25 Weeks: Them’s child-bearing hips.
March 31, 2009

As of today, or maybe yesterday, or possibly sometime tomorrow, I have survived twenty-five weeks of pregnancy.  There should be a badge of honor, some sort of gold medal that reads “HEY NOW, I CAN NO LONGER TIE MY SHOES, SO WORSHIP ME” to commemorate this event, but alas there is not.  I shall have to settle with this image:

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Judging by that photograph, my hips have spent the past twenty-five weeks expanding.  There are small countries that occupy less real estate than my hips right now.  On the up side, my pre-baby hips were so pointy that if I turned too quickly I could easily poke someone’s eye out.  This is no longer a concern.

Also, I no longer do such things as turning too quickly.  Turning too quickly is something non-gestating people do.  We gestating folk?  We do such things as waddling too quickly and clumsily losing our footing too quickly and devouring the last cookie too quickly.

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The last week has marked an enormous shift in how both Donald and I have been approaching this pregnancy.  Now that we are securely at a point wherein premature labor would not necessarily spell death for this child, we are exuberantly anticipatory of the birth.

Which, of course, means writing up a birth plan.

And, okay, look.  This baby was cherished and loved and planned for long before Donald’s determined little sperm laid siege on my egg, HOWEVER reading at length about things like ten-inch needles in the spine and anesthetic-free episiotomies and rupturing membranes and HOLY SHIT, TEN FUCKING CENTIMETERS is enough to make any woman think: OOPS.

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  1. By Tabitha (From Single to Married) on March 31, 2009

    I hear that!!  I don’t think I’m going to look at a birthing plan until I absolutely have to.  Of course, I guess about 25 weeks may be that point.  :)

    btw - your hips are TINY!!

  2. By Mom24@4evermom on March 31, 2009

    I never thought oops, but I did think ouch a couple of times.  :-)

    I didn’t have an epidural with my first 2, I was more afraid of the needle.  By numbers 3 and 4 I got over that and had the epidural.  I must say, were I ever to journey down that road again, I’d have the epidural, for sure.  Big difference.

    Good luck either way.  Healthy mom, healthy baby, however that happens, whatever you wish for.

  3. By Kimberly on March 31, 2009

    Awwww you look so freaking cute in that upside down picture!

  4. By kbreints on March 31, 2009

    oh the birth plan. It is good to have one, but my only advise, is to go with the flow… Do not get to wrapped up in ‘the plan’.

    25 weeks was a wonderful point in both of my pregnancies…. Now, watch that baby grow now!

  5. By Jes the Bes on March 31, 2009

    I’m glad you are feeling better and back to blogging.

  6. By erin on March 31, 2009

    And if you think about it, 10 cm = 4 in.  Which is NOT a very large diameter.  Isn’t THAT a nice thought.

    I’m praying for the strength to handle a drug-free delivery, because being up and walking around really helps speed things along and helps the baby move properly.  Fast(er) labor = good to me.  Good luck however you decide to go!

  7. By The Football Wife on March 31, 2009

    No epidural for me & I will do it the same way next time.  The worst part is getting there—pushing is the best.  Before you know it, the cutest little thing you ever saw will be staring into your eyes.  Love at first sight!  It was great to experience it all with my wits about me! 

    The best birth plan book out there is written by Marsden Wagner.  Seriously, check it out—it’s really, really good. 

    BTW, I’d kill to have your pregnancy hips.  ;)

  8. By Stephanie on March 31, 2009

    Well lady, if I have one big piece of knowledge now, have at LEAST two birth plans. Plan for what you want to happen, and then plan for what you don’t want to happen. I’d talk over both scenarios with your doctor/midwife, and then go from there. We would have been at least a LITTLE more relaxed if we had created some kind of “alternative” plan in case of premature labor.

    HOWEVER, in the end, it will work out. And the greatest joy is when your baby is out and you see him or her. OHMYGOD I cannot describe the feelings!

  9. By Stephanie on March 31, 2009

    Also, I agree with one of the comments above—don’t get too worried about your plan. Stick to your guns on what’s important, but we found it was good to be somewhat flexible.

