38 Weeks Pregnant

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Due Date: April 25, 2017

How far along: 38 weeks

Size of baby: A Winter Melon (approx. 19.6 inches and 6.61 pounds) – according to The Bump app- I love this app by the way! It has some great articles that relate to what you may be experiencing each week. I also love the Ovia app.

About baby: Baby may have about an inch or so of hair already! Did you know that all babies’ eye color are blue, gray or brown at birth? The color will likely change a bit and settle by 1 year of age.

If you have been following along, you may know that baby boy Lane has been breech. Despite acupuncture, chiropractic care, prenatal yoga and all of my funnier efforts including handstands in the pool and lying upside down on an ironing board etc. he did not want to change positions on his own. We even had the version procedure (ECV) at 37 weeks in the hospital and he barely budged with that either!

Read more on the ECV Procedure here… & let’s just say, it wasn’t the most fun experience, but I am glad I gave it a shot.

Because this is my first baby, and there are complications that could come from attempting to birth a first-time breech baby vaginally, my doctor strongly recommended that I have him via C-section, so that’s what we are going to do! Although this is pretty much the farthest thing from my original birth plan of having Lane at a birth center, naturally without any interventions or medications, we have accepted this new path and plan that has been placed before us. It has been a humbling experience realizing that I don’t have quite the control of his birth that I thought I did. I know it will still be beautiful and empowering and we are just so excited to meet him, no matter how he wants to comes into this world!

Maternity clothes: My husband’s t-shirts! 😉

Stretch marks: No stretch marks, that I can see that is 😉 I am still using THE BEST Baby Belly Butter by Nature Bare Body Care. Check out my review here.

Sleep: Sleep is hit or miss. Trying to bank as many hours as possible right now and squeeze in naps when I can. This is easy considering I don’t have any energy whatsoever.

Best moment of this week: Celebrating Easter 🙂

Miss anything: Can’t think of anything this week…I guess I did miss having a mimosa at Easter brunch!

Movement: Still moving quite a bit… He is quite the strong boy now with some powerful kicks and punches and we can’t forget the forceful head movements up into my ribs!

Food cravings: Chocolate and coffee

Anything making you queasy or sick: Contractions and cramping

Gender: BOY

Wedding rings on or off: Wedding band is still on and stays on, but I gave up on my engagement ring.

Mood: Positive and excited! This past week was one of the toughest, (hormones and emotions running wild) but now as I am writing this, I am definitely in a more peaceful, positive place. I have faith that things will happen as they are meant to and am letting go of my fears. It really hit home this week that our lives are about to change completely and that is a lot to take in, but we are so excited for it all. The big day is almost here!

Favorite pregnancy or baby product: Some gifts from family came in the mail this week that I am excited to try out from Natursutten. These natural glass bottles and their highly rated natural rubber newborn pacifier. I have heard great things about this brand. Natursutten® is owned by a mother of three and offers natural products for babies and toddlers. Natursutten wants to make a difference by making parents aware of toxin-free baby products, which ensure a more chemical-free future for our children and for our environment.

Looking forward to: Meeting Baby Lane!!! We love you so much already 🙂

This will be my last update and I wanted to thank you for reading these and for sending your love and support through all of your kind words thus far. It has been so nice to have such a supportive community through Instagram and this blog during my first pregnancy.

Lots of love and good health,

Tasha, The Non-Toxic Newbie

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36 Weeks Pregnant

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Due Date: April 25, 2017

How far along: 36 weeks and 4 days

Size of baby: A Papaya (approx. 18.7 inches and 5.73 pounds)

How many weeks to go: 3 weeks and 3 days

About baby: Baby’s liver and kidneys are in working order. Circulation and immune systems are basically good to go! Baby is still in the breech position despite all of my unique efforts to get him to turn. I have been receiving acupuncture once a week and doing moxa daily (check out my recent Instagram post for a little more info on moxibustion). I have been going to a chiropractor that specializes in the Webster technique twice a week. Other than that, lots of inversions, handstands underwater in the pool and prenatal yoga. Come on baby, let’s do a flip!

Maternity clothes: Dresses are my go-to and most comfortable attire right now. Most shoes are starting to get pretty tight so I just bought some comfy padded flip flops.

Stretch marks: No stretch marks, that I can see that is 😉 I am still using THE BEST Baby Belly Butter by Nature Bare Body Care. Check out my review here.

Sleep: Sleep is terrible to be honest. Baby is just getting so big that there’s not a lot of room in there and my belly is so hard! It feels like I’m sleeping with a bunch of bricks in there and every time I toss and turn it can be pretty painful. It would definitely help if his hard little head was down instead of pushing against my ribs too!

Best moment of this week: This past week we enjoyed a mini Desert Springs vacation and celebrated my husband’s birthday. It was so nice to get away even just for a few days, have some yummy food and enjoy the resort’s salt water pool and beautiful views.

This is going to sound weird, but another great moment of this past week was going to the Fire Department and getting our car seat installed. I think it’s so nice of them to offer this free service and it’s definitely reassuring now that it’s installed the right way and I know it’s ready to go.

Miss anything: Comfortable sleep and being able to walk without waddling 😉

Movement: Baby boy has still been moving quite a bit. His adjustments are a lot smaller, but I definitely feel him kicking and punching in there. It’s always reassuring and welcome when he checks in to say hello. He loves to kick the chiropractor when I get adjusted. Haha!

Food cravings: Pizza, lime and lemon things…which doesn’t help the heartburn situation.

Anything making you queasy or sick: No

Gender: BOY

Wedding rings on or off: Wedding band is still on and stays on, but I gave up on my engagement ring.

Mood: A little stressed and discouraged, but hopeful…this week has been the toughest yet. I always try to see the light at the end of the tunnel and look at the positive, that we are so blessed and so close to meeting our little Lane, but knowing he is still breech and the complications that come with that has been on my mind constantly and a bit overwhelming. Everything else checks out great though, he is measuring spot on and has a strong heart rate, so if he is healthy, we are happy and very grateful.

Favorite pregnancy or baby product: These bamboo changing pad covers I found on Amazon & these Organic Evening Primrose Oil Capsules which can help the cervix soften and efface as well as help with postpartum recovery. Note: The effects of taking evening primrose oil during pregnancy have not been proven.

Looking forward to: Our one year wedding anniversary next week! We are also going to be wrapping up the nursery this weekend. All furniture is put together, but we are working on some DYI, rustic looking floating shelves and we’ll be hanging pictures and décor.

Lots of love and good health,

Tasha, The Non-Toxic Newbie