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Stick a fork in me... I'm done

Never in my previous pregnancies have I wished for the pregnancy to be over.  I knew that no matter how uncomfortable I was, things only get harder once the baby is out.

This pregnancy is definitely the exception!  As of this morning, I'm measuring 46cm.  For those of you who have never been pregnant, or have just forgotten, each centimeter typically coincides with your week of pregnancy.  So, if I were 34 weeks pregnant with a singleton, I would measure around 34cm.  Um... I'm 34 weeks pregnant, and measuring as if I'm 46 weeks pregnant.  Yes - I'm uncomfortable!

My back is killing me, I pee every 43 seconds, I don't sleep for more than 14 minutes at a time, and I'm convinced I'm going to die from heartburn.  Seriously, babies - we're past all major (and most minor) risks associated with premies.  Really, you can come anytime now.  Really.

Yes, yes, yes... taking care of two newborns will be a ton of work and blah, blah, blah.  I'm still absolutely certain that I'll get more than 14 minutes of sleep at a stretch at least occasionally, the heartburn will cease, and my ankles will return (they've been disappearing with swelling on a regular basis).

Much as I want to birth at home, I feel well prepared for being either at home or in the hospital.  The thought of fending off interventions during labor in a hospital isn't nearly as daunting as it was even a few weeks ago.   My only concern now is getting Pixie (aka Baby A) to turn vertex.  Although really, after a few weeks of freaking out over a potential surgical birth, I'm feeling pretty zen about the whole thing.  The one thing I do know is that the procedure will NOT be scheduled.  If I go into labor and Pixie still hasn't turned, and doesn't show any signs of budging, then fine... I know at that point that the healthiest thing for everyone is to just get the babies out as safely as possible, which likely means surgery (there is some limited research that supports vaginal birth if Baby A is in Frank breech position, but that is only with an attendant skilled at breech birth.  Sadly, with the vast majority of breech babies being delivered by C/s, vaginal breech birth is a dying art.)\

Of course, I still have to have the whole "I'm not scheduling a C/s" conversation with Dr. Jenkins... that will happen at next week's appointment if Pixie is still breech.  I'm quite certain he's not going to like it, but he can't force me to schedule the surgery, and they certainly can't start without me!


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Jun. 13th, 2008 03:13 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the update.

I know how miserable the heat can be during pregnancy (two July births for me, too)!

Does Dr. J think they'll come anytime soon?
Jun. 13th, 2008 11:46 pm (UTC)
I think Dr. Jenkins is quite surprised that I've made it this long. Experiencing the difference in philosophies and expectations between doctors and midwives has been quite an interesting trip!

There's really no reason to think they'll come early. The last time he scanned my cervix was two weeks ago, but it was still over 4cm long at that time, and not showing any signs of dilating. I've been having lots of BH contractions, but that's pretty normal for me.

So... aside from me trying to will them out, I'm guessing they'll stay put for at least a couple more weeks, if not longer.
Jun. 13th, 2008 04:39 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the update!!! I've been wondering how things have been going for you. :)
Jun. 13th, 2008 05:03 pm (UTC)
Hello from Cincinnati! *waves*

I'm right behind you, sistah! At 33 weeks, I'm starting to get uncomfortable too. I'm measuring something like 43cm.

Have you considered finding a chiropractor who can do the Webster Technique (or something similar)? I've been doing chiropractic visits, and Baby A has turned vertex (let's hope she STAYS that way!). It might be worth a try. I can ask my chiro if he has a similarly-minded/educated colleague in your area.

So you're not doing a home birth anymore? Or is Dr. J your backup doc?
Jun. 13th, 2008 11:35 pm (UTC)
Dr. J is my regular OB. I've continued seeing him as backup, because there are just so many parameters that have to be met in order to do a home birth with twins. I wanted to make sure that if I do end up in the hospital, I won't be subject to random doctor assignment.

I have been seeing a chiro for the last few weeks, and she's been doing the Webster Technique. Pixie was briefly vertex last week, but has since flipped back around to breech. The good news is, they both apparently still have plenty of room to move around, so I've not given up hope that they'll get into a good position.
Jun. 14th, 2008 12:42 am (UTC)
I was going to ask the same things Erica did, but just good luck, it can't be comfortable entering into this sweltering heat and measuring 46 cm!
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