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36 & 37 Weeks | Baby Bump

How far along: 36 weeks (August 12) & 37 weeks (August 10).

(From the Bump)  36 weeks: She's still in the 17.2- to 18.7-inch and 4.2- to 5.8-pound range and continues to beef up.
  • She's getting closer and closer to being able to breathe on her own.
  • Her skin is getting smooth and soft and her gums are rigid.
  • Her liver and kidneys are in working order.
  • Circulation and immune systems are basically good to go, too.
Your due date is just four weeks away. Hasn’t time flown? Your once-poppy seed would probably be able to breathe on his own if he was born right now. (If not, he’d probably need some TLC, but he’d likely be okay.) Most of his systems are in working order at 36 weeks. Since baby really could decide to make his arrival any day now, try to put in a little prep work. For example, if you took a child birth class a few months ago, you might want to reread any materials you were given and practice some of the breathing techniques you learned with your partner. Go over your plan for getting to the hospital, and all the what-ifs (like, if you go into labor while you’re at work, will you go home first or straight there?). You might also want to remind your boss and colleagues of the status of all your work projects, so they know exactly where to take over if you’re suddenly out of the office. Week 36 is also a good time to enjoy a date with your partner. We’re guessing you won’t be up for dancing, but a nice dinner might be just what you two could use.

(From the Bump) 37 weeks: Yay! Baby has reached full term. He likely measures around 18.9 to 20.9 inches and weighs about 6.2 to 9.2 pounds. He's gaining about 1/2 ounce each day.
  • He's practicing some skills: inhaling, exhaling, sucking, gripping and blinking.
  • He's getting his first sticky poop (called meconium) ready for his first diaper.
Get excited. At 37 weeks, your baby has reached full term. That means he’s developed his most crucial functions. Of course, he’ll get even healthier and stronger over the next few weeks, so don’t get too impatient. Around week 37, many moms-to-be find themselves organizing cupboards and scrubbing their floors. That’s the nesting instinct kicking in as your body senses baby will be here shortly. It also might be your brain’s way of making sure you’re prepared for just about anything, so you can feel like you have an extra edge on this whole new parent thing.

How big is baby: The size of a honey dew and a winter melon, respectively.

Weight gain/loss: Happily, I'm only up 23 pounds.  I started at 179, which was less than my pre-pregnancy weight with Coen and now I'm at 202.  Yes, crossed that 200 mark, but oh well.  Since I had gained 40+ with Coen and lost it all in 6 weeks, I'm hoping that this time will be much smoother.  I'm going to be forced (very quickly) to be back in shape and ready to play with baby boy and I'm hoping with this lack of weight gain, it will make it easier.  We'll see.

Maternity Clothes: I'm to the point now that I'm pretty much wearing yoga pants of some kind every day and either a nursing tank or maternity shirt just to stay comfortable.  I'm getting to the point where it's hard to get up and down on the couch and it's just not comfortable to sit for any length of time, so if I have an outfit that I have to fuss with for very long after standing, it pissed me off.  So maternity clothes just seem to be fine.  I really prefer a nursing tank, but sometimes, they don't cover everything nicely... so I revert to a maternity top. 

Stretch Marks: Yes.  They are pretty much everywhere.  My stomach, my hips, my legs.  This time is much different than last time, not only because I started out with them, but because they just seem to be multiplying.  It's all par for the course and at this point, I cannot stop them, I just have to deal.

Sleep: My sleep is great.  I hit the pillow and I'm out.  Getting out of bed after sleeping.  Not so good.  My hips hurt.

Diet/Cravings/Aversions: Just can't eat as much as I could a long time before.  I enjoy everything fresh (especially fruit) and anything that is grilled.  Nothing really different here.

Gender: Baby girl... still.

Exercise: I've been going on walks with Coen during the afternoons or early evenings and that's been helping my hips, but it's also good for him to get out!  He likes the stroller, thankfully.

Movement: Her movements are slowing down and becoming stronger.  She's still very active, but just when she moves, it's not like she's doing summer-salts... just small gabs or she's moving to get situated.

The Belly: I think this goes without saying.  I'm pregnant.  No doubt (yes, like Gwen).

What I'm loving: Knowing that I'm going to be meeting my daughter very very soon.  I'm also in complete denial that it's only 2 weeks away.

What I'm worried about: My c-section. Coen.  My husband. My new baby.  Nursing. Everything.  Just in smaller doses than I was a few weeks ago.

What I miss: Being able to play with Coen without being completely uncomfortable or unable to do certain things.  Not being pregnant and playing with my little boy is going to be a blast.  I cannot wait.

Symptoms: Nothing specific.  I'm just 37 weeks pregnant.

The Nursery: I just posted about this, check it out below or at this link.

What's different/the same this time: As of now, the fact that I'm planning for my delivery date verses just waiting patiently for an arrival.  That's very different.  Strange and different.

What I'm looking forward to: Not being pregnant for a little while.

Events: These last few weeks have been a little crazy.  My last appointment details below will tell you what's going on with me, but aside from that, my husband had his tonsils out last Friday.  That my friends was part of our plan, we scheduled it, but it's been a little rocky.  I had planned on taking vacation time to help care for him a little, but mainly just to let him rest while I took care of Coen.  It's been working out so far and he's getting better, but he's just not 100% yet.  It's said to be a 10 to 14 day recovery and as he approaches day 7, he's starting to really feel the pain.  It's going to be a few more days until he feels a little more normal, but he's been doing great!  I'm just hopeful that this surgery will help him in more ways than he was thinking, including sleeping better.

Last appointment details: I went to the dr. on Tuesday, July 31st because I was complaining about my infection and how it wasn't healing and I had to have something help it.  They squeezed me in and I went.  While there, I found out that my blood pressure was really high and while there wasn't protein in my urine at the time, she wanted me to go to the lab, have some blood drawn and do a 24 hour urine collection.  Awesome.  She also said that she wasn't wanting me to go to work for 2 days and she wanted me to take it easy.  With that said, I was approved to work from home and collect my pee in a jug for 2 full days.  I had been drinking so much water to keep hydrated that I not only filled one jug, but I had to have my husband go and get another jug from the lab, to which I filled 3/4 of the way full.  When I went to drop off my collect (24 hours later) the lab tech asked me if it was just one collection or two.  Jerk.  It was just one.  This isn't a walk in the park.  I only did one.  Please.

My follow up appointment was 3 days later and at that point, my blood pressure was just okay, my urine measured 260/300 in protein, but if I crossed over the 300 point mark, that could be a problem.  I was given an ointment for my infection and told to just rest and take it easy, still.  I'm supposed to keep up on my water in-take and watch for any swelling.  When I feel like I'm not doing well, she said to rest.

I had a follow up appointment to my last appointment on Tuesday this week and everything was just okay.  Nothing to worry about but because preeclampsia can come on like a seizure or lightening, she doesn't want me to do anything crazy or really out of the norm to prevent this from happening.  Because this is one of the reasons I went into labor the last time, I'm just supposed to be cautious.

I was suppose to have two appointments this week, as well, just to see about how things were measuring and healing, but she was confident that it would be okay until next week.  So I went on Tuesday this week and I don't go again until Thursday next week.

So far, I feel okay.  Just really tight at night.

Next appointment: Next Thursday, however I hope to change it to Tuesday or Wednesday just to have a better idea of what's going on.


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