Why I’m thankful for my anterior placenta

After a scare in the hospital last week, I am in awe of how intentionally the Lord created our baby Everett.

Most people get annoyed when they discover they have an anterior placenta. I remember when my midwife nonchalantly mentioned that I had one at my 16-week appointment. No idea what that meant, so I googled it.

Essentially, it just means that my placenta is attached to the front of my uterus, instead of the back (posterior placenta). Most women can feel baby’s kicks and movements later in the first trimester because they have a posterior placenta. That’s the “norm.”

In my case, I didn’t experience Everett’s movements until 22 weeks because my placenta cushioned him with its frontal placement.

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Left image: posterior placenta – on the back wall of your womb. Right image: anterior placenta – on the front wall of your womb.

I was bummed for sure and mentioned it to people who wanted to touch my tummy. You’re basically touching my placenta, not Everett – lol. 

As baby develops in the third trimester, he will outgrow the placenta and his movements become noticeable.

Fast forward to last Wednesday (Jan 10). At 33 weeks pregnant, I was on my way to an evening of prenatal yoga at Modern Milk.

Fifteen minutes before class, I got into a bad car accident on the 101N highway. It was rush hour and as traffic rounded a curve there was a sudden back-up. The car in front of me swerved out of the way in time. Unfortunately, I could not and rear-ended the vehicle in front of me at about 60 mph.

Next thing I know, the airbag goes off. I heard a major crunch as the front end of my Ford Fusion smashed up towards the windshield. The glass shattered. And I was sobbing, trying to breathe in the midst of dust floating around me.

As someone who struggles with anxiety disorder, I found myself hyperventilating and trying to talk myself out of having a panic attack. I was stuck. My car couldn’t move and cars were still whizzing past me, honking, as if there was something I could do to fix the problem. I feared that someone was going to rear-end me because vehicles were still going so fast.

I called highway patrol to report the accident and then dialed my husband, Greg, who was at home. Then I just waited. Sitting in fear of how my baby was and praying that we would be okay.

The officer arrived and single-handedly pushed my car across two lanes, out of the way from oncoming traffic. Bless his heart!

Firefighters came onto the scene and checked my vitals, as I told them I was 7 months pregnant. Shocked that I didn’t have any visible bruises or cuts, they documented my information and asked what happened.

Thirty minutes after the accident, Greg arrived and helped me manage the situation. We finally left and headed for Mercy Gilbert, the hospital we had just toured 24 hours prior for our labor and delivery.

That 60 minute drive was terrifying. I couldn’t feel Everett move, and I didn’t have any water on me to try and get him to wake up. Our thoughts went to worse case scenario. I regretted all my complaining until this point, about him kicking too much and waking me up at night with his womb activities.

All I wanted at the moment was to feel him move. 

We got to triage. The nurses hooked me up to monitor my contractions and baby’s heartbeat.

Finally. There it was – his heartbeat. Everett was alive, and we were safe with the medical resources all around us.

Later that night, nurses shared that it was the anterior placement of my placenta that saved Everett. SAY WHAT?! They had witnessed the aftermath of collisions at far lesser speeds, that were tragic for mama and baby.

Had God given me a posterior placenta, it would have experienced major whiplash from the collision and ruptured. I could have hemorrhaged and gone into early labor.

Praise God for fearfully and wonderfully creating us in the womb (Psalm 139:13-14), knowing in advance that Everett and I would experience a car crash during my third trimester! He blessed me with an anterior placenta to cushion and care for our sweet baby boy.

It’s a miracle: baby and and I are safe. Cars are replaceable. Life is not. The whole experience has made me fall so much more in love with Everett. We are stoked for his arrival in a few weeks.

What a special dude to have God’s sovereign protection play out in such a way!

 

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Tea & Pregnancy

July 2017 God dished out 3 BIG life changes to me:

In a matter of five days, everything that my identity had been resting in, shook up. The snow globe of life was fluttering around a lot of new snowflakes for me to deal with – a new body, vocation, and family life. These are major! Just one area felt overwhelming to deal with, but three all at once? Lord, I cried so much thinking about how I was going to survive.

The next month…

I doubted my decision to leave Greek IV. Not only was that ministry something that gave me so much fulfillment and joy, it was a major source of income for us. How was I going to afford having a baby with such a financial cutback?

