wondering if I can breathe this baby out

side picture of me at 35 weeks

this is what a 5lbs 8oz baby looks like on my 5'11'' frame at 35 weeks. Intentionally obfuscated face :)

Throughout my pregnancy I’ve always looked at least a month earlier in my pregnancy than I am. Maybe its cause I’m tall and have a long back – who knows, but the baby always weighs and measure correct for her dates even though my tummy looks small, so I don’t worry even though the occasional stranger will gasp when I tell them how far along I am “you’re so small!”. Just today a shopkeeper asked if I was ‘sure’ when I said I was 35 weeks. The weight is definitely starting to pile on, and at 35 weeks our little girl is 5lbs 8oz. I can’t believe it, she weighs more than monkey #1 did when he came out at 36.5 weeks.

I had an ultrasound on Tuesday and all was fine. I must admit, it was a bit freaky to know that this little girl is already growing at a faster rate than Preston. Hmmm…the technician said as long as monkey #2 didn’t come early I would be back for another ultrasound in a couple of weeks. Really? I’m not sure if it’s because I missed out on those final weeks of pregnancy with Preston or because I am birthing in the US where everyone in the healthcare sector seems to double and triple check their work – but I only had 2 ultrasounds throughout my entire healthy pregnancy with Preston in New Zealand. The last one was at 26 weeks.

So I’m wondering, will I be able to breathe this baby out the way I did Preston? Imagine I go back in a couple of weeks and the ultrasound shows the baby is weighing 10 lbs and has a head the size of a cantaloupe. I’m not sure this kinda news wouldn’t cause me a bit of distress. No wonder women opt for c-sections before they even get in the delivery room. To each his own I say, but I don’t really want to know what I’m working with on the big day in terms of weight. Let’s just get through it and celebrate that I did it after.

I’m hoping to go as natural as possible with this birth. I’ve been reading up on Hypnobirthing and Big Monkey has been helping me with self-hypnosis, breathing and relaxation techniques. I’m hoping if I set my intention and be prepared as I can be, then that’s all that I can do.

With Preston, my midwife said I ‘breathed him out’. Apart from nitrous oxide, massage and support from Big Monkey and breathing techniques was how I managed pain. I’m hoping that minus the nitrous, I should still be able to get through the grunting and pushing. What do you think? Maybe I breathed Preston out cause he was just a squidge over 5lbs, or maybe it was because I’d been practicing Bikram Yoga up until about 3 weeks before I gave birth. In any case, the circumstances are different, and this baby is definitely going to be bigger.

I wish I’d had the opportunity to take a Hypnobirthing class, but hey why not teach myself self-hypnosis with the help of the ‘official’ book and Google…bigger goals and questions than this have been achieved and answered through Google, right?

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8 Responses to wondering if I can breathe this baby out
  1. […] As I mentioned before the final weight is starting to pile on and I’m like a teenager having a growth spurt unawares of how much bigger my body is. The other day I body slammed monkey #1 into the wall with my protruding tummy. Since then we tend to have little run-ins at least once a day, with his head at my tummy level just lightly bouncing off my belly. Thankfully he thinks its funny, me I can’t help but hear godzilla music in the background as the soundtrack to my life. I’m knocking over books at the library and just in general clumsy and spatially unaware of how my body fits in this world. […]

  2. […] been reading about Birthing Centers, freestanding birth centers, hospitals, home births, hypnobirthing and water births. A combination of these appeals to me, but then I have to run it past my insurance […]

  3. Closer to Lucy
    October 27, 2011 | 10:00 pm

    a 10 pound baby would not be one I would want to even try to breath out!

    They say the first one is the roughest though so maybe she’ll come on through with one big breath!

    You look amazing, good for you that you are able to carry her so well!

    Out hopping come by when you get a chance :)
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    October 28, 2011 | 3:46 pm

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  5. Nekky
    October 29, 2011 | 5:53 am

    I bet you will do just fine. My second baby weighed more and his birth was faster. Once you are as strong and healthy as you look, Go and have some coffee baby. You are just fine.
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    • Ghada V
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      November 2, 2011 | 9:08 am

      Hee hee, thanks for the pep talk. Feeling more and more confident each day actually :)

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