30w5d: I'm discreet that way
Today we had another appointment with our ob/gyn to check on how well the Insider is doing in there.
The doctor was satisfied that all is as it should be and the baby has grown appropriately, and even caught up some. Sometimes they grow in spurts, she said. In any case, we're both much relieved.
Nothing has changed where the Insider's position is concerned, still firmly head up. Again, the doctor mentioned a C-section. Only this time she added that planned C-sections are generally performed at 38 weeks, not 40. Good to know, since my current planning has me working until then (though I keep telling everyone I'm not making firm commitments for the last weeks).
The doctor is very reluctant to attempt to turn the baby through external manipulation, mainly because of the anterior placenta and also because this is a first pregnancy. The uterus isn't that flexible with a first, which is probably why the baby is stuck in breech in the first place.
I'm still hoping the Insider will turn on his/her own, but if not, so be it. I will be the tiniest bit disappointed in not getting to experience a regular delivery, especially after reading up on options and preparing myself. Also, it would be nice to know my body is capable of giving birth. Of course, 'nice to know' is hardly a priority here.
Over the past weeks, I've been wondering whether or not I'm showing. As of today I need no longer wonder.
To wit this conversation I had today, with a business contact I last saw a month ago:
Me: I won't be participating in project XYZ because I will be away for some months.
BC: oh really, where are you going?
Me: I'm going on maternity leave?
BC: Really?! When?
Me: October 15th
BC (stunned): You're 7 months PG??? I had no idea!
Me: Yeah, I don't know where the baby is hiding.
To be fair, I was wearing a loose top today, which does make it harder to see. However, the fact that I can still use some of my regular pants (not buttoned, but with an elastic band) confirms my suspicions that I'm still not showing that much. Of course, I'm talking about my roomiest pants, the pre-nutritionist pants, not the post-nutritionist pants. If I remember correctly, I lost 6 kg before our ICSI cycle, and it seems I haven't quite gained them all back yet. This is good, as with my BMI, it would be good if I gain no more than 10 kg in total.
A good friend admonished me to leave the loose tops be and wear the tighter ones! It's now or never (for rubenesque girls like us). And she's right, only it makes me feel so conspicuous!