Monday, April 29, 2013

Hectic times

This past week has been so hectic! I'm beyond exhausted, I've more than over done it, but I enjoyed every moment of it.

Every Monday and Thursday we have non stress tests for Sweet Pea. We drive 30 minutes away, I get hooked up to the machines and try not to fall asleep to the sound of Sweet Pea's heartbeat. Last Monday we  had an ultrasound after the NST, and my mom wanted to go. It went well, Sweet Pea is measuring right on track, well...except for her little tummy. It's measuring a few weeks ahead, which is OK. She comes by it honestly. She's also weighing in at 6 lbs., give or take a pound. My little chunky monkey.

Friday I had lunch with my mom and one of her friends that I've known since childhood. I was actually in her wedding, and she sewed many of dresses for me as a child. She very generously bought us a Pack N Play for Sweet Pea! It has a bassinet and a newborn napper in it. I can't wait to use it!

After lunch, my mom and I went to the Expo Center to a HUGE consignment sale put on by Just Between Friends. It was hot. We shopped and shopped, and then shopped some more. Sweet Pea has a nice collection of books now, which for some reason is extremely important to me. I want to read to her every night. One of the volunteers mentioned consignment store that might have a wrap carrier that I was looking for, so we headed there after shopping until we about died.

When we got there, I saw 3 big tables covered in baby clothes. Didn't think much of it, and headed inside. They didn't have the carrier I wanted, but had plenty of cute things. My mom started grabbing things left and right, and I went and checked out the tables outside. Apparently all the the items on the tables were $.25!! So needless to say, I went crazy. I spent a whole $8.00 on a huge pile of clothes, amazing! After buying everything we could carry, we headed back to my house to pick up Mister and headed out to dinner. When we got home I couldn't move. My body hurt so bad. I rolled into bed and cried. My right hip has been hurting for a few months, but this was a pain I never knew. We had no pain killers that I could take, and there was nothing Mister could do to make it stop. So I cried.

Saturday I went out to lunch with my Step-mom and one of her friends from a club that her and my dad belong to. It was very special. When we went to the back patio of the restaurant, M *friend* had the table decorated in a baby shower theme! She wasn't able to come to my shower, so she recreated it. There were balloons, streamers, and banners. So much fun! She was very generous with so many adorable outfits. She even got Sweet Pea her first pair of sunglasses! Too cute! She also put confetti in the gift bag and card. I may or may not still be cleaning it up haha and it may or may not have come with me to the doctors office today LOL

**Update** Totally forgot to mention the part when a complete stranger paid for all of our lunch! How awesome is that?! They wanted to remain anonymous, so we weren't even able to thank them. But I can assure you, it was very much appreciated.

After a good nap, we headed up to my moms house for a BBQ. We were suppose to help her put together her new patio furniture, but we got side tracked. So we watched a horror movie, and then I was afraid of the dark....don't judge.

Sunday we drove over to the BIL's house to seen all five of the nieces and nephews. The babies are 9 months old already! I can't believe it. Remember, they still don't know about Sweet Pea, so it was a little interesting. I waddle...a lot. One of the joys of being super fluffy, you can just pretend you got extra fat, and not pregnant haha

We went to the park, and played four square. I held the babies while the other ones played. The older kids had to go back to their moms house at about 3pm, 2.5 hours away. BIL invited us to drive down with them. We rarely get to see them, so we decided to go. Over 5 hours in the car at 9 months pregnant, while having to pee every 5 minutes is quite interesting, especially when most the people in the car don't know you're pregnant! We made it there and back in one piece. When we got home, we poured ourselves into bed and slept a good 13 hours!

I totally over did it this weekend, but it was a lot of fun. We have another doctor appointment tomorrow, and then we have Wednesday off. There is still quite a bit to get done before Sweet Pea joins us earth side. We're trying to get a little done each day. My nesting is out of control, but I'm in a lot of pain and don't have a lot of energy, so I'm relying on Mister quite a bit. But we're getting there.

36 Week update *a few days late*

How far along: 36 Weeks 

How big is baby: Honeydew 17.2-18.7 inches 4.2-5.8 pounds

Maternity Clothes: Yoga pants, regular shirts. I've also started wearing a t-shirt dress, 
because pants are sometimes too much effort.

Best moment of the week: Finding gently used Sweet Pea sized clothes for $.25 each!

