Thursday, December 1, 2016

38 weeks

Tomorrow I will be 38 weeks.  I had Jamison at 38 weeks 4 days, so it's a little bit surreal that we're so close to the end.  Ben's 5th birthday party is tomorrow so I'm hoping to go into labor some time after that.

I had a check up today.  The first time they took my blood pressure it was like 145/109 and they freaked out a little bit.  I didn't have any protein in my urine, thank God, because he said if it had, he would have sent me to l&d immediately.  Instead they did blood work.

She's been measuring a little bit behind as far as fundal height anyway.  At 36 weeks I was measuring less than 35.  At 34 weeks I was measuring 31.5/32.  I'm not sure I'm gaining any weight now either.  I've gained about 16lbs this whole pregnancy.  I wanted to keep it under 185lbs and so far I have.  I am a little concerned about me measuring small since with all my other babies I was measuring 2-3 weeks ahead, but I am trying to watch what I eat this time and stick to my GD diet.

I found out today I tested positive for group B strep.  It's a bacteria that everyone carries in their gut but apparently you can be a carrier and not always test positive for it.  This is the first pregnancy that I've tested positive for it and it makes me really nervous.  To "treat" it, they give you IV antibiotics for 4 hours during labor.  If you don't get the IV antibiotics then the GBS can pass to the baby during delivery, which can cause lots of problems in a newborn, or none at all...  It's kind of a crap shoot.  Since my last labor was pretty darn quick once I realized I was actually in labor, I am nervous about not making it to the hospital at all, let alone be there for 4 hrs prior to delivery.  It's just one more thing to worry about.

As we get closer, I find myself getting more anxious and nervous about delivery.  I would like to do it without meds, like I did with J, but I am scared of the pain.  I don't remember the pain from last time really - not specifics anyway - but I know it wasn't pleasant.  I think it was do-able bc I was only at the hospital a short time before I actually had him.  If I have to labor for hours at the hospital hooked up to IV meds I'm not sure I'll be able to do it and then I think I'll feel some guilt for getting an epi.  And when I had Ben, I got the epi and there was still a spot under my belly where I felt everything but I couldn't move myself because of the epi, so that sucked too.  I guess I'll just try to go into it open minded.  I'll try to do it without an epi, but if I can't, I'll try not to be disappointed.  As long as she's healthy, I'll be happy.

She is moving like crazy and the OB thinks she's head down, but I'm truly not sure how she's positioned in there.  I wish they'd do an u/s to see for sure.  It would be my luck that she'd be transverse or something.  I feel her kicking a lot on the left side of my belly and usually there is something hard on the top and sometimes I feel her in my ribs.  So hopefully that's a foot in my ribs.  Today her heart rate was 144 and I was 2-3cm dilated and 50% effaced.  Last week I was 0% effaced and 1cm.  My OB didn't think I would make it to my appt next Thursday.  We'll see.  At this point I'm just ready for the birth to be over with and get on to the snuggling a newborn part.  =)

Between 35-36 weeks with all my pregnancies

38 weeks pregnant wearing my 19 month old

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