Pregnancy Week 38: what’s new this week?
One more week has passed and here we are at Pregnancy week 38. So what is new this week? Well I was wrong about the nausea last week, I do still have it HOWEVER it is NOT every day so that is better! On another bright side my heartburn has reduced dramatically. I started to feel excruciating pain in my left Sciatica last week. Luckily a trip to my acupuncturist cleared that up in one treatment.
Sleep has been interesting…for the longest time I was sleeping until 2 or 3 in the morning and then waking up to go pee. After the bathroom trip it would take me an hour or two to fall asleep again. I always felt like I had just fallen asleep when the alarm went off. Lately, I either sleep until 2 or 3, wake up and then fall asleep again. Or I sleep until 4:30-5, wake up for inevitable bathroom trip and then can’t fall asleep again. This week, after laying in bed for an hour on those 4:30 wake ups I just got up and went downstairs to work out. I’m terribly exhausted but at least I feel good about myself for working out instead of just laying in bed feeling exhausted.
Despite the trouble sleeping, my energy level has been pretty good this week. I have worked out three consecutive mornings in a row and I went on long walks the two days previous to that. Although I admittedly find it hard to get through the day without a nap!
My weekly Kaiser email says that this week the baby is the size of a small pumpkin. Much cuter than last week’s bunch of chard ;). Baby weighs around 7 lbs and is approx 21″ long. Vernix is now only in the folds of the skin and the lungs are in the final stages of maturing. The email also states that at birth the baby will be able to see to distances of ~8 inches. This is conveniently the distance between your chest and face when breastfeeding :).
As for me, I weighed in with 27 lbs of total weight gain to date. They say some women stop gaining or even lose in the final few weeks. I have been steadily gaining .5-1 lbs per week still. At this time in pregnancy many women start to leak colostrum (I have not) but my nipples do stick out a ridiculous amount. getting ready for the gym yesterday, they were clearly prominent under a sports bra, tank top and sweatshirt! It is also common for the cervix to begin to thin (efface) and open (dilate) in preparation for labor.
Doctor Check-up – Week 38
At this appointment, we normally would have discussed the results of my Group B Strep Test. I blogged about this test in this post if you want to learn more. Unfortunately, my test was apparently “lost” and so they had to do the test again. Results TBD in 3-4 days.
They performed the usual pee test and measured my bump. This was the first week that the baby did not measure in as expected. EEEKKK! I was super nervous when she said that. I shot my husband a look of concern and thought to myself. “Oh no they are going to induce me and I’m going to have a Christmas Baby!!!!”
My Doctor decided to do an ultrasound to investigate. She was particularly concerned about their being enough amniotic fluid for the baby’s safety. She stated that you want to measure at least 5 (some liquid medical measurement 0f fluid). To my heart’s delight, I have over 9! Phew what a relief. The Doctor said it can be common for the measurement to be off at this time if the baby has dropped. She determined that this was the scenario in this case.
So there you have it, lightening has occurred! Which explains my decrease in heartburn but increase in urination frequency and urgency. Lightening or dropping usually occurs within 2-4 weeks of labor in first time mom’s so we probably have at least until the due date!
Lastly, the Doctor checked my cervix to determine if it had begun to efface or dilate. The prognosis: long and hard, haha not something you usually hear about a women. Anyways that means my cervix has not begun to dilate or efface. Which means….well….nothing…because remember…pregnancy is different for everyone. It is common for some women to dilate to 2 centimeters and stay that way for over a week. It is also common for a women not to dilate at all until the start of labor.
So when is Baby coming? It depends 🙂
Our next check-up with the doctor will be on our due date, if Baby Baby (our friend’s nickname for our yet to be named baby) hasn’t come yet. In the meantime week 39 is just around the corner and I have lots to do to prepare for Baby Baby!
How did you prepare for your baby in the 39th week of pregnancy? Comment below and let me know!
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