Food Cravings: Blueberry muffins. I have indulged, but luckily I'm able to control my 
blood sugar levels anyway.

Food Adversions: Pork

Irritability: Wow. Took a plumet this week. I have very little patience for people, and I may
let it be known...
Acne: Not great, but not horrible either
Cramping: Slight
Dizziness: Off and on
Lower hip pain: Slight
Migraine: None 
Hip/groin pain: It has been horrible this week. I've had quite a few breakdowns over it
Frequent urination: Constant! Once an hour while sleeping. Just getting ready for Sweet Pea
Upper stomach pain: None
Lactation: Oh yea
Braxton Hicks: None
Insomnia: Sleeping like a baby
Swelling: SO bad! If I don't constantly have my feet up, I swell. I gained 12 lbs in 1.5 weeks
from swelling!!
Rash: OMG. It hasn't been diagnosed as PUPPs yet, but I'm pretty sure that's what it is. It
itches SO bad, and is spreading. It's really quite gross.

Movement: She's running out of room, so she's not as active

Gender: Girl!!

What I'm looking forward to: Getting things organized and put together.

Next appointment: April 30th,  OB follow up

*Update* Sweet Pea is currently transverse. Meaning, she is laying sideways across my belly.
If she doesn't turn to be head down, she will have to be delivered via c-section. We're already
scheduled for May 23rd, because I wanted my doctor to be the one to do it. So a little over 3 weeks left!

Saturday, April 20, 2013

A bit overwhelmed

I'm looking at the pile of clean laundry that's been sitting on the couch for far to long, wishing I had the energy to put it away...or at least fold it. I've got a batch of split pea soup cooking on the stove, is that enough accomplishment for one day?

This nesting thing is trying really hard to kick in. I want to get things cleaned and organized, everything where it should go, I just don't have the energy for it.

I woke up at around noon today. Don't judge, last night was a difficult night and I had a hard time sleeping. So I woke up around noon, and I wasn't up one hour before I was ready to go back to sleep. I can barely keep my eyes open today. I fight the urge to nap on a regular basis, because if I do, I won't sleep at night.

There's so much to get done before Sweet Pea arrives. Yes, there's also a lot of time, but I'm afraid there's not enough. This place needs a deep cleaning, both showers need to be unclogged and crap needs to be put away.

I'm hoping after the baby shower this weekend, that I'll get some random burst of energy to get things done. I want to wait until all her clothes are bought and in one place before I start washing them. We're planning on putting the crib together in the next couple of weeks, and the car seat won't go in until I'm about 36 weeks along. So really, there's not much I can do...except clean. Mister reassures me that we'll get it all done before Sweet Pea gets here, I'm just not very good at waiting.

I'm a little concerned that we don't have everything we need for her arrival, but like I said we've got plenty of time, and the shower is this weekend. I'm a planner, I like to know what's going to happen and when. I guess I should start letting go of that, since that's pretty hard to do with a new baby.

I guess I'm just a little overwhelmed and anxious. Really, I'd just like to go nap and pretend everything is ready.

Friday, April 19, 2013

35 Week update

How far along: 35 Weeks 

How big is baby: Coconut 17.2-18.7 inches 4.2-5.8 pounds

Maternity Clothes: Yoga pants, regular shirts and a belly band

Best moment of the week: Getting all of Sweet Pea's clothes washed

Food Cravings: Salad and pancakes....mainly pancakes, but I can't 
have them :(

Food Adversions: None...Go figure

Irritability: Better
Acne: I started breaking out again this week
Cramping: Slight
Dizziness: Off and on
Lower hip pain: Slight
Migraine: None 
Pulled groin muscle: It's extremely painful, like in tears when
it's time for bed
Frequent urination: Constant! Once an hour while sleeping.
Just getting ready for Sweet Pea
Upper stomach pain: None
Lactation: Oh yea
Braxton Hicks: I've had a few, but nothing regular this week
Insomnia: Sleeping like a baby

Movement: She's a big mover, she rarely holds still. I love it!

Gender: Girl!!

What I'm looking forward to: Putting Sweet Pea's area together, and 
getting clothes put away.

