Monday, December 16, 2013

Freaking Out Just A Bit

Last Thursday I met with my doctor for my 35th week appointment. After my appointment a week earlier I started feeling a bit nervous. My exam showed I was thinning out last week so I was anxious to hear what my doctor would Thursday. It turns out I am 80% effaced. (At my appointment I just pretended I knew what that meant and as soon as I got to the car I looked that shit up on my IPhone.) For a new mom/ know nothing to be mom like myself I was clueless. Here is basically what I found:

Effacement is the term obstetricians use to describe certain changes in the cervix prior to childbirth. As delivery approaches, your baby will drop toward the cervix, or lower uterus. In response to this change in position, the walls of the cervix begin to efface, or thin out, to make room for the baby's passage. 80 percent effacement in combination with advancing cervical dilation---or opening---is typically a sign that active labor and childbirth are close at hand.

I'm trying not to get myself all worked up about progresing so fast but it's hard not to when your doctor preps you for your labor at your 35 week appointment. He did my strep test a week early just in case. I feel like there is still so much to do and not enough time to do it! Add in the holiday season I may be headed for panic mode

Here are some of the things that keep me worried at night:

- Most importantly will the baby be healthy enough for delivery before 40 weeks? Will the baby be born a healthy weight? Will his or her lungs be strong and completely developed?

Honestly the above is the only important thing I need to think about but there are frivolous things that I can't help to think about.

- Am I working myself up over nothing? Just because the I progressed so quickly the last 2 weeks doesn't mean I can stop all together and the baby will be born on time!

-Will my pump arrive in time? Insurance regulations only allow you to order it 30 days before your due date. It takes 2+ weeks to ship it.

- Did I pack all the right stuff for our baby bag? Enough stuff? Too much stuff? I still haven't packed the camera and video camera! I still need batteries and I need to charge the video cameraWho will take pictures?

- I didn't get my Christmas shopping done yet. I worry I won't have time to get everything for everyone! Will all the stuff I ordered on line get here in enough time for Christmas?

-Are those cramps real contractions. Am I over reacting or should I start monitoring them? I did download I iBirth calculator just in case.

- I don't even have our car seats in the cars yet. I don't even know how to install them.

- My husband's car is in the shop today. I'm so freaked I will go into labor today and he will have trouble geting to the hospital.

- I have so much stuff to be done at work too. I'm feeling overwhelmed just prepping for everything and everyone.

I can worry myself to the point of sickness.

Any suggestions from moms out there would be greatly appreciated.

Oh well, until then happy 36 weeks to us.


Meg Doherty said...

You know I'm not a mom, but all I can say, I guess, is just try and take a few deep breaths! You're supposed to be calm and relax now so you can be overtired and going crazy when Baby gets here!!! ;)

Jen said...

Everything will be just fine and baby will come when he/she is good and ready. :)

Jessica G. said...

Try to take a deep breath and remember everything will work out. Even if the car seat isn't installed, your hubby can do it while you are in the hospital (after you have had the baby, that is). He can have a certified person install it, so you don't have to worry about it being done incorrectly. If the doctor didn't put you on bed rest, I am guessing s/he isn't worried about the baby coming early. As for the pump, are you planning on pumping from the get go? I didn't use mine until my first was about a week old and with my second it was a few weeks in. And remember, in a pinch, you can rent one from the hospital. As for your hospital bag, I think it is better to over pack than under pack, so pack to your heart's content! Even though I say all this, I know it is hard to be calm about it all. I was freaking out about my car being dirty while I was in labor. I wanted the baby to come home in a clean car. We even tried to go to the car wash, but I was in too much pain. But I did make my hubby go get the car washed after the baby arrived and before we took her home.

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