Yay, I made it!
After my 35-week OB appointment, my goal was just to make it to 37 weeks and full term. I am officially there! Now this baby is free to come whenever he/she wants.
I admit, there were quite a few times over the last week that I really wondered whether I’d make it to full term. My Braxton-Hicks contractions have picked up a lot, and are frequently accompanied with pelvic pressure, leading me to believe that they are actually helping me progress towards labor.
That was confirmed at my 36-week appointment on Monday, when I was dilated to a “good 3cm” and 70% effaced. Now it’s always possible that I could spend the next three weeks exactly like this, but considering how I’ve been feeling, and the fact that this is baby #3 (my body is an old pro at this by now), I kind of doubt that.
This baby has obviously wanted to distinguish him/herself from brother and sister from the very beginning (i.e. no real morning sickness to speak of, surgery early on, and downright wicked heartburn), and seems to have decided not to stop now. Little Man was born 6 days late (after an induction and emergency C-section — he really didn’t want to come out), and Lil Sis was born 1 day late (by VBAC for anyone who’s curious). An early delivery would certainly be a pleasant surprise!
Due date:September 12, 2013
Progress: 37 weeks. 3 weeks (21 days, or less) to go!
How I’m feeling: Big, awkward, and really crampy most of the time. I frequently feel like I have mild menstrual cramps, and sometimes they aren’t so mild and are often accompanied by pelvic pressure. I still have terrible heartburn and have taken to sleeping propped up on a couple of pillows. I feel pretty tired lately too since the kids have inexplicably taken to waking up before the 6:00 hour every day. That’s getting really old.
Weight gain: 43 pounds.
Cravings: Nothing in particular.
Other symptoms: The usual — hip pain, back pain, round ligament pain, heartburn, Braxton Hicks contractions, leg cramps. Oh, and I have to pee all. the. time.
Heart rate: 157 at our last appointment.