Saturday, October 07, 2006

3rd Prenatal Class

I'm at 34 weeks now! We had our second to last prenatal class a couple of nights ago. We had a sub because our usual teacher couldn't make it. She was cool and went through things very well. We talked a lot about what it will be like after we have the baby. She showed us the backless gowns we'll be wearing. She showed us this underwear that we have to wear while we're at the hospital and also the pads we'll be wearing. They were huge! We have to wear 2 of them side-by-side at a time too!! She said we'll probably bleed for about 4 weeks. Great!!! We'll have a bottle that we'll have to spray water down there everytime we use the bathroom. We talked about breastfeeding and some other stuff and then we had a Pediatrican come in and talk to us. He talked about baby check-ups and immunizations and things like that. He recommended that we all get flu shots. I guess I better get used to the whole needle thing! He talked a little about breastfeeding too and that when our babies are born their stomachs are really tiny and don't need much milk. It takes a couple of days for the milk to come in so the colostrum holds them over. He suggested that for how much your baby weighs, you cut that number in 1/2 and that's how many oz. of milk they should get a feeding. He said to feed them about every 3 hours. The sub talked about pacifiers and that if your baby isn't latching on and having a hard time breastfeeding, it's not a good idea to give them a pacifier because they might get confused but if they are breastfeeding just fine, then it's no big deal. Same with a bottle-- if your baby isn't latching on and you want to breastfeed, then you shouldn't use a bottle until they've got it down. I thought that was interesting. We're having a lactation specialist come and talk to us this next class. I think that's probably the thing I'm most worried about is breastfeeding and hoping it will work. Formula is just too expensive and breast milk is much better anyway. When Tyson was a baby he couldn't keep breast milk down and he was having a lot of diarrhea, so his parents had to get special formula for him. He's always had acid reflux/diarrhea type problems his whole life so there's a chance our baby might too. I hope not. My next doctor's appointment is on Tuesday. In 2 weeks I have one more and then it will be every week after that. The appointment in 2 weeks will be the first time she checks my cervix to see if I'm dilating and then she will every time after that. I can't believe it's getting so close. I'm feeling pretty good still. Today while I was cleaning, I had to take a bunch of breaks. It's getting harder to get around and do things that I normally do. It's not as bad as I thought it would be though. I think I get around pretty well compared to what I thought I would. I hear the last month is terrible though so I might be eating my words. Anyway, things are going well. My best friend Jena had a wonderful baby shower for me last weekend. It was so much fun to see friends from high school and visit with everyone. I got a lot of nice things too. I can't wait for him to come so I can use all of it! Well, I think I'm going to go lay down! I cleaned for about 3 hours or so and now I'm exhausted!! I'll post after my next dr. appointment.


Anonymous said...

Wow....I learned a lot!. Sounds like a load of fun, too. haha. Why are we doing this again? :) jk