Next appointment: April 22nd, NST *Non Stress Test* and an

*Update* The doctors have decided that it's not safe for Sweet Pea 
to come any later than 39 weeks, so we only have 4 weeks left!!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

An update of a different kind

This has turned into an amazing pregnancy. Everything is going great. My blood sugars are high, so I have gestational diabetes, but it's very well managed with medication. My blood pressure was also elevated, but with a low dose of medication, it's perfect again. I'm still considered high risk, meaning I get extra attention and extra ultrasounds. They test me for preeclampsia. The high risk specialist doesn't see any signs of it, and said he see's no reason why I couldn't go to full term. I'm very relieved because I was afraid she would have to come a few weeks early. He said that if they do have to induce, it won't be until 39 weeks!

We're very blessed with the support system we've got. My mom has helped us a ridiculous amount already, and my Dad and Step-mom gave us a gift card for Christmas that helped us get a car seat that will last Sweet Pea until she's out of a car seat! We've got the crib, and bassinet, an infant car seat plus the convertible one. My aunt and uncle gave us a stroller, and we have a little bouncy seat as well. We've also got some clothes as well, omg I love baby clothes!

My entire life *and I mean entire*, I've always wanted nothing but baby stuff for gift giving holidays. And now, I'm actually getting to have that! lol Next week is my baby shower, and I can't wait. I can't wait to see my friends and support system. Sweet Pea has got a good group of people that already love her.

I'm lucky enough to be pregnant at the same time as two childhood friends. One lives very far away, and I haven't seen her since I was probably....14? The other one lives in the same state as I do, and until last year, I hadn't seen her since we were like, 10. She's planning on coming to my shower, and I'm planning on going to her blessing way. I love Facebook for this reason alone, I'm able to keep in contact with old friends, that I otherwise wouldn't have the chance to talk to.

Friday, April 12, 2013

34 Week update

How far along: 34 Weeks 

How big is baby: Butternut Squash 17.2-18.7 inches 4.2-5.8 pounds

Maternity Clothes: Yoga pants, regular shirts and a belly band

Best moment of the week: Seeing my belly contort as Sweet Pea moved to one side

Food Cravings: Chocolate cake....I haven't indulged....but I so want to!

Food Adversions: None...Go figure

Irritability: It's been a very difficult week. I don't think I've been irritable, but very teary
Acne: None!
Cramping: Slight
Dizziness: None
Lower hip pain: Gone
Migraine: None 
Pulled groin muscle: It's extremely uncomfortable
Frequent urination: Constant! Once an hour while sleeping. Just getting ready for Sweet Pea
Upper stomach pain: None
Lactation: Oh yea
Braxton Hicks: I've had a few, but nothing regular this week
Insomnia: It's better this week.

Movement: Last night half of my belly popped out, when I pushed back, I felt her move away. 
And then she moved right back.

Gender: Girl!!

What I'm looking forward to:  Getting all her clothes and bedding washed, so we can set up her area

Next appointment: April 15th, NST *Non Stress Test*

*Update* The doctors have decided that it's not safe for Sweet Pea to come any later than 39 weeks, 
so we only have 5 weeks left!!

Saturday, April 6, 2013

33 Week update *OMG only 7 weeks left!*

How far along: 33 Weeks 

How big is baby: Durion Fruit 17.2-18.7 inches 4.2-5.8 pounds

Maternity Clothes: Yoga pants, regular shirts and a belly band

Best moment of the week: Watching my belly bounce around as Sweet Pea moves

Food Cravings: Salad!!

Food Adversions: None...Go figure

Irritability: I think it's gotten better
Acne: None!
Cramping: Slight
Dizziness: None
Lower hip pain: Gone
Migraine: None 
Pulled groin muscle: It's extremely uncomfortable
Frequent urination: Constant! Once an hour while sleeping.
Upper stomach pain: None
Lactation: Oh yea
Braxton Hicks: I've had regular ones this week. Went to L&D and everything seems ok.
Insomnia: I wake up every hour on the hour, and then have a hard time getting back to sleep.
Just getting me ready for Sweet Pea 

Movement: During the last NST, she pushed off one side of my uterus, and hit the other. 
We saw it on the ultrasound, pretty funny!

Gender: Girl!!

