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Friday, April 1, 2011

37 Weeks and an update

How far along: 37 weeks
Total weight gain/loss: (As of 03/28/11) +22.4, 227.4  I lost a pound!!!!
Maternity clothes: All maternity all the time.  I'm actually to the point where if I don't have a pretty supportive waistband, I have to add a belly band back or I'm uncomfortable by mid-afternoon.
Stretch marks: Meh.  Most of the area under my belly button is all stripy now, but they're no TOO horrible.  
Sleep: Getting worse but varying from night to night.  Seems to alternate, one good night one awful night.
Movement: Lots and lots and lots! It's too much fun to watch the alien moving around. 
Cravings: Been all about BBQ chicken this week.
Aversions: Pretty much gone.  My love affair with food is back!  Just look at my weight gain can't you tell?
Gender: Team BLUE!!!!
Symptoms: Heartburn and Sciatica.  Nose bleeds are under control.  Preeclampsia in full force BOO!
What I miss: Being able to do ANYTHING for my self.  Bed rest really stinks.
What I look forward to: Ultra sound next week.  Seeing my little man FOR REAL!
Moods: Honestly, I've been scared a lot this week.  I hate not feeling in control.  I've been doing everything in my power to keep my BP down, and sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. 
Milestones: We made it to April 1st!  37 weeks and the point of no delaying labor YEA!
Medical Concerns: Just the preeclampsia, isn't that enough.
Weekly Wisdom: If bed rest is in your future, you have to just let go.  I've really struggled with letting people do things for me this week, and I've been paying for it.  The times I don't let people help, my bp goes up. Its tough, accepting help from other people, especially when I feel so helpless, but it's gotta be done.
Worst moment this week: Confirmed bed rest, and until this baby comes.
Best moment this week:  Not that I needed to be reminded, but A has been just absolutely AMAZING this week.  I may complain that he's being way to strict and overprotective, and call him my warden, but I know its just because he's concerned about me and the little man.  This bed rest is probably harder on him than it is on me, and he has just been awesome.  Now to top it off, he's not feeling good tonight, and I can't take care of him.

So the update since Monday night.  I had my 37 week appointment on Tuesday, and we spent over 2 hours there.  First we had all the usual stuff, then we went over our "birth preferences" with my OB.  As I had anticipated, it was mostly unnecessary, he is totally on board with all our preferences (as i knew he would be).  He is a firm believer that doing everything you can to make it so labor happens naturally.  Even if it means putting me on hospital bed rest before medicating me.  SO for now I get to bide my time at home, monitoring my blood pressure with an at home reader and chilling out on the couch.  

I had a non-stress test this morning, and everything looked good, and I got permission for short expeditions outside the house as long as my BP is less than 135/85 before we leave, I'm not up and about for more than 60-90 minutes, and I'm not going to be doing a lot of walking around.  So I can go to the store with A or to church on Sunday, as long as I take it easy.  YEA!  That's about all I know for now.  I'm going to go pour some Nyquil down A's throat and crawl into bed.  Hopefully he'll feel better tomorrow.


  1. Oh, honey, I know how hard it is, believe me. Warden and all. But it's all for the good! 37 weeks is awesome and your bubba is going to be fantastic. Hang in there, and hit me up if you have any questions! I'm so glad that one of us made it to "term"! HUGS. And behave!

  2. I hate bed rest!!!! I know exactly what you are talking about and it stinks. I am so happy you made it to 37 weeks. Way to go!!!


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