I doubted by decision to train as a fitness instructor with Barre3. How on earth could I handle the physical challenge of growing a human inside my body, while caring for other people’s bodies? First trimester nausea was terrifying. Every day I taught a class, I feared that I would puke mid-class. I experienced anxiety about my appearance while teaching in front of a bunch of beautiful Scottsdale women. The hurt and the thought war was real!

I doubted God’s timing of Everett’s conception. I felt knocked down by the physical ramifications that followed those two pink lines. My skin broke out like crazy! Acne all over my neck and face. Depleted energy levels that left only 1/4 of my day to get things done. So even when I felt up to getting out of the house, I was ashamed about how I looked. (LOL – I even grew a unicorn bump at the top of my forehead that kept people asking if I had fallen down.) I was discouraged by the mental impact of the pregnancy hormones. As someone who already takes medication for my mental health, the extra chemical changes in my mind left me confused.

I’m at 7 months and while the past 32 weeks have given me to time to process these challenges, the snow globe is still flurrying around me.

January 2018 resurfaced some of the desires I forgot and inspired a few new ones. Some I’m not sure about, others I know are from God:

  • Blogging/writing
  • Drinking green tea and exploring all its benefits
  • Praying intentionally for others
  • Researching how to open a women’s collaborative space in Tempe
  • Learning photography
  • Listening to daily podcasts
  • Connecting with a Christian psychiatrist

Here’s my attempt at follow-through: Making a Green Tea Face Mask to calm down this pregnancy skin – Inspired by Pretty Plain Janes.

Stay tuned for before/during/after photos!

 

Tea Down Under

Since I’ve traveled to Australia, there has been plenty of opportunity to scope out the popularity of tea in a new part of the world.  Though there aren’t nearly as many bottled tea options in Oz grocery stores, there’s plenty of loose-leaf and bubble tea around.

With all of the public transportation that I’ve been taking around the city and suburbs, it was great to discover my favorite iced tea shop – EasyWay Tea. There’s plenty of options for flavor, add-ins and sizes, depending on what you need to quench your thirst.

I love the pineapple iced green tea with pearls! So yummy after a hot day out on the beach. Quick, easy and tasty.

Green Tea Confessions

Sometimes all you need is the company of a friend and some tea to get it all out – what’s heavy on your heart, what you need help with, and how you want to move forward.

My roommate and I just needed some girl time to confess what was going on in our lives. With busy schedules, we haven’t been able to catch up with one another lately. Has that ever happened to you? You live in the same household as someone, but between the work schedules, running errands, gym time, and sleep, it just seems like you just never see one another?

I hate that.

So we made a tea time out of it. This morning we drove over to d’lish coffee house on Scottsdale Rd, right before Thomas intersection.  Their pomegranete iced green tea is amazing! I highly recommend it to cool off in the summer and spark your metabolism for the day.

The side patio is a perfect place to pull up with a close friend, spill out your heart confessions, and leave refreshed for the day.

You tweeted what about green tea?

For some reason the acronym GTML: “Green Tea My Life” isn’t as catchy as FML…but some of the below tweets that mention green tea could be aggregated into a site of their own. Yeah – kinda jaw dropping, shoulder shuddering, or knee slapping.

Since i have an obsession with green tea, well I follow any tweets related to the topic on a daily basis. Then I got to thinking…why not share with you so of the ones that really stick out? Here’s a few of the random ones I saw today:

wow. well that’s, well that’s kind of depressing? eek.

 

cAN yoU sense the EXCITEEEemenT?!?!

 

desperation at…um…well at its healthiest 😉

 

so cravings. ummm. she’s definitely craving opposites.

 

gettin hood. this would sound so much better if it was signed off from another “gee” *hint: @gtea.

 

yes it’s true…the bieber’s got gtea fever.

Ha, even re-reading these made me smirk. Hope you enjoyed them a bit and maybe lightened your mood. I feel like there’s more great random green tea tweets to be discovered. This may need to become a regular posting theme – just sayin.

Best Canned Green Tea I’ve ever Had!

After a spontaneous trip to Las Vegas for New Years…I bought Peace Tea from a gas station. I didn’t get a chance to enjoy this can of unsweetened green tea until this weekend in Arizona. But let me just tell you, wow – it’s the best canned green tea I’ve ever had! Cost me only 99 cents and has NO calories! I still have yet to find it in any Arizona gas stations or convenience stores, dang-it.

You can follow the company on Twitter here or join their Facebook here.

Once I got to the top of Squaw Peak in Phoenix, Arizona on Saturday…I thought I’d do a little commercial debut. (Click here to watch it for some laughs.)