My journey with cupcake - 38 week update
Last week I was 38 weeks. When I had my dr's appt last Tuesday (ny next one is tomorrow, for 39 weeks!!), she told Emiro and I "congratulations for making it to full term!!". Its pretty astounding, and considering the fact that I've been getting consistent Braxton Hicks contractions since about 17-18 weeks along, I am grateful that she's still in there, thriving and growing.
BH Contractions -- still crazy! Basically, I have periods of time (sometimes hours) when I don't feel any. And then I have times when I get a contraction every 3-4 minutes. Emiro and I went to see Iron Man a couple of weeks ago in the theatre (ughh, don't ask...) and I swear I had a contraction every 4 minutes. I was scared my water might break at any moment!! After we got home it stopped. When I get a contraction, I feel part of my stomach (usually center to right side) tighten up reallllly hard, and it puffs up like a blowfish. Sometimes half of my tummy (where the contraction is) will stick out more than an inch from the rest of my tummy -- I've seen my stomach contort into many weird shapes and sizes during these "practice" contractions!! When the contraction is REALLY strong I feel like someone is squeezing on my lungs slowly. It always lasts a good 30-50 seconds.
Baby dropping? -- I don't know if she's dropped or not, but I have gone from NEVER getting up to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night, to getting up 3 times for the tiniest little trickle.
Labor scare -- two nights ago I had SUCH a bad night's sleep. I kept waking up from contractions combined with back pains. I would wake up and have to go to the bathroom, but not be able to get up from the bed because of PAINFUL contractions. Usually these pesky Braxton Hick's are just uncomfortable, but this time I was feeling pain. It took me a good minute or two (a little panic filled) until I was able to get out of bed and go to the bathroom. I remember thinking "if this is how much it hurts now, how the hell am I going to get through labor?!". Rinse repeat this experience twice again that night (to add insult to injury, I got a rude awakening in the morning from my calf muscle getting a charlie horse... ).
Beating like a drummer -- on my cervix, that is! Little girl occasionally takes turns at pummeling her fists at my cervix -- which HURTS!!! She'll roll around and kick and then pummel pummel pummel and the only thing I can do is just say "ow ow ow owo OWWWW!". I even asked her to stop it (nicely!) once, which resulted in Emiro breaking out in a fit of laughter. Geez, thanks for the support buddy!
LATESTS INFO: had my 38 week dr's appt last week and saw one of my favorite OB's.
- Lost 3 lbs - a little over 1 kilo - (how the hell did that happen?!?! I've been gorging on pizzas and chocolate cakes). Total weight gain now goes down to 21 lbs- about 10 kilos
- Cupcake's heart rate in 120's (and apparently was in the 120's 1 1/2 weeks ago, and in the 130's a month ago).
- blood pressure 70/110
- fundal height: measuring exactly on track, 38
- I went from "fingertip" dialated to 1 CM dialated, and am now 60-70% effaced
38 Weeks (last week!!!)