My Pregnancy Journey: Week 37

I really wonder how many more of these I will be writing.  I’m pretty sure there will be a few more, but we are definitely at the tail end.

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Size of Baby: Watermelon (6.5 lbs. and 19-22 in.)

Weight Gain: I had gained about 3 lbs. at the doctor last week.  I have to weigh myself on my scale to figure out how much I’ve gained since the beginning of pregnancy.  At this point, I have stayed in the correct range, so I don’t really care anymore.

How I’m Feeling: I’m feeling pretty sappy today.  After last week’s emotional events, I feel lucky to have carried Aiden to term and lucky to have my wonderful husband by my side through all of this.  We have been through a ton of life changes in the past few months and I finally feel like David and I are where we are supposed to be… that’s very comforting to me with a new baby on the way.  I’m just full of love right now.

Physically, I’m feeling pretty good as well.  I’m most definitely feeling uncomfortable right now.  I hope he drops sometimes soon! I feel like he’s still sitting pretty high because I constantly have the urge to push my stomach off my boobs and sternum, especially when I have Braxton Hick’s contractions.  It makes me have really good posture when I sit!  With that said, I’m having more and more Braxton Hick’s that are getting more intense.  I have some right rib pain that gets obnoxious when I sit too long.  It’s been there for weeks, but with each week, it gets a little bit worse, but nothing debilitating.  I still have round ligament pain at times, but it’s less frequent.  You would think those ligaments would just relax by now and stretch without fighting so much.  Heartburn continues as does fatigue.  There are times when I have energy bursts, but overall, I get tired these days pretty easy. I still feel him move all the time, which I love.  My whole stomach moves when he does now… pretty fascinating.

I’m having menstrual-like cramps everyday a couple of times.  They aren’t contractions because they don’t really go away like that.  Once I have them, they stay for about an hour or so.

I’m having another acne breakout.  Maybe this means that my hormones are surging even more in preparation for labor.  Who knows.

I think preparing for labor is a full time job.  Between taking the prenatal vitamins and DHA in the morning, then drinking as much red raspberry leaf tea as one can consume, remembering to take the evening primrose oil pills three times per day and then taking my iron pill at night with vitamin C, I feel like I’m constantly thinking about it.  People are also telling me to keep walking but listen to my body and stop when it says and stretch and do massage down under.  Ai Yi Yi!  The listening to my body thing is hard for me in terms of exercise.  I’m a plan type of gal and when I am supposed to do X, that’s what I do.

Doctor’s Appointment:  I had a doctor’s appointment to get the group strep B test done.  I will know the results at next week’s appointment.  The rest of the appointment was pretty uneventful.  We listened to the heartbeat and made sure he was in the correct position.  He was measuring at 37 weeks 3 days at the appointment, which would make him scheduled to arrive March 1.  I totally understand that probably won’t happen!

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What I’m Eating:  Same as the past weeks… I’m actually craving vegetables lately though.  Salads sound really good to me and for some reason, I was craving carrots on Friday.  I’m back to oatmeal everyday.  Oh yeah, I discovered sunflower seed butter this week.  OMG it’s good.  It’s gluten free and peanut free.  David didn’t like it at all, but I could possibly convert to it over peanut butter.  Other than that, I’m eating everything I feel like eating within moderation and on the healthier side (?).

Exercise: I pushed it back a notch on the walking, but still walked most days.  I did a couple days of just 2.5 miles and a couple of 3 miles and then 1-2 days of 1.5 miles with David.  I’m definitely going to continue walking until labor, but my mom and David have basically bribed me to stop going so far and EVERYONE is telling me to REST!  I guess I’ll take their advice because I’m tired.

Baby Purchases:  None, but we did get two gifts in the mail.  We received some clothes from David’s grandma and a build-a-bear and robe/towel from our niece.  She’s just 6 years old and adorable.  On the bear, she recorded a message that said “I love you Aiden.”  It melted my heart.

Looking Forward To: I’m looking forward to seeing my sister and mom when the baby comes and of course, labor.  I’m actually so excited to see how this birth story unfolds.  I feel like I am doing pretty much everything I can to ensure the birth that I want, but we’ll see what actually happens.

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