Week 31 = What Was That Again? Sex and Braxton Hicks PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, April 14, 2011 00:00

Week 31

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Week 31 - Huh?!? I said I’d do what? To sex or not to sex...and Braxton Hicks-not a potential baby name...

I made plans?
Baby Brain is a REAL thing. I have experienced some slip ups like not remembering the names for common objects or locking up the entire house only to start walking to my car and realize I have no shoes on...but NOW I forget most everything. This is a condition that’s a result of shrinking brain-cell volume in the third trimester, apparently your brain cells go back to normal a few months after delivery...yeah, MONTHS...don’t freak out just laugh at it. I mean when have you ever gotten to use an excuse like this? The only place this is not funny is at work, so I have a little pad of paper and pen and I write everything down. It helps.

So not only are you taking care of the fetus and trying to take care of your self, there is a third person your probably neglecting...your partner in crime. For some women, sex during pregnancy is amazing, for others it’s a little painful and takes all the energy out of us, and others just worry its bad for the baby. If you’re loving sex, then get at it. I can tell you I’m in the painful category so I am doing other things (if I’d done these things 7 months ago I wouldn’t be writing this blog) but if you’re in the ‘this might hurt the baby’ category then let me assure you the fetus is fine. The interesting thing is the baby can respond two different ways to sex. It could rock them to sleep or make them more energized. Both responses are normal, so give it a try and then you can place yourself in one of the other categories…

Braxton Hicks
Braxton Hicks are little warm up contractions. They don’t feel like much to me, kinda’ like a mini period cramp, for others they hurt. You can’t avoid them, but you can use them to your advantage. When one comes along, practice the breathing you learned in Lamaze. It’s the best opportunity to find the breathing style that works best for you. The more you practice the more natural it will be to do when the big event comes along. Remember, most women don’t have their water break first; they start with real contractions, so you might have a lot of time before the hospital will admit you. If you don’t have any Braxton Hicks, don’t worry. As long as there is activity in Uteroville, everything is good to go.

Week 32 - We are moving along, slowly but surely...for now, you know what I know...


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