Baby Update: 37 Week Appointment

I’m perfect!

Seriously – Dr. V told me so! (again!)

I had my 37-week check-up this morning, everything is great :) Urinalysis was good, blood pressure was 100/68, weight gain is right on track (still at 17 lbs). I forgot to ask him what I was measuring at this week and he didn’t say.. oops! I got the results of the Group B Strep test back too; I’m GBS-, yay for no antibiotics during labor!!

They offered to check me (to see if I’m dialated or effaced at all) since I’ve been having contractions, but I said no. Mostly because it increases the risk of infection, but also because it really doesn’t tell you anything. My mom walked around dialated to 3cm with me for 6 weeks. I’d hate to get my hopes up then be miserable.

Dr. V said that McLovin’s head is really low and told us when we need to call them, yikes! I don’t go back until June 9th (because Adam’s work schedule is a pain), I’ll be 39 weeks exactly then.. ahhhhhhhhh!!!

Baby Update: 37 Weeks

37-Week Update:

I know I’m a few days late – I had a nice, long, 5-day weekend and wasn’t on the computer much :) Too busy with getting a massage, pedicure, laying out by the pool.. :) Anyway, here you go!

Congratulations — your baby is full term! This means that if your baby arrives now, his lungs should be fully mature and ready to adjust to life outside the womb, even though your due date is still three weeks away.

Your baby weighs 6 1/3 pounds and measures a bit over 19 inches. Many babies have a full head of hair at birth, with locks from 1/2 inch to 1 1/2 inches long. But don’t be surprised if your baby’s hair isn’t the same color as yours. Dark-haired couples are sometimes thrown for a loop when their children come out as blonds or redheads. Of course, some babies sport only peach fuzz.

This week your baby should engage into your pelvis. When your baby engages, his head drops down into your pelvis and you might feel a slight sensation called “lightening” as the pressure on your ribs eases. As your baby drops, you may experience a buzzing feeling and shooting pains in your groin and leg. Normally, you will be able to breathe and eat easier. However, your uterus pushes down harder on your bladder and you will have an increased urge to urinate more frequently. Even if your baby engages now, you still possibly feel his feet in your breastbone around week 40.

Baby Update: 36 Week Appointment

I had my 36-week check-up with Tyra this morning.. everything is still looking good :) My blood pressure was 104/62, urinalysis was good, I actually lost 2 pounds which is weird, but whatever. She said the dizzy spell I had earlier this week was probably due to my blood sugar being off and that I need to eat every 2 hours or so and keep something in my belly.

McLovin’ is definitely head down (she showed me how to find his head) he’s all stretched out in there. I’m measuring at 38 weeks, but that doesn’t really mean much, it could just be the way he was laying today. I also got a lovely little pamphlet telling me how I’ll know if I’m in labor.. I take it they think he’s coming out sometime soon, huh? :)

A List

A few things you may want to refrain from doing to a 9-month pregnant girl..

1. Do not stop her to make small talk in the bathroom. She’s there because she has to go, let her do so and THEN talk to her.

2. Do not point out the fact that her maternity shirts no longer fully cover her belly and laugh, then try to redeem yourself by saying its cute. I’m aware of the issue, and it does not make me feel cute! (got that Adam?)

3. Do not laugh at her because she’s resorted to wearing your shirts to sleep in instead of her own and then say “I can’t believe how big you are!”. After doing so, do not then try to redeem yourself by saying that you’re only laughing because you think its cute. (again – got that Adam?)

4. Unless you’ve actually been in her shoes, don’t try to pretend you understand. You don’t, and thats okay.

5. If you overhear her talking to a friend about her plan for labor/delivery, don’t interrupt and give her a 10-minute dissertation (especially if you are a complete stranger) on why she should have her baby at a birthing center and not a hospital, or vice versa.

6. When she’s complaining about how bad her {insert random body part here} hurts, or how uncomfortable she is – don’t tell her “yeah but it’s worth it”. OF COURSE IT IS! You both know that, but that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t suck right now.

Had to get that out! Now, let me say that Adam’s been absolutely wonderful the entire time and still is.. he just made a few comments last night that he shouldn’t have :) The rest of it is just me venting about other little things that have happened more than once in the last few weeks.

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