36 Week Pregnancy Update

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Ah, another week down, 4 more to go!

I’m not going to lie. While baby’s health is #1, I was secretly hoping for another early delivery with a perfectly healthy baby! I thought I was going to find out this week…

…When we were in L&D last week, our triage nurse mentioned they didn’t think I’d make it to 37 weeks. We are beginning to think this was just her opinion and not something the doctor had actually mentioned.

This past week, we did almost, if not all of our last minute tasks from our checklist. Shampooed carpets, went grocery shopping, cleaned the house from top to bottom, finished all the laundry…We wanted to be sure we were ready in case he made his appearance this week.

Aside from the one day off after my latest L&D visit, Kyle went back to work as usual, but has remained “on-call” as I like to put it. They changed his schedule at work, so if he has to leave, they can have anyone cover him, which is nice and very much appreciated.

I’ve had a lot of contractions this week. Some Braxton Hicks, but mostly false labor. Some are painful and some are crampy. I generally just drink some water or sit down and they go away. I pretty much have some everyday.

Liam was born at 35 weeks, 6 days. My water ruptured and there was no going back. When I woke up on the 19th, at 3 am, I could not sleep. Last time, my water broke about 6:15 am, so that’s all I could think about. So when I started feeling a trickling, I had no idea whether I was making it up or actually leaking amniotic fluid.

Right when I was about to fall back asleep, Liam decided he wanted to get up at 6:45. Kyle left around 7:15. At this point, I had probably peed about 10 times between 3am-8am. I felt a small sort of gush and saw a wet spot on my underwear. I had just peed, so I called Kyle and told him I’d probably be told to come in….

When I called the phone nurse, they said I needed to come in right away, even though I had an appointment tomorrow. If it was fluid, you have between 12-24 hours to deliver or there is risk of infection. Kyle had taken our van, since it is -9 today, and our other car doesn’t have good heat. So he had to come back home and take me to the Dr. at 11….another vacation day used up this year. I had felt another sort of gush around 10 right before we left. In one aspect, I hoped it was fluid because I wanted it to be the real thing. Waiting and all this false labor nonsense has me losing my mind. I know my Drs are used to it, but I feel like a huge pain in the butt!

Once at the Dr. they tested the fluid. It didn’t seem to be amniotic fluid. The Dr could still feel the amniotic sac and said I was still 3 cm dilated, but babies head had dropped a lot more. They did an ultrasound, which is always fun, and said my amniotic fluid was at about a 10. I think I read that a low fluid is around 7, so 10 is a good number.

On the 20th I had my official 36 week appointment. They said I was measuring right on track. Baby sounded good and heartbeat was in the 150’s. I also got my group B strep test done. He checked me again and I was still at a 3 and 50% thinned out.

I think the triage nurse and the excitement of last week hyped us all up a lot. We were convinced I would/could go into labor at any moment. Some women stay dilated for weeks before going into labor. Since I am still at a 3 a week later, I am starting to think I am one of those women. Baby seems very content staying in, so at this point, we are not so anxious. We have all been really on edge and worry about every little contraction or movement. Google has been my best friend/worst enemy this week. After my visits this week, I feel confident he will stay put a little longer and I can go back to life as normal as possible at 9 months pregnant. My Dr thinks it will be sooner rather than later, but not right this minute. I will post another update at week 37!

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