37 Weeks

On Monday I had my last ultrasound before baby comes. According to his measurements, he weighs 6.1 lbs. Future President weighed 7.1 lbs at birth, which happened at 38 weeks and 4 days. If I deliver around the same time as before, I’m hoping baby is a similar size. I don’t even want to think about delivering a baby in the 8 or 9 pound range!

We also got the good news that his hydronephrosis (swelling of the kidneys) is on the mild side and he may grow out of it without any intervention. At two weeks old we’ll see the specialist again but we shouldn’t have to worry in the meantime.

My doctors are hopeful he will give me some relief from latent labor soon. I was in L&D on Friday night for a few hours with painful contractions but I’m still not dilated more than “a dimple.” However, if my cervix is “favorable,” they are willing to induce at 39 weeks. I’m really ready to be done with this – contracting for an hour or two every day is really draining and it’s almost impossible to sleep now. I’m almost ready to say that I’d trade sleepless nights with a newborn with this nonsense my body is going through.

(Anyone else have terrible pregnancy insomnia? Last night I was awake from 1:30 to 4 a.m. and if I still could, I would have been tossing and turning. Instead, I lay on the side that hurts the least, counting backwards, trying to do yoga-like deep breathing exercises, listing baby names and checking Facebook. But Facebook is really boring in the middle of the night and no one is giving extra lives in Candy Crush before dawn. Is insomnia this late in pregnancy the body’s way of preparing for sleepless nights? There has to be some rational biological reason, right?!?)

My biggest concern after this huge 37 week milestone is jaundice. Apparently the longer baby bakes in utero the less likely jaundice will appear or be as severe. That is the only reason I can think of at this point to keep going past my goal of 37 weeks. (Future President had terrible jaundice and was on a bilibed for seven days at home!)

So now it’s a waiting game and I’m tempted to try all of the things to get real labor going. Spicy food. Pineapple. Long walks. But no castor oil!

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2 thoughts on “37 Weeks

  1. I had a 9-lb baby. Honestly couldn’t tell that the delivery was any different from my first 7.5 lb baby, so you might cross that off your list of worries. But I hear you on the pregnancy insomnia — that was horrible. Good luck and can’t wait to meet the new one!

  2. Hurray for 37 weeks!! From now on, you’ll have to check in often or we’ll all assume you went into labor 🙂 Hang in there, you’re almost to the finish line! Great news about the kidneys, by the way.

    7 weeks behind you, and the pregnancy insomnia has started, but isn’t quite too bad yet. I toss and turn most nights and feel just as tired when I first wake up as I did when I put myself to bed the night before. Thankfully, I can still get an uninterrupted night once in a while.

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