Officially in the third trimester now…ahhh! I seriously have no idea what happened to the 2nd trimester – the time has flown by. What I do know is that the first trimester tiredness is back in full force. I feel like I hit a wall over the weekend and I’ve been exhausted ever since. I was hoping for at least a few more good weeks before I felt really tired again :( I’ve been napping and doing a lot of lounging in bed/on the couch.
Yesterday I met with the anesthesiologist at the hospital to talk about my back and the options for pain control during labor. An epidural is definitely out, which I knew was most likely the case. She explained that where they stick the epidural in the back is like putting a needle into a deflated balloon and since I have scar tissue on either side of the balloon, my balloon most likely won’t inflate and will not work to give me any pain relief. There’s also a high chance of infection because the catheter sits in your back and that could affect the metal rods already in there. She said a spinal could possibly work if I end up having to have a c-section, but it may also not work. Same idea with having to inflate a balloon, but they stick you higher up so the chance of mine inflating is higher, and the needle is in and out versus having a catheter in. The benefits are higher than the risks, though, so that’s good. However, if it doesn’t work, that means I have to put completely to sleep for the surgery. Basically I have to plan on having a natural delivery with the assistance of meds through an IV unless I want an elective c-section. She said that the IV meds work very well for some people and for other people they don’t have as much as an effect. Let’s hope they knock me out :)
It’s funny because I was going into this thinking it wasn’t necessary to have a birth plan since anything could happen and it really depends on how far along you are when you get to the hospital that will determine the course of action. But now I’m really hoping I can deliver naturally and not have a c-section. If I do have to have a c-section, I’m praying the spinal will work but I have to prepare myself that I may have to be put asleep which means me and hubby miss the birth (he can’t be in the operating room if I’m completely under). The doctor tried to assure me that baby and dad do leave the operating area together, though, and then they are waiting for me to wake up in recovery, but it’s still not an ideal situation. The positive thing about having this appointment early on is that I can prepare myself by paying attention during our upcoming childbirth classes (especially for breathing exercises) and also pick up some books for laboring techniques.
28 Week Pic:
And what I wore to work…maternity top from Old Navy, maternity pants from Target. Guess this shirt doesn’t show off the bump as much :)
And a comparison from the end of my 1st trimester (13 weeks) with the end of the 2nd trimester (27 weeks):
Wow…and some days I think I don’t have much of a bump still. HA!