Thursday, December 17, 2009

Growth Update and Birthing Class

We had our most recent appointment with Dr. Keith on Tuesday. We're going every two weeks now!!!! Everything is going well and my belly is measuring spot on at 30 cm at 30 weeks. We're very fortunate and grateful to have had such a happy, healthy pregnancy so far. Only 10 more weeks!

Here is a litte update about Grayson's growth (I copied this from the website):

Your baby's about 15.7 inches long now, and she weighs almost 3 pounds (like a head of cabbage.) A pint and a half of amniotic fluid surrounds her, but that volume will decrease as she gets bigger and takes up more room in your uterus. Her eyesight continues to develop, though it's not very keen; even after she's born, she'll keep her eyes closed for a good part of the day. When she does open them, she'll respond to changes in light but will have 20/400 vision — which means she can only make out objects a few inches from her face. (Normal adult vision is 20/20.)

Our little cabbage

These weekly updates from sure make walking down the produce aisle a bit more interesting!

I forgot to mention in the previous post that last Saturday Matt and I had our final 'Childbirth Education' class. They were offered through our hospital and all in all, I'm glad we went. They had us doing some pretty weird stuff like standing and whispering things to our baby. Sure, it's great to talk to your baby but try doing it standing in a room with 30 other people and keeping a straight face!

We took a two session class that went from 9-4 for two Saturdays. It was very nice to meet and talk to some other pregnant couples, especially since we are the first and only of our friends around here to have a baby. I learned a lot of different breathing techniques and exercises that should help during labor but most importantly, Matt got some pointers on how to deal with me during labor! My goal is to labor at home for as long as possible and to head to the hospital once my contractions are about 3-4 minutes apart so the pointers should be helpful for the both of us.

Our instructors covered the different pain relief options that will be available and I was certainly surprised to see that I was only one of TWO women in the class who said they plan on getting an epidural! Given the statistics about women who choose to get an epidural, I'm sure those numbers will change but I was shocked to see how many women were planning for a completely drug free birth. Power to the women that can do it without an epidural but I honestly don't think I could stand being in pain, in a hospital, when I know there is a doctor down the hall who could make it all go away. But, as I always say- to each their own!

At the end of the second class we got a tour of the new Family Birthing Center at CHOMP (Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula). It's a great new facility that is one of only 58 World Health Organization certified 'Baby Friendly' facilities in the U.S.. The "Baby-FriendlyTM USA" Hospital Initiative is a global program sponsored by the World Health Organization and United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). Based on those groups' Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, the Baby-FriendlyTM designation is awarded to birth facilities that offer breastfeeding mothers help and information for gaining the skills and confidence needed to successfully initiate and continue breastfeeding. I feel very strongly about breastfeeding and I'm really glad that CHOMP does too! Overall, we were very impressed with the Birthing Center- we even saw a therapy dog on the floor! I don't remember much of anything from my time in the hospital after my jaw surgery but I vividly remember the two therapy dogs that came in. I hope we get a visit from one when we're there waiting for Grayson to arrive!

That's all for now. I hope everyone is enjoying the holiday season!!!

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