38 Weeks Pregnant

I am 39 weeks pregnant tomorrow. I knew that pregnancy got harder towards the end, but I never knew it got this hard physically. Every day I go to bed with sore hips and a sore back. Multiple times a day I have to lay down. I mentally go through this thing where I want the baby to come just so I can be done being pregnant, but then I think, “what do I do when she does come?…She will be our responsibility. Are we ready?” So, I am okay with the pain in all my nooks and crannies. Plus, I know that I have 1-2 weeks left tops.

Doctors: This week we had our 38-week checkup. He did the norm. He always lets Robert use the Doppler because he knows Robert is in PA school. Then he measures my uterus. When he measured it this week I should have been measuring at a 38, but I was at a 35. Usually, I am 1 cm below, but this time I was 3 cm below. He was so worried that the baby had stopped growing that he hurried and checked to see if I was dilated, but couldn’t tell. He said we needed to go to the hospital to get an ultrasound and a non-stress test. He said if baby girl had stopped growing it would be best to have her come now.

Robert and I tried not to panic because we really didn’t know anything, we said a little prayer and had faith things would work out the way they needed to. We just want our baby to be healthy and strong and we were prepared to do anything and everything for her. We went to the hospital where we are going to deliver and after filling out a lot of paper work we finally made it into the ultrasound. Thankfully baby girl is growing perfectly normal. They said she may be a little small, but nothing to worry about. She is also definitely a GIRL! I know, I know, we have thought that all along, but I’ve had a few ultrasounds and not a very clear shot. This time was clear.

We then needed to get a non-stress test. So they hooked me up and for an hour we listened to her heartbeat, which was adorable. I only had 2 Braxton hicks the entire time, it was fun hearing the different monitors.

We were so worried, but not so worried. We knew that whatever would happen would happen. We are so grateful for the health of our little precious baby.

On my mind: I’ve had a few friends lose their babies recently and it breaks my heart. I just can’t stop thinking about them and praying for them. I am also so grateful for this experience I get to have.

Best moment of this week: Knowing baby girl is healthy and strong. Also, we have been cleaning and organizing so much. I think we are as ready as we can be.

Miss anything: The usual. I can’t say a full night of sleep because I know that isn’t what is about to happen. I think I just miss my body being able to move like it used to. I’ve been so blessed. I have had a pretty normal pregnancy, I haven’t gained too much weight and I have only had swollen legs once. For the most part, I have enjoyed being pregnant (minus the non-stop throwing up in the 1st and 2nd trimester) 🙂

Maternity Clothes: I bought some nursing/maternity jammies at Walmart for like $16 for the hospital. They are comfy and I never want to take them off, but they are currently packed in my hospital bag, so…I had to take them off.

Food cravings: I want to eat anything and everything.

Looking forward to: Delivering. I am trying to stay calm and hopeful about the unknown. Whatever happens has to happen and someway or another the baby will come out. I am trying to go into everything with a positive attitude. I know it will hurt and I know it is difficult and hard, and I know recovery and breastfeeding are difficult, but this is the miracle of life and that is something I can’t take for granted.

 

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