Dec 10, 2018

Bump to Baby: 37 Weeks

You are growing the way you have been for the last nine months but you are still growing a little bit now. You are putting on about an ounce a day which is about a half pound a week. But the big thing this week is that your lungs are mature, although all the more time you spend in the womb the more your lungs have to develop. At this age, babies are about an average six-and-and-half pounds and since you are measuring right on time that's about where you are at. Mostly all you are up to now is practicing for when you make your big appearance. You are practicing breathing, sucking your thumb, blinking and squirming. But you are definitely running out of room so your movements are changing some since you can't move like you could before.

You are now full-term, or at least I thought you were full term but learned it's technically early term if
you were born now. Either way you are welcome to come now and join us. I am more than ready. We made it to another OB appointment and I'm at 3 cm dilated and still 40% effaced (I was 2 cm last week). My body is continuing to progress but it's slow. I am definitely tired and so achy. I've hit the point of this pregnancy that I'm just uncomfortable all the time. I'm just not moving so well these days. I didn't think it was possible to have every part of me hurt so bad, but apparently it is. I'm fighting to get comfortable and it seems to be a losing battle for me. But I'm hanging in there because I also know that it's not that much longer. One way or another you are coming out - it's just a matter of if it will be on your own or on the date we have set to induce.

There are so many myths out there about how to induce labor. Most I wouldn't try like castor oil or spicy foods. And I don't think any have been actually proven as being effective to actually induce labor. I have read about pressure points. I have read about walking. I have read about squatting. All of which have been tried and debunked at least here. The pressure point thing was really more that a foot rub didn't put me in labor. I actually walk every day. It's not actually the fastest walk in the world but I'm walking to take Addison to and from school daily. So far that hasn't sent me into a labor. Nor has squatting which Connor often wants me to squat next to him in his stroller while we wait for Addison each day. So far no dice there either. The truth is with all the ways out there that it says to induce labor, I highly doubt any of them truly work. I think it's all about when your body actually wants to go into labor and is truly ready. Or when you force your body into using medicine which we will probably end up doing like it or not.

(Sunday, December 2 - Saturday, December 8)

** I just want to note in case you missed it that I did have Emma but I still wanted to post this final update from my final week. And I will be sharing so much more about her and her birth story and all things there very soon!

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