37 Weeks

February 17, 2010 at 9:39 pm 4 comments

I had a wonderful check up with my midwife today.  She was being shaddowed by a student midwife, which was a really neat experience for me because I got to hear medical explanations and listen to the answers to her questions as well as my own.  The appointment lasted much longer than any of my appointments with the doctors, and we talked about breastfeeding, pediatricians, breathing exercises and what to bring to the hospital. 

The best news that I got was that I tested negative for Beta-strep.  I know it’s not a big deal if you’re positive, but a positive test means that IV antibiotics are required and that you have to go to the hospital as soon as your water breaks.  These are both things I wanted to avoid, so I’m really happy with the results.  My blood pressure was 120/78 and I’ve gained 1lb since last week.  The midwife said I’m effacing “nicely” (which I liked better than the percentage given last time, though I typically am a quantitative person), and that I’m 1cm dialated.  She also predicted that the baby will be over 8 to 8 1/2 lbs, and that he’s in a great position.

My midwife also told me that I’m retaining water slightly in my ankles, and that I should put my feet up and rest when I get home from work.  She supports me working for as long as I want to, as long as I get plenty of rest.  I’m more than happy to put my feet up and relax!  When I think I’m in labor, she suggested ignoring it and going around my normal routine, walking, eating, taking a shower or resting, depending on the time of day.  She explained that when I can no longer ignore labor, that’s probably the best time to go to the hospital.  In numerical terms, I should go when I’m having contractions 5 minutes apart, that last for 1 minute, for at least an hour.  I’m looking forward to being able to spend the majority of early labor in the comfort of our own home.

I really enjoyed meeting with my midwife and I wish she still delivered babies, but she assured me that her group of doctors will be supportive of my wishes for a natural birth.  I’m so happy to have gotten all good news again, and feel so fortunate to have such an uneventful pregnancy.

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  • 1. everydaywomanusa  |  February 17, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    Great news! So glad to hear everything’s going so well; “uneventful” as you said!

    I usually find that my female PA spends more time with me than my regular dr., answering questions and just talking. So glad to hear that you have such a good relationship with your midwife and those in the practice, in general.

    Why not take advantage of “putting your feet up” whenever you can and use that as an excuse to get in a bit more rest while you can! Here’s hoping that your birth experience will be everything you want it to be!


  • 2. The Chicken That Crunches  |  February 17, 2010 at 10:21 pm

    Congratulations on having such an uneventful pregnancy. I must say I’m jealous – I had two very eventful pregnancies 🙂

    Here’s wishing your delivery is equally “boring” with just the right amount of excitment.

  • 3. laura  |  February 17, 2010 at 10:23 pm

    Sounds great! I’m so happy things are going so well for you and can’t wait to “meet” your little (albeit unnamed as of yet :D) little guy!

  • 4. Theresa Cavanaugh  |  February 17, 2010 at 11:03 pm

    Sounds like the perfect pregnancy…good for you all! I had one uneventful pregnancy and two overly eventful ones…enjoy this! As for the labor, my husband and I played cards on the couch, took and then rested until I could no longer ignore the contractions. By the time I reached the hospital I was about 6cm. The nurses said it was perfect timing. Hope it all goes smoothly for you! All our prayers from here…Cava-Lanes.


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