Lisa’s Pregnancy–24 Weeks

24 weeks

These pictures were taken right before Rinaldo & I got (cooked) sushi last night! We didn’t order more than we normally do, but boy was I stuffed after. I officially can only eat smaller meals throughout the day because then I’ll feel super uncomfortable at night. My stomach gets so hard it literally feels like it’s going to burst!

In other news, baby Roberto & I have made it to week 24. Woohoo! I feel so far along in my pregnancy but then I think how I still have 16 weeks to go…. Here’s to hoping these last few months go by fast because I cannot wait to meet this little fella of mine!

Let’s see what Roberto’s up to this week!

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His see-through skin is gradually becoming more opaque.

And it’s got a new pink glow, thanks to the small capillaries that have recently formed.
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What’s New?


Total weight gain: I had my biggest gain of 1.5 pounds this week bringing me to a total of 9.5 pounds. Bring on the double digits!

Labor Classes: Rinaldo & I signed up for Bradley Method classes that start next week! I’m excited to get started with them.

New Purchases: I finally went out to get more bras. I’ve officially gone up 2 cup sizes. Ekk! I’m hoping they won’t get much bigger until my milk comes in at the end.

Doctor Appointments: I have my 6th month check-up after work today. Hopefully this appointment will go by as smoothly as they’ve been going so far.

How I’m Feeling

Preeeetty good! I had a few days towards the end of last week where I just felt exhausted. I’ve learned that I can’t really predict how I’ll feel on a certain day. No matter how active I am or how well I eat and sleep, some days I just feel more tired. Baby Roberto must be working hard on growing because he’s sucking all the energy out of me! With a weight gain of 1.5 pounds in one week, he must be up to something big!

As I mentioned above, Rinaldo & I start our Bradley Method classes next week. Here’s a brief description about what exactly the Bradley Method teaches.

The Bradley Method teaches natural childbirth and views birth as a natural process. It is our belief that most women with proper education, preparation, and the help of a loving and supportive coach can be taught to give birth naturally. The Bradley Method is a system of natural labor techniques in which a woman and her coach play an active part. It is a simple method of increasing self-awareness, teaching a woman how to deal with the stress of labor by tuning in to her own body. The Bradley Method encourages mothers to trust their bodies using natural breathing, relaxation, nutrition, exercise, and education.

 

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I think the classes will definitely help prepare us for the birth of baby Roberto. I know Rinaldo will learn a lot and I will only benefit from him becoming educated about what will be happening, since he’s pretty clueless when it comes to the process of giving birth. What guy isn’t?

Our plan is to have the most natural birth possible, and we would love to avoid things like inductions and epidurals. I obviously don’t know what will end up happening since I’ve never had a baby before and you can’t plan what will happen, but all I can do now is educate and prepare myself for what I would like to happen.

I read that nearly 90% of Bradley Method moms having vaginal births do so without pain medication, so I think I’m on the right track!

I’m lucky to have so many people around me that are super supportive. Many people have encouraged me that I can do it and are super optimistic and excited for me. I think it will help in the end to know that my family and friends support me. I’m not trying to prove anything by having a natural birth, but instead trying to avoid the complications that come with interventions as well as caring for the well being of myself and baby!

 

What do you think? Am I crazy for wanting a birth with very few interventions?

What was your experience with giving birth?

Lisa
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  • Kcasey7785

    When I had my son I opted to have a birthing tub in my room because I wanted to have as natural a birth as possible. However, I never got the chance to use it bc I wouldn’t dialate past a 4. The pain became too much for me and I gave in and asked for the epidural. Turns out the baby kept getting wrapped in his umbilical cord and the meds I guess helped labor to progress. Personally, I think youve got the right thinking: all we can do is plan the best we can for the birth we want but be prepared for anything to happen. I’m glad I listened to my body or I may have had a much longer or more strenuous labor. No matter what, I promise everything will be just perfect when you hold your baby Roberto for the first time!

    • Anonymous

       Thanks for the info Krystal! I’m definitely keeping an open mind since you can’t predict what will happen but I definitely want to be educated and prepared for anything!

  • Anonymous

    You look beautiful!  I’m still working on the whole boyfriend thing so no baby advice from me but good luck : )

    xo

    • Anonymous

       Thanks!! haha yes first comes marriage then comes baby! ;)

  • http://theguiltlesslife.wordpress.com/ Anna @ The Guiltless Life

    My sister is giving birth in a birthing center as well, she just found it more relaxing to visit. And midwives are specialists, they know what’s going on! (She’s using midwives). Definitely I think this time is exciting because from here you’re just going to grow, and probably quite fast – so exciting to see!

    • Anonymous

       How awesome! I really wanted a midwife too, but the only good ones were in the city and too far from me! I found a really great OBGYN so I definitely feel in good hands!

      Yes, I’m growing more and more each day!

  • Emily

    I’m one of 9 and my mom had natural births except for the last one because the umbilical cord was wrapped around his neck! Now I’ve never been in this situation so it’s hard to say, but I think if you mentally prepare yourself for it and tell yourself that’s how you are going to do it, then that’s how you’ll do it! You CAN do it!!

    • Anonymous

       Wow Emily! My mother had 7 kids and had the epidural with Maria & I! Power to our mammas!

      Thanks for being so supportive!!

  • http://caithatescake.com/ Cait @ Cait Hates Cake

    Looking good, Lisa! I’m loving reading these updates and seeing your progress!

  • Thehealthyapron

    We just started bradley classes a couple weeks ago and I’m so happy with them so far. I am like you, I want the LEAST intervention possible (if I can help it). You look amazing girlie! I’m 27 weeks and I’ve gained ~20 lbs so far and I swear about 8 lbs of it went to my boobs!

  • Heather Englund

    Sooooo exciting that your Bradley class starts soon! It was one of the best decisions we made signing up for it. You learn so much and I already feel more prepared for that day of unknowns.

    Looking fabulous and you lucky girl growing 2 cups! That will probably only happen for me once my milk comes in :)

  • http://thisitalianfamily.wordpress.com/ Rach

    I think it’s great that you want to have as natural a birth as possible! I am looking forward to hearing all about it when the time comes! Well, maybe not ALL about it, but you know what I mean. ;) 

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