~ What Happened to My Sleep?
So, I knew this would be coming sooner or later, but I'm feeling the influence of having a big pregnant belly! At night, I now wake up at least four times to go to the bathroom, I constantly shift from side to side to change positions, and my body won't let me sleep past 6:30 am, even on weekends! Sometimes if I lie too flat, I'll get heart palpitations (which I read is common) and heartburn sets in, so I have to lie diagonally with my head and shoulders elevated. Also, I've noticed that when I eat, I can't eat as much and get fuller faster. I'm guessing this must be because my belly is putting pressure on my stomach and there's less room for food. Because of all this, I have been extremely tired during the day which means taking a nap when I get home from work and trying to go to bed earlier. People keep telling me that once baby gets here, I'll never sleep like I used to and that I should live it up while I can . . . well, I'm here to say that I'm trying to live it up, but I can't! I think my body is preparing for sleepless nights and exhaustion already.
Other than my lack of sleep, everything else is going perfectly! I had an appointment with my midwife on Friday afternoon and she confirmed that my glucose tolerance test and 24 hour urine analysis came back just fine! My blood pressure was at 132/88, a little high but still within normal limits. She recommended no more running though for the rest of the pregnancy, just to be on the safe side. So, I've turned my exercise focus to swimming (which I did once this week and forgot how wonderful and relaxing it is!), walking, and yoga.
On the baby side of things, Finley continues to be very active and at the appointment her heart rate was at 128, which is great! My midwife also informed me that they had just received the H1N1 shot vaccine and that after my appointment, I needed to run over to the immunization clinic and get the vaccine. Like I've mentioned before, I've gone back and forth about getting the vaccine just because it's so new and we don't really know the side effects for pregnant women or babies. However, I decided that I would get it because of where I work (in a school where viruses spread like wildfire) and someone had mentioned to me that if Finley were to contract H1N1 after she was born but before she's six months of age, there is nothing medically they could do to treat her. That right there convinced me that I should take my chances and get the vaccine. Well, I headed over to the clinic and told the tech what I was there for and he informed me they had just given the last dose a few hours earlier and they wouldn't be getting their next shipment until the end of the month! UGH! Just my luck! Well, guess I'll try again in a few weeks!
Next week we start our Bradley classes, so I spent the last few nights reading "Husband Coached Childbirth" by Robert Bradley to prepare myself. It really is a great book and I'm excited to get started with Mike on the classes. I'm feeling more and more confident that I will be prepared for a natural childbirth! The Bradley Method recommends a high protein diet, 80-100 grams of protein a day, by Dr. Tom Brewer for proper growth of the baby. I have been tracking my daily protein intake and I've been anywhere from 92-140 grams per day, so I'm right on track! Also, Bradley Method encourages natural childbirth exercises including Kegels (of course!), pelvic rocks, squatting, and hip abduction. I have been doing these exercises every night and can already feel the difference in my strength and flexibility from when I first started at the beginning of the week.
The most exciting part of this week was the work baby shower my friend, Mary, threw for me at her house on Saturday afternoon! The theme of the shower was purple and green butterflies, the same as my nursery set. I was amazed by the cake which perfectly matched; not only was it beautiful but it tasted great too! Mary also had some great shower games, including one that I have never heard of or played before, "Pin the Sperm On the Egg"! It was hilarious! I won the word scramble game, 22/25 words correct! The word that stumped me the most was "oralfum" which turned out to be "formula"! Haha! It was a wonderful shower and I came home with lots more baby things and several things off of my registry which was great!
Apparently early next week, Hurricane Ida is supposed to make landfall smack dab in the middle of where we live! Technically it's hurricane season until December 1st, but usually you don't see hurricanes develop this late in the season. We've lived in Florida now for two years and never experienced a hurricane, so I don't really know what to expect. It's supposed to be a Category 2, which is good because it means we don't need to plan on evacuating . . . with that said, you never know what could happen. Stay posted!