Thursday, May 27th, 2010

37 Weeks Pregnant w/ Acute Bronchitis

by Kristen Suzanne in Uncategorized

Ai yai yai! It looks like I have acute bronchitis at 37 weeks pregnant. The past few days have been quite miserable with all of the coughing I’ve been doing – my torso aches. It was keeping me up all night and the one thing I need right now is tons of rest so I can be ready to have a homebirth at any time (now that I’m 37 weeks). It’s during the next 5 weeks that our baby can come (the fertility clinic predicts a mid-June birth but Monkey could definitely come earlier).

What am I doing for my bronchitis? I decided to see our naturopathic doctor because my cough was getting worse, and it was with him that we determined I probably have acute bronchitis. He sent me home with herbs, homeopathic meds, a rub for my chest, and directions to use steam, a saline nasal mist, and/or to consider using a neti pot (I hate those things… I’m lousy at using them). I’m feeling a little better, but I still have a ways to go before I’m completely healed.

In the meantime, we’re nesting. I have the baby clothes and cloth diapers washed, and the changing table is set up. (Our dear friend gave us her changing table and it’s sooo nice! – THANKS PAM!) I reviewed my birth plan and printed copies for everyone. We’re installing the car seat next week. I’m stocking my freezer with foods for after the birth. I need to have a hospital bag packed in the event of an emergency transfer (I’ll do that next week). I have my birth towels and receiving blankets washed and ready to use for the homebirth. That’s all I can think of right now…

So, we’re almost ready to go. I need to get some other work finished up for Kristen’s Raw (like my newest book I’m working on!), rest, and just wait for that moment when I say, “I’m in labor! Yeehaw!” It’s going to be awesome!

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