What I'm looking forward to:  Getting things set up, and cleaned

Next appointment: April 8th, NST *Non Stress Test*

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

You try eating a hamburger under a blanket

I've already written a post about nursing in public, you can read my ramblings on that here. I'm hoping this post will be more fact based, and not just my opinions.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusive breastfeeding for about 6 months, followed by continued breastfeeding as complimentary foods are introduced, with a continuation of breastfeeding for 1 year or longer as mutually desired by mother and child. (Cited)

So why does the AAP recommend exclusively breastfeeding, or formula feeding for at least 6 months? Babies under 6 months have open gut, which means germs go directly from their stomach to their blood stream. This could prove to be quite dangerous for such an under-developed immune system. It also plays a big role into food allergies if foods are introduced to babies before 6 months. Many pediatricians recommend rice cereal starting about the age of 4 months, but this is really, an outdated recommendation.

Rice cereal has no real nutritional value. It's full of preservatives, filler and empty carbohydrates. Studies are now showing that babies that are spoon-fed are more likely to end up obese, and a babies stomach is not able to properly digest grains until they are closer to a year in age. Solid foods before a year of age is really just for fun and exploring. It's best to introduce foods that are easy for baby to eat, but are also packed with plenty of nutrition, (avocados, bananas, sweet potatoes and steamed carrots to name a few). The nutrition a baby receives before a year old is meant to come from the breast milk or formula. (Cited)

So now that we've established that breastfeeding for at least a year is really what's best for baby, let's talk about extended breastfeeding. I've personally seen women verbally attacked for breastfeeding their toddler that was over a year old, mostly from people that have no experience in breastfeeding what so ever.

The World Health Organization and UNICEF recommend breastfeeding your toddler for a minimum of 2 years. Just as with babies, toddlers continue to receive health benefits through the breast milk. Breast milk continues to provide immunities and vitamins, and can help protect your child against illnesses and allergies. Breast milk does not have a shelf life, it does not expire. As the toddler ages, the breast milk will become more nutrient rich and include more antibodies. (Cited)

I've actually heard people say that once the baby gets teeth, the mother should stop breastfeeding....You do realize that some babies start getting teeth at 3 months, right? Or that "once that babies teeth come in, she won't be able to breastfeed anymore"....way to be supportive, not to mention you sound absolutely ridiculous!

When a baby is properly latched, his lips are flanged and his gums land far back on the areola. His bottom teeth are covered by his tongue and don't even come into contact with the breast. So a baby that is latched on properly is not able to actually bite. If the baby is latched on to the nipple only, he would be able to clamp down, which could be quite painful for the mother, but has nothing to do with the teeth. Some mothers come across this challenge while the baby is actively teething. Because a baby can often experience a lot of discomfort,  a baby may reposition his latch to avoid sore spots on the gums. This can cause the mother temporary nipple soreness or discomfort, but nothing that would force a mother to prematurely wean her baby. (Cited)

Although there has been little research on breastfeeding benefits past the age of two, the information that is available indicates that breast milk continues to be a valuable source of nutrition and disease protection, for as long as breastfeeding is continued.

In the second year of life (12-23 months) 448 ML of breast milk provides:
  • 29% of energy requirements
  • 43% of protein requirements
  • 36% of calcium requirements
  • 75% of vitamin A requirements
  • 76% of folate requirements
  • 94% of vitamin B12 requirements
  • 60% of vitamin C requirements
The American Academy of Family Physicians notes that children weaned before two years of age are at an increased risk of illnesses. In fact, some of the immune factors in breast milk increase in concentration during the second year, as well as during the weaning process. (Cited)

"As recommended by the WHO, breastfeeding should ideally continue past infancy, but this is not the cultural norm in the United States and requires ongoing support and encouragement. It has been estimated that a natural weaning age for humans is between two and seven years. Family physicians should be knowledgeable regarding the ongoing benefits to the child of extended breastfeeding, including continued immune protection, better social adjustment, and having a sustainable food source in times of emergency. The longer women breastfeed, the greater the decrease in their risk of breast cancer." (AAFP 2008)

The part of that quote that sticks out the most for me is when it says extended breastfeeding requires ongoing support and encouragement. We shouldn't be bashing our society for doing what's best for their children. We should be supporting them 100%! If you're one of the people that says, "I support breastfeeding, but...." No. You are NOT supporting breastfeeding.

This is the article that got me thinking about doing my post. I support women breastfeeding in every sense of the word. Whether it be for a short time, for years, in public, in private, covered, uncovered, I support it. I do not however support the naysayers that ridicule a woman for choosing to nurse in public uncovered.

