July 15, 2012
Time is going by so fast!! I can't believe it. I have only a little more than 15 weeks left. Today I am 24 weeks and 5 days pregnant. I will talk about a lot of things in this blog post, about how I've been emotionally feeling lately, rather than just the symptoms I've been having from this week. But as far as symptoms go, I haven't gotten any new ones this week.
I still get occasional heartburn/acid reflux, but I don't necessarily get it all the time. I usually get heartburn when I eat spicy or greasy food. I take Tums anytime that I do get it, though, and usually it seems to help a lot. I've heard this wive's tale a lot: if you have heartburn while pregnant, your baby is going to have a lot of hair. False. It may be true for some, but it is definitely not true for all. I have a couple friends who have had bad heartburn during their pregnancies, and their babies barely had any hair. Which is why I choose to believe that everyone is different, every baby is different, and these are just wive's tales.
I also hear a lot of other things like, "if your carrying low, you're having a boy, and if you're carrying high, you're having a girl". I choose to not believe that, either. As with the other wive's tale, I have a few friends who carried low and had a girl, and vise versa. Every woman's body is different, and every baby grows differently. Not to mention, I've asked my OB about all of these theories, and she, too, said they are just wive's tales.
Anyway, not much else has changed from last week. I still have the pelvic pain, or the pain around my symphysis pubis area. It's not too bad, it is definitely bearable. I am still waiting to get stretch marks, if I even get them. If you are one who believes that stretch marks are "inevitable", then just read my previous post about it, please, BEFORE leaving me any nonsense comments saying so.
As far as how I've been feeling lately, I am definitely scared! We've only got a little over a few months left until the due date. Sometimes I doubt myself, I doubt that I'll be able to take care of a baby, only because I've never done so before. I don't know a whole lot about what to expect. Of course I've read up on it a lot, and I continue to do so throughout my pregnancy, but it's still scary becoming a first time mom. But in the end, I know that I'll do great, everything will fall into place. I know that I will be able to do it. Even though I may doubt myself sometimes, I know that when the time comes, I will be more than ready.
I have watched a few "Natural Labor and Delivery Story" videos on YouTube already, and they have helped me a lot! I am prepared to take on the pains of labor, but I know that they won't last forever, and in the end, every contraction will have been worth it! Also, I like to keep in mind that "this too shall pass". There was this one video that I watched today on YouTube about this lady's natural labor and delivery, and she has inspired me so much more to go through with this natural birth. Like I said before, though, I plan on having a natural birth, if everything goes well and I am able to, however, if an emergency occurs, of course I am going to have to do what is best for myself and my baby, even if that means getting a cesarean section.
Finally, I'd like to let everyone know that I am very, very ready to take on a natural birth. People may tell me that I don't know how it's going to be, or it's really different when you're actually there, BUT, what people don't know is that I have my heart set on it! I am a very strong-minded and stubborn person, there is no way I am going to allow myself to be on drugs that pass on to my baby during labor. I don't care how much pain I am in, the happiness that I'll feel when I see my baby for the first time will be worth it, the contractions will all be worth it in the end. I can do this, I will do this.