As I write this post I am now less than two weeks away from my due date, how unbelievably exciting and terrifying at the same time! But let’s back track to last week. Week 37. Up until recently, this meant I was full term but in 2013 new research changed the way we categorize those final weeks of pregnancy. Now I’m technically considered early term.
The new break-up is as follows (and this info can be found in many locations online):
• Early term: Between 37 weeks 0 days and 38 weeks, six days
• Full term: Between 39 weeks and 40 weeks, six days
• Late term: Between 41 weeks and 41 weeks, six days
• Post term: 42 weeks and beyond
Regardless of the new system, I’m ready whenever baby decides he is ready too! This past week was uneventful in a good way, as in no scary hospital visit or worrying about his heart rate thankfully. As for symptoms? My swelling has gotten worse and more painful. My pelvic bones are sore and it’s hard to sit on anything that isn’t cushioned, and my waddling has reached an all-time comical level. I feel like a large boat swaying on the water when I walk. Every door or opening makes me question, “Can I fit?” 🙂 Most of the time I can, and sometimes I run into door frames, carts, or people. It happens.
YES, I’m now in that stage of wanting to know how can I help baby join us here on the outside! There are sooo many old wives’ tales and stories of what works and what doesn’t work, and my guess is that none of it really works and it’s just coincidence when it does. However, my skepticism has not stopped me from giving a few things a try because you just never know.
So far I’ve been eating pineapple, going for walks, bouncing on my yoga ball, and having sexy time. Oh and I did eat ONE whole bite of spicy food. (Seriously, that’s all I could take at dinner the other night. I’m pathetic.) Any other suggestions?
In the last few days I’ve definitely been feeling more and more Braxton Hicks/contraction-like belly tightening moments and that’s been really exciting. Some days I have trouble trusting that my body will know what to do when the time comes, which is ludicrous because I have no reason to doubt my body. It’s just nerves that come with the territory of being a first time mom I think. Is it weird that I like to cheer myself on? Come on body, you can do it!
Finally, I felt inclined to take at least a few bare belly shots during my pregnancy, and since I lack a normal person’s amount of modesty, I’ll share one today on DH.
My bump has been one of my favorite parts about being pregnant and I’m pretty proud of it. I’m still amazed there is a tiny person inside.
My OB thinks I’ll be attending my 39 and 40 week appointments, so looks like I’ll be back next week with another update, but you never know…. 🙂