Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Tummy Tuesday - 29 Weeks

11 weeks to go!
Weight gain: 15 pounds
Tummy girth: 43 inches (right at belly button)

It seems weird to have lost an inch in my belly, doesn't it? I'll blame it on inconsistent measuring. Or perhaps the baby weight is slowly migrating to my ass?

I'm feeling much better psychologically. Pain management can really do wonders. And of course Q starting preschool has made me quite busy - always a good antidote to depression.

Eleven weeks until my due date. I've been trying to read lots of good stories about good birthing experiences so I can feel more confident about my ability to do this the way I'd like to. I just finished reading this book. I knew there were lots of things broken in our maternity care in the US, but I don't think I realized how crazy things had gotten. The one thing that really made me angry was learning about all the risks associated with multiple c-sections. When I mentioned that I was thinking about a VBAC, a number of professionals were quick to point out the risk of uterine rupture. But not one person, not one, has ever mentioned to me that there were risks with multiple c-sections or what those risks might be. It's appalling that in this age of unprecedented equality so many doctors still feel justified in treating women, especially pregnant women, like ignorant children. The medical system in general just makes me so mad!

1 comment:

Kristin said...

Well of course a doctor wouldn't tell you the risks of repeat c-sections when they can make so much more money doing them....

I'll never forget when I was pregnant with my fourth baby and nervous about having my third c-section and if there were any risks, what they would be, etc., my OB at the time very flippantly commented that I could have as many c-sections as I wanted and that she'd be happy to do them for me. A week later, I found a new OB.

The book you just read looks excellent, as does the other book I spotted on amazon by the same author. I may have to splurge and buy them both.

Thanks for your great post!!