I am now in week 34 of my pregnancy. Yesterday I had an appointment with the midwife. Everything is looking great! I am gearing up for an unmedicated birth this time around. I am giving myself permission to change my mind during the process–I like to keep my options open. 🙂 I just feel like it’s something I really want to go for. I talked with the midwife about the birthing tub there and signed all the waivers. At Beth Israel Deaconess Plymouth (formerly Jordan), you can opt for a water birth in the tub. I plan on laboring in it, but not sure I will go all the way with the birth in the tub.
One of the reasons we chose BID Plymouth is because I can have a midwife do my delivery at the hospital. There are 6 midwives in the practice, so one is always on call for delivery. I also like the fact that I will get to go through labor and delivery in the same room that I will be in for the length of my hospital stay (unlike the boys’ births).
So I basically have just one more 2 week appointment and then I am down to weekly appointments! Time is starting to really fly by in this pregnancy!
In other news, I also had my yearly skin check at the dermatologist on Monday. Here is my PSA for you– go get your skin checked! Skin cancer is the fastest growing cancer for women in their 20s and 30s. I go every year to get my skin checked, and this year she recommended having one of my moles (sort of a birthmark I have had forever) prophylactically removed. Apparently it is rare, but they can turn into melanoma, so she advised taking it off. I will have a scar there, but I am going to get it removed after the baby comes!
I know people are sometimes afraid to go in to the dermatologist, especially if you tanned in high school or college (I stupidly did!) or you spent a lot of time outside without proper sun protection. That being said, it is A LOT easier to remove a mole than it is to have to deal with late stage skin cancer! Now go schedule your dermatology appointment! 🙂