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39 weeks pregnancy blog post

how Far Along: 39 Weeks!!!

Weight Gain: Total of 28 pounds!

 Stretch marks? I have my first official stretch marks from pregnancy and my old ones from my teens are continuing to get worse.
Sleep: NOT GOOD
Movement: So So So Painful! shes is tired of waiting for my cervix to open shes decided to just try to push it out of the way. :p
Food cravings: pancakes again! and been loving dark chocolate & peanut butter!
Anything making you queasy or sick: NOPE
Gender: GIRL
 Symptoms: Parts of my mucous plug has been coming out since Thursday in bits and pieces. I havent got much patience these days and I am pretty mood swingy and of course I am very huge and uncomfortable.
Belly button in or out? OUT and sooo raw
Wedding rings on or off? On.
 Best Moment of the week? Taking our maternity pictures was alot of fun and they turned out really good thanks to our new camera!
Looking forward To… Olivia arrival! 39 weeks means her lungs are fully developed and shes truly ready for the outside world. I am hoping she will come on Wed the 22nd as our wedding anniversary is on the 22nd of September. 

38 Weeks Pregnant!

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how Far Along: 38 Weeks!!!

Doctors Appts: I had my last doctors appt tuesday to run some lab work and everything came back great! This coming Tuesday I am seeing my birth mid wife for a regular check up.

Maternity clothes? I am getting so huge. currently living off of one maternity skirt and pair of stretch pants. 

 Stretch marks? Same as last week.
Sleep:I keep waking up soo soo uncomfortable!
Movement: shes still a wiggler. feels like shes trying to push herself out. hurts my pelivis, bum and cervix really bad!
Food cravings: pancakes again!
Anything making you queasy or sick: NOPE
Gender: GIRL
 Symptoms:fatigue, emotional whenever I think about olivia’s arrival I get so emotional. increase in discharge and this is going to be TIM but Iv noticed pooping has become more frequent its not diarreah 
but Im usually constipated so…
Belly button in or out? 50% 50%
Wedding rings on or off? On.
 Best Moment of the week? Having that weird day of pre laboring was very exciting and really opened my eyes to how though there is 2 weeks til my due date she can really be here anytime. so excited my body is gearing up for labor. ALSO our stroller finally arrived!
Looking forward To… Still just looking forward to meeting olivia I can wait!
Pregnancy Video Diary:  

how Far Along: 37 Weeks!!!

Maternity clothes? I am getting so huge. currently living off of one maternity skirt and pair of stretch pants. 

 Stretch marks? Same as last week.
Sleep: Sleep has actually been good but I am still getting up loads in the middle of the night! 
Movement: Movement is almost always painful at this point… lol shes so big and feisty in there.
Food cravings: pancakes again!
Anything making you queasy or sick: NOPE
Gender: GIRL
 Symptoms:I have been feeling pretty tired. One majorly new symptom is my feet swell up a bit sometimes. Between pregnancy and the hot humid summer weather its guaranteed to keep up!
Belly button in or out? 50% 50%
Wedding rings on or off? On.
 Best Moment of the week? Meeting our birth mid wife and seeing the center where I am giving birth! I am so excited!
Looking forward To… Meeting my little girl! I hope she cooks a little longer but at the same time I am just so eager. Also our stroller better be here this week 😉
Olivia’s Growth & Fluid Scan: So Olivia aprox. weighs 6 pounds 2 oz already and her estimated weight at birth is 8.2 pounds. She is very very healthy she has very long legs and a perfectly shaped and sized head! :)
 
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Birth Plan

Name: Danielle Zavala                 Partners Name: Johannes Klose

I would Like The Following People Present for the Birth:

-My Partner Johannes Klose                 -My Midwife: Wallburga Muller- Cyran (if she is available)

During labor I would like:

-Dim Lights    -Few interruptions   -few vaginal Exams    -Wear my own clothes    -Partner stays with me at all times

-To film and take pictures   -use a tripod to film the delivery      -Stay hydrated naturally (no IV)

– To be able to eat and drink   – Move around as much as I want   -Use the Birthing tub   –take a shower

I would like fetal monitoring to be:

– Only with a Doppler or stethoscope

– Only If electronic fetal monitoring is necessary I wish for the external fetal monitoring where I can move freely.

