Wednesday, October 1, 2008

38 Weeks and Counting

I had my weekly doctor's appointment today. I'm thankful to report that everything is moving along just as it should... but really, there's nothing exciting to share.

I've been having unusual cramping in my upper legs and belly, so I mentioned that to the doctor. He suspected that I was beginning to efface, and that those cramps were caused by pressure from Nora. After being checked, that was confirmed... basically, Nora's just getting into position like a good little girl! The only downside is that as I continue to progress, the cramps are just going to get worse -- more frequent and more painful. Better than labor, I suppose?

Here are the important details:
  • 1 pound weight gain
  • normal blood pressure (I didn't ask what it was today)
  • 1.5 cm dilated (+0.5cm)
  • 50 percent effaced (+50%; I had not yet begun to efface last week)
The other fun detail is that I have the distinct privilege of getting my flu shot next week at my appointment. Which would be my first shot since my epidural, 18 months ago, while I was in labor with Phoebe. They offered it today, and I put it off. The nurse totally gave me a hard time when I asked if I could "come in prepared for a needle". She reminded me that I was about to give birth, that a needle was really no big deal; needless to say, I'm still waiting for next week's appointment.

Anyway, I could go into labor tonight... or after my due date. So the anticipation continues to grow! We're excited that Mops will be coming tomorrow to help get some nesting done, which might make me a little more ready for Nora to make her debut!


Mrs. Olsen said...

Sarah, I'm TOTALLY with you on needing to be prepared for a needle encounter! I'm glad everything's going well!

The Sinks said...

So that's what those cramps were at the end of my pregnancy. The first time I felt them strongly, I was thinking it was the beginning of labor, only to have them happen for 2-3 weeks...just had to start ignoring them! I keep checking in for news, any time now!!