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37 week update

Oct 30, 2009 - 17 comments

Had my appt today. I've lost a pound! Yay (: I think it's pretty normal this late in the pregnancy. Although, with all the eating I've been doing I don't know how it's possible. I have been more hungry in these past few weeks than I have been the whole pregnancy! BP was at an all time low, surprisingly! It was 107/66! That is excellent for 37 weeks. I knew it wasn't high though, since I have absolutely no swelling. Honestly, I feel probably better than I have for weeks. How can that be?! I'm supposed to be miserable right now, right? Well, I'm not. Thank GOD! I can hold out for a few more weeks. It sounds like my doctor may try to strip my membranes if I want her to at my next appt but I'm not sure if I want her to. She checked me today and last week I was closed and 20% effaced. This week I'm about 1 cm dilated and 40% effaced. Her words were that my cervix is still pretty thick and even though she could feel his head she said it's still pretty high. I've made a little progress but not much. I'm okay with that. My husband has told me that baby has to wait until at least November 14th. We shall see (: I am a bit sore from her checking me though. Maybe she disrupted things in there a little bit for me ;)

Next appt in 6 days. Next Thursday, 11/5. Hopefully a little bit more progress. I wonder how big this boy will be. Any guesses? At 34 weeks Brody was born at 5 lbs 7 oz. My guess is that he will be 7 lbs 10 oz. I had to laugh, my 10 year old guessed that he will be 6-8 lbs :-D

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by tinkerbell101, Nov 01, 2009
Awww Jen, I can't believe you are nearing the end... you amaze me loosing a pound! I think i gained a stone every day towards the end of my last pregnancy lol!!! It's lovely to read that you are feeling happy and well, it makes such a difference when you don't have swelling and high blood pressure as those added pregnancy delights make you feel so lousy.

Well, as you say this is your last pregnancy... last baby and I guess now the end is in sight those feelings are turning to happy ones :) It's wonderful that this baby is going to be born fullterm, I think it makes such a difference to how they adapt to being born into the world as they are 'ready' and more content.

I am going to place me bet on the birth weight.... I reckon 7lbs 14oz - can't wait to meet you little boy :)



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by rubyolivia, Nov 02, 2009
Full term, full term....lalalalala! lol

You're gainin on me, sister! We're almost at exactly the same spot dilation and effacement wise....and I'm down a pound! lol My appointment's tomorrow, so I'll be interested to see where things have gone-if anywhere. It would be so fun if we went on the same day! We can text each other through the pain. lol

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by jenstam, Nov 02, 2009
Jess, that WOULD be cool! LOL...I have an appt Thursday so we'll see where I'm at, too. Do you have any guesses for yourself? My guess is that you will be farther along that I am. I think she will tell me I'm 1-2 cm dilated and about 50% effaced this week with baby still floating pretty high! I think this baby will wait until his due date, give or take a few days. I just hope he's out in time for us to have Thanksgiving with the family!

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by kellym, Nov 02, 2009
I just ate 1 Kit Kat, one Twix and one Crunch and then I read that you lost a pound, ugh........... We finally got the infant carrier down and are trying to arrange 2 big car seats and 1 infant carrier in my Sequoia... Challenging :)  Hmmm, 7 pounds would be ideal! I think I'm going to get myself an 8 or 9 pounder, grrrrrr...... I have all these newborn sleepers and don't think Blake really got to wear them because they say 8lbs and he was 8. 14.....I'll thumb through pic's....  IF YOU ARE READY!!! Have them strip em ;)  I'm scheduled for the 18th so unless something funny happens in between, I'm stuck!  I have had a lot of sciatic nerve problems lately. Just about drops me to the ground, almost comical....  Keep me updated, I missed your initial post.

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by kellym, Nov 02, 2009
Ummm, I could text through the recovery drugs......don't leave me out!!!

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by jenstam, Nov 02, 2009
Kelly, I'll PM you my number and we can text too! I don't think I will have her strip them this week, but we will see. Brody has an ortho appt right after my OB appt so I'm not sure I want to sit in the cast room wondering if I'm in labor or not from her stripping me. I might just have to make myself wait until next week. Ugh...that will be nearly 39 weeks. My sciatic pain has gotten better but I know exactly what you are talking about, with it dropping you to the ground, or close. That was happening to me about a month ago. I am having some serious hip, pelvis and back pain again though. Just really achey and tired of it today. I have good days and bad. Today just happens to be a bad one. Not sleeping well, either! I think I'm just anxious as to how this is all going to happen and Brody breaking his wrist doesn't help! Poor thing ):

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by kellym, Nov 02, 2009
WHAT????  I had no clue Brody broke his wrist, that's awful :0(  Poor fellow......  Funny thing is I think the baby climbed up into my lungs. I can't breathe, I am walking around like I have asthma, ha ha ha, Drop baby Drop!!  Got your PM, going to look you up in a minute :)

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by rubyolivia, Nov 03, 2009
I'm hoping for baby by Thanksgiving also! Jeremy's got family coming in from out of town that I'd love to have meet the little guy since they aren't here often. I had contractions a lot last night and have been full of aches and pains and cramps (oh my) this morning. I have an appt today, so hopefully we're getting somewhere (but still have a week lol).

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by jenstam, Nov 03, 2009
I was having contractions last night again but they didn't turn into anything more than just some slightly uncomfortable BH and some shooting pains. Yesterday was a bad day. Highly uncomfortable. Today, back to normal. I just can't sleep! I got maybe 5 hrs last night! I think it's just nerves! Well, and being unable to find a comfortable position! Jess, even though you are exactly 2 weeks behind in due date I still believe you will have your boy before I do. I bet you will have him by Thanksgiving. Update ASAP after your appt! Send me a text!