-NO INTERNAL FETAL MONITORING

Labor inducing methods:

-Only natural methods such as nipple stimulation   -I do not want my birth to be rushed or put to a time limit

– I would like to be able to go home if labor stops or slows down.    -I DO NOT want to be offered pitocin

For Pain Relief I would like:

-Only to use natural methods Such as using the birthing tub, taking a shower, moving around, massages.

*DO NOT ask me if I want pain medication   *I would Like encouragement when I feel hopeless, not to be tempted with drugs

For Delivery I would like:

-To have a water birth in the birthing tub (optimal birth wish) –Encouragement to get in the water

-Do whatever comes naturally to me at that time

 I would Like to try other techniques & positions to push as an alternative to water birth as well such as:

– squatting  -using a birthing stool –a birthing ball –side laying etc.

As the baby is delivered, I would like to:

-Push instinctively  –Be offered coaching help   -Touch the head as it crowns  -either me or my partner help catch baby   -my partner get into the water with me   -my partner be with me at all times

-film the delivery using a tripod  –Deliver Placenta Naturally  -avoid forceps   -avoid vacuum extraction

– A midwife help deliver the baby

After The Birth Of Baby

As soon as my baby is born I would like to:

-Immediately hold my Baby   -Bond with my baby as long as I wish so long as she is healthy

-Breast feed right away   -wait for the cord to stop pulsating before cutting it off

I would like my baby’s medical exams & procedures be done:

–Only after we have bonded   – In the presence of me and or my husband    -always ask me and my husband for permission before performing any procedure.

Do NOT Give my baby:

-Vitamin K   -Formula   -sugar water   – A pacifier

I would like to feed my baby:

-ONLY with my breast milk   -On baby’s demand   -With the help of a midwife or lactation consultant

I would like my Baby to be with me:

*AT ALL TIMES and sleep in my room if I need to stay the night.

I would like my partner:

*To have unlimited visiting time and stay with me over night.

*After Birth I would like to stay at the hospital as briefly as possible. I would like to go home within hours after birth if it is possible.

 If my baby is not well, I would like:

-My partner and I to accompany her to the NICU or another facility

-To breastfeed or provide pumped Breast milk   -To hold her as much as possible

If a C-section is necessary, I would like:

-A second Opinion   -To make sure all other options have been trialed   -To stay conscious  – My partner remain with me the entire time  -My hands left free so I can touch my baby  –My Partner holds baby after birth  –baby held to my face after birth  –breastfeed in the recovery room  –get extra help with breastfeeding   -use an epidural as the form of anesthesia

If my baby is breech I would like:

-To try to flip the baby –try movements and positions to flip my baby – try to deliver vaginally and naturally if baby is still breech.

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how Far Along: 36 weeks and only 4 to go!

Maternity clothes? Still wearing alot of tanks I bought in a couple sizes from my pre pregnancy size also loads of dresses!
 Stretch marks? 😦 well no “new ones” but a couple of old ones ares starting to look like they are getting red again.
Sleep: Still getting up to drink and pee a million times, rolling from one side to the other is a pain, and I cant seem to get comfy in any position for long. Oh and the dreams are sooo weird! 
Movement: Shes awake at a pretty consistent sched, she sleeps through most of the night and is awake alot during they day, also alot while im moving and especially when I am cooking 🙂
Food cravings: loving tuna panini’s with tomatoes at the moment!
Anything making you queasy or sick: NOPE
Gender: GIRL
 Symptoms:Back pain has stopped! I literally have like NO back pain at all (knock on wood) however when I get up after sitting a long time I have some rectal pain.  I am feeling very emotional and overwhelmed but very excited of course! Feeling lots of anxiety trying to find a place who will birth us according to our wishes last minute as the hospital we registered at on friday gave us a different impression this time we visited compared to the first time. But we are very busy finding a solution asap!
Belly button in or out? 50% 50%
Wedding rings on or off? On.
 Best Moment of the week? Yesterday was a big family get together on my husbands side! It was alot of fun and everyone is sooo excited to meet Olivia!
Looking forward To…. Getting our birthing place sorted out! Also our stroller will arrive this week at least its should or it will be considered late!
Olivia’s Growth & Fluid Scan: So Olivia aprox. weighs 6 pounds 2 oz already and her estimated weight at birth is 8.2 pounds. She is very very healthy she has very long legs and a perfectly shaped and sized head! 🙂
 
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how Far Along: 35 weeks! Only 5 weeks til my due date but will be considered full term in 2 weeks!

weight gain: 25 pounds weight gain so far! I was weighed at my mid wife appt. 🙂 she said thats great and ill likely gain another 5 to 7 pounds before birth which is right on track! 

