Baby BUMP-date! 30 WEEKS!

Wanted to make sure I documented our baby bump update! AS most of you know I’m pregnant with baby #3, our third BOY and we are counting down! I’m 30 weeks this week and so far smooth sailing with a few hiccups! Fist of all, check out this 23 weeks vs. 28 week comparison – WOWZA!

I’ve been open about the fact that I’ve tried not to gain as much weight this pregnancy, I was up close to 50 – 60 lbs with both of my boys and I believe that may have contributed to some of their birth complications. I’m proud to say I’m still within the recommended pregnancy weight gain range for the first time ever!

Despite my efforts, baby boy is STILL measuring a month ahead of schedule. If he’s still too far ahead, I’ll get a growth scan next week with my OB appointment. This may throw a wrench in things. Here’s a little background:

With Carver, he had a minor shoulder dystocia which means his shoulders got stuck while I was delivering him. I had no idea this had even happened, it didn’t turn out to be a big deal but it can absolutely get very dangerous very quickly and leave permanent damage for baby. He was 8 lbs 6 oz.

With Gannon, again, the MASSIVE weight gain, Gannon was measuring WAY ahead of schedule, I was measuring around 44 weeks pregnant at 36 weeks. They sent me for advanced growth scans and determined Gannon would be an 11+ lb baby! They said because Carver got stuck, they would not let me risk this much bigger baby getting stuck either and insisted I get a c-section, so I did. Gannon was only 8 lbs 11 oz – just a few ounces different than Carver. I was so bummed and my pain control after my c-section was TERRIBLE. I couldn’t even get out of bed the day after, it was plain old awful.

So I’m exploring what is called a VBAC, vaginal birth after cesarean. Only certain hospitals perform this, I’ll have to drive at least an hour to the closest hospital who offers this care. It’s been a long process but I have my meeting with the new doctor on Friday to go over whether he/she would recommend a VBAC considering my history. BUT with baby already measuring big, I’m afraid they won’t let me try labor which would so bum me out.

My 28 week glucose screen went perfectly, passed with flying colors – the normal range was 90 – 110 and I was actually 86! The past month hasn’t been totally free of complications though, my feet and legs have been swelling like CRAZY – I had gained and lost just 9 lbs of fluid over a few days! Somedays it is better, some days it is worse. There seems to be no rhyme or reason as what causes the swelling or what makes it better.

I am slowing down a bit, going on walks is harder, I’ve been feeling a little more short of breath and out of shape lately. It’s getting down to the wire, I’ve had both my boys at 38 weeks so we will see if this one stays put longer or makes a sooner appearance! My contract at the hospital ends September 21st so HOPEFULLY after that we can get things moving! I’d love to have him on my dad’s birthday – September 27th <3

That’s the 30 week bump update! Hope you all are having a great week!

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3 Comments

  1. Hedy
    July 27, 2022 / 12:35 pm

    My daughter had her second baby vaginally after a caesarean. She was so happy afterward. I hope it works out for you too.

  2. Elle
    July 27, 2022 / 4:48 pm

    Praying for babe to slow his growth just enough so you can try a VBAC. It’s good you are educated and fully understand why you shouldn’t if they ask you not to. My “little” niece was 10lb 2oz. My sister opted to go for vag delivery 21 days overdue. They had to fracture both of her clavicles to get her out. They didn’t tell sis until the 2 week checkup when the pediatrician said ‘her collar bones have healed up nicely’.

    AWESOME you’re feeling good. You look FANTASTIC! Take good care 🙂

  3. Jo
    August 2, 2022 / 1:19 am

    Something I found for fluid retention………three lemons….squeeze juice set aside
    Chop rind into pieces……put in pan with about four cups water…..boil. Ten minutes over med low heat with over on pan
    You want to keep as much steam in as possible……. Cool…..strain and add squeezed lemon juice….store in refrigerator. Drink about half cup first thing morning on an empty stomach if possible
    I. add a cinnamon stick to give its little more flavor.
    Hope this might help you. Will add you to my prayer list

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