Weight: I did not gain any weight this week. This keeps me right at 30 pounds gained. I was quite shocked at this since it was Halloween and I did consume more candy than I should have!
Cravings: Today I really wanted a chimichanga…but in all honesty I don’t think that has anything to do with pregnancy. I just really like chimichangas!
Doctor’s Appointment: My doctor is on vacation this week so I saw another doctor that is in the same office as mine. She was extremely nice. My primary doctor does not normally tell me my fundal height (uterus) measurements or say the heartbeat out loud and the doctor today did which was nice. This also guided me to look up what was “normal” because she said “you are right at 36” and I had no idea if that was good or bad! Apparently until 36 weeks your fundal height should be within 1cm of your current weeks of pregnancy. I also read after 36 weeks it can be a little off simply because the baby’s size is larger and depending on the position they are in it may be off a little. But I took being at 36 cm and currently being 37 weeks pregnant as a good sign! Her heartbeat was at 140.
The only question I had today was verifying I was good to still take Tylenol. I have been having some lower back pain and have avoided taking anything for it up until this point but I wanted to make sure I was still good this late in if the pain got to be too much. She said I was still fine to take acetaminophen.
Other Comments: So the big question I seem to be getting from a lot of people is “how are you feeling?” This is a tricky one. I could say a million things. My back hurts. Sleeping sucks. I can’t see my feet. But the truth is…I think I feel pretty good for being 37 weeks pregnant! I still cook dinner and clean the house. I am still walking 10,000 steps (about 4.25 miles) a day and while the constant pressure on my pelvis is awful I am still working full 8 hour days. Compared to what I often hear about and from women this close to delivery I would say I’m in pretty good shape!
I’ve read some articles that say I am now full term and others say not until 39 weeks. What is constant that I have read is that at 37 weeks the baby can come at anytime and there would unlikely be any medical issues that are caused from having her early. I would like her to just keep cooking for at least 2 more weeks. The longer she can be in there and keep her lungs maturing the better!
I have my hospital bag pretty much packed and our neighbor is a fire fighter and came over and checked our carseats for us! In terms of safety and necessities we are as ready for this little one as we can get!