I can hardly believe it, but I’m officially 28 weeks pregnant with baby #5! This is sort of shocking, because I don’t feel like it’s been very long since I got that shocking positive pregnancy test (okay, the few dozen shocking positive pregnancy tests…. yes, I’m obsessive). I am solidly in my third trimester with my fifth child.
My main symptoms I have been experiencing over the past few weeks have been a little bit of heartburn, usually at night, as well as a catch in my right hip. The pain in my hip is my biggest complaint. It’s in my hip/lower back and makes me hobble around like an old lady sometimes.
I have had several chiropractic adjustments and massages, but it keeps coming back. Boo! I’m hoping it’ll cut it out, because I am up and down a lot with the kids, cleaning, organizing, doing laundry, and all of that. It limits my mobility a little bit on that side or gives me a few seconds of pretty intense pain while trying to get the normal range of motion that I need.
I’ve been working on potty training my two year old so that I’ll have just one child in diapers when the baby gets here. We’ll see how that works out. He’s had 1-3 accidents a day for the past four days, but he seems happy to try.
VBAC Facts Workshop
I spent my day at a VBAC Facts Workshop by Jen Kamel. This pregnancy is leading up to my fourth VBAC. To be honest, prior to the workshop, I was feeling a little blah about the delivery. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a birth junky and am excited to give birth. However, the excitement surrounding VBAC and natural birth and all of that is sort of dull compared to the first couple of births.
A lot of that is probably because I am not scared of birth or VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean). I was way more obsessive about the what-ifs with my other pregnancies. Lately I have really felt a deep sense of peace and calm about it.
Anyway, the workshop was awesome. It presented an amazing amount of research and evidence to help moms, educators, providers, and birth partners to understand all of the risks and benefits relating birth, specifically VBAC.
I’m very glad I went, and I hope that folks will get out there and attend if it’s coming to your area! We had some folks that had driven over 3 hours just to take this workshop. Worth it!
I guess I’ll be gaining the standard pound a week, my belly is going to keep growing, and I HOPE that this little guy will quit staying in a transverse *and* posterior position. I have a midwife appointment and a chiropractor and massage appointment later this month, too. Everything is about to start getting more frequent now that I’m in my third trimester… EEK! I don’t know if I’m ready for all of that!!