Friday, August 8, 2014

Pregnancy Update: 38 weeks

Annnd just like that, we're 38 weeks. This number has me pumped. 2 weeks or less until baby girl. Maybe 3 or 4. But more on that in a minute.

I just left my 38 week OB appointment, so this news/update is as about as accurate as it can get.

Size of baby: This varies from baby to baby significantly at this point, and I haven't had an ultrasound in ages, so we don't really know. The "norm" is a watermelon or small pumpkin. She is probably 19-21 inches, and around 6-8 pounds. I was thinking I'd have a long and lean baby like myself and Will were, but now I'm not so sure. He was only a 7lb baby, but he was also born three weeks early! I was a 6 pound baby, but I have also gained way more weight than my Mom did with me. Only time will tell! Still measuring on track as far as the external belly measurements my OB performs at the check ups.

Weight gain: Blah. I am getting more and more sour in this area. Currently up about 45 pounds. The doctor isn't worried because she said I may have been a little under weight pre pregnancy. She did say I would probably have to "work" to lose about 10 of the gained pounds if I want to get back to pre baby weight. Hopefully breastfeeding takes care of that.

Feeling: Eh. Back, shoulder, neck, groin, and hip pains abound. My feet haven't been feeling too hot either. The heartburn struggle is real. Super fatigued at all times. Mentally I am "done", but I think I can still hang in there for another week or so before I officially start to lose it.

Maternity Clothes: Been in nothing but these bad boys for weeks and weeks. Even some maternity shirts don't cover the bump at this point. If i wear regular shirts, my belly hangs out. I can't even get close to putting on my regular pants. And if I squeeze into workout bottoms, my circulation is cut off pretty instantly. Certain leggings are still OK, but Will's boxers are better.

Nursery: Basically done! This is off my list except for a few random items that I may buy if we can find them while out shopping this weekend.

Symptoms: Heartburn, aches and pains, nausea. No contractions yet that I could identify. Waking up in the middle of the night.

Surprise baby shower from my coworkers Wednesday. They're the best!

Labor Signs: NOT A ONE. Mentally I am ready, but the body never got the memo I guess? At my 38 week check I am not dilated or effaced AT ALL. I have no interest in being over due, so I asked the OB today when we can start discussing induction. He said if my cervix is "favorable" (aka showing any signs of preparing itself for labor) at my 40 week appt, then I can schedule an induction to take place a few days after that appt. If it's not favorable, I keep waiting. I know induced labors are more difficult, so I am on the fence regarding if this is something I'd definitely do or not. I'll cross that bridge when I come to it.

As far as what I miss/am looking forward to/best moments/ bla bla bla: Basically, this is where I'm at: Ready to have this baby. Thankful for a happy healthy pregnancy. Terrified something will go wrong at the last minute. And most importantly so so excited to meet Norah and add her to our family!

Erin LFF said...

I wish I had better words than "hang in there!" but it's all I can think of! ;) You seriously look amazing, I think you look all belly!! Praying these next couple weeks are as smooth as possible! Can't wait to meet lil Norah!!!

According to Jax said...

OMG - you look amazing!! I would never have guessed you gained 45 pounds at definitely must have been under weight pre-pregnancy!!! Only a few more weeks!!! :)

Katie said...

Its going to be any day now. :) I gave birth at 38 and 4 days. You look great! Hang in there

Javier Carol said...

Just a few more weeks, Brittany! I can only imagine how excited you are to see your baby girl. It’s nice to know that you’ve got such an approachable doctor. How is it? I do hope for a problem-free deliver. Congrats in advance! :)

Javier Carol @ U.S. Healthworks

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