6:30 AM: 2-Mile Run – COMPLETED
7:00 AM: Weight Training (Upper Body) – COMPLETED
…or the Light at the End of the Birth Canal for Baby S. I have to say, these last 39-weeks just flew right by. I don’t have my weekly visit until tomorrow morning, so stats/updates won’t be posted. For the most part, I’ve been well. I’m a little tired by late afternoon, but other than that, I’m doing A-okay. A lot of people have been telling me to just “rest” because when baby’s born, I won’t be resting much. I know I won’t be, but I also have wonderful and amazing family that will be visiting often, so I’m not too worried about that, and on top of that, Pedro will have some time off to help me. We will be able to work as a team.
Here’s what’s going on in my 39th week of pregnancy according to Baby Center.
How your baby’s growing:
Your baby’s waiting to greet the world! He continues to build a layer of fat to help control his body temperature after birth, but it’s likely he already measures about 20 inches and weighs a bit over 7 pounds, a mini watermelon. (Boys tend to be slightly heavier than girls.) The outer layers of his skin are sloughing off as new skin forms underneath.
How your life’s changing:
At each of your now-weekly visits, your caregiver will do an abdominal exam to check your baby’s growth and position. She might also do an internal exam to see whether your cervix has started ripening: softening, effacing (thinning out), and dilating (opening). But even armed with this information, there’s still no way for your caregiver to predict exactly when your baby is coming. If you go past your due date, your caregiver will schedule you for fetal testing (usually a sonogram) after 40 weeks to ensure that it’s safe to continue the pregnancy. If you don’t go into labor on your own, most practitioners will induce labor when you’re between one and two weeks overdue — or sooner if there’s an indication that the risk of waiting is greater than the risks of delivering your baby without further delay.
While you’re waiting, it’s important to continue to pay attention to your baby’s movements and let your caregiver know right away if they seem to decrease. Your baby should remain active right up to delivery, and a noticeable slowdown in activity could be a sign of a problem. Also call if you think your water may have broken. Membranes rupture before the beginning of labor in about 8 percent of term pregnancies.
Sometimes there’s a big gush of fluid, but sometimes there’s only a small gush or a slow leak. (Don’t try to make the diagnosis yourself. Call even if you only suspect you have a leak.) If you rupture your membranes and don’t start contractions on your own, you’ll be induced.
My Pregnancy: It’s like I said before, no major problems except by late afternoon, I am ready to take a nap. Baby has been pretty active these days. After last Monday’s race, I’ve started experiencing soreness in the pelvic area, but my OB says that’s quite normal and baby’s making his/her way into the world. We know that s/he was estimated to be 6lbs., 4oz. last Tuesday and I was softening up. We’ll see how I’m progressing after tomorrow morning’s appointment.
Working out and staying active is still a part of my daily routine. At 39-weeks I am still running (or wunning/wogging, whatever you want to call it), albeit slow, I’ll take what I can. Spinning has been good and weight training has been keeping my arms toned and less calf cramps (or so I like to tell myself this).
As for the house and nesting, it’s coming along. We’ve had to move some things around and are still not quite done with the final touches, but it’s getting there. Whether it will get done before baby comes, well… we just have to wait and see. I know not everything will get done, but I’m hoping for at least the major things to get done.
Do I think I’m going to go into labor this week? Sometimes I think yes, other times I think no. Baby’s head is down; I’m waddling from the pelvic soreness, baby’s head is pushing on my bladder; it’s been hard to roll out of bed, especially late last night. I got out of bed every or every other hour. But I’m not sure if s/he’s done cooking, so we’ll just have to patient and wait and see.
Names, names, names… still trying to come up with a name. We have ideas, but nothing concrete or written in stone. It’s also definitely all new to me to be driving with a car seat in the back seat. It means it’ slowly happening…Parenthood. How exciting.
Anyway, I have so much to post about still; i.e. My Maternity photo shoot pics, GOTR Race Report on my birthday last Monday, GOTR end of the year party yesterday and tomorrow I’ll post updates on my 39-week visit. Tonight we’re taking the kids (Pedro’s niece and nephew) out to watch Kung Fu Panda 2. I’ve requested and aisle seat because I’m sure I’ll be getting up repeatedly to use the potty. I promise to get these out — just not sure if I’ll get them out before labor. ;o)
Happy Tuesday, Folks.