"If you don't support breastfeeding in public, you don't support breastfeeding". To ridicule a woman for breastfeeding in public is to inhibit mothers who only only want to do right by their child. If a mother is bottle feeding, we don't give them the same disrespect. To give a separate set of rules for a nursing mother and child is nothing short of discriminatory.

I get extremely upset when I read on message boards someone comparing nursing to going to the bathroom or masturbating. Believe it or not, it does happen, and it's ridiculous. Saying this, implies that nursing is private, or worse a dirty or sexual act. But as it states in the article above, "no body else eats a hamburger under a blanket." How true is that sentence? We expect a nursing mother to cover her feeding baby with a hot, stuffy blanket, while you're free to stuff your face with all the food you want? While all of us get to watch you. If one were staring at you while you were eating, and saying how gross and offensive it was, one might suggest for that person to look away if they don't like both ways. (Cited)

So why doesn't the nursing mother just go to the other room? Being a mom is already a hard job. You can often times feel alone and isolated, why should we banish women for doing what is only natural? If you're shopping for diapers and your kid is hungry, are you suppose to drop everything you're doing and go lock yourself in a room to feed your crying baby? Oh no, you should just make the baby wait to eat, right? And then get dirty looks for having a screaming baby in a store. In the same article as above, she mentions people getting upset about nursing in church. I personally am not a religious person. I don't go to church, and I don't know a lot about it. I am pretty sure however that God made man in his image. If you believe in it enough to find it offensive to nurse in church, you should also understand the He made woman's breasts to feed their babies. It's a beautiful thing, and I would like to think that God would support it.

I'll let you read the full article for yourself, I found it very informative and a great read. I fully agree with the meme to the left. "If breastfeeding offends you, put a blanket over YOUR head!"

So after all of this ranting and raving, one might think that I plan on breastfeeding Sweet Pea. That however, is not the case. While I support breastfeeding 100%, I am not going to be able to do it. I'm very heartbroken about this, and I too need support.

I'm on a medication for my bipolar disorder, that passes through the breast milk. Thankfully, it's not known to pass through the placenta, so I've been able to stay on it throughout the pregnancy. We've looked into donated milk, or milk sharing, but it's not the right fit for us. Mister isn't comfortable with the idea, and I'm going to support him in this.

Furthermore, I've done my research on this topic. I know that my medication is not safe while breastfeeding, so instead of second guessing me, support me. I've had a few people imply that I don't know what I'm talking about, and that most medication is safe through breastfeeding, "really the only one that isn't safe is chemo therapy". While it may true that most medications are safe while breastfeeding, mine is not. I've read all the special books, I've read the manufacturers stance on the subject, I'm very well researched. Thank you. We have decided that it is safe to give colostrum, so at least Sweet Pea will be getting her first dose of antibodies right after birth. I'm hoping to have a few ounces from a family member that we can give her as well.

What I guess I'm trying to say, is even if  you don't breastfeed, never have, and don't plan to, you can still be supportive to mothers that are. Help normalize what is natural.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Horrible doctors suck!

Sunday started out like any other day, but ended in a very stressful chaotic mess.

Every year my dads side of the family usually gets together for Easter. Apparently this year, some of the family members got together and decided we didn't need together anymore, so we were left planless.

Misters brother decided to come over Sunday to take us out to lunch for Misters birthday. We picked up the FIL (Oh joy) and headed out.

It was a somewhat stressful time....I hate being around the FIL and the BIL doesn't know about Sweet Pea. Even though I'm 32 weeks along, I have quite a bit of extra fluff to hide my bump well. I wasn't feeling my best, but figured it was because I was in an uncomfortable situation.

We came home, and I couldn't stand the thought of doing nothing for Easter. I mean....I needed some deviled eggs, right? I called up my mom and said we were bringing up some steaks and to have some eggs ready for me. I may have said it a bit nicer than that, but you get the idea.

We had a nice time with my mom, dinner was good. Just a giant piece of meat and a salad for me, I can't eat potatoes anymore, not until Sweet Pea makes her arrival and my blood sugars settle back down to normal. I ate a ridiculous amount of deviled eggs, and Mister played Angry Birds. All in all a fun evening.

