I could entitle this:
“23 weeks, but feels like 33 weeks”
Maybe it is the heat. Maybe it is my size. Maybe it’s because I just want to be holding this little one on the outside! But, I gotta keep cookin’ this little one, so I’ll keep truckin’ on.
After a couple of excruciatingly itchy days last week, I did a quick Google search and discovered something I never knew…anemia can make you feel like your skin is “crawling.” THAT is precisely what I feel! So, I ordered some Floradix tablets (not a chance can I get the liquid down) and started taking them with a glass of Emergen-C to help absorption.
I am always severely anemic in pregnancy, but I thought with the addition of a B12 with Folate to my regimen, I would possible overcome that. (Back in 2009, a hematologist confirmed that my anemia is caused by a B deficiency, and more specifically, Folate). I don’t have the blood test to confirm my suspicion of anemia, but if I can rid myself of the itching, it will be a Godsend, and the Floradix won’t hurt me in the process. (By the way, Floradix is a non-constipating formula – hallelujah!)
I am loving feeling baby move! Whenever I feel this little one wiggle around, I stop what I’m doing so I can talk to baby. Makes me smile.
My 3 year old understands that my belly has a baby in it, but my 18 month old is still pretty clueless. She knows what a baby is, but the concept of my belly being a baby – not happening. However, my belly IS a pillow in her world. I wonder what she will think when the pillow disappears and a real live little dolly takes its place?!
My next doctor’s appointment is in a little less than 2 weeks. I travel 2.5 hours to go the my OB. Some people think that’s madness, but my husband and I both agree going to this particular doctor is well worth the drive. She advocated for my VBA2C (vaginal birth after 2 c-sections) when no one else in the city would, she is very low-key and non-interventive unless she has to be, and I knew when she said we have to do a c-section with my last child’s birth that it wasn’t without cause. This will be my first birth as a planned c-section, and I cannot imagine any other doctor performing the surgery and caring for me postpartum the way she does. She has become a friend – and I would not give that up that relationship unless I had to.
By the way, I will be writing more about the planned c-section as it gets closer to time, and eventually, I’ll add to my Birthing Journey posts, but until then, if you’d like to read about my first 8 births, you can find them here:
And if you’ve struggled with the aftermath of an unplanned c-section, here’s a post I did last year entitled: Was my Cesarean necessary? It took me a long time to heal from that first c-section and get to the place I am now.