Maternity clothes? Still wearing alot of tanks I bought in a couple sizes from my pre pregnancy size. and I am wearing a new maternity top today. 
 
Stretch marks? NOPE YAY
Sleep: Still getting up to drink and pee a million times, rolling from one side to the other is a pain, and I cant seem to get comfy in any position for long. Oh and the dreams are sooo weird! 
Movement: My little Olivia is sooo squished she still moves as often but the moves are painful hard kicks and punches.. no more flip flopping for her. She also has a habbit of kicking me really hard in the ribs while im walking. 
Food cravings:Blueberry pancakes! the most amazing thing ever! my mom actually craved pancakes when she was pregnant with me too! :D
Anything making you queasy or sick: NOPE
Gender: GIRL
 Symptoms:Olivia feels bigger every minute! I am getting much more uncomfortable, more back pain, and I feel alot of pressure on my pelvis, rectum, and cervix. I have noticed  I am easier to tick off than usual as well. Im also feeling anxious time to time like I just need to be up and preparing or doing something at all times… nesting I suppose.
Belly button in or out? 50% 50%
Wedding rings on or off? On.
 Best Moment of the week? Hubby and I held our little girls foot or hand last night. it was small and sticking WAY out of my belly it was so amazing. hubby deffo thinks it was a foot hes pretty sure he could feel the heel and ever
Looking forward To…. Registering at our hospital we are delivering at on friday!
Mid wife appt update:
Everything is looking great! blood pressure is great, urine is clean, vaginal ph is good.
AND Olivia is HEAD DOWN like I thought! her head is engaged deep in my pelvis! so shes in perfect position, my mid wife thinks since her head is so deep & engaged shes not flipping any more YAY I sure hope so! she deffo hasnt been flipping in a while I noticed. Mid wife also remarked she thinks Olivia is pretty big, it was super easy for her to figure out the position. Olivias heart was beating a 165 BPM and she was sure to show the mid wife some of her cool moves! :p I now see my mid wife every 2 weeks and Friday the 27th we are going for our hospital registration to discuss our birth plan and we will see olivia in a ultrasound! so exciting! getting close! also i have gained 25 pounds so far. mid wife says im looking great and will probably gain another 5 before shes born which is good 😀
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how Far Along: 34 Weeks! Hard to believe she could be ready in only 3 weeks! 

weight gain: LOL I know this is getting ridiculous but I havent gotten a new scale yet but I have a mid wife appt on wed so I will use hers 🙂

Maternity clothes? I actually Just bought some regular tanks that are a size L that fit like a glove! (for now anyways)
 
Stretch marks? NO 😀 😀 😀
Sleep: I am getting up every 1 to 2 hours sooo thirsty. Even though the weather has been cool I feel like im hot and thirsty all night.  Also the dreams have been sooo weird and I have so many! 
Movement: Shes still movin and groovin but shes feeling more and more squished every day! Lots of rib kicks! We are assuming she is head down but we shall have that confirmed at the midwife appt 🙂
Food cravings:Blueberry pancakes! the most amazing thing ever! my mom actually craved pancakes when she was pregnant with me too! 😀
Anything making you queasy or sick: NOPE
Gender: GIRL
 Symptoms: Well there’s quite a few actually! Firstly I have started experiencing some lower back pain. It is not constant but if I am out in town a long time it will ache a bit.  I have been doing lots of pelvic tucks and using my birthing ball loads to help with the back pain, but its really not that bad or all that often. Iv been alot more snappy especially when I am uncomfortable I get irritated easily.  Braxton Hicks. My braxton hicks contractions have been a little more frequent I get them anywhere from 5 to 7 times everyday all at random times. I also am experiencing a little bit more pressure on my pelvis but its only sometimes. 
Belly button in or out? 50% 50%
Wedding rings on or off? On.
 Best Moment of the week? Going Blueberry picking was amazing. There is this little place about a 25 minute walk from our house in the fields where you can go blueberry picking and there is a little mini farm where you can buy cakes and there are beds to eat outside and pigs and goats and a corn maze. Its amazing I will have to film a video there. I cant wait to bring Olivia one day!
Looking Forward to: I have got lots to look forward too! I am looking forward to my midwife’s appt this wednesday! I love seeing her and Im eager to know what position olivia is in. Also our stroller could be here any day now, we ordered it a month ago and they said it could arrive 4 to 6 weeks after we purchased it so hopefully SOON! I am also looking forward to getting the nursery done!

