Pregnancy/Postpartum

36 Weeks Pregnancy Update: Nine Months & Red Raspberry Leaf Tea

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36 Weeks Pregnant!

This past week was another busy week so again I must apologize for the late post.  Next week also looks like it will be busy so I’ll give you advance heads up that next post will probably be up on Monday as well.

So, I am now nine months pregnant and only have a few weeks to go.  Next week she will be considered full term and if I go into labor naturally after that point they probably won’t try to stop it.

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Our little Bella is around 6 pounds this week and squirming up a storm.  She seems to stop moving and be listening when I speak to her though.  She also has seemed to jump when there are sudden loud noises.  She also gets the hiccups quite frequently which is adorable if you ask me.

There really isn’t too much to report actually this week that I care to go into any details about.  Although, this is a pregnancy blog so readers should know that there may be unpleasant things, such as hemorrhoids, mentioned in it from time to time.  Other than that  though, my symptoms have remained virtually unchanged other than one incident which I will go into momentarily.

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One thing I have started doing is drinking red raspberry leaf tea.  This was cleared by my doctor after 34 weeks.  I have been drinking a cup a day for a few days but I think I may be more sensitive to the herb than other women.  This herbal tea is supposed to help women have an easier labor.  However, I am going to have to stop drinking it for a few days I think because I have started to have some serious contractions after drinking it.  It seems to be strong Braxton Hicks but to be safe I am putting the tea on hold for a bit.  This morning, around 5:00 am I woke up with intense contractions that were timeable at almost 2 minutes in between contractions and approximately 1 minute long when they came.  They lasted an hour and half but slowly got further apart and shorter in duration and less painful as time went on so I knew everything was okay but still it alarmed me a bit.

I have a doctor’s appointment tomorrow so I will get to talk to him about all of this.  He will be doing the strep B test and checking for dialation and effacement and all that sort of stuff as well.  We’ll see how it all goes tomorrow and I will post the results in next week’s blog.  A little part of me hopes that I am a little dialated at this point already but we’ll see what happens.

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Shalom everyone! 😀

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