I had my final monthly (!!) OB appointment today. I still can’t believe next Tuesday will mark the beginning of the third trimester. Let’s see how many times I can type this … Where has the time gone? Here are the highlights from the appointment:
- Wee One’s heart rate is holding steady at 147 BPM
- He’s estimated to weigh 2lbs 13ozs
- All of his measurements are in proportion
- He’s likely going to be a September baby
- I passed my glucose test
- My blood pressure was fine and my urine protein free
How adorable is he?? He’s so loveable and squishy already. I can’t stop looking at him. ❤
Right now he is breech, but that’s okay. His position also explains why I’ve been feeling a lot of activity in the lower part of my stomach … it’s where his feet are!
The tech was finally able to see and measure everything she needed – and all of his measurements are in proportion. My amniotic fluid levels are also perfect. He’s still measuring a little over one week ahead, but that’s been the case all along so I wasn’t surprised.
After last month’s ultrasound, you may recall that I was concerned about gestational diabetes. At the time, Wee One’s abdomen was out of proportion. The more I thought about it though, the more I realized there was likely no reason to be alarmed. I bet a lot of babies have something out of proportion at one point or another, but no one realizes because the mothers aren’t having ultrasounds every month like me.
Even though I put his measurements out of my mind, I was still concerned about my glucose test. I joked all weekend about how this food or that food might be my last for the next few months.
But, I passed with flying colors!
The next concern was preeclampsia, but so far so good. My blood pressure is fine and there was no trace of protein in my urine. Let’s hope it stays that way!
Now, let’s talk about his birthday …
I asked Donna the big question today … When can we schedule his delivery?
She said they like to schedule them for 36 or 37 weeks. That would be the week of Sept. 15 or Sept. 22.
Of course, I immediately asked what kind of risk we run delivering at the 36-week mark. Essentially, Wee One could have some breathing issues, but they’ll likely do steroid injections several days prior to delivery to help strengthen his lungs, bowels and such.
However, it never occurred to me to ask WHY they schedule c-sections so early. Is that standard procedure for high risk pregnancies? If I’m not having any complications, can we wait a bit?
I’ll make sure to ask Dr. GL all of these pressing questions in two weeks.
If delivering closer to 40 weeks isn’t an option, I’m definitely going to push for waiting until 37 weeks. I just want him to have as much time in the womb as possible.
About him being a September baby …
Let’s assume he’s born at 37 weeks. That means we’re 10 weeks away from his arrival.
We have SO MUCH to do in those 10 weeks. Do you know what my schedule looks like for the month of August?
I have now officially entered panic mode. Eeek!! I’m going to need more newborn clothes, I think. They’ll also have to be fairly lightweight, I think. I need to wash everything. I need to purge some more things to make room.
What I really need is to take things one step at a time or I’ll get overwhelmed. Tonight’s step will be to order clothes containers, picture frames and the dresser. 🙂