Time for yet another pregnancy update!
Today marks 39+4, and I simply can’t believe that we’re 3 days away from our estimated due date (Sunday). THREE DAYS PEOPLE! I am feeling every single emotion you can possibly feel, as well as every single possible pregnancy woe. I am more than ready to meet our little girl and get this party started!!
Week 39 has definitely been tough. We had a Dr’s apt on Monday, where we learned we had effaced more (80%), but are still just as dilated as the previous two weeks (2 cm). Everything is “favorable” though for a baby to appear at any time, says my doctor, which is a good sign! She also did a membrane sweep in hopes of moving things along, but it would appear that Adeline is nice and cozy and unwilling to budge at the moment! So, we wait!
We’ve tried all sorts of fun natural ways to induce labor this week. Of course, we know none of them are really going to do anything, but it’s fun to try! I’ve been drinking red raspberry leaf tea, bouncing on a yoga ball, taking walks, walking the stairs, squatting, eating lots of spicy mexican food, taking extra warm showers, and more. If anything, I’ve gotten a few good workouts in these past few days!
At our appointment I had gained three pounds since last week, which is either correct (hello multiple Sonic Blast trips) or partially due to our appointment being later in the day. Either way, I’m still in the 25-27 range, which is perfectly healthy.
I also feel like I was really starting to feel negative towards waiting, but I’m trying to embrace this season of waiting and instead be positive and optimistic about the exciting things to come in the very near future! As much as I want her to come RIGHT NOW, I also want her to come when she’s fully ready and not rush mother nature. Yet. Maybe ask me this again next week if we pass our due date. Ha! She just isn’t done cooking yet, for whatever reason!
Symptoms this week have mainly been…umm, feeling huge? My belly is a force to reckon with, and I am starting to wonder what it’s going to feel like when it suddenly isn’t there anymore. I mean obviously it’s not going to deflate instantly like a balloon, but just to have this extra weight off my front side will be so nice. It really does feel like I’m lugging a watermelon around and all my joints are juuuuust about tired of it.
Heartburn has also still been really awful. I am going through Tums like candy and it feels like there’s no end in sight. It comes out of nowhere, and is so painful! This is one symptom I am literally counting down the hours until it’s gone.
Basically, we are just hanging out over here, playing the waiting game, and trying to be as patient as possible. It feels like each day is dragggggging on and on, but I know in just a few days when we’re holding Adeline, this will all feel like it flew by.
This weekend we’ve got “plans” to go to a local fall festival or two, and I’m actually really excited! There’s also a brand new outlet mall opening Friday night that I wouldn’t mind strolling around at! Maybe if we make plans, Adeline will feel the need to interrupt them? Ha, wishful thinking!
Anyways, I am so thankful for having a healthy, mostly average pregnancy, and for being able to carry her to full term. I know a lot of people say full term is 37 weeks, but the newest research says 39-40 weeks is actually ideal and 37 is considered pre-term. So, if she wants to wait until 40, so be it!
Hopefully this is our last picture, but we’ll see. You very well might see a 40 week one too. I may regret not doing my hair for these pictures one day, but by the time I remember to take them that’s the last thing I want to mess with!
Any guesses on when she’ll be born? She is officially due on Sunday, October 18, but we’ve already passed my guess, so now I really have no idea!