5 more weeks! (You know, give or take!)
Any guesses on whether this shirt continues to fit until 40 weeks? It’s getting a bit short!
What’s happening with baby: Baby’s just keeps on keeping on. S/he is gaining weight and shedding the downy lanugo hair and vernix that has been covering the body. Baby continues to practice swallowing and breathing. By this point baby’s lungs should be structurally complete and lubricated with surfactant, which will help keep the air sacs open when baby takes its first breath.
What’s happening with mama: Mama is doing well. I’m still coming to grips with the news about the lovenox-to-heparin switch at 36 weeks but doing well besides that. I did get some good news from the hematologist’s office earlier this week – I do not need to get the IV iron transfusions! I am very happy about that. It looks like my iron levels are on the low side of normal. They recommended trying out an oral iron supplement and seeing how that goes, so I’ll be giving that a shot.
I was bummed to discover my first (ever!) pregnancy stretch marks this week. (Actually, E pointed them out. Thanks, kid!) I know they’re not really such a big deal but having made it through one pregnancy with no stretch marks, I really thought I would make it through another free of them as well. No such luck! Ah well. I am grateful that I don’t have any other negative pregnancy symptoms like heartburn or swelling. I’m still comfortably wearing all my shoes, as well as my rings. I have definitely been feeling much more achy in my hips lately. According to my midwife this is due to the increase of relaxin at this stage of pregnancy. Relaxin makes the ligaments in your joints a bit more relaxed, which can cause them to ache. I’m already bigger than I ever was with E (weight and size wise) and feel quite ponderous at times!
At lot of people have asked me if I am ready to just have this baby. I don’t know if it is due to my size and they assume that I am uncomfortable and miserable or what. Yes, I do have some discomfort but overall I am enjoying being pregnant and feel quite good. I’m in no hurry to rush this baby out of there, particularly when we have a number of projects we really want to get done before baby arrives anyway! I will say I am looking forward to sleeping more comfortably, including on my back, once baby arrives but I’m hoping baby stays put for a while longer. I wouldn’t mind making it to our due date!
In fun new, PB and I attended a wedding this weekend. It was pretty awesome to get all dolled up and have a night “off” together! (E was with grandma.) I think we looked pretty darn cute!
Excuse the squinty expressions – it was sunny!
Recent appointments: I met with the midwife earlier this week and all is looking good. Pretty standard appointment – talk about any concerns, take fundal measurements, listen to baby’s heartbeat. All is well! Starting at 36 weeks I’ll be meeting with the midwives weekly. I think I will be meeting with maternal fetal medicine starting weekly then, too. I don’t see the hematologist until 37 weeks but I could possibly start seeing them weekly at that point as well. Three appointments a week. Whew! That’s going to be fun, right?
Baby is the size of a: head of romaine lettuce.