37 week doctors appointment! Finally full term! Time to celebrate!
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Well another amazing appointment to report! Everything is going well and my doctor was super excited to see how fast I was progressing. He really feels as if I only have about 10 -12 days or so left. Again, he said it is just a guess and in his words my body is on auto pilot and I will go into labor when I am supposed to, however based on my exam today as compared to where I was last week, he is thinking around March 28th - 30th I will have Michaela. He said I have dropped, BIG TIME which I already was thinking as I am feeling so heavy and so much pressure down there. That is a good thing though, she is getting into position for her big day!
However, he also said I could go sooner, so it is anyones guess now as to when it will happen! I am currently 2 cm dilated and already 70% effaced! So one thing is for sure, he said I will NOT be making it to my due date. For whatever reason my body is getting ready for the big day and she is almost ready to come and see us! Her HR was strong and wonderful at 145.
We discussed the deep menstrual type cramping I have been having along with my back pain. The doctor had a big smile on his face and said that it was wonderful news as that is supposed to happen and it means my body is getting ready. I just need to hang in here. Some of them have been VERY strong, as in knocking me to my knees and others are mild and more of a deep discomfort. I am just trying to keep a smile and through each contraction or deep pain know that it is a blessing to have having these as it means all is well and my body is doing what it is supposed to.
All my numbers came back well this week which is always wonderful to hear. My BP was a tad higher than normal reading 120/68 but that is a wonderful BP so that is fine. My weight gain this pregnancy is now at 22.6 lbs which I am thrilled with. I feel so happy that I stayed well under my range. My next appointment is a week from today, if I make it that long! LOL! So this week will be an exciting one!
My dear husband and I are looking forward to a nice dinner tonight to celebrate making it to 37 weeks! We are both kind of in shock right now, as my husband would say, he is in a daze. It is hitting us so hard that is this really happening and SOON! When we were at the hospital we were signing papers for the delivery and I had to sign a form for Michaela and next to the signature it said, relationship to patient. As she is the patient, I put down for the first time, the words, Mother. I began to cry in the office as my husband was there with me. It was an emotional time for both of us and so real. I am about to be a Mother. What a HUGE responsibility and blessing it is. I feel so blessed right now and I am trying my hardest to soak in each and every moment before this journey ends and another beautiful one begins.