37 Week Update

All of the pregnancy “sources” out there tell you around 35 weeks or so that you won’t feel the baby’s movements as strong as they were earlier in the pregnancy because there’s less and less room.

All of the pregnancy “sources” haven’t met Miss Swann! She is still sticking to her schedule with the same intensity to her kicks and punches. “Brad” even felt her kick the other day and was surprised at how strong he felt it from the outside! As seen in my latest Bump Day pictures, Miss Swann is still up high and hanging out on my left side. Based on where the OB found her heartbeat today, I’m feeling her feet under my right ribs and her head down by my left hip, which explains the lopsided look and feel of my stomach.

I’m quite proud of my weight gain during this pregnancy: just under 20 pounds from the IVF transfer date! With 3 (or fewer) weeks to go, it looks like I’ll stay under 25 pounds. I’ve yet to see any swelling of my hands, legs or feet and I’m feeling pretty good. Definitely feeling pregnant, but not quite at that “get her OUT of me” stage.

My group B strep test results came back negative, so I shouldn’t have to worry about needing antibiotics during labor. The OB gave me my “card” to present to the hospital when I go into labor; basic information about my pregnancy progress, group B strep status and various other health stats.

So, for the “stats” on today’s OB appointment:

Station: -3
Dilation: 1cm
Effacement: 50%

Basic translation? Miss Swann is still high up (when she’s at 0 she’s ready to come out), I’ve got 9cm to go until she can make her way into the world, and my cervix is thinned out about halfway to where it should be for labor. My OB said the effacement is already at 50% because this is not my first pregnancy.

Mom, of course, is hoping Miss Swann makes her debut sometime between the 5th and the 16th: the boys arrive in town on the 4th and Mom leaves to go be with my also-very-pregnant sister on the 17th. Except for the fact that Miss Swann is still cozy up in my ribs, this may actually happen. Looks like I’ll need to add some more walking to my routine to encourage her to drop some more.

My next appointment is next Wednesday and the boys will be joining me! So excited to see them again!

 

Be sure to check out the poll on the right side of this site: it’s time to vote on when YOU think Miss Swann will have her world premier!

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