Of course I want Sweet Pea to stay inside for a few more weeks, but you won’t see me complaining if he wants to debut a week prior to the due date.
I’m so thankful that I’ve had an easy pregnancy so far and stayed immune to some of the worst pregnancy symptoms like heartburn, swelling and headaches.
But now that there is only a month or so left, the baby is growing like crazy, and I am uncomfortable. It pains me a little to think that Sweet Pea could very well stay put until August. I can now understand why pregnant women get so antsy in the last month!
At 36 weeks, Sweet Pea is weighing in at about 6 pounds and is anywhere from 18 ½ inches long or more! (source). It’s crazy to think that I’m now carrying an almost full-term baby inside me these days.
Nesting is also in overdrive and I’ve been busy crossing off to-dos from my list each day. The car seat was inspected and installed by the police department this week, we finally went on the hospital maternity tour, and I also took a breastfeeding class at the birth center.
I’ve had to reschedule the maternity tour three times since April and I’m so glad we were able to fit it in before the baby’s arrival. We’re delivering at Charlotte Medical Center’s Pineville location and the maternity suite was just upgraded within the past year. It’s really nice inside and they completely support women who wish to try natural childbirth. There are even Jacuzzi tubs in each birthing room to labor in, although water birth is not an option.
The breastfeeding class was so helpful as well. I’ve been reading The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding, but I find it so much easier to learn and absorb information when someone is explaining and demonstrating right in front of me – and also answering any questions that may pop in my head at that moment too! It really made me feel much more confident about nursing.
The class was about 2 hours long and it’s free to anyone who attends. My class was unusually small that night, with only three other pregnant ladies in attendance aside from me. We each had our own life-size infant doll to practice various breastfeeding holds, and our instructor, Jen, guided us on what we’ll need to know for the first two weeks of breastfeeding. The class focuses on principles taught by the La Leche League and Jen is a leader in the LLL group as well.
I’m a little behind on my posts, but full term (37 weeks) actually starts tomorrow. If Sweet Pea decides to make an entrance from here on out, he won’t be considered premature!
To steal a line from John Denver, our [hospital] bags are packed and we’re ready to go …
Total Weight Gain: Another pound, totaling 29.
Cravings: Baked goods or anything sweet. I’ve been baking every week. What I wouldn’t do for a chocolate croissant …
Symptoms: Braxton Hicks contractions! I’ve finally figured out what they are. The contractions aren’t painful, but they’re becoming more intense and frequent, especially at night.
Most Interesting Pregnancy Fact: According to a Time Magazine article published in 1945, the longest pregnancy on record is 375 days (as opposed to the usual 280 days). That’s 13 ½ weeks past the average 40 and pretty much an extra trimester (or 4 quarters!?) Despite such a long gestation, the baby was only 6 pounds, 15 ounces. God bless that woman. (source)