37 Weeks Pregnancy Update

37 Weeks Pregnancy Update

Baby’s gender:

Boy

Baby’s size:

He now weighs 6 1/3 pounds and measures a bit over 19 inches, head to heel, about the size of a bunch of Swiss chard.

Baby’s development:

Your due date is very close now, but doctors don’t consider your baby “full term” until 39 weeks. Spending the next two weeks in the womb allows your baby’s brain and lungs to fully mature.

Many babies have a full head of hair at birth, with locks from 1/2 inch to 1 1/2 inches long.

My weight gain:

33 lbs

Craving:

Water – I can’t go anywhere without a water bottle on hand. If I forget, I have to stop somewhere and pick some up. It’s definitely a pain but if it’s helping this little bun grow then I am happy to do it.

Feeling: 

Nervous and anxious. Nervous I am not going to have everything done in time and anxious to have my body back, hahaha! Getting out of bed is a struggle, getting out of the car is a struggle, picking stuff up off the floor is like “ehhh, it can stay there.” I wish I had someone to follow me around and put my shoes on or clip my seatbelt. It’s really crazy how easy it is to get winded by the simplest things.

Grocery shopping or walking anywhere too quickly sends me into a series of serious side aches. I have to stop and look around pretending I’m fine while slowly dying inside from the pain.

Things of Note:

I have always hated taking baths but ever since being pregnant I could literally lay in the tub all day long. Half the time I’m asking myself whether I’ve waited long enough to get back in. I love to just lay there soaking and usually only get out when the water becomes too cold or I get too hot. I never fill it up all the way because I’ve heard hot water can be bad during pregnancy so I always make sure my entire belly is exposed, out of the water. I honestly don’t even know if that matters but it’s so wonderful to just lay there suspended. I should’ve gotten a pass to a pool somewhere or something, haha.

Also, my belly button has officially popped out. AJ always pokes it and tells me my turkey is done.

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37 Weeks Pregnancy Update

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Baby’s gender:

Boy

Baby’s size:

Baby is gaining about an ounce a day. He now weighs almost 6 pounds and is more than 18 1/2 inches long (about the size of a head of romaine lettuce).

Baby’s development:

He’s shedding most of the downy hair that covered his body, as well as the vernix caseosa, the waxy substance that protected his skin during his nine-month amniotic bath.

Most likely he’s in a head-down position, but if not, your practitioner may suggest scheduling an external cephalic version (ECV). In an ECV, the practitioner applies pressure to your abdomen to manually manipulate your baby into a head-down position. Luckily baby boy’s been head down for the past 6 week so we are good there!

My weight gain:

31 lbs

Craving:

Water, water, water

Feeling: 

Anxious to get things done! I need to start thinking about stock-piling the fridge with food and such, unpacking and washing clothes and deep cleaning around the house.

Things of Note:

This belly feels like it has gotten huge in the past few weeks. I never really know what to say when people ask me how I’m feeling so I usually just say “really big!” It’s wonderful knowing that the bigger I get though the healthier this baby will be. I can only hope and pray that he comes into this world healthy and strong.

I’ve been to a few baby showers now and am feeling more and more prepared for this little guy to be here. Diapers, wipes, soaps, clothing, toys, his little supply has grown and I’ve busily been trying to organize everything so I can find things when he needs something.

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Baby’s gender:

Boy

Baby’s size:

Baby boy is over 18 inches long and tips the scales at 5 1/4 pounds – about the size of a honeydew melon.

Baby’s development:

Your baby doesn’t have much room to maneuver now that it’s so snug in your womb, he isn’t likely to be doing somersaults anymore, but the number of times he kicks should remain about the same.

His kidneys are fully developed now, and his liver can process some waste products.

Most of his basic physical development is now complete – he’ll spend the next few weeks putting on weight.

My weight gain:

30 lbs

Craving:

Ice and orange juice for some reason is suuuuuuuper tasty!

Feeling: 

Nervous! It’s getting so close and I don’t feel ready yet!

Things of Note:

I have started experiencing what I like to call burning burps. Nothing drastic is happening, I am literally going about my day when I will randomly feel this burning in my throat. I assume it’s related to heart burn or indigestion or the fact that my stomach is probably smashed into my esophagus but it is extremely uncomfortable. I started drinking more water hoping it would tame it down when a friend handed me two antacids and voila, it was gone! I couldn’t believe it. I started noticing that it happened more often after eating citrus and around Christmas time I was eating 2-3 oranges a day so I picked up a bottle of those chalky pepper-minty goodnesses and really wish I had a lot sooner.

I feel like I am way behind on this aspect but I started reading a few books about labor and birth. I am currently reading HypnoBirthing: The Mongan Method which I don’t have any info on yet since I just started yesterday, whomp. I feel kind of weird reading it because I thought it was a “free spirit” type read but my doctor told me she recently experienced “the nicest birth.” I immediately was like “what do you mean? what’s a nice birth?” She said the woman had done hypnobirthing and was completely relaxed and calm the entire time. Of course she had a support group of about 5 people at her birth but I immediately felt inadequate as though I’d already failed as a mother. All I’d done up to that point, as far as preparations go, was nothing so I think that’s my problem. I kid, well so I watched a few youtube videos and kind of had the jist of things, but I decided to pick up the book anyways and be the next “nicest birth” this lady had ever experienced. {Uh yeah right, I’ll just be right here under the bed for the remainder of this pregnancy since that’s the best solution I can think of for solving my impending delivery of this baby.)

