Hi there. I’m drawing a blank with fancy introductions, so I’m jumping right in to my 36 week update. I can’t believe I have less than 4 weeks till my due date! I’m hoping and praying that Baby M arrives roughly on time and on his own.
Yesterday I had my 36-week check up where I turned in my “birth preferences” (which were deemed “very reasonable” and uncontroversial except for the point about “no artificial rupturing of membranes/breaking of water to speed up labor”) and was tested for Group B Strep (I’ll find out my results next week). My mother even came to the appointment since I wasn’t sure Mark would be there (he was) so she got to hear his little heartbeat, too.
My birthing instructor gave my email address to a girl my age who used the same doctor, had similar birth preferences, and had her baby recently, and before my appointment we talked back and forth about her experience and what I’m hoping for. In fact, my doctor’s reaction to the birthing preferences was exactly as this girl said it would be. I’m pretty confident the doctor and I are on the same page and that she respects our wishes.
And some of the best news I got was that Baby M is in the proper head-down position! Based on where I feel kicks and such, I was almost positive he wasn’t breach or transverse, but I’m a worrier and figured with everything else going so perfectly, something had to be wrong. Hopefully he stays that way and everything else goes well.
Anyway, let’s see how Baby M and I are doing this week!
What’s Baby M up to this week?
- He’s still packing on the weight (about an ounce a day) and weighs almost 6 pounds (he’s about the size of a head of romaine lettuce!); he measures around 18 ½ inches long.
- He’s shedding most of the downy covering of hair that covered his body as well as the vernix caseosa, the waxy substance that covered and protected his skin during his nine-month amniotic bath. He swallows both of these substances, along with other secretions, resulting in a blackish mixture, called meconium, which will form the contents of his first bowel movement. (Still grosses me out.)
- At the end of this week, he will be considered “early term.” Although 39-40 weeks is optimal, he would fare pretty well if he arrived between now and then.
How am I feeling this week?
Per the doctor, 31 pounds.
I’m a little disappointed in myself for not maintaining a regular schedule like I’d intended. I still get more movement than most people, but I haven’t utilized my elliptical, DVDs, and swimming pool as I’d intended. I enjoyed barre Tuesday night and am planning to attend one or two more classes, taking it easy after that with at-home workouts/stretches and some post-work walks (if it ever cools off in the evenings).
- Lower back/pelvic pain when I’m sitting/slouching too long (more reason to move around during the day)
- Occasional “crotch lightning”
- Dry eyes/discomfort from my contact lenses (which is normal during pregnancy, since hormones can dry out the eyes and fluid retention can alter the shape/thickness of the cornea)
- Heartburn (but I *think* I’ve found a remedy for it; last night I drank a spoonful of apple cider vinegar mixed into a cup of water and the heartburn didn’t bother me much during the night. It might have been coincidence, but I’m trusting that ACV is simply a miracle serum!)
None really. Raw vegetables and I are back on good terms—I’ve snacked on carrots (with a bit of ranch dressing) a few times this week.
Nothing in particular. I still love sweets and cold things, but my snacks/meals are pretty standard (if not smaller) and something I simply need and enjoy for the most part.
Decent. I’m still getting around 7 hours (more on weekends), waking up just a few times in the night (usually falling right back to sleep after I go to the bathroom).
I still haven’t really noticed any. I really hope I just have good genes and I don’t get them when I start losing weight!
Wedding rings—on or off?
Still on and easily taken off at night
Belly button—in or out?
Mostly flat, though the edges stick out a bit
Signs of labor?
Happy or moody?
Mostly happy. I get cranky from time to time, but it’s mostly due to normal catalysts like road rage, stupid people and their comments, etc.
Some of them are getting snug! I probably could’ve gone up a size in my black skinny pants and jeans, but as long as the seams aren’t bursting, I’m wearing them. Everything else (tops/dresses/skirts) still fits great.
Mark exchanged a couple duplicate items and purchased our pack n’ play—which fits perfectly in our TV room next to Iggy’s crate. I also ordered my breast pump this week, which is covered through my insurance (woohoo!).
Looking forward to:
- Baby L’s birthday party
- Prepping for Baby M’s arrival
- My last day of work before maternity leave (planned for October 3rd)! I’m having trouble focusing since I have a zillion “to-do” lists running through my head every day!
- Cool weather! I can’t wait for crisp fall air so I can get strolling with Baby M once he arrives!
- Normal clothes
- Having all of my energy, mobility, balance, etc.
I almost freaked out Monday morning when I got out of the shower. I was drying off and looked down to see several droplets of bright red blood on the mat. Immediately I thought to myself, “Oh God—surely I’m beginning labor!” only to realize that I’d simply cut myself shaving and didn’t feel it! I guess it’s time for a new razor? ;-)
So, Tuesday night I almost skipped my barre class because of the freaking monsoon we had. I just knew I was going to be late and have to drive on flooded streets, but since it tapered off, I decided I’d still go. I’m so glad I did! Not only had class not started yet, but as I walked in, the instructor started telling me about how another class member (who just had her baby) had the best delivery. Apparently the baby was out in like 3 good pushes, and her doctor even mentioned afterward that he didn’t know what she’d been doing, but whatever it was, it worked. And of course she told him barre! That is exactly what I needed to hear! Now I just wish I’d started class in my first trimester—and had the free time to take the daytime offerings.
Somebody told me that (because I still get outside and “walk” during my break) my baby was going to come out a marathon runner! It made me smile. I hope Baby M enjoys all the movement I try to give him.
That’s it for this week. As everybody keeps telling me, it’s getting close! (Because the pregnant lady doesn’t realize that yet, haha.) Here’s hoping these last few weeks go as smoothly as the previous.
Questions for moms & moms-to-be:
- As far as birth preferences (if you had any), was there anything your doctor wouldn’t agree to? How did that affect your experience?
- Any recommendations for these last few weeks?