39 Weeks – My Midwife

39 weeks

39 Week, 3 Days

My Baby is as big as a: Watermelon (19-22 in, 7 lbs)

Due Date: April 23, 2014

Gender: Boy!

Weight Gained: 17 – 20 pounds

Symptoms: Feeling pregnant.

  • Getting in and out of bed has become a challenging. I feel like a beached whale.
  • Physically exhausted, mentally… bored. I just need to keep reminding myself to enjoy the down time while it lasts.
  • Back pain.
  • Pressure in my pelvis and hips.
  • Every time I feel a sneeze coming on I take it as a person challenge to NOT pee my pants. I’d say I have about a 50% success rate. (Nothing crazy, just a little eek.)

Food Cravings: I had a serious mushroom cheddar burger craving last week that almost resulted in a total melt down. I think I did actually shed some tears (because I felt so crazy). Husband of the year to the rescue. Best burger ever. 

Sleep: Pretty great this week. So happy I am now able to nap freely.

Miss Anything? Working out. Running. Having energy.

Looking forward to: Labour! I know it sounds crazy, but I am dying to know what a contraction feels like.

Belly Button in or out? Out

Wedding Rings: On

Happy or moody most of the time? Happy.

New Baby Items: I bought a few 0-3 month sleepers. I have been trying to buy a halo sleep sack, size small in cotton, opposed to fleece but they are sold out everywhere.

Maternity Clothes: Nursing bra! I bought it a little big. I should be good to start with two and go from there. My neighbour suggested the nursing tanks. Genius. I have been trolling Targets but they don’t carry anything in size small.

Exercise: This was the first entire week away from the gym. Pretty weird but the thought of putting on gym clothes right now makes me cringe, so I am good with it. I plan on giving myself at least a month before thinking about getting back to it. (My half marathon training plan starts May 30.) I will have to wait and see how I feel. Fingers crossed for a speedy recovery.


In Ontario, Canada, you have the choice of an OB or a midwife. (I believe you can also use a family doctor, but I didn’t really look into this.) I started calling midwives as soon as I found out I was pregnant. The clinic closest to my house was able to take me. (I actually ended up turning down two others, I was surprised at the availability as I had heard they were really hard to get.) I guess I got lucky.

I love my midwives. I have two that I meet with regularly (same frequency as you would an OB). Each midwife has a back up, so on the day of the birth there will be two present. Their clinic/office is so comfortable, my appointments are always on time and I don’t feel like I am at a doctor’s office.

Midwives do normal. Anything outside of normal, there would be transfer of care to an OB. I have had a relatively easy, healthy, low risk pregnancy so all is good. There is a chance I will have to transfer care on the day of delivery, depending on the circumstances, but they can always transfer back.

For my 37 week appointment, the midwife came to my house to make sure our set-up was good to labour and potentially deliver at home. I will call them when my water breaks or when I go into active labour. I love that I can labour in the comfort of my own home with my snacks readily available.

If we do go to the hospital, the midwives have full privileges.  They can check us out three hours after the birth (if we wish). I love this. I know we will be much more comfortable at home in our own bed (those hospital beds aren’t made for 3). The midwives will continue home visits and post natal care for 6 weeks.

We have been very happy with our decision to use a midwife. We have had a great experience so far. Of course everyone is different, so go with whatever works best for you.

5 thoughts on “39 Weeks – My Midwife

  1. Hey I didnt catch through fb land that you are pregnant – exciting, congrats. If you haven’t heard of or looked at – Bravado nursing bras and tanks are awesome. Google them if you are interested, they were they best I used, super comfy and functional and when you are ready, they have “real” nursing bras, with underwires, etc, if you want. I think they come from Toronto too! Good luck, labor and delivery are crazy and hard and totally amazing!

  2. Your due date is so soon! Good luck to you. Can’t wait to see pics of the new baby and to read your birth story.

  3. I can’t believe that Jeff doesn’t know by now that if you are craving something to eat it is best to get it as soon as possible. Being pregnant has nothing to do with it . I’m the same. Just ask Mark. It just makes life more pleasant for everyone.

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