It is so crazy that we are at this point. Time really has flown by. There have been “slow” moments but for the most part it has gone by relatively quickly.
I haven’t really been doing weekly updates, but now since I am literally near the end of this pregnancy, I thought I would start. I typically saved these sorts of updates for our families throughout the pregnancy. After each appointment I would send out a little update to each of our families just sort of keeping them in the loop with what our doctor was saying, but I thought it would be fun to capture my feelings and bodily changes the closer I got to the end.
Today I am officially FULL TERM!
We got to see my maternity photos today and I can not wait to share them with you. Ry was skeptical about the type of photos I wanted to do, but they are absolutely stunning and he loves them so much.
We also had an ultrasound today which was amazing. We had not seen our baby boy since our 30 week appointment so we were happy to see him! Unfortunately, we could not see his face because he was head down/back up in my pelvis. Perfect birth position (YAY!). She could also see that he had some hair. How much is TBD, but we figured he would have hair because both Dad and I have such luscious locks.
Baby movement has picked up for me. Some people say movement slows down because baby is running out of room but for me, the opposite has been true. He moves quite a bit and almost all day and night.
Today he weighed about 6 Pounds 7 Ounces. Right on target with other babies at 37 Weeks.
How am I?
I am feeling really tired but also have unusual energy. I’m trying to walk at least 30 minutes a day and swim a few times a week. I am not supposed to be on my feet too much because the baby is so low. He has been for quite some time. He was low at my 30 week.
My belly dropped. I noticed this earlier in the week. So did my husband. It just looked different all of a sudden and it was very noticeable. So if you are pregnant and are like, “I wonder if i’ve dropped yet?”, trust me, you’ll know.
I am sort of “crampy.” I hate saying the word crampy because its not bad cramps at all, but there is just this weird crampy sensation happening. I haven’t had any contractions yet even Braxton Hix, but the “crampiness” is pretty consistent.
Lots of pressure and going to the bathroom. I literally have to pee every five minutes. This is not a drill. And it isn’t even a trickle. Its like the real deal every single time.
I am about 1 CM dilated and 50% effaced. My doctor says this is exactly where he expects me to be and he was very happy with this!
My stretchmarks are TERRIBLE. I am thankful that I don’t have them all across my entire belly, but underneath my belly and on top of my upper thigh, i have the most hideous purple stretchmarks. I hear they lighten but it’s so sad. I know it will all be worth it once I see my son, but for me, it is very difficult. I already had terrible cellulite before and now its even worse and these UGLY stretchmarks make me want to cry.
I feel a bit swollen. My legs to me seem huge. I can’t wait to get back into the gym and start going into the Sauna again. I have missed the sauna so much.
My husband and I are just both really ready. My doctor told me at my 36 week appointment that he did not think I would make it full-term so we will see. We are literally just watching and waiting.