Monday, January 4, 2010

Week 39 Doctor's Appointment

We don't officially hit 39 weeks until Wednesday, but we had our appointment today. According to the doctor's scale, I'm up 31.5 pounds from my prepregnancy weight. Since I'm only a week from my due date, I'm going to declare my weight gain a success. I was so worried about not eating properly or gaining enough, but I was careful and made sure I didn't skip meals like I am normally prone to doing, and it worked out. I am proud of what good care I've taken of myself this pregnancy.

I also had my first internal exam in months. I am 1-2 cm dilated and 80% effaced. The doctor encouraged me to "keep walking.". I laughed and told her that I HAVEN'T been walking,because it gives me more contractions, and I don't want to deliver right now (just need a few more days...). I'll bet she doesn't hear that much from full term women. She told me I really need to wrap up what I'm doing, because I don't have much time left. And, she said I need to get walking, because she doesn't want to induce. I reminded her I still have a week!

The baby has also descended into my pelvis, past the bony inlet, I think she called it. She says this is a good sign the baby will fit fine during delivery, not that I was concerned about it. I can tell the baby has descended even more, because the pressure on my bladder over the last few days has been insane.

I happened to mention that the baby has also slowed way down over the last three days, although I still feel periodic movement and wasn't concerned. I assumed it was just the baby gearing up for labor. But, as in the past, my doctor was VERY conservative, and ordered a NST and a BPP ultrasound. Both were totally fine. During the NST, I was having contractions every 2-5 minute, although they were just Braxton-Hicks. It was cool to watch the printouts, though.

So, everything is progressing. The nursery, too-it just needs paint now! The woodwork was completed today. Weirdly, the painter left his pants in the middle of the floor. He must've changed to paint. I thought that was just so odd that someone working in my house would leave their pants!


VA Blondie said...

OH, I am soo jealous! You are almost there! Way closer than I am at this point. My boy is in no hurry to go anywhere, so I suspect he will be born a little later rather than earlier.

I am so excited to check your blog to see when your little one arrives! You are so close!

Ji said...

almost ready,
happy for you.

smiling post!