Wednesday, December 4, 2013

23 weeks



Marination Time: 23 weeks. This seems impossible. It's also apparently impossible for me to remember to snap a photo in the morning when I look somewhat decent and not at 3pm after spending half the afternoon manhandling our outdoor Christmas lights. 

Feeling: Fabulous, actually. 

Cravings / Aversions: Citrus fruit is awesome {Mama J's yearly grapefruit delivery came at the perfect time!}; cheeseburgers from Burger House are even awesomer.  I'm also feeling very strongly that I should make Rice Krispie treats at some point in the near future. 

#2 Compared to #1: Still no outside kicks. 4 lbs lighter and generally looking smaller. 

Movement: Lots. 

Sleep: Good.

Other Notes: 4 months from today, we will most definitely have an outside baby! I tentatively scheduled the dreaded RCS for Friday, April 4 {4/4/14 has a nice ring to it!} just in case this kiddo doesn't cooperate with my master plan. My OB was not super enthused to schedule a c-section past my EDD, and I got an earful of every CIYA disclaimer she's required to disclose, but I feel good about allowing myself 3 extra days to progress naturally. Plus I'm already being monitored to the nth degree {something I feel is unnecessary at this point, but no one is really allowing my hard-earned M.D. from the University of Google to sway them otherwise}, so if anything is amiss near the end, we should know. I did promise that if B was stuck breech at 39 weeks, I would agree to move up the delivery a few days {although hopefully not a full week as I'd like to celebrate our 5 year wedding anniversary with something other than abdominal surgery}. 

On an entirely different note, I have gone crazy and am seriously contemplating placenta encapsulation. I struggled a fair amount with PPA after L was born {something that, while absolutely crippling at times, I rarely discussed with anyone...not good} and will try anything to avoid that again. I'm not even sure if I believe in this particular brand of hippie magic, but I also honestly don't care if it's just a simple "placebo effect" that makes me feel better. Bring on the crunch. ANYHOODLE, I would love to hear any personal experiences placenta encapsulation if you have earned that specific granola merit badge. 

Highlights of the Week: Thanksgiving and our lovely 4 day weekend makes this one pretty easy! 

Gratuitous Big Sister Photos: My salsa maniac {at her favorite: the "debil" restaurant...not sure what it says about us as parents that we taught her that particular word so early on}...

...and my baby, looking entirely too big, with her "piggy tail" from school...


18 comments:

  1. I did the encapsulation, I hired someone to do it for me. I'm not sure if it was beneficial as I had some PPD, but I will do it again, for sure. Please discuss with your OB and the hospital (I'm assuming with a VBAC you'll be at a hospital?) the protocol for taking your placenta. I had to jump a few hoops and I live in a pretty crunchy town.

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    1. Yep! I'll be at a hospital. I know my OB has patients who have done this before (I actually contemplated doing it with L but the perinatologist conned me into donating my placenta to him for research on VCI) so I'm hoping she'll be easy to work with!

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  2. DUDE. Glad I am not the only one considering this crazy hippie placenta business. I feel like most people are totally put off by the thought of it, but like you said, I'd do anything to avoid the post-baby blues and if this helps, then I'm all for it. Even if just placebo.

    Btw, you look adorable. Yay for the golden 2nd trimester!

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    1. Nothing can be worse than acupuncture sweat sock tea! And how many boogers did we all probably eat as kids? It's practically the same thing.

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  3. With my last little guy I had my placenta encapsulated. No ill effects for sure, I think it gives me a bit of a boost so complaints here. The lady who did included other things like a tincture and a little dried umbilical cord deal in a little sack... That part was a little too crunchy for me :) Pretty sure that isn't something I'd add to the baby book.

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  4. I didn't "encapsulate my placenta" (which, EW, that's almost as disgusting a phrase as "mucous plug") after either of my pregnancies BUT I will say that I suffered terribly from PPD after my first baby. I was so nervous about experiencing the same after baby #2, especially considering that she was born with spina bifida and we knew she would be in the NICU for several weeks after she was born. The whole point of my rambling here is that, despite the fact she was in the NICU, I didn't experience PPD at all. Sure I was weepy and emotional and cried at everything, but after two weeks, I found myself feeling surprisingly normal. I guess what I'm trying to say is that maybe you'll surprise yourself. I think I was so bad after my first baby because the whole experience was new and it literally rocked my world. I felt like an old pro by the time my second was born. I'm due with #3 mid-April and I'm hoping that I have no problems!

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    1. And I just realized this sounds like I think swallowing pills filled with my own placenta is weird, which I don't. I'm like you, even if it has a placebo effect, I'm all for it as long as I don't feel like I felt after baby #1. But seriously, who comes up with these names for pregnancy and post-pregnancy related practices/conditions/occurrences?

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  5. I encapsulated my placenta after my third kiddo for the exact reason you describe. I had PPD after my second was born. It was a tough time I really didn't want to revisit. I thought for the effort and cost, the placenta pills were worth a shot.The process was easy and sort of funny. The lady that did the encapsulation just asked us to take a brand new cooler to the hospital for the placenta to be transported in and to call her ASAP after the birth. I did avoid PPD after my third. Not sure if the placenta pills were the reason, but hey, who knows for sure? I live in a pretty crunchy city and it seems to be becoming more and more common up here. BTW- we could never bring ourselves to use that placenta cooler for anything else. Oddly, that was the weirdest part to me!

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    1. The Placenta Cooler is cracking me up! I'm not sure if I could reuse it either...and I'd feel like a real asshole donating it. "Here, lovely people at Goodwill! I bequeath you this practically new cooler that's only been used once to transport human organs!"

