Baby #2: weeks 24-26
Not much is changing here… good news, I think. I can feel my body starting to slow down. My back is stiffer than usual, and I’m frequently getting a sharp, stabbing pain just above my hip bone just right of my spine. I’m guessing that my body is protesting the fact that I expect it to haul around this baby in my belly AND his/her big sister. One at a time, please, my lower back suggests.
I’ve begun to think seriously about the mental and physical preparations that need to be made for childbirth. Weekly yoga is no longer optional — not only does it make my body sing! but it’s good preparation for the focus, relaxation, and breathing needed in labor. I’m hoping for another complication-free, unmedicated birth — that’s what I know and feel comfortable with at this point — but I truly believe that the unmedicated part takes preparation and practice in advance. I felt really prepared to give birth before Lilly was born… this time, not quite as much. Good thing I’ve got a few weeks to get ready! We’ll take a childbirth refresher course later in the summer, if possible, and I need to begin to consistently exercise my pelvic floor. Does that sound ridiculous? I am pretty convinced that strengthening those muscles helped my body expel Lilly and also prevented me from wetting myself every time I laughed/sneezed after Lilly was born. They’re pretty crucial muscles.
Baby is moving a ton — mostly noticeable in the morning and at night. I’m getting a lot of small movements directed towards my bladder, and bigger/stronger movements on the upper right side of my belly. I *think* this means that baby is curled up with his/her back on the left side of my tummy and that the big bump that I occasionally see near my belly button may be baby’s butt. We’ll find out for sure at our ultrasound later this afternoon, where I’m hoping to also find out that the placenta has moved northwards so that I can have that uncomplicated birth mentioned above… *fingers crossed*