7:00 AM: 3-Mile Run -COMPLETED
7:40 AM: Upper Body Weights – COMPLETED
Wow, is it really only 3-weeks to go (give or take a week)? I can’t believe in just a few weeks I’ll be holding my precious baby boy or girl. Last night, I told Pedro, “I have a feeling it’s a girl today?” And his eyes got all wide-eyed with shock. I think it was the first time that I ever really thought it might be a girl. Weird, right? Either way, I am happy with boy or girl just as long as s/he is healthy. It’s the most important thing.
So, really quick summary of what’s going on this week according to Baby Center.
How your baby’s growing:
Your baby is now considered “full term,” even though your due date is three weeks away. If you go into labor now, his lungs will likely be mature enough to fully adjust to life outside the womb. (Some babies need a bit more time, though. So if you’re planning to have a repeat c-section, for example, your practitioner will schedule it for no earlier than 39 weeks unless there’s a medical reason to intervene earlier.)
Your baby weighs 6 1/3 pounds and measures a bit over 19 inches, head to heel (like a stalk of Swiss chard). 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, and fair-haired couples have been surprised by Elvis look-alikes. And then, of course, some babies sport only peach fuzz.
How your life’s changing:
Braxton Hicks contractions may be coming more frequently now and may last longer and be more uncomfortable. You might also notice an increase in vaginal discharge. If you see some “bloody show” (mucus tinged with a tiny amount of blood) in the toilet or in your undies, labor is probably a few days away — or less. (If you have heavier spotting or bleeding, call your caregiver immediately.) Also be sure to ask your caregiver about the results of your Group B strep culture. That way, if the result isn’t yet on your chart when you get to the hospital or birth center, you’ll be able to give the staff there a timely heads-up if you need antibiotics.
It may be harder than ever to get comfortable enough to sleep well at night. If you can, take it easy through the day — this may be your last chance to do so for quite a while. Keep monitoring your baby’s movements, too, and let your caregiver know immediately if you notice a decrease. Though her quarters are getting cozy, she should still be as active as before.
While you’re sleeping, you’re likely to have some intense dreams. Anxiety both about labor and about becoming a parent can fuel a lot of strange flights of unconscious fancy.
37-week Bump Shot
My Pregnancy: Well, the only major complaint this last week is when I’m laying down to sleep. I’m starting to feel extremely uncomfortable with slight lower back pain. Nothing major, but it’s definitely noticeable. Last night I needed Pedro to give me a good rubbing and even then I felt so uncomfortable (both on my left and right sides). It doesn’t hurt when I’m standing, walking, sitting, running, etc. Just when I’m laying down.
The frequent urination is still happening, but that I kind of expected. Also, I’m starting to feel a little sore on the pelvic region. I’m assuming baby’s making his/her way down there.
I have my weekly visit at lunch today for B/P, weight, heartbeat, etc. So I’ll be sure to update that later with some Memorial Day Fun Sun pics. I thought we were going to get a lot of house work done, but yeah, that sort of went to pieces. My fault completely, but I had a great weekend.