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!