38 Weeks

Weekly Update:

How far along: 38 weeks

How big is baby: size of a spaghetti squash, probably around 7 pounds and 20 inches

Symptoms: she finally dropped last weekend so not having her bum in my ribs has been nice. However, it has increased other things like cramps, Braxton Hicks contractions, and even less room for my bladder LOL I’m still having heartburn if I don’t remember to take the Pepcid

Movement: her movements slowed down over the weekend, I think because I was pretty active and there was a lot of noise. Since we’ve been home her movements have picked up again

Sleep: not great…last night I had to get up 4 times to take Tums because my heartburn was so bad. I get up more to use the bathroom and around 5am my sinus drainage gets so bad I have trouble breathing which keeps me awake. I’m really looking forward to some good sleep after she’s with her dads

Food cravings? nothing lately

Anything making you queasy or sick? not really, except just being towards the end of pregnancy and it being hot this week

Next appointment: Next in office appointment is on Monday. We’ll do a non-stress test and a cervical check to make sure that everything is good to go with the induction. They usually like the cervix to be at least 2cm dilated and softening.

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36+4

Man, I am getting terrible at remembering to do these! This weird pandemic schedule has me all discombobulated.

Blood sugars are still great so my OB said I could go to testing every other day. It’s been really nice to have a break from that.

The ultrasound went great. She was measuring right on track at about 6lbs (give or take 14 oz). That was the 56th percentile, so right at average. I thought for sure she was going to be big, but it must be her position that makes me feel huge 😆 Since she is measuring average and this will be my first induction before my due date (it will be at 39+2), she may actually be the smallest baby I deliver and the first one under 8 pounds.

As of right now the hospital policy is still only one support person for me during labor & delivery (my husband) who can’t leave & come back and can’t be switched out for someone else. Once baby is born she is her own person and one of her dads will be allowed to come in the hospital and care for her in a separate room until she’s discharged. It would be great if that loosens up in the next 3 weeks and at least one of her dads can be in the room when she’s born. We’ll keep our fingers crossed!

Weekly Update:

How far along: 36+4 weeks

How big is baby: size of a papaya, 6.5lbs & around 19 inches long…I wonder if she’s longer and that’s why she feels big 🤷‍♀️

Symptoms: the Braxton Hicks have gotten more frequent and happen throughout the day. I get some cramping here and there. If I don’t remember my Pepcid I get heartburn at night. My lower back and sciatic have been hurting so I take a bath almost every night. Last pregnancy at this point I was seeing a chiropractor and getting massages. With everything just opening up for non emergent treatments I just never made an appointment and figured I’m so close to the end that I’ll just tough it out.

Movement: still very active and her bum is still usually up in my ribs. I keep bouncing/sitting on my yoga ball at night hoping it will encourage her to drop and give my lungs and ribs some space

Sleep: Not terrible, but sometimes if I wake up fo any reasonother than to pee then I can’t go back to sleep. That would be why I’m writing this at 5:30am…my daughter woke up and couldn’t find her blanket, so here I am 🤦‍♀️

Food cravings? they have been soooo random this pregnancy! Recently it’s been pizza, nectarines, egg rolls, deviled eggs, and as always, sweets

Anything making you queasy or sick? eating too much because she’s squishing my stomach

Next appointment: I have my first in office appointment since March 4th tomorrow. It’s time for the GBS swab so I actually have to go in. She said she’d check my cervix if I wanted, but I’m undecided. I also think they’ll do a non stress test as well due to the GD.

19 days until baby comes!!

34+1 Weeks

Just realized I completely spaced the 33 week update…blame it on COVID-19. I’m in a constant state of discombobulation these days

Blood sugars are still great and easy to control. I was happy to hear that my OB’s protocol has changed since the last time I had GD and as long as my numbers are good I don’t have to have weekly or twice a week non-stress tests. She said they would probably do one when I’m in the office for my 36 week appointment and maybe another one before the end.

Speaking of the end…we have an induction date set! I’ll be showing up at the hospital at 7:15am on June 6th! I’ll be 39+2. I’m really happy with this plan as I feel like she might be a bigger baby so doing in a few days earlier than planned is great.

I have an ultrasound scheduled for next week just to check on her growth. I’m curious to see how big she’s measuring and if I’m just imagining she’s big or if she actually is on the big side.

Weekly Update:

How far along: 34+1 weeks

How big is baby: size of a savoy cabbage, about 18 inches long and around 5lbs

Symptoms: Still having Braxton Hicks, mostly in the evening. I also get cramps in the evening as well, but they aren’t awful. Heartburn as improved since I got some Pepcid AC to take…makes a huge difference

Movement: still very active. Her bum is set up under my right ribs. When I sit down I have to either lean back or push her butt down which she sometimes protests against

Sleep: Not terrible, but sometimes if I wake up I can’t get back to sleep which can be very frustrating.

Food cravings? chicken sandwiches (like breaded chicken patty on a bun), strawberries w/ pound cake, hamburgers

Anything making you queasy or sick? not really

Next appointment: ultrasound on 5/6, video appt on 5/14, in office appt on 5/19