At around 8:30pm, I started having contractions. Not painful ones, more along the lines of Braxton Hicks. Those are kind of like, practice contractions. Your uterus contracts, but nothing progresses, perfectly harmless. The doctors say that if you have more than 4 an hour, or if they are regular and become more strong as they progress, you should go in to labor and delivery, just to check things out.

By 9:30pm, I had already had close to 10 contractions. We were a little concerned so we headed home, to have some water and lay down. Once in the car, they seemed to calm down and everything was fine. But once we hit the freeway, they picked up again, about every 4 minutes or so and they seemed to be lasting for a good minute. I didn't time them very well, so it's hard to say for sure.

We got home, I drank half a large bottle of water and laid down on the couch. They were gone again.....for about 30 minutes. Mister read what we're suppose to do if they keep coming, one suggestion was to take a warm shower or bath, so I hopped in the shower. After the shower I laid down again, and sure enough had another one. It was time to go in.

I was a nervous wreck. I'm only 32 weeks along, that's just too early for Sweet Pea to come. I know the odds are in her favor at this point, but it still is too early.

We walked up to the door and it didn't open. About 5 minutes of just standing there, we noticed a call button. We rang it and they let us in, after I explained what was going on. Then we waited around at the check in desk, because no one was there. We were there for quite a few minutes before someone came out and told us we needed to hit the call the hell were we suppose to know this? Whatever, we know now for next time.

They hooked me up to all sorts of monitors. One to record Sweet Pea's heartbeat and one to capture any contractions that may happen. Nurses came in and out, check my blood pressure, got a urine sample, all the normal crap. Then the doctor came in...let's just say I'm praying to all things good that she is not the one on call when I go into labor!

She explained that the monitors weren't picking up any contractions, so I wasn't really having them. I may just be having light cramps. I told her that my whole stomach tightens up, and it's a bit intense. She continued to imply that it was all in my head and that nothing was happening. So, while I was having one I asked her to feel my stomach. "Oh, I guess you are having one" she said. "but it didn't last very long". She didn't start feeling it right when it started! Ugh!

After agreeing that I was in fact having contractions, she explained that she wanted to do a cervical exam, to make sure it wasn't changing. As I began to panic, Mister explained to her that I have a hard time with vaginal exams due to past trauma. She said she was "well aware" of my past issues, and she understood. As I started to cry, she went on to say how common this was, and that everything would be OK. When she started the exam, I started crying harder and she got visibly upset, threw her hands up in the air and said I was making her job hard. That she couldn't do it if I was going to be this upset. She also announced that my size was making her job too hard as well. Once she finally did the exam.....let's just say, she wasn't gentle at all.

Once finished, she left the room. When she came back she said everything looked great, but said I could possibly be in preterm labor! I was told to stay close to home and take it easy. She asked when my last ultrasound was, we told her it had been about 4 weeks and she proceeded to argue with us. She insisted that the last one we had was at 24 weeks gestation, that would be 8 weeks ago. My last ultrasound was March 5th....get it together lady. A complaint has been filed, and it will be known that under no circumstance is that woman allowed near my room while I'm in labor.

It was a horrible experience. The last time I had to go to L&D for a migraine, it was a great experience. Everyone was so friendly and accommodating, hopefully that will be the case when I'm there to deliver.

I'm super bummed that I have to stay close to home, I was planning on going to a friends blessing way in a couple weeks for her baby! It's at the coast, so too far from home. I actually asked specifically if it would be alright if I could go....really disappointed. But we will get our girls together once everyone is here and recovered.

I went to my regularly scheduled NST (Non stress test) yesterday, hooked up to the same monitors that I was in L&D. Instead of having me sitting up, they had me lay on my right side. While I was hooked up for 45ish minutes, I had 5 contractions, that they were able to be picked up by the monitor. The nurse said that unless my cervix has changed, then I'm not technically in labor. She said they should have checked me more than once while I was there. I filled her in on how it went with the one they did do, I'm glad that doctor didn't do another one.

The contractions continued through the night, but seem to have eased up this morning. Sweet Pea is extremely active, which is fantastic. Just a little bit ago, I felt my uterus tightening again, so I poked it to see if how hard it was. Sweet Pea pushed back quite hard, and scurried away, making my uterus relax. She was also head down during the NST, hopefully she stays that way!