I recently finished reading A Good Birth, a Safe Birth and only found it to be semi-helpful. It explains a lot about hospitals versus home births and the pros and cons of each. After skimming through all the traumatizing experiences different women had during their births I dug into a little of the nitty gritty on labor itself. I love the science aspect of it and really want to know exactly what my body is doing during labor; why certain things happen and how it triggers the next thing, etc. When the book ended without really getting into a lot of that I was kind of disappointed and immediately started trying to find a second read that would be more in depth and that’s when I started the Hypno book above.

I did read Baby Wise about two years ago when all my friends were having babies and was completely clueless in all their baby conversations because I didn’t have kids yet. It was terrible because I became that annoying friend giving advice when I didn’t even have a child yet. I will most likely end up rereading it again but not til after I can write a 20 page paper on labor, delivery, and mastering a “nice” birth, as mentioned above.

I have also read Bringing up Bebe which I read back when we were talking about getting pregnant. It was an interesting book to read though it’s a completely different story when your baby is almost here and you don’t live in France with all the benefits of their childcare or nutritional food support system, *sigh.

On another note: I also heard that Raspberry Leaf tea helps with labor….anyone else heard this and tried it? I’d love to hear about your experience. Gracias!

P.s. This is my new favorite sweater. It’s basically a blanket you can wear outside, double points!

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35 Weeks Pregnancy Update

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Baby’s gender:

Boy

Baby’s size:

Your baby now weighs about 4 3/4 pounds (about the size of a cantaloupe) and is almost 18 inches long.

Baby’s development:

His fat layers– which he’ll need to regulate his body temperature once he’s born – are filling him out, making him rounder. His skin is also smoother than ever.

His central nervous system is maturing and his lungs are continuing to mature as well. If you’ve been nervous about preterm labor, you’ll be happy to know that babies born between 34 and 37 weeks who have no other health problems generally do fine. They may need a short stay in the neonatal nursery and may have a few short-term health issues, but in the long run, they usually do as well as full-term babies.

My weight gain:

28 lbs

Craving:

Mashed potatoes and string cheese (so good!)

Feeling: 

Like my time to prepare is running out! It’s already getting close with each passing day and I keep thinking back to when I still had 6 months to go! Now it’s like I blink and a whole week has passed and I am posting the new weeks update!

Things of Note:

I no longer fit into any of my shoes. I usually wear boots to work in the morning then switch to flats while I am at work. By the end of the day however, I can barely get the boots back over my calves and my feet basically go numb while I’m walking down to my car. Luckily, I have two pairs of flats that I can squeeze into but they make imprints on the tops of my feet and hurt when I get up to walk around. So, bsesides my hunter boots and Uggs, I really struggle to find a comfortable pair of shoes. Many people have told me I need to just buy a pair of shoes that are a size bigger so I finally caved and did that yesterday.

My cute maternity dresses no longer fit me; super sad, I know. Basically, if it isn’t stretchy it is super uncomfortable to wear.  I finally decided I needed to update my wardrobe a little bit though so I bought this dress in every color available and alternate them throughout the week with different cardigans to change up the look a little bit. I have also outgrown all of my coats and can’t button any of them over this belly. My mom is such a gem and luckily had an extra coat lying around that is a few sizes too big so even though I feel like I’m wearing Hitler’s coat with giant shoulders it is wonderful to finally button a coat over this bump.

I can definitely tell this little guy is growing in there and already has a personality. He will jam out a limb as if to remind me he’s there and I can feel his bony foot or elbow sticking out of my side. I usually try to get people to feel it and it always freaks them out because it’s such a surprisingly hard lump. He always punches or kicks my right side and I jerk with an “ow” because it’s so strong it hurts. He especially loves to do it right when I’m falling asleep and laying on that side. Sleeping is becoming a definite struggle and it always seems like he’s wide awake in there anxious to get out.

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34 Weeks Pregnancy Update

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Baby’s gender:

Boy

Baby’s size:

This week baby weighs a little over 4 pounds (about the size of a pineapple) and has passed the 17-inch mark.

Baby’s development:

He’s rapidly losing that wrinkled, alien look and his skeleton is hardening. The bones in his skull aren’t fused together, which allows them to move and slightly overlap, thus making it easier for him to fit through the birth canal. These bones don’t entirely fuse until early adulthood, so they can grow as his brain and other tissue expands during infancy and childhood.

My weight gain:

26 lbs, yikes!

Craving:

Mashed potatoes and gravy.

Feeling: 

Tired again but not the same comatose state like the first trimester. I am so thankful for the upcoming holidays so I can hopefully sleep in a little longer and get more rest. I am thoroughly exhausted by the end of the day.

Things of Note:

This little guy gets he hiccups nearly every single day. It is such a weird sensation because it feels like a very powerful heartbeat in my stomach. They usually only last a few minutes but I still wish sometimes I could help him out somehow.

He’s also started to fill up all the space in there or at least that’s how it feels. He’ll push and stretch and I’ll reach down and feel a giant hard lump on the top right corner of my stomach. Sometimes it can be very painful and I’ll push against it to try and kindly ask him to stop. He doesn’t though, haha.

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33 Weeks Pregnancy Update

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