I went out last night and bought Raspberry Leaf Tea and two huge pineapples. I'm going to eat those pineapples this weekend to myself! Drank the tea last night and will again today. LOL...no idea if it works or not but I've heard eating real pineapple can help bring contractions. While I'm eating the pineapple, I'm going to be doing some nip stimulation. I'm tired of it!! Okay, maybe I'll wait until next week. I'll probably chicken out this weekend and Ben keeps telling me baby has to wait until at least 11/14 because he is taking 6 weeks off and wants it to be over Christmas.

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by rubyolivia, Nov 03, 2009
Ben is such a punk! As is Jeremy. He told me he could hold out a couple more months. I said, "well ok. You put a bowling ball in the end of your penis and walk around for a couple days. Because that's pretty much how the pressure I have feels!" LOL

I don't know that I'll go first, Jen. I feel like you're going to go anytime now, unexpectedly. Not sure why! Good luck with the tea! lol Alot of people say it works, so hey! Might as well give it a try. If pineapple sends you...I'm buying some next week. I LOVE it!

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by jenstam, Nov 04, 2009
LOL...a bowling ball in the end of his penis! That's a great analogy! Well anyway, it's just so nerve wracking not knowing "when"! I know most of us who don't have scheduled inductions or c-sections go through this and it does make it more exciting but at the same time, it's hard to plan anything because we don't know when this is going to happen! It could be any day for all of us now!

I have drank the tea for two days now, three times a day and it does seem to actually make my BH contractions more powerful? Maybe I'm imagining things. Last night I had crampy contractions again, but I keep remembering that I just knew when my contractions were the real thing and if I have to question them then they most likely aren't. I am hoping for next week!!

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by rubyolivia, Nov 04, 2009
I feel the same way with the not knowing....especially since we can't have Max at the hospital. I have NO way to plan anything really. My mom will be with us in the delivery room, so his mom will get Max. But when his mom wants to come see us, either my mom or Jeremy has to go be with Max IN THE CAR! We're an hour from the hospital, so it isn't like someone can run him home for a little bit at a time or drop him at the sitter. I think it is total BS that the hospital doesn't have a "kid friendly" waiting area set up so that they can at least be there! We're considering getting a hotel room for the time we're at the hospital. That way people can just take turns keeping Max but still be close and not stuck in the car.

I keep having the crampy contractions, too. I get all excited and then, I'm like you, have to snap back to the realistic fact that the REAL ones are indeed VERY real and unquestionable. I thought for sure after Monday night I would have really progressed. I was having the exact contractions I did with Max. Sharp pains right down my inner thigh that took my breath away. But apparently they were nothin'!

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by jenstam, Nov 04, 2009
Jess, I think your idea of the hotel room is a good one. I have not heard anything on Mayo's policy with children but I am going to ask tomorrow when I have my 38 week appt. Ben says he thinks he heard on the news just yesterday that they are adopting the same policy as most hospitals are right now. I REALLY wanted Brody to be up there with us and I hope he still can. It is part of the bonding experience and I also don't want to be away from him for that long!! Since I tested positive for GBS, I have been told that they will keep me for the full 48 hrs but if they aren't going to let me see my son or allow my son to see his new sibling, I am going home the next day! I guess my daycare lady when she had her son in April they told her that she had to stay 48 hours here at Mayo. She tested positive also for GBS but she talked them into allowing her to go home because they were both healthy and fine. I hope I don't have a problem with that. Maybe I won't even have to worry about it, but I'm guessing they will tell me he can't come up. That will be SO upsetting!!

I am really looking forward to my appt tomorrow morning. It's at 7:50 am and then Brody has his ortho appt at 9 am so I will text any news I have about my progress, or lack of! I am going to guess I am 1-2 cm dilated and about 50% effaced. Not much different than last week. We will see. I was right on with my guess last week!

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by rubyolivia, Nov 04, 2009
Ugh! I hate the no kid policy! I hope they don't adopt it until AFTER you deliver. We also have a 2 visitor at a time rule right now. Therefore, when my inlaws come...Jeremy has to leave. They'll need to put me in the psych unit upon discharge from L&D! ha! I had GBS with Max...no one mentioned the 48 hour thing. I had to stay that long because of my tear anyhow, but gosh...if I'm positive this time and have to stay extra long, I'll be a mess! I just had my test done yesterday.

Can't wait for your appt tomorrow! I'll bet you're further than you think. Just a hunch. :)

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by jenstam, Nov 04, 2009
UGH is right!!!! Just got the word. We can have NO visitors!! Just Ben...no family, friends, siblings, NOTHING the whole time I'm there. I'm so bummed. They just released that news this morning ): So sad...now I will be DEMANDING to leave the next morning!

I hope your hunch is right!

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by rubyolivia, Nov 04, 2009
Oh my gosh! Wow! I don't know what I'd do if I couldn't have my mom with me, too! Makes ya reconsider home births, huh? lol At least you'll have your girls to take good care of Brody, though. :)

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by Quinns momma, Nov 04, 2009
Wow, I cannot believe how close you all are to delivering. I am so jealous.   I am sure when I have Gavin I will also not be allowed visitors. Too many illness going around. I am sure they are trying to keep the patients healthy and outside visitors to a minimum.

Good luck ladies! Cannot wait to be able to read all of your birth stories.

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