I hope you all had a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving! I just wanted to give you a quick update. Because my appointment on Wednesday was postponed due to a birth my midwife was attending, I had my appointment rescheduled for yesterday morning. I'm up 0.5 pound since the last appointment putting me at a grand total of 24.0 for the pregnancy (I think at this point in my pregnancy with Ewan, I was already at about 35-37 lbs of weight gain). My blood pressure is still great (114/70), Austen's heart rate was in the 150s, and even though she's getting obviously bigger (boy can I feel that!!), little girl is still getting her Jane Fonda on at all hours of the day.
And guess what? I'm still measuring exactly on track for 33 weeks. I know all of these updates must sound exactly the same but personally, I still can't get over how utterly normal and textbook this pregnancy has been. Believe me, I do not take it for granted in the least, especially having gotten to know some of you now who have had difficulty getting pregnant, and/or had difficult pregnancies besides (my hat is off to you, truly) -- but honestly, it still surprises me every time when I find out everything is humming along exactly as it should.
We're working on some optimal fetal positioning techniques to help get Austen in the best possible place for birth. She's been head down the whole time (thank you, baby girl!), but really prefers to have her back and rear smooshed into my right side. We're doing some sleep positioning as well as spending time on hands and knees to coax her more toward the middle with her back up against the front of my belly. So far, our success has only been temporary (she always finds her way back to the right side), but hopefully by the time she's ready to come, we can get her in the best possible place for a relatively quick and easy labor.
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And since I'm nearing the end of my pregnancy, I thought I'd share just a few things that I've found incredibly helpful to me. Just to be perfectly clear, no one at all has asked me to write about these things and I'm not getting any kind of incentives (financial or otherwise) to feature any of the products below. These are just things that I find incredibly useful right now (and those of you who are or who have ever been pregnant know that a pregnant lady needs all the help she can get).
So move over, Oprah! Here are a few of Kirsten's favorite things ...
Liz Lange for Target Long & Lean Maternity Tanks
Sweet Almond Oil
Chocolate Mint Teeccino
Chocolate Covered Katie
Cookie Dough Dip and Chocolate Fudge Pie are our absolute favorites!
Zico Chocolate Coconut Water
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Wow. I just looked at my list and realized most of these things fall into the Food & Beverage category. Ha!! Well, a pregnant lady has got to eat and get proper nutrition, doesn't she?
Your favorite things?
What about you? Was there anything you came to use a lot during pregnancy? What do you recommend to other expectant mamas that helped you out (or that you just really liked)? Jump over to the Team Ewan Community page on Facebook to tell us your answer.