34 Weeks

This week’s 2 doctor appointments went well.  Blood pressure is still low.  Blood sugars are still within normal range.  I weigh 152.  Not gaining weight, but not losing weight anymore either so that’s good.  My feet are starting to swell some, but not much.   I have been wearing compression socks to help with that.

One new symptom I’ve begun having is very sharp pains in my groin area.   Baby’s head is bearing down and putting lots of pressure on my cervix.  When this happens, I can begin to dilate in preparation for labor.  The doctor examined me at my last appointment just to make sure that I wasn’t beginning to dilate.  I have dilated just a teeny tiny bit; not enough for the doctor to think that my body is preparing for labor.  She said at 34 weeks, if I go into labor, they won’t stop my contractions and just let the baby come.  The baby is now fully developed enough that if she does arrive early, she shouldn’t have any long-term health issues.  I hope my body doesn’t go into labor until 39 weeks… and I really hope I don’t have to be induced.  I’ve been feeling Braxton Hicks contractions for a couple weeks now.  When this happens, the pressure in my belly is uncomfortable but not painful.

I’ve begun getting my hospital bag ready.  Just 5 more weeks left!  God willing!

34 weeks belly pic…

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What baby looks like at 34 weeks…

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Your baby now weighs about 4 3/4 pounds (about the size of a cantaloupe) and is almost 18 inches long. Her fat layers — which will help regulate her body temperature once she’s born — are filling her out, making her rounder. Her skin is also smoother than ever. Her central nervous system is maturing and her lungs are continuing to mature as well. If you’ve been nervous about preterm labor, you’ll be happy to know that babies born between 34 and 37 weeks who have no other health problems generally do fine. They may need a short stay in the neonatal nursery and may have a few short-term health issues, but in the long run, they usually do as well as full-term babies.

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