36 weeks! I made it to June! Woohooo!
36 weeks seems like something of a milestone. I am into the final month, and just 1 week away from full term. The baby’s weight was estimated at 5lb 8oz at last weeks scan, and of course I have had the 2 doses of steroids for the baby’s lungs should they decide to come early. I *hope* we are going to be OK now.
Jacob was born at 34 weeks, and I am so pleased we are well past that now. Max came at 36 weeks and 1 day, so I am constantly on edge now, analysing every twinge and pain in case it’s the start of labour. It really could be any day now, and I am excited and terrified in equal measures.
I saw my consultant last week, and she was slightly concerned about the growth of the baby’s abdomen. The head and leg growth has stayed on the same centile all the way through, but the abdomen growth is slowing down and has dropped down a bit. I have another scan to check my fluid levels this Wednesday, followed by another growth scan the week after. If either of these scans give cause for concern I will likely be admitted for my section early.
The bump has most definitely dropped this week. I feel like I can breathe much more easily as the weight is not right up under my ribs. On the downside, this does mean all the pressure is right down low – it honestly feels like the baby could just fall out any minute. This also means that my bladder is getting a battering, and I have to go for a wee ALL THE TIME! Sleeping – that doesn’t really happen right now. It’s impossible to get comfortable, and lying down brings on my heartburn, so it’s hard. But in a few short weeks I will have a newborn keeping me up. so I guess it’s all good practice.
So for now, I am enjoying every peaceful day while I can. Today Gemma and Jacob are back to school and Max is at nursery for the morning. Which is my cue to step away from the keyboard and put my feel up with yet another glass of orange juice and an ice lolly – hey, what the baby wants, the baby gets 😉
If you want to read my 35 week update you can check it out here.