38 Weeks Pregnant – Pregnancy Week by Week

38 Weeks Pregnant – Pregnancy Week by Week

ATTENTION!! ATTENTION!! A HUGE WOMAN WITH CHILD IS WALKING INTO THE GROCERY STORE!

I feel like this is secretly being said through the employee walkie-talkie’s because it’s like everyone in the general vicinity is looking at me like I’m about to birth a baby inside their store… coffee shop… gym… preschool…

Here’s the deal… we’re huge, you and me. 38 weeks pregnant and our babes are the size of Spaghetti Squashes… That’s what President Donald Trump would call “YUGE,” y’all.

38 Weeks Pregnant from the Doctor:

Many women do not experience the classic sign of “a gush if water” to signal the rupturing of the amniotic sac (aka “water breaking”). Your water breaking may not be as dramatic as the movies describe it. Continuous leakage of scant vaginal fluid or discharge may mean that your water has broken. How to tell? Consult with your doctor and tell them what symptoms you are having. If they can not determine, over the phone, that your water has or has not broken, they will likely inform you to go to Labor and Delivery triage for confirmation. If the fluid from rupture of the amniotic sac is any other color than clear, meconium passage (baby’s first bowel movement) may have occurred. Let your doctor know about the fluid color. If meconium passage has occurred or you are a known GBS positive carrier, you will want to ensure you get to the hospital as quickly and safely as possible. Fetal monitoring when meconium stained fluid is present, is very important and GBS positive women need antibiotic initiation in a timely manner to prevent infections for the newborn.

38 Weeks Pregnant from the Pregnant Lady:

I went to the store and bought a block of cheese this week. When I got home, I looked down at it and noticed the expiration date… it was a date AFTER my due date. AFTER MY DUE DATE. I don’t know why, but this little fact absolutely blew my mind! This baby is coming and she’ll be here before I know it!

I’m feeling SO MUCH BETTER! I could accomplish the world this week… okay, well I could accomplish about a quarter of what I could usually accomplish prior to being pregnant, but I feel like superwoman over here. The medicine has worked and has calmed the contractions down to manageable and I’m still 0% effaced and dilated to a 1… that means that baby girl is happy in my warm, cozy belly! I’m going on walks as much as possible and hoping to get her closer to feeling ready!

Now that the sun is out and it’s getting warm, I am taking to the outside world and walking up and down my street as much as possible. There’s a church down the road where my son goes to school. They have a set of steps [okay, like there’s maybe 7 steps total – I’m not Wonder Woman!] there that I walk up and down about 200 times over. Yes, I do this while school is in session. No, I do not care what people think about the walrus who neurotically walks the stairs while also half-dancing-half-waddling to “Perm” by Bruno Mars…

Although I’m starting to realize that there may be a connection to this and the consistent questions I get during drop-off and pickup of “you’re STILL pregnant?”

What are you feeling?

The need to clean / arrange / organize everything

I. Must. Clean. Everything. I need to organize, minimize and scrub the whole house. I feel like a drill