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35 weeks. Just a couple more Mondays and I’ll be hearing the cries and coos of my first baby. I’m super excited. Highlights of week 35:
Baby is head down. Had my check-up this week and Timmy’s doing well. He’s in the right position already, and hopefully he stays that way till I give birth. It’s not like he has any more room to do a cartwheel anyway! His movements are now limited to wriggling left and right.
Weight gain is on track. I’ve gained 27 pounds since getting pregnant. Recommended weight gain is between 25-35 pounds, so I’m mighty proud of that. With the heaviness though, it feels like I gained 50!
Body’s preparing for birth. I’ve been feeling an ache between my upper thighs and pelvic bone. Whoops, TMI? Nah. This is advice for you fellow expectant-Moms and trying-to-conceive Moms! The joints are relaxing. I read that it’s the body’s way of preparing for the baby’s entrance into the world. It could also be hormones. It’s getting harder to get out of bed, to get up from a chair. The remedy is just to walk it out and know when to sit it out. There are severe forms of this joint pain though so be very conscious about it and alert your doctor right away.
Hospital procedures are clear. While I learned the overall process during birth class, knowing specifically where to go and how it’s done in the hospital where I’m giving birth is a huge help. My OB explained the process to H & me thoroughly — what happens as soon as I arrive at the hospital when I’m having contractions, the machines used for monitoring me and Timmy, when and how we’ll get a room, who does the IE, etc. Knowing the pathway won’t make us feel as lost when THE time comes.
I feel the baby growing everyday. He stretches a LOT. In all directions. I stare at my belly sometimes and see it jiggling around like there are twins frolicking inside. It’s not a comfortable feeling, but I love it. I just have a good laugh and thank God that my baby is strong enough to move so enthusiastically. I look at his first ultrasound and am amazed by how huge he’s grown from that bean size.
I’ve put together my Birth Folder. This contains: several copies of my information sheet (for all the questions the nurses will ask over and over…), semi-completed PhilHealth forms, the name of my baby (for no misspellings!), birth certificate information (so H doesn’t get confused when he fills out the formal document later on), latest copies of my tests, a list of documents I will need to submit to my employer, a guide for H on how to help me relax during pre-labor (play the Charlie Brown Christmas Album, dim the lights, remind me to walk, etc.), etc. You may be thinking: YOU’RE SO ANAL! Well, I like being organized and this helps me put order into a situation I know might be quite panicky.
Baby dreams are becoming more vivid. H has been dreaming about the baby more and more… more than I do! I guess the dreams are revealing how excited we both are about the baby. In this case, maybe H is even more excited than I am!
I’m looking forward to childbirth. Sure, it’ll hurt like mad, anaesthesia or not. Sure, I’ll probably scream my head off. Sure, I’ll probably eat my words later on. But after all that pain, out comes a baby. I am looking forward to meeting this wee one. Maybe I’m channeling my fear and transforming it into excitement. Maybe it’s a game of mind over matter. Whatever it is, I’m sincerely excited about labor. One of my friends finds me weird. Is it weird?
On to Week 36 soon! Beginning Week 37, I’ll be seeing my OB weekly. And a few Mondays from now, Timmy will be here. H & I are so excited.