On Wednesday, I had my 36-week prenatal checkup — and after the once-every-four-weeks doctor’s visits of early pregnancy, and the once-every-two-weeks visits that started around the beginning of the third trimester, I’ve now finally reached the weekly appointment stage. Baby Hart will be considered full-term in less than a week according to this BabyCenter article, and it’s a little hard to believe that delivery is getting so close.
So far, everything’s still looking good and healthy: baby’s heartbeat is normal, my blood pressure is normal, and I don’t even really have any new symptoms to report. The heartburn is still around, but is mild enough to be kept in check by Tums, and the dreaded lower back pain still hasn’t kicked in, thank goodness. I’ve even been sleeping reasonably well, and waking up for urgent bathroom runs no more than once or twice per night.
The only downside is that my weight gain is up to… wait for it… a whopping 65 pounds. My doctor had the good grace not to lecture me about this, and it doesn’t appear to be causing any health problems, though its side effect may be a large baby. (In fairness, big babies do seem to run in my family — I myself was a hefty 10.5 pounder — so it may not be entirely due to the weight gain.) Still, the doctor estimates that Baby Hart would weigh seven pounds if she were to be born today, and that she’ll probably be up to nine or ten pounds by the time delivery rolls around.
Speaking of delivery, Baby Hart is now in a head-down position, which was a relief to hear — I’d been a bit worried about that after being told that she was sitting in a breech position back at our 3D ultrasound at 31 weeks. Apparently they’re unlikely to flip again this late in the pregnancy due to running out of room in there, so if everything goes well I can hopefully expect an uncomplicated vaginal delivery. And that’s even considering that she may be large: the doctor doesn’t seem the slightest bit concerned about my ability to birth a 10-pound baby, so… yay for big bones I guess? (And also, ouch.)
In other news, after my appointment on Wednesday I dropped off my labor and delivery pre-admission forms at the hospital. It was the first time I’d been there, and all I saw was the lobby, but it seems like a nice place. The hospital’s website actually has a virtual tour for new parents, which you can check out here — below is their shot of the area where I actually dropped off my papers:
So at least that little errand is out of the way, which is a relief considering how close delivery is getting — for some reason it didn’t seem all that close until October hit, and now it suddenly feels like we’re running out of time. If only there weren’t still so many other little things to do!