I turned 37 weeks at some point this week. I used to think it was every Tuesday but now I think they’re changing it every Sunday. Who knows, at this point? ‘Almost to goal’ is how I like to look at it. 🙂
Honestly, despite a few side effects, I really wouldn’t mind being pregnant at this point if I could just stay home and enjoy it. It’s the trying to work full-time while 37 weeks pregnant that is about to do me in.
Insomnia and difficulty sleeping is probably the hardest part. Not only is it hard to get comfortable, but when I finally drift off, I’ll have crazy dreams, or have to pee, or get too hot, or my hand and arm will start to hurt. I sleep deepest and best from about 4am to 9am, but of course, I get up at 5:30 every day. So not a lot of great deep sleep going on.
The numbness and shooting pains in my right arm have gotten worse (similar to carpal tunnel symptoms, I think). It’s hard to type or write or put on my bra or do my hair in the mornings. Even when everything is loosened up I still can’t clench it in a tight fist. All that will go away after the birth, though.
Last week at my 36 week appointment with the perinatologist they did the Estimation of Fetal Weight ultrasound. Yesterday at my 37 week OB appointment, Dr. Breen went over the results with me. He came into the exam room asking, “Are you eating Miracle Grow? If so, it’s time to stop that! I saw your estimation of fetal weight report and thought, Holy Toledo! That’s one big baby!” He did a cervical check and determined that there is nothing going on – my cervix is closed, and although the baby is in the right position, he’s still floating freely (not engaged in the pelvis). So basically, no signs of labor at this point.
We began to discuss options. Dr. Breen feels that if I go into labor in the next week to week and a half on my own, it’ll be safe to deliver vaginally. He says that experience and research has shown that it’s not wise to induce before 39 weeks unless the body is already showing signs of labor progress or medical necessity. I’ve read the same and appreciate that he started right out acknowledging that! (With Davie, we induced at 38 weeks, but I was already effaced and had high blood pressue issues.)
However, once we get to 39 weeks, if I have shown no signs of labor, he will schedule a c-section. The risks to the baby are just too great. We could assume the estimation of fetal weight is off by as much as 10%, but that’s only 5 oz either way. And he’ll continue to grow over the next three weeks, and will stay in the 90th plus percentile for growth. There’s the fear of shoulder distocia, broken collarbone, or of tearing the nerves that run from the head down the neck (causing life-long arm and upper body weakness). Dr. Breen stated that the worst case scenario would be if I was able to deliver the baby’s head, but couldn’t get the shoulders out, so they would have to do an emergency c-section and force the head back up through the vaginal canal, compressing the bones of the skull. Of course, I want to avoid any danger to the baby.
So for now, I’m praying that God’s timing will be for me to go into labor in the next week to week and a half. With my first delivery, I was so scared, but it turned out to be such an amazing experience! With all my heart, I am really looking forward to another vaginal delivery – one I can experience without being afraid! This time I know I can do it, and I know what to expect, and I trust that the epidural will work, and I know what to expect from Dr. Breen. I hate to be facing a c-section, which means being terrified again! But of course, I will choose the safest option for the baby. Say a prayer for us that this will be our week!
Over the years, I’ve read about so many benefits of vaginal delivery over c-section, both for the baby and for the mom. The baby gets immunities, hormones and a good squee-geeing out as it passes through the tight canal. The mom’s body prepares for the exit of the pregnancy, and makes the hormones to start milk production. I worked so hard to breast feed Davie, and it would be such a blessing to get to try again with this baby. I feel like a c-section will just delay getting a good start on that.
On a positive note, I finally got the nesting bug! Troy and I worked our butts of on Sunday, and got 2/3rds of the house done. We got back to it Wednesday afternoon, and now we’re all done! We even got the baby seat and bases out of the garage. Bathrooms are scrubbed spotless. All floors are scrubbed, and the carpets shampooed. We even did the baseboards and the windows! It shocked us how nasty it was under the couch, ugh. It feels so good to have it all done!
This Saturday I’m going to meet my mom at Target and we’re going to get all the Thanksgiving dinner shopping done. I’m also going to get a bunch of snacks to take to the hospital for while I’m in labor. After that, my dad will meet us at our house, and they’re going to help us get out the Christmas tree and decorate for Christmas. Once that’s done, I think I’m ready to meet this baby!