I am 37 weeks and two days pregnant today.
At my doctor’s appointment yesterday, my physician told me that from this point on they wouldn’t stop me if I were to go into labor.
Can you even believe that?
It feels like just yesterday I announced my pregnancy on the blog. There are so many ways this pregnancy has just flown by. At the same time, there were certain points that felt like they lasted so long. Now that I’m in my final few weeks, I just can’t believe how fast the actual journey was.
The question I get asked the most at this point is if I’m ready to have the baby. It’s a pretty normal question. In fact, I’ve asked it of many friends before. The last few weeks are difficult on any pregnant person, and especially so in the hot and humid summer. As of today, I have 2 weeks and five days until my due date.
Am I dying to have this baby?
In truth, I’m not really ready. Well, let me rephrase that statement. I am ready for her to come whenever she wants to come. If that means she’ll come soon, then sure, I’m game. I’m just not sure I’m ready to stop feeling her kick inside of me. I love our little alone time of wiggles throughout the day, and I’ll sure miss that when she is here.
The bottom line is that I’m not rushing delivery (yet!). I’m feeling comfortable at this point, and I’d like to let her marinate as long as she absolutely needs to. She can make the decision when she is ready to enter this world. There’s no pressure from me!
I just can’t believe it could be any day now.
A few pregnancy updates:
I’m now waking up a few times throughout the night for the bathroom. The only good news is that I’m mostly still sleeping every time I get up, and I’m easily able to fall right back asleep after I’m finished.
Guess what – the stretch marks came around week 35, and it seems as if they aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. Good thing is that they’ve been pretty hidden from me as they are only creeping around the underside of my belly, which I can’t see at this point unless I’m looking straight at a mirror. It’s also not that bad. The first week I noticed them I was quite discouraged. I don’t think I’ve been very vain this whole pregnancy, but those stretch marks threw me a little. Now that they are here, they don’t really bother me. I just feel so fortunate they came so late, are so light, and are only a few of them.
Another pregnancy symptom that came at week 35 was edema, also known as swollen feet. I can’t even tell you how swollen my feet and ankles were. Well, you could barely even tell I had ankles. This was a big bummer for me because my feet were super uncomfortable. I started elevating my feet pretty much as soon as it happened, and shockingly, it works! My feet and ankles have returned to their normal approximate size, and the best part is that there is no more pain.
My weight is about normal. I think I’ve gained 29.3 pounds overall. That being said, I feel as if I’ve significantly grown in this past month. My clothing choices are quite limited (which I actually don’t mind), and everyone is starting to ask me when my due date is (instead of if I’m pregnant).
This pregnancy has been so very kind to me. At this point I’m just letting things take this course. Que sera, sera – whatever will be will be.