Waiting On Baby: When A Due Date Comes & Goes…

Depending on how you calculate the due date, I am 40.2 weeks pregnant or exactly 40 weeks today.

Truth be told, I never expected to make it to my due date. I know that for many first-time moms, going over a due date is common. I’ve measured several weeks ahead in tummy height though for most of the 3rd trimester. Baby is also measuring on the larger end – estimated to be about 8.5 pounds!

Waiting On Baby...

Waiting On Baby…

So now here we are… waiting on baby girl. I’m so incredibly anxious. Every day that creeps by I worry about not being able to have a natural birth the way I’d hoped. I worry that we’ll have to induce if she stays in there much longer and that it could fail and I’ll end up with a c-section because my body just isn’t ready.

From what I’ve read, there are some real increased risks of letting a baby go to 42 weeks or longer – like increased risk of meconium aspiration. Bigger babies also have an increased risk of shoulder dystocia (a very serious obstetrical complication). Oh, and we have family coming in around the 41.5 week mark, so I feel a little bit of self-imposed pressure there to have a baby in arms by the time they arrive.

On the other hand, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) does not recommend induction for suspected macrosomia (also known as “big” baby) in large part because fetal size is very hard to predict:

“In cases of term patients with suspected fetal macrosomia, current evidence does not support early induction of labor. Results from recent reports indicate that induction of labor at least doubles the risk of cesarean delivery without reducing the risk of shoulder dystocia or newborn morbidity…” – ACOG Practice Bulletin No. 22, November 2000 issue of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

In the hope of avoiding an induction or other interventions, I’m doing everything I can think of to encourage baby to join us on her own – walking, shoveling down whole pineapples, etc. Braxton Hicks-like contractions and low back pain have really picked up recently, so I’m hopeful that means labor isn’t far off. It’s just so hard waiting.

We’re supposed to get snow tomorrow (Friday morning) and I’m hopeful that will be the boost baby needs to come out and meet her family! lol. It sounds crazy to buy into an old wives tale about stormy weather sparking labor but at this point, I’m a little desperate.

Ladies, if your baby was overdue, how long did you have to wait? How did you manage to relax? Was there any one technique you think finally kicked off labor? Share your comments here! I could use some advice! :o)




Your Baby & The Web: Where To Draw The Line?

We live in an increasingly digital world. Our children are no exception. In fact, in many homes, kids are exposed to the Internet and emerging technologies earlier than ever before.

I know of babies that can navigate a parent’s mobile device with ease. Moms and dads freely share photos of children online through social media. Our executive producer’s little two-year-old even figured out how to call him one morning! All by herself!

As WHNT News 19’s technology reporter and new mommy-to-be, I find myself thinking a lot about this. Where should parents draw the line when it comes to their babies and technology? And with the Web in particular?

Where To Draw The Line?

How Much Exposure Is Too Much?

I totally recommend using Google to look up prospective baby names. I mean, you don’t want to name your little one something and find out a porn star shares that namesake *after* the fact, right? I’m less sure about taking steps to protect your child’s “reputation” on the Web before they are born. Is it really necessary?

I’ve read many reports suggesting that you should reserve your child’s domain name (i.e. sallysmith.com) as soon as they are born. That way, if they ever want to start a business or use a website for self-promotion they won’t have to hope the domain is available. It’s a nice idea I guess but it typically costs money and you’ll be holding onto that domain for years.

Figuring out how a new baby and social media fit together is even more complicated. For example, I’ve heard of parents creating Facebook or Twitter accounts for a child (despite age restriction policies from those outlets) before they are even born! Sure, social networks can be great for sharing photos and updates but how safe is the information really?

Facebook has long struggled with privacy issues and if there’s one thing we know about the Internet, it’s that anything you put there – photos, videos, etc. – is more than likely out there forever.

Will your kids, once grown, regret having bathtime photos shared with others? If they already have a social media account set up by parents, will they be lured into using it perhaps earlier than they should?

There’s also a real security risk. Uploading a smartphone picture for example, of your child at a local park or a local street, could potentially make them a target for sophisticated predators.

Parents, how do you feel about exposing your baby on the web? Do you limit the way you share images or updates about them? Do you embrace baby’s presence online whole-heartedly?

Sound off here!





What To Read For Pregnancy And Baby

I am now just two weeks away from my due date and anxiously awaiting the arrival of my baby girl. Most of the “prep work” has been done. Nursery is mostly ready. Central areas are baby-proofed. My husband and I have been working with our doula to prepare for delivery.

Really, there’s not much left for me to do now but wait, try to relax despite an enormous tummy… and read.

If you’ve been following my journey through pregnancy, you know already that I’ve spent a LOT of time with books and various web resources in the last nine months. Not just to educate myself for WHNT News 19’s special Birth Options series of reports but also for my own knowledge.

To save you and your lovedones the trouble of trying to suss out the best books on pregnancy and baby, I’d like to take some time to recommend a couple of my favorites. Some I found on my own, others were recommended to me. So, without further ado, here are the texts I found most valuable:

Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy

Mayo Clinic Guide To Healthy Pregnancy

Mayo Clinic Guide To Healthy Pregnancy

A great book walking you through all the aspects of pregnancy from the well-respected Mayo Clinic. There are week-by-week breakdowns of what’s happening to your body and baby, as well as tips for preparing your home and work-life for a child. You’ll also find monthly exercise tips. Written from a medical perspective, from doctors who are also parents, I found this book very helpful in explaining some of the terms I encountered in talking with my OBGYN and understanding routine procedures like induction, c-section, etc.

Ina May’s Guide To Childbirth

A wonderful book written by one of the world’s most respected midwives, Ina May Gaskin. You’ll read stories of women who chose to birth without drugs and interventions and learn about a more holistic approach to the labor and delivery process. You’ll also learn what defines the midwifery model of care and how it differs from a modern hospital experience, which typically involves various medical interventions. I found this book a nice, more spiritually focused contrast to the medical texts I encountered.

Baby 411

Baby 411

Baby 411

My good friend got me this book shortly after I learned I was pregnant and I’m just now getting around to reading it. I can sum it up in one word: practical. It’s packed with cut-through-the-jargon advice on feeding, sleeping, sickness, playtime – you name it. Written by a pediatrician, the book has a sort of “reference” feel too it, so you can look up answers to any questions you have once baby arrives, in a snap. There’s also an Expecting 411 book for the pregnant mom.

Google Scholar

Google Scholar is an easy way to search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across disciplines and sources. I used this web resource occasionally to see if I could find evidence-based studies on various medical interventions and complications in childbirth (i.e. how induction can impact the rate of c-sections in first time mothers.)

Momtastic’s Baby and Bump

A great online forum where you can connect with other moms and parents on all aspects of pregnancy – trying to conceive, laboring and of course delivery. If you’re looking for specific advice you can browse the many existing discussion threads or start your own. I found this to be a really nice way to get anecdotal perspective from other mommies on a whole range of issues. Sometimes the best advice is from those who’ve been there!

What were your favorite resources to prepare for pregnancy and baby? Did you have favorite books? Did your husband or partner read any? Share your insights below!