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37 Weeks

2011 January 7
by Folgate

Baby Stats:

Heartbeat: 125 bpm

Fundus: 39 cm (measuring 1 1/2 weeks ahead)

Estimated Weight on US: 7 lbs 11 ozs

AFI (Amniotic Fluid Index): 21 cm

How Far Along: 37 weeks 5 days How Big is Baby: Head to toe, the books would still measure Grant around 20 inches and weighing around 6.5 lbs.  We all know based on our US today that he is at least weighing 7lbs 11ozs, therefore, I am also guessing he will be longer than 20 inches.  He is going to be a BIG BOY folks!! Development:  During the 37th week, Grant is now considered full term...YAY!!  Fat is continuing to accumulate and he continues to practice for life outside the womb, which includes, inhaling and exhaling amniotic fluid, sucking on his thumb, blinking, and pivoting from side to side. How huge is mama: Well I gained another 4 lbs, so that's a grand total of 10lbs in 3 weeks...YIKES!  I am tipping the scales at 34lbs total, and they have told me that most of this is water weight because of the swelling I am now experiencing. Movement: On our US today our AFI was 21 cm which is quite a bit a amniotic fluid.  Because there is still so much fluid surrounding him, he is nice and comfy, and his kicks are still quite hard and sometimes take my breath away when he pushes his booty up towards my diaphragm. Food: Nothing has changed here with my diet.  I feel like I am actually eating less because there isn't much room left in there.  So that is also why they feel the 4 lb weight gain is likely due to swelling and water weight. Belly Button: Outie! Preparations: Today at our appointment we had an US because they were concerned that Grant was going to be large and they wanted to check my fluid level and his positioning.  We found out that by estimate he is around 3500 grams making him ~ 7lbs 11ozs and he is currently head down.  I was 1 cm dilated, 50% effaced, cervix was softer, and I am in an anterior position, all good signs for the impending labor to come.  However, we also found out that I gained 4 lbs (10lbs in 3 weeks), had elevated BP at ~ 135/85 (normal for me is ~110-115/60-70's), and had worsening swelling of my hands and feet.  Because of this I was officially placed on bed rest until delivery day due to a diagnosis of Gestational Hypertension.  There concern is that this could lead to pre-eclampsia which could lead to significantly higher BP's and problems for momma and baby, hence the bed rest to prevent this.  So now it seems as if delivering him has become much more a reality and we have plenty that needs to be done to prepare for his arrival. Cue the nesting...haha! Pregnancy Symptoms: No Braxton-Hicks contractions or other cramping, but definitely have had increasing pelvic pressure.  And now that I have begun dilating, it literally could mean delivery any day now. Milestones:  Grandma finished all the bedding with the exception of one curtain and it looks adorable.  Pictures to come soon when it is all complete.  I would say another milestone is being 1 cm dilated...now we're talking!! Looking forward to next: I am really looking forward to meeting this big guy.  I am also excited to experience the labor process, although I know it will likely be painful.  What a great experience and end product of bringing another life into this world.

37 Weeks and Swollen

New Years

2 Responses leave one →
  1. Casey permalink
    January 7, 2011

    Rest! Rest! Rest! 🙂

  2. January 7, 2011

    Take it easy girl… don’t get too crazy with the last minute nesting! 🙂

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