33 Weeks! 7 To Go!

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33 weeks pregnant

how Far Along: 33 Weeks! 

weight gain: still havent replaced my scale so I have no idea!

Maternity clothes? I actually bought a new maternity top! 😀
 
Stretch marks?NOPE YAAY 
Sleep: actually not bad. Olivia seems to be more awake during the day. I have noticed im waking up to drink water alot more often. 
Miss anything? shopping for cute summery things and actually being able to fit in a variety of my own clothes.
Movement: She does seem a tiny bit more still than usual but not much. 
Food cravings:Blueberries! well not really a craving but Iv ate a ton this week 😉
Anything making you queasy or sick: not really
Gender: GIRL
 Symptoms: Nipples have gotten sensitive again and I swear they are even darker as well. 
Belly button in or out? 50% 50%
Wedding rings on or off? On.
Happy or moody: Iv had my ups and downs this week thats for sure.
Best Moment of the week? I had a slight increase in energy this week. Hubby and I went through her clothes and washed them and it was so nice just the two of us chilling in the basement folding her cute tiny and little things. 🙂 
Looking Forward to: This week I plan to make a list of things/videos that I need to get done and start completing the tasks. We are approaching the end of this pregnancy fast and I think its a good idea to get organized and make a plan and commitment to have everything 100% ready by atleast 36 weeks 🙂 even though there is 7 weeks til my due ate ill be full term at 37 weeks which is only 4 weeks away! 

how Far Along: 32 Weeks! 

weight gain: Unsure My scale is broken but I will get a new one sometime this week 😀

Maternity clothes? still just wearing alot of dresses and over sized things from my wardrobe.
 
Stretch marks?NOPE YAAY 
Sleep: Some nights good some bad. 
Miss anything? shopping for cute summery things and actually being able to fit in a variety of my own clothes.
Movement: she seems to flip daily. I know this because I can feel the flip and her hiccups will often be up high one part of the day and low another time . I wish she would just get cozy in the head down position shes soo big a squished in there I can feel it but she still tries to be crazy 😉
Food cravings:no new ones.
Anything making you queasy or sick: not really
Gender: GIRL
 Symptoms: TIRED!!! I am so tired alot of the time and it is super frustrating because I feel there is so much I need to do and I want to do these things but as soon as I get started all I want to do is collapse on the couch… could also be the weather its been in the hundreds and HUMID!!
Belly button in or out? 50% 50%
Wedding rings on or off? On.
Happy or moody most of the time: pretty balanced, but moody a bit more than usual. 
Best Moment of the week? Despite my fatigue I managed to keep up with my workout plan beautifully and I went swimming 3 times this week! my goal is to at least go twice and its a challenge to accomplish that since the lake is a 40 min walk away and back. 
Looking Forward to: Preparing For my little girl! and enjoying my last month before I get really huge. 😉

how Far Along: 31 Weeks! Let the official single digit countdown begin!  weight gain: No weight gain from last weeks 🙂 still 160 so 22 pounds up from my pre pregnancy weight. 

Maternity clothes? still just wearing alot of dresses and over sized things from my wardrobe.
 
Stretch marks?NOPE YAAY 
Sleep: Some nights sleeping was a NIGHTMARE, Olivia has gotten way more active and she kicks and dances rather aggressive at times. 
Miss anything? being able to jog!
Movement: Her moves have gotten sooo cool to watch. I am pretty sure shes flipped and is now head down so now we can see her leg kicking action better. I love watching her knees and butt poke out of my belly. Its intense and sometimes she kicks a rib but I much prefer her kicking my ribs than my bladder.
Food cravings: Shrimp Pasta!
Anything making you queasy or sick: not really
Gender: GIRL
 Symptoms: Although I still feel very good alot of the time I sometimes have these moments where I just need my quiet time, like after walking to the grocery store after I put the groceries down I often collapse on the couch and lay like a beached whale for a little bit. 😉
Belly button in or out? 50% 50%
Wedding rings on or off? On.
Happy or moody most of the time: pretty balanced. 
Best Moment of the week? Olivia flipping to the head down position at least if I am right about if she did I find it much more comfy so far. 😀 she actually just did that 2 days ago after we went swimming 🙂
Looking Forward to: Preparing For my little girl! getting soo close now!