  10. By Dianna on March 31, 2009

    My gosh, Sarah!  Your pregnancy hips are smaller than my non-pregnant hips…and I’m supposed to be fitting into a bikini in 2 months!  I think you have a better chance than I do.  I totally get what you’re saying.  All of that is the reason I have chosen not to have children.  I’m kind of a big chicken, as many people have told me, and it’s easy as pie as many other people have told me, but alas.  I am enjoying reading about your journey though.  I love that you are realistic about it and say what you’re actually feeling and thinking where as some just give you the sugar coated “everything is perfect” act.  I haven’t been reading you for long, but am really enjoying it.

  11. By Melissaand3boys on March 31, 2009

    My birth plan = Have the baby(ies).  That’s what mattered in the long run.

    Baby 1’s birth plan - do not turn upside down, do not turn upside down.  Those people who are pushing and pulling and trying to make me turn upside down are not getting it.  My plan is to make it fast and keep it simple and to come out with my head round.  In one minute out the other and get wrapped up in that warm blanket right away.  In other words he was breach and came via c-section that involved one of those very long needles.  Fortunately by the time the needle was coming at me I was so excited to meet my baby it didn’t matter to me (much).

    Baby 2 and 3’s plan:  Make sure that we’re sprawled all over the place so we have to follow big brother’s path.  Also Baby 3 decided to make sure he was middle child so he sat on Baby 2 forcing the doctor to pull him out first.

  12. By Sarah Viola on March 31, 2009

    Birthin’ hips or not, you look beautiful. Glowing! And trust me, in 15 weeks, you’ll be thanking God that those hips opened up to make room for that 10 centimeters of horror!

  13. By the domestic fringe on March 31, 2009

    You look great!  I wouldn’t mind having hips the size of your pregnancy hips.


  14. By Napmom on April 01, 2009

    You do get awards for these types of things.  You can see some of them at http://mamameritbadges.com/shop/.  I have NO affiliation with this person, but the badges are cute (although I have never seen them in person).

  15. By Spruce Hill on April 01, 2009

    I did bed rest for two pregnancies from 28 weeks.
    You look great!

    The lady in the post above is crazy you do not have bug hips, Gosh I can’t believe she said that!

  16. By on April 01, 2009

    I had 5 kids and only had pain meds once. I have noticed in the last few years that it is the norm to have an epidural. I have watched 3 daughters and daughters in law have them and I was scared to death. You gotta be a bit brave to have that needle in your back. One daughter that ended up not having time for the epidural lucked out. Her baby was large and stuck to her toes. They didn’t catch that until the babies head was out. It was only because my daughter was able to use her legs and hop on all 4’s and help that nothing tragic happened. My youngest girl is due in Aug. She was at that birth and will be having her little girl the old fashioned way. Enjoy this experience however you go about it. Bless you.

  17. By Elizabeth Mackey on April 03, 2009

    I hope all these snippets of advice from all of us who have been there can give you some help towards your birth plan.I had wonderful pregnancies, with both of my daughters, even the deliveries were text book. But there are somethings the books never tell you. Like when you are in transition and your body wants to do everything it can possibly do at once, like cry, pee, poop, cramp up, you get the picture, but this is such a small part of it,and doesn’t last too long.  I didn’t have any meds with either kid, but I was lucky,and I say don’t try and be a hero, and take the meds if it benefits.The hospitals are geared for epidurals come hell or high water. With my second, they were trying to give me one, even though things were progressing and I walked into the hospital at 7 centimeters. At this point, this would have seriously hampered the delivery, but they are so use to women wanting it so badly.
    Don’t even sweat it about the episiotomy. Get it done if it means you wont tear from one end to another, and when you do get one, you will never feel it, since everything is hurting and stretching already. I don’t ever remember feeling them.
    One last thing, the contractions are as bad as really bad period cramps. If you were blessed with not having severe cramping around your period, then you will not be use to it. If you do have a lot of pain, I didn’t think the contractions were any worse than that.
    I wish you a lot of luck, it is a beautiful experience! With your wonderful sense of humor, something tells me you will do just fine!!!
    You look fantastic by the way.





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