreover, my third and final trimester has been the easiest on me physically. No nausea and the ligament pain is less frequent. I can feel our baby kicking, turning, and rolling everyday; it brings me much joy.