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Heather's Pregnancy Journal

Week 30 ~ March 17, 2004
~ Into the 4th Quarter!

Time has seemed to fly by with this pregnancy. When I was pregnant with Ethan, I thought 30 weeks would NEVER come. And with this pregnancy, I am already here - and the baby could potentially be born in only 7 weeks (or maybe even less?)!

We did decide to go with Medicaid and switch to seeing the midwives we used when Ethan was born. I had a check-up yesterday and they were so wonderful. My blood pressure was 118/56 and baby's heart rate was in the 140's. However . . . I am measuring at 34cm! The midwife said that it could be just her measuring, but who knows? Steve commented that he remembers me saying in August that my period was very light - maybe it was breakthrough bleeding, and I have my dates wrong? The midwife will measure again in 2 weeks, and if I am measuring 36 weeks by then (at only 32 weeks), she will probably have me get an ultrasound. I know there is no need to worry now, so we'll just see what happens in two weeks.

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She did a complete physical and said that my cervix is long and closed. I had mentioned to her that the contractions feel totally different with this baby, but I realize now that of course it is different - it is my second child! She said that I probably was dehydrated on Monday (when I was having a lot of contractions). She does want to do the glucose test and she was nice enough to give me some alternatives to the "orange stuff." In fact, I am looking forward to indulging in a nice big soda pop before my next visit!

The midwife also told me that the hospital is remodeling its labor/delivery ward and now all the rooms have private jacuzzi's. And even better--a laboring mom who is positive for Group B strep can use them. When I was in labor with Ethan, I was forbidden to use the jacuzzi they had because somehow the filter didn't work right to filter out GBS. I asked the midwife for her advice on the GBS testing, and she strongly recommended that I get tested at 36 weeks. I feel that everything happens for a reason - and maybe I am supposed to have this baby at a hospital.

The homebirth midwife was very understanding of us switching. She said she hated to see me go, but she understood that it was a financial thing. She did offer her assistance at the birth, but I'm not sure if that's what I want. We'll see . . .

We did get assistance from WIC this week. Yet another humbling experience - but we realize that it is just for the short term. And it is nice to be able to get milk, cheese, cereal, etc. and not have to rely on my mom and dad. We have good news with Steve's company - he got a verbal offer for a housing development with 15 homes! So that could be steady work for the next 2-3 months. He will finalize things this week, but it looks like his business is finally taking off. Now we just have to get back on our feet financially. If I ever get around to doing our taxes, that will help!

Have a great week!

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