37 weeks 2 days & getting low!
So yesterday I went in for my weekly check up and I was 37 weeks and 4 days along. I knew that the doctor would be checking my cervix and I had my fingers crossed so tightly in hopes of some good news as far as progress goes. I really just wanted to hear ‘progress’ type things to keep me sane!
- 7 pounds gained = 28 pounds total
- Perfect BP and urine
- 158 heart rate for the baby
- Head is still down
- Measuring at 38 inches
- 3 cm dilated
- 50% effaced
- Cervix is ready for labor!
I was absolutely shocked to learned that I had gained SEVEN POUNDS in two weeks!!!! Oh my goodness! I was doing fabulous and was still at a pound or two a week until yesterday. So I have now gained 28 pounds and I am sad to think that I am not going to stay under my 30 pound goal. This baby sure is getting chunky!
I know I wrote a post previously about my false labor ordeal (find it through this link) and I was thrilled to learn that in just about a week’s time I had dilated to 3 cm and I am now 50% effaced. This was like music to my ears! He said my cervix was nice and soft and he could feel the baby while he was down there.
It was the weirdest feeling when he was checking my cervix because while he was in there he asked ‘do you want me to strip your membrane?‘ say what? Forgive my ignorance but I stopped researching about half way through because the information on the internet just causes you more grief than it does to answer your questions. So I had him strip my membrane while he was fishing around in there. FYI: not the most comfortable thing but manageable.
I really got a kick out of the stripping portion of my vaginal check. Once he started stripping the child went NUTS! It started rolling around and kicking and didn’t stop for 9 hours! I kid you not. The baby was running a marathon for 9 hours!!! For anyone who has yet to experience stripping I will warn you it comes with some cramping and spotting afterwards.
I had woken up with incredible back pain and that continued throughout the rest of the afternoon. I attempted to get some of my deal shopping done this afternoon and as I was walking through the stores I would get these quick and sharp shooting pains down my tush. This was a little different because they had typically been in my thighs before that. Anyone walking by me in the store must have thought I was a weirdo because the pain would buckle my knees and I was so thankful for the cart!
I have more yard work planned for this weekend in hopes of progressing this a little further. One of my girlfriends is bringing me over a stability ball as well so I can bounce around on it while I am blogging and watching TV. I’m not brave enough to try Castor Oil even though lots of women do! I wish we could continue with the sperm but Michael said no way Jose. He was weirded out once the baby dropped and now that I have dilated a little he is really really not turned on!
Stay tuned because the baby is on it’s way any day now!