Monday, October 01, 2012

38 Weeks

Size of baby: Length of a leek ( 6.8 lbs and 19.5 inches)
Total Weight Gain: Forgot to weigh myself this morning, probably around 35 or 36 lbs. I am trying to avoid the scale....
Continuing symptoms: Sore feet, frequent bathroom visits, sore hips, braxton hicks, swollen feet and hands, heartburn
New symptoms this week: Painful contractions. 

Sleep: Sleep is getting more restless. Esp. when I have contractions during the night.
Maternity Clothes: Some shirts are getting a bit short, and tight
What I'm Eating: Regular diet
Cravings: Chocolate. 

Movement: The baby will move for a long period of time at one time. Sometimes I can't even believe baby is awake for that long. The movements are still mostly belly shifting and wiggling around. Sometimes they get uncomfortable, especially when I am trying to eat or sleep. 

Other Pregnancy News: I feel like the baby has dropped. The kicks feel like they are all lower down and people have commented that I have. 

Thursday night-Friday morning I thought I had gone into labor. I woke up around 3 am with discomfort. I thought it was just cause I had to go to the washroom, but after I had I realized that it was something else. It was like menstrual cramps with a bad backache that would come in waves. I figured it was contractions and started to time them. It was hard to tell when they ended, and in-between I wasn't even sure it was real, but it was easy to tell when they started. They were anywhere from 3-8 minutes apart. They hurt enough for me to realize they were real, but not enough for me to consider it painful. I questioned whether or not I should wake up Eric, but at 3:30 I figured I should tell him. He timed one contraction with me, then told me to get some rest and promptly fell back asleep. LOL.

I tried to get back to sleep, but I also felt really nauseous and my stomach was painful. So around 5 am I had two bowls of multigrain cheerios and read one of my birthing books about labor. I went back to bed and the contractions seemed to be getting further apart. I fell back asleep around 6 am and when I woke up again in the morning  at 8:30 everything had stopped. 

I had a prenatal app that day, so I got her to check me. She said the baby's head was quite a bit lower than last week. When she did an internal exam she said I was 1cm dilated and that she could feel the baby's head! 

That night nothing happened, but the next night I had some more contractions. I didn't worry too much about them and tried to go back to sleep. My stomach felt sick again, and I was probably tossing and turning for about 2 hours that night. I didn't even bother telling Eric. I just figured that if I was really in labor they would get more intense and I could tell him then. I did fall back asleep and was fine again in the morning. Last night nothing happened. 

I am not sure what that means, I guess it would be considered Braxton Hicks contractions. I am sure it is just my body getting ready for the real deal. I am also hoping it means baby D will be coming sooner rather than later!

1 comment:

Brittney said...

Oh wow, that's exciting!! 1 cm is great:) Sounds like your body is getting ready for labor!

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