Thursday, May 13, 2010

36 Week Update

I am 36 weeks pregnant with baby Hayden and things are going along. I had my weekly appointment today and was told that I have gained 43 lbs so far. I about fell off the table when they said that. 43lbs, really???? I gained like 60 with Skyler (preeclampsia) but still....I had no idea I had gained so much this time. Oh.....Oh well. I guess I'll work it off afterwards. Anywho...Hayden's heartbeat looks good and she is moving as much as she can seeing how she is running out of room in there.

I will officially be "full term" next Thursday the 19th and I have an ultrasound to see her size and such, then a doctor visit where I will be "checked" to see if any progression is being made. We shall see. I am hoping she will come sooner rather than later but who knows what she has planned.

Why is it that most people think of pregnancy lasting 9 months??? If you are due your 40th-42nd weeks of pregnancy...then isn't that longer than 9 months??? I'm just saying.

36 weeks according to babycenter update:
Your baby is still packing on the pounds — at the rate of about an ounce a day. She now weighs almost 6 pounds and is more than 18 1/2 inches long. She's shedding most of the downy covering of hair that covered her body as well as the vernix caseosa, the waxy substance that covered and protected her skin during her nine-month amniotic bath. Your baby swallows both of these substances, along with other secretions, resulting in a blackish mixture, called meconium, will form the contents of her first bowel movement. At the end of this week, your baby will be considered full-term. (Full-term is 37 to 42 weeks; babies born before 37 weeks are pre-term and those born after 42 are post-term.) Most likely she's in a head-down position. But if she isn't, your practitioner may suggest scheduling an "external cephalic version," which is a fancy way of saying she'll try to coax your baby into a head-down position by manipulating her from the outside of your belly.

How your life's changing:
Now that your baby is taking up so much room, you may have trouble eating a normal-size meal. Smaller, more frequent meals are often easier to handle at this point. On the other hand, you may have less heartburn and have an easier time breathing when your baby starts to "drop" down into your pelvis. This process — called lightening — often happens a few weeks before labor if this is your first baby. (If you've given birth before, it probably won't happen before labor starts.) If your baby drops, you may also feel increased pressure in your lower abdomen, which may make walking increasingly uncomfortable, and you'll probably find that you have to pee even more frequently. If your baby is very low, you may feel lots of vaginal pressure and discomfort as well. Some women say it feels as though they're carrying a bowling ball between their legs!You might also notice that your Braxton Hicks contractions are more frequent now. Be sure to review the signs of labor with your practitioner and find out when she wants to hear from you. As a general rule, if you're full-term, your pregnancy is uncomplicated, and your water hasn't broken, she'll probably have you wait to come in until you've been having contractions that last for about a minute each, coming every five minutes for an hour. Of course, you'll want to call right away if you notice a decrease in your baby's activity or think you're leaking amniotic fluid, or if you have any vaginal bleeding, fever, a severe or persistent headache, constant abdominal pain, or vision changes.Even if you're enjoying an uncomplicated pregnancy, it's best to avoid flying (or any travel far from home) during your final month because you can go into labor at any time. In fact, some airlines won't let women on board who are due to deliver within 30 days of the flight.


John, Chelette and Jaden said...

I agree-when I say I am 23 weeks people just look at you...You are so close to the end! And the weight-I was freaking out and then thought this is the only time I can grow and no one can really say anything.
Quick question-can you email me how you made your header for your blog-yea I am a copy cat. Thanks

Shelley said...

Yea 20-22 weeks is only half way there. People don't realize that. When I told my husband the other night that I was 9 months pregnant he said "ummm no you are 8 months" Really how is that when I got pregnant in August of last year??? You do the math. :o)

As for the wieght gain...well...I am not worried about it now but will be after the is born. I lost it real easy with the 1st, then a little harder after the 2nd so I am sure it will be a little more harder after the 3rd. Uggggh...oh well.

I sent you an e-mail on the header, let me know if you need more help. Take Care!