I had a checkup on Tuesday and it went pretty well. My blood pressure was a bit high again so the doctor told me to take it easy and keep an eye on it. I've been trying to rest and put my feet up when I can, especially since my feet and ankles have been really swollen. Also, my right index finger swells up a little bit every once in a while so I'm hoping that's not anything to be concerned about. I'll ask the doctor when I go back in on Wednesday. Anyway, she checked my cervix and said I'm 1cm dilated and 50% effaced. She said that Logan is at -2 station, which means he was still a little high in my pelvis. It feels like he has dropped a little bit each day, though, so I'm hoping I'll have a different number this week (if I haven't already gone into labor beforehand). I'm just excited that there has been some progress. I definitely feel more pressure in my pelvis, so I know something's going on in there :).
Also this week, I lost my mucus plug (eew), but that's not something I wanted to publicly announce on facebook. Even though it's a normal part of pregnancy, it's not something that you hear about until you're pregnant. I guess it's just another one of those pleasant things that pregnant women don't talk about... just like the gas, bloating, round ligament pain, all-day sickness, headaches, dry sinuses, changed eyesight, forgetfulness, bloody show, etc. Sounds fun, right? ;) It's funny how guys react to different pregnancy-related things. As soon as a woman becomes pregnant, she starts reading about everything that will happen to her body and the baby as it grows so that she has a pretty good understanding of things including the mucus plug. However, men pretty much stay oblivious to these things and might pay attention maybe 30% of the time that we complain. I think it helps that we have menstrual cycles every month of our life starting somewhere in our teens, so we're used to "gross" things happening with our body. Anyway, I yelled downstairs to tell Jason about the plug on Wednesday morning. I said "something gross happened" and he said "I don't want to know" and I said "I lost something" and he said "that's gross but good for you", ha. And that was that.
Anyway, on to less awkward topics. Some of my new coworkers threw a surprise baby shower for me on Thursday. It was definitely a surprise! I had no idea what was going on so when they all yelled "surprise" I felt pretty stupid, ha :). It was so thoughtful of them. They ordered food from Chili's along with a Publix cake and ice cream. They also all chipped in and bought about $200 worth of presents from our registry. I was very grateful and touched that they did all that after knowing me for just a mere 4 weeks :).
I've been getting small contractions, but they're very irregular and not very intense. My parents think Logan's going to be a Mother's Day baby, so I guess we'll see :).
I think that's all I have for this week, so here are details from a different weekly newsletter (planningfamily has had the same info for the past couple weeks):
- Your baby's waiting to greet the world! He continues to build a layer of fat to help control his body temperature after birth, but it's likely he already measures about 20 inches and weighs a bit over 7 pounds, a mini watermelon. (Boys tend to be slightly heavier than girls.) The outer layers of his skin are sloughing off as new skin forms underneath.
- Are you counting down the days? Ready or not, at 39 weeks pregnant, there's a baby coming to a birth canal near you. And these last few days (or last couple of weeks, if your baby's tardy) may speed by or drag out. You're probably feeling increasingly uncomfortable by now, as you drag around your ever-heavier uterus and its contents, achier and achier in the pelvis as your baby bears down. Braxton Hicks contractions are likely increasing in strength and frequency, and that's a good thing, since it means your body's gearing up for the big event.