Thursday, July 11, 2013

Baby Update - 38 Weeks

I don't know what I was
doing with my hands
So baby and I have made it to 38 weeks. This means that the baby can come at pretty much any time. That said, I am keeping my anticipation in check, because it could still be a few more weeks. I am super excited to get meet the baby so I really wouldn't mind going into labor sooner rather than later.

Overall, I am feeling good. I get tired easily, but I am staying active and keeping busy. The pregnancy related carpel tunnel is probably the worst of my symptoms. I am now wearing wrist braces on both wrists to sleep. It also doesn't help that I spend a good portion of my day on the computer. Surprisingly, cutting the grass made them feel better. My husband was not real thrilled I did that last week while he was at work, but it was a nice walk.

I am feeling bigger, but that is to be expected at this point. Getting out of bed is always interesting. There are some maternity items that are no longer very comfortable and flip flops are about all I can wear on my feet. I am lucky there is a pretty laid back dress code at work.

Baby is getting big, but that is not a surprise. My doctor's office keeps wanting updated size ultra sounds and at 37 weeks the baby was estimated at 7 pounds 10 ounces. That said, those can be off by a pound or more so who really knows how big this little one will be. The ultra sounds keep my doctor happy and it won't really change my initial plans for labor and delivery. It is nice to get to see the little one.

While it is not ideal, I did have to set an induction date at last week's appointment. I got them to give me until 40 weeks and 5 days to go into labor on my own. To help with this, my husband and I are working on operation evict the tenant. Lots of walking, sitting/rocking on the birthing ball, red raspberry leaf tea, evening primrose oil, and a few other things. It may not help, but I am doing pretty much anything that can't hurt at this point. I would really like to avoid an induction if at all possible.

Any other tips or tricks for starting labor? If it I get to my due date, I am thinking about trying acupuncture or accupressure. Any suggestions for places in the Orlando area?