Having gestational diabetes is a big deal. I feel like I live at my OB office half the time. Twice a week I go there for a regular check up, non stress test to observe the baby's activity, and an amniotic fluid check. It is taxing, but I am thankful for the quality of care. It is reassuring to know, every few days, that she is doing well. On Tuesday I was 3cm dilated and my cervix was 70% effaced!
This past Friday I had a growth scan appointment with the perinatologist at the hospital. This last ultrasound was to make sure that the baby isn't too big for me to have a natural delivery. Thankfully she is measuring right at 37 weeks. She weighs about 6.7lbs and they don't think she'll be more than 7 1/2 lbs at birth! Woohoo! She is head down with very little room in there. I'm hoping she decides to come soon because the perinatologist doesn't suggest going past my due date. If I don't go into spontaneous labor they would like to induce me right before March 16th. I'm not thrilled about that, as I think the baby should come when she's ready, but we'll see. I have some time.
Overall, I have been feeling great. There have been a couple days where I have been DEAD TIRED, but good quality sleep has seemed to fix that. I have no swelling going on, which is different from when I was pregnant with Jacob. I was swelling up quite a bit around this time. I'm sure the healthy eating, since having GD, has helped a lot with that. I'm not feeling too anxious...just getting last minute things together and enjoying the sleep while I can. =) Hopefully my next post will be pictures of our new bundle of joy!!
Here's a 37 week picture with the boys!
How far along?: 37 weeks and 2 days
Gender: Baby girl
Feeling anything new?: More contractions, more cramps....blah
Cravings: Nothing in particular this week. Ham & cheese croissants have been so yummy for breakfast, though!
Dislikes: Not hating anything right now, but I can't eat as much as I could a few weeks ago. I get full so fast!
Sleep: I'm sleeping okay right now. I just wish I had one of those wedge pillows so I could sleep more upright. Laying flat on my side isn't very comfortable.
Things I miss: Walking faster, non maternity clothes. Haha
How is Sam feeling?: Excited!! He can't wait to meet his little girl.
How your baby's growing:
Your baby is now considered "full term," even though your due date is three weeks away. If you go into labor now, her lungs will likely be mature enough to fully adjust to life outside the womb. (Some babies need a bit more time, though. So if you're planning to have a repeat c-section, for example, your practitioner will schedule it for no earlier than 39 weeks unless there's a medical reason to intervene earlier.)
Your baby weighs 6 1/3 pounds and measures a bit over 19 inches, head to heel (like a stalk of Swiss chard). Many babies have a full head of hair at birth, with locks from 1/2 inch to 1 1/2 inches long. But don't be surprised if your baby's hair isn't the same color as yours. Dark-haired couples are sometimes thrown for a loop when their children come out as blonds or redheads, and fair-haired couples have been surprised by Elvis look-alikes. And then, of course, some babies sport only peach fuzz.