Tuesday, January 10, 2012

38/40! It's all a waiting game now!

Your baby continues to grow this week and weighs about 6.8 pounds. His crown-to-rump length is still about 14 inches and total length is around 21 inches. Most women do not grow any larger during the last few weeks of their pregnancy. From the top of your uterus to your bellybutton is about 6.5 to 7 inches. You may be very uncomfortable now-you are almost there!
  • i wouldn't say im "very uncomfortable" but there are some uncomfortable moments thats for sure! more to follow as i rant and rave...
  • had another midwife appt today, BP 120/78
  • baby's HR good...not sure what it was but was easily found on my left lower abdomen
  • weight is a whopping 182.2lbs ...but i don't think this is at all FAIR or ACCURATE as i just had sushi prior and downed 2 glasses of water which i hadn't urinated out
  • fundus measuring about 37cm ...all good
  • midwife was talking to me about doing a lot of "hands and knees" movements...ie. clean the house on your hands and knees, kneeling over the couch on hands and knees, and lots of hip movements and swaying to get this baby's back in the center position right towards the birth canal. my baby's back is currently curved towards my left side...which is good and much more ideal than curved on my right side. but, she said it could be better, and i need to do those exercises so baby doesnt flip over to a less than ideal position ....GOT IT!
  • she mentioned these last weeks, i should go on a lot of dates and spend time nurturing my relationship with Gene before 2 become 3 ...i was like in my head, "i have a year of seeing Gene every single day. he's lucky i haven't blown up recently." hahaha ...but on a serious note, i do think Gene has let things ive said slide and really hasn't pushed any of my buttons so i don't stress out and burst! LOL! thanks!
  • she also mentioned that i should look into the option of a "STRETCH AND SWEEP" for next week as we're coming close to d-day. I have to admit i only know the phrase, not the actual pros/cons of the intervention. definitely more to follow about this!
  • and she mentioned that i should think about induction options for baby if it is overdue as i have up to about 10 days post due date to get this baby out as the longer baby stays in the belly, there's a risk of stillbirth as the placenta can only provide for so long
  • that's really it, i just talked about some frustrations about people telling me to stay at home and doing NOTHING when i feel perfectly fine and can do stuff. she did agree that my activity levels can stay to whatever I can tolerate, but take it easy, and that any activity will help help this baby drop naturally and subsequently hopefully birth naturally without induction drugs!
  • and finally, we talked about mucous plugs and water breaking ...none of which has happened to me yet

Just before real labor contractions start, you might notice false labor contractions. These should not be confused with Braxton-Hicks contractions. False labor contractions can be as strong as real labor contractions, but do not get closer and may go away if you get up to walk around. Contractions help dilate the cervix and encourage your water to break. Your baby could be born any day now, but only 5% of mothers deliver on their actual due date!

  • i definitely am not having any false labor contractions apart from that day last week when i had the cramping for almost 24 hours
  • i am however having a lot of braxton hicks contrantractions which involve sensations that include: blossoming feeling in my lower back and kind of climbing mid-lower back. sensation of heat every now and then. tightening/ballooning of my belly from lower abdomen to the top of my fundus with no pain/discomfort/cramping
  • sometimes i even have these weird sensations in my right inguinal area...like i've momentarily popped or dislocated a joint/ligament/tendon or something and it feels like something is going to happen in the vag area...but then it goes away after 2-3 seconds...and there's nothing that follows
  • did i mention when i was having last weeks contractions, i felt it on my pelvis...like bilaterally at the crests? that, i would say felt worse than the lower abdominal cramping. weird weird tingling yet dull discomfort...ew! i think ill be the type who'll have a lot of back labor...ugh!

Over the last few weeks of pregnancy, your baby has been building up waste materials in the intestines. This waste material is known as meconium and is greenish-black in color. Meconium is made up of cells that your baby has shed, lanugo and other substances. Meconium is the first waste that your baby will pass after birth. However, sometimes babies pass meconium before delivery and are delivered with greenish-black waste covering their body. Special care must be taken when a baby passes meconium in the womb.

  • ah yes, the midwife did talk about the times when i should start paging them and impending signs that labor is about to begin. 1) the 4 -1-1 rule (4 minutes apart, 1 minute contractions, over 1 hour), 2) if my water breaks in the middle of the night, no need to panic (especially as i'm GBS negative). to tell the difference between peeing in my pants and water breaking is that peeing stops but water breaking can be a gush, a continuous non-stop leak, or both! i can put "a pad on"- by pad, i don't know what she means, like Depends? like a maxi pad? i have no idea. but told me i should go to sleep and rest up. Furthermore, i need to look at the color of that fluid as we don't want to see meconium (greeny-black fluid calls for a sense of urgency). once my water breaks, labor will start in 24-48 hours  3) mucous plugs don't always mean labor is about to happen. some people have one giant nasty blob of mucous come out, and some people don't notice as it slowly just comes out in the toilet as one pees/wipes without noticing something different. 4) call any time i have a question or am worried about something (ie. baby's movements have decreased
  • TMI info!!!! speaking of mucous plugs, i haven't had a giant nasty mucous plug (if you don't know what i mean, just google it...i almost gagged afterwards by the way!!)  but i have seen "floaties" or what professionals call it, "large sediments" in my urine sometimes. hmmmmmm.....
If your baby is a boy, his testes should have descended into his scrotum by this time. When your baby boy is born, both of his testes should be in place. Approximately 1% of babies are born with undescended testes. Because an undescended testis can cause infertility issues and increase the risks of testicular cancer, your baby's doctor will examine both testes after birth.

