health & body, pregnancy, pregnancy, week-by-week

40 weeks – get out, get out!

Made it to 40 weeks. Made it past 40 weeks. Ready to have this baby already. I swear, everyone I know is calling, emailing, texting, IM’ing, Facebook messaging, sending smoke signals… asking me how I’m doing. I know everyone means well, but I’m cranky about being overdue and it just sucks to have to keep telling people, “nope, not yet.” I even posted on Facebook this morning … you know, just in case anyone was wondering.

I really hope this is my last weekly update. At 40 weeks…

Baby has been served his eviction notice. He’s ready for the outside world and is just being stubborn now. He still rolls from side to side, though he seems to definitely prefer my right side. My belly is no longer round and cute. It’s frequently lopsided due to his right-side preference. It’s also very large and very low. I’ve carried pretty low this entire pregnancy, but with him dropping recently he takes low to a whole new level. The good news is, he isn’t in my ribs as much anymore, though he does work a foot up there every now and then and it HURTS because he’s so big. Mostly he just puts a LOT of pressure on my bladder and cervix with his giant head and he likes to play with my hip bone, which feels weird.

Mama has perfected the pregnant waddle. I just can’t help it, he’s so low! Lost .2 lbs this week for a total gain now of 29.2 lbs. Still no stretch marks or major swelling, though I have had to take my rings off a few times recently with the heat wave we’ve been having. It was in the high 70s to low 80s all weekend, which is very warm for this time of year in the Pacific Northwest! But other than a bit of heat-induced swelling, I do feel very fortunate that I’ve managed to escape the major swelling and “cankles” many women get toward the end of their pregnancy. Of course, it’s not over yet. Come on baby, get out already!

This weekend was spent doing a lot of walking and eating spicy food. I know they may be wives’ tales, but I’m ready to try just about anything at this point. Last night I experienced what I thought might have been the start of labor. I was getting contractions pretty consistently about every 10 minutes for over an hour, but they were mostly Braxton Hicks, with a few painful ones thrown in. I went to bed, figuring I would wake up if they got any more intense, and by this morning they were mostly gone. I’ve had a few irregular contractions this morning, but definitely not as frequent as they were last night. If it had been the real deal they would have progressively gotten stronger and closer together.

So for now, we continue to wait…


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