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  6. I also had PPA after the birth of my son. Just my two cents: talking to someone helped me immensely. Looking back I can see that although it got progressively less severe, it really lasted until he was a year old. I am so fearful about having another baby because I do not want to go through that again but if I do, I would see someone immediately.

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    1. Yes, I'm not sure why I didn't speak with anyone... I've taken anxiety meds in the past and been with a therapist. My PP thoughts were just so nuts...I realized they were irrational and figured I could just power through them. So dumb, I know.

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  7. I'm going to be long-winded so I'm apologizing in advance, but our stories sound very similar, so I wanted to share it all with you. I had PPA with my first and at the time didn't even know PPA existed (had only heard of PPD). The anxiety was so awful, I was just a ball of nerves all the time and cried constantly and couldn't relax or sleep. I saw a therapist and took Zoloft. I turned into a robot on Zoloft but that was better than being anxious {I guess?}. I hated that our son got any tiny bit of the Zoloft through my milk, so I sought out ways to prevent with #2. I worked with a homeopath at Peoples Pharmacy in ATX and started taking supplements before I even got pregnant and then encapsulated my placenta as well. {Sidebar - I have all the paperwork if you have to go to court for your placenta, it depends on the hospital because it is deemed 'medical waste'. Seton's technically break the law by allowing you to take it but the Health Department looks the other way, St. David's makes you go to court and get the paperwork.} My doula was who encapsulated my placenta so it was super easy - she just took my placenta with her when she left the hospital! I would say that for the weeks I had my pills they helped but as they dwindled my anxiety returned. It was like a sudden spike that took me by surprise because I thought I was doing so much better. I started seeing a new therapist who specialized in PP and went back to my homeopath because I wanted to avoid Zoloft. I was taking goat placenta {who knew?}, GABA (specifically for anxiety), iron, high dose of Omega-3, B complex and magnesium. I spent a ton of money each month {which is annoying b/c Zoloft would have been a $10 co-pay} and I really think it was the GABA that did it. Therapy helped but the supplements were amazing. I felt better within 24 hours of starting them and within a few weeks felt A+. I think it is so smart to be prepared for it. I hoped it wouldn't happen again {tried to say it happened the first time because it was the being a new mom thing...not true} but I'm glad I prepared for it since it did return. When we go for #3, I am going to find out when I can start taking GABA - maybe at the end of the 3rd trimester or something? I will encapsulate again too. My sister also encapsulated with her #3 {and she's never had PP issues} because they were moving and well, it was #3 in less than 4 years, and she said she felt like she for sure had more energy. So I definitely think it's worth it!!!

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    1. Thank you for all the info!!! (And how amazing is People's Pharmacy?!) I am hoping the process will be easy as I know my OB has had patients who encapsulated before (although I'm pretty sure she thinks it's nutty), but I will hit you up if I run into any issues!

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  8. Blog post from someone who ate their placenta. Hope this helps you. http://www.healthytippingpoint.com/2012/03/babyhtp-27-weeks.html

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  9. I am actually participating in a study (I think the first one?!) that the University of Nevada Las Vegas is conducting on placenta benefits! I have never ingested my placenta but it has become something that I am interested in. Unfortuantely, with the study I may get a placebo in the first 3 weeks but then I will get my placenta pills if I had the placebo. Hope this study provides more info for mommas!! I say go for it! What is the harm besides people thinking we're wacko!

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  10. I kept my placenta just in case I started to feel any PPA/PPD, but luckily I faired well. Sadly, I forgot that we have frozen it until much later. (Let's not place a timeframe on it, but more than 8 months). You do not want to confuse that guy with a pot roast is all I'm saying. Anyway, lots of friends have done it and swear by the increased energy levels and general feeling of 'normalcy' considering the situation.

    As for the breechness (is that a word?) My crazy daisy was breech and sunny side up. I went to the chiro during my third trimester to see if it would work and she did flip her happy self around after a few treatments. Nothing crazy. He actually just applied light pressure to my abdomen and she turned herself around. She did end up sunny side up through labor (yay back labor) but she fixed herself for the big reveal.

    Good luck, you look stunning and loving the gratuitous big sis shots.

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    1. I'm dying thinking about placenta vs pot roast in the freezer!

      I have a great acupuncturist on call, but I should find a chiro too! I actually have a septum in my uterus so there's a possibility he can get stuck and be physically incapable of flipping again :( That's what happening with L, although it ended up being a good thing with her VCI. Fingers crossed he gets stuck DOWN and can't flip up!

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  11. I had my placenta encapsulated. I was so worried that I would suffer from depression, so to me it was a no- brainer. Plus, it supposedly helps with milk supply, which I was also worried about (my mother and sister both had trouble with supply). The lady came into my house a day after my daughter was born, put the placenta in the dehydrator, came back the next day and crushed it and put it in pills. I don't know if the pills worked but I can tell you I had no depression. No crazy mood swings. I felt amazing. I will definitely be doing it again. I spent $250 and to know I was putting something that has so many health benefits and is natural into my body, made me feel like it was totally worth it. I definitely got some funny (and disgusted) looks when I told people. I specifically remember sitting with a friend and her husband recounting our birth story: midwife, labored mostly at home, gave birth in the tub at the birth center.... and the husband was like, "well at least you're not eating your placenta" and I was like, "Uh...well, actually...." The look on his face was priceless. It's not like your taking a steak knife to it and eating it off a plate! :) I hope if you decide to do it, that it helps you!

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