Wednesday, February 2, 2011

37 Weeks and being less grumpy!

I’m going to, I better be having a baby this month. I can’t believe that February is actually here, and at the same time, it feels like I have been waiting for this month since I was born. Every day seems to drag by, yet I always find myself saying I don’t have enough time for everything I want to do. I guess what I mean is that I don’t have enough time for all of my projects/house nesting, but I have an abundance of free seconds to think about the precise moment my baby is going to arrive. Nighttime is the worst because I settle down and I feel all the painful twinges and contractions that come my way. Every two hours when I go to the bathroom I check for my mucous plug and secretly hope that maybe my water will break (yeah, right. Like that would happen so cleanly over the toilet).

My husband graciously reminds me that I need to realize he’s coming on his schedule, not ours, and that may even mean he arrives in March (YIKES!!!). So my goal this 37th week of my pregnancy is to enjoy this little life in my body and realize that I only have a short amount of time left to feel him move around and know that I am solely responsible for his well-being and growth. I know that when he comes I will miss having him in my belly, so I’m going to relish these next few weeks as much as possible. And hush my mouth about all the complaining and sighing with my aches and pains.

37 Week Stats are a little different. My doc is focusing on three things these days: dilation, effacement, and fetal station.

Here is what that all means:

Cervical dilation refers to the opening of the cervix. The range is from 0-10cm. 10cm means that you are ready to push!

Effacement is the thinning of the cervix. It ranges from 0-100% and indicates how thin and soft the cervix becomes during labor.

Fetal station refers to the position of baby’s head to the bottom of the pelvis. The range for measurement is -3 to +3. -3 means that the baby is way above the pelvis, while +3 means the baby is basically on its way out.

How far along? 37 weeks
How I'm feeling:
Anxious & excited. And terribly nervous.
Blood Pressure:
96/68. This is also important because super high bp indicated pre-eclampsia, a serious condition that would require hospital attention and most likely immediate delivery.
Dilation: About a fingertip. Nothing huge.

Effacement: 60%. Up from 30% the week before.

Fetal Station: -2.

What I love this week: My Valentine’s project with Trevor. It’s so fun!
What I hate: The bitter cold that keeps my doggies inside. They are getting restless, but I can’t risk falling over in the ice or frostbite to walk them. Poor little guys. My smallest one doesn’t even like to go out to the bathroom in this weather. He’s a bit sensitive like his mommy!

What I can't wait for:
Holding my little guy.
Moment of last week:
Supporting my friend Tali at her bridal luncheon. It was so fun! I managed to get a load of ketchup on my shirt (the belly catches everything), but the burger was well worth it!!


  1. I'm glad you posted the details about cervical dilation/effacement/fetal station - my doctor never really explained all that to me! I go today to check on my dilation and I'm hoping he says he can see Parker's little head (just kidding, but kind of not.) haha :)

    I'm glad you're feeling less grumpy! I've been an emotional basket case today, crying every 5 seconds at the most random things. Ew! haha

  2. Thanks- love yours too! Your maternity pics are so beautiful. I wish I had only gained 25 lbs...omg...I too have tons of pre-preg clothes in the basement. For some reason this little boy makes me eat CARBS CARBS CARBS since Day 1! Hoping we can meet our little ones soon!


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