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Midwife Appointment – 34 Weeks

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We had another midwife appointment today. It went really well and really quick. I love quick appointments! Others may be frustrated that appointments are only 15-30 minutes long, but I think it’s great!

We talked about swelling a little today. I’ve experienced some swelling in my feet, toes, and ankles a few times, but not much. The day it was the worst was the day after we moved and I was at the mall for hours to get the new iPhone 4, then spending a lot of time on the computer blogging for TiPb about the new iPhone 4. By the end of that busy day, I had cankles! But they went away later the next day. There’s been maybe 2 other times where my toes started to swell and it was when I was sitting or standing still for too long. It’s all about keeping the circulation going! My midwife said it’s perfectly normal and the swelling is happening for normal reasons, so there is no need to be concerned. I just need to make sure I get up often if I’m going to be sitting for a long time and drink plenty of water.

We heard Baby’s precious little heartbeat again and it was between 140 and 150 bpm like always <3

My fundal height normally measures ahead of normal, but this week it was behind! I measured at 32 cm. Generally, it’s considered normal for the fundal height to be equal to how many weeks along you are (I’m 34 weeks). However, the midwife assured me that an error of 2 cm in either direction is perfectly normal. There are many variables affecting the accuracy of the measurement like Baby’s position and user error.

Speaking of Baby’s position, Baby is still head down and ready for delivery. Baby’s back is against my right side. I think this is why I prefer sleeping on my right instead of my left…. or maybe Baby’s back is to my right because I prefer to sleep on my right… hmmmm. Regardless, Baby is in “optimal fetal positioning” so that’s great!

That was most of the appointment. My next appointment is a 2 hour class where we’re learn when it’s appropriate to call the midwifery and come in for delivery and what happens when we get there and things of that nature. It’s the only appointment that Dave is required to attend because they will give him information that is important since he’s my birthing partner. After the next appointment, we will have an appointment every week until Baby arrives! All future appointments have been scheduled.

So there we go. That’s all I got!

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