38 Weeks Pregos!

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How far along?
38 and 3/7

Total weight gain/loss: 30 gained ;-) (technically gained 22 pounds from my pre-pregnancy weight because of the 8 pounds I lost in the first trimester)
Maternity clothes? I didn’t buy anymore maternity clothes and given my pregnancy is basically over I will not be making any purchases
Sleep: Now that my stomach feels like its about to explode, sleeping has become more uncomfortable. I am trying my hardest to sleep leaning on my left because that optimizes the circulation of blood and nutrients to the baby but it’s not easy
Best moment this week: Completing the nursery, installing the car seat and putting her bassinet out. Her arrival is becoming so real
Miss Anything? A full night of sleep without getting up several times to use the restroom
Food cravings: Still nothing specifically but taking advantage of all the sweets and unnecessary calories I can get :-)
Symptoms: Over the last two weeks as I’ve grow exponentially, I have been having a lot more lower back pain and get tired so easily.
Looking forward to: Her arrival!!!! We’ll get to meet her in 4 days…OMG!

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At 38 weeks, I’m almost there!!! I’ve been super busy just trying to make all my doctors appointments and getting last minute errands finished up before our little one arrives. As I mentioned in my last post, the bubs is still in the breech position, which basically means she is butt down instead of head down. We’ve continued to try the more holistic approaches to having her turn, but at this point she is so big and her space is limited so I do no’t think she is going to be turning on her own. My husband and I debated long and hard about having her externally rotated by an external cephalic version, but ultimately last night decided not to do it. We spoke in detail with my OB and given that her space is so small, she is big, my fluid levels are not that high, it is safest to let her be and do a cesarean section. As much as I want to experience a vaginal natural birth, my babies health is my primary concern and I do not want to risk inducing stress on her with the version. So we are officially scheduled for a c-section at 39 weeks which means before we know it she’ll be here!
My hospital bag is almost packed…just a few last minute things to include. I will write a post about what to pack for the hospital and what I actually end up using as soon as I know!

 

36 Weeks Pregos!

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I can’t believe it but we are almost full-term…1 more day until I’m 37 weeks which is officially considered full term!!! I know I’ve been super behind on posting updates the last several weeks. We’ve just been trying to get some last minute stuff together, but also nothing crazy has happened (knock on wood). I officially started my maternity leave this week! I ended up leaving work one week earlier than planned because I was having frequent premature contractions (aka Braxton Hicks) and my doctor wanted me to take it easy so I do not go into early labor. Honestly had I not started my maternity leave this week, I would have been missing a lot of work anyways with all the doctor appointments I’ve been having. After 35 weeks, you have to see your OB/Gyn once a week. Also because of my atrial fibrillation (the heart arrhythmia I have that I talked about in earlier posts) I have to have fetal monitoring with biophysical profiles (BPP) twice per week. In conjunction with seeing the high risk doc and my cardiologist, going to these doctors appointments is like a part-time job! Every time I’m stuck in a waiting room I feel for my patients realizing how annoying it is to be on the other side waiting for your doctor! So far all my appointments have gone well! Our little booger is growing healthy and strong except she is one stubborn one and is still in the breech position which unfortunately means if she does not turn soon I will have to do a cesarean section. Since last week, I’ve been frantically searching natural ways to get this little one to turn and so far she seems not to want to budge. I started moxibustion which in short is a practice in Chinese Medicine that helps improve circulation to your pelvis and lower uterus and has been used to get breech babies to turn. I’ve also been trying the pelvic tilt exercises, shining a light and playing music around my lower pelvis where I want the baby to move towards…but so far no luck! We are considering doing external cephalic version where basically your doctor externally tries to turn the baby manually, however there are a lot of pros and cons to this procedure so it is still up for debate! I’ll keep you posted on what we finally decide.

At 36 weeks, our little one is estimated to be about 17.5 inches long and 5.5 lbs, about the size of a honeydew melon.
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How far along? 36 weeks and 6 days.
Total weight gain/loss: 29 pounds (technically 20 pounds from my pre-pregnancy weight but because of the 8 pounds I lost in the first trimester)
Maternity clothes? Haven’t bought anymore…the end is near so I figured it’s not worth spending the money. I did buy a lot of clothes for the baby and some PJ’s for the hospital for myself :-)
Sleep: Sameā€¦sleeping well but getting up a few times per night for pee breaks!
Best moment this week: Starting maternity leave! Lets be honest…now I finally have time to be a normal pregers person and get ready for this baby to come!
Miss Anything? Sleeping on my stomach. Soon it will happen again
Food cravings: Sweets addiction continues
Symptoms: I feel like I’m getting heavier everyday and I’m really starting to feel it in my lower back especially at night after a long day but overall not too bad
Looking forward to: We have an appointment with the high risk doctors this week which means the really good ultrasound so hopefully we’ll get to see that little face!

Some pictures from the last few weeks:
We went to the pumpkin patch with my brother who took some cute Fall pictures of us. In the pics I’m 34 weeks and 5 days.34weekskeyvan 34weeks
Last minute Halloween outfit we put together. I’m 35 weeks and 4 days in this pic. 35weeks
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My amazing co-worker threw me a surprise baby shower! Isn’t this cake to die for!?!? cake