  • there was a 2nd time mom at the mw office...and she's due a couple of weeks after me...she was having a boy.
  • at my breastfeeding class, everyone was having a boy (except for one couple that was "team surprise") and the lactation consultant made it known that EVERYONE and their dog was having boys these next couple of months
  • one of the nurses at work due a couple of weeks or so after me was also having a boy
  • hmmmmm....what's up with all these boys? a random thought of the world ending and boys were implanted in women to serve as soldiers for the fight (although according to the Mayan calendar, the kids will only be approx 1 year old) or serve as donors for the next generation of humans. LOL! Not sure what i've been reading lately!

The baby's skull is not fully solid as the five bony plates, known as fontanels (little fountains), are still separate and can be pushed together. Birth may mold and elongate the fetal head, a safety precaution to reduce the skull's diameter for an easier birth, without damaging the fetal brain. After delivery, the baby's head returns to a rounded shape. Eyes have no tear ducts yet, they appear a few weeks after birth.
  • ive had some (gasp!) sleep discomforts this week...although i do still say that my sleeps have been AWESOME!
  • my left hip continues to bother me in the middle of the night...it doesn't wake me up, but it definitely hinders me from getting a thorough uninterrupted good nights sleep as the moment i regain consciousness, i feel the ache, have to reposition, then go back to sleep again. the problem lies in that my position are so limited (cant go on my right, cant lie flat etc) and even hoisting my leg up a little higher pinches my bladder and i feel like i have to go to the washroom again- honestly, all it takes is for me to reposition my leg to no longer feel if i have to urinate again or not
  • like previous weeks, going to the bathroom has been a problem for a thorough nights sleep as im drinking a sheit load of fluid at the late evening and peeing every 20 minutes (im just that thirsty, and love drinking water- honestly!) or so until i go to bed. 1 or 2 pee breaks overnight, and have discovered that my problem is turning on the bathroom light and that totally waking me up. then going to bed, my head gets all paranoid and i HAVE to feel the baby move..and if i dont, then i spend some time poking and proding, and by then, my mind is going and it's 3-4-5am and need to get back to sleep...which usually takes a restless hour. to top it off, i get pissed at hearing Gene sleep comfortably which adds to increased brain function! as this week has progressed, baby has been moving on its own in the middle of the night so i dont have to spend time prodding and waiting, and can get back to sleep sooner
  • as for baby's movements, 95% of the time the baby is easy to locate and the body prominences are easy to find and poke. i did notice this week that i dont have to poke all over my belly to "find" the baby (im sure this has been the case for a while now, but i just realized it fully this week)...i just know it's there. closer to the skin surface, and most likely it's just ever so tight in there and i can't help but feel almost every movement. sometimes i feel small prominences rather than big humps on my belly...i can't help but imagine that that could be little feet or elbows as i rub the localized spot and get a sense of the whatever-it-may-be.  I can spend hours and hours watching my belly move! nothing compares to the alien experience. i was told i may not even remember what it feels like to have this feeling of something moving inside...awwww!!
  • for a few days this week, the worst time of day was waking up in the morning as once i go from supine to sitting up position (not even standing), there's this sharp pain in my lower abdomen which i picture as the baby dropping and thus weight pressing against my already full bladder..that's probably also having spasms. I've resolved this pain issue by just getting up fast, not sitting at the edge of the bed, but just getting up...it's like a freakin miracle as it hasn't happened since then
  • speaking of urinating, how can i constantly have a bladder that needs emptying? it's not even just trickles of urine...it's a moderate amount of bladder emptying. i must have amazing kidneys that keeps filtering out this waste product...and probably why i dont see all possible fluid retention as illustrated by the frickin scale!! ugh!!
info from babycenter:
Wondering what color your baby's eyes will be? You may not be able to tell right away. If she's born with brown eyes, they'll likely stay brown. If she's born with steel gray or dark blue eyes, they may stay gray or blue or turn green, hazel, or brown by the time she's 9 months old. That's because a child's irises (the colored part of the eye) may gain more pigment in the months after she's born, but they usually won't get "lighter" or more blue. (Green, hazel, and brown eyes have more pigment than gray or blue eyes.)
  • light colored eyes would be awesome! but i predict Brown eyes for this baby

How your life's changing:

For many women, the next couple of weeks are a waiting game. Use this time to prepare your baby's nursery or to take care of necessary tasks you may not get around to for a while after your baby's born. Take naps, catch up on your reading, and spend uninterrupted time with your partner while you can.
Some swelling in your feet and ankles is normal during these last weeks, but call your practitioner without delay if you notice excessive or sudden swelling of your feet or ankles, more than slight swelling of your hands, any swelling in your face or puffiness around your eyes, or have a sudden weight gain. Also let her know immediately if have severe or persistent headaches; visual changes (such as double or blurred vision, seeing spots or flashing lights, light sensitivity, or a temporary loss of vision), intense upper abdominal pain or tenderness, or nausea and vomiting. These are symptoms of a serious condition called preeclampsia.
  • i did have one episode (again, middle of the night void), of seeing gold spots flashing before me like a snowfall...super pretty! lasted during the entire pee session! didnt tell anyone about it though, and my BP today was great. so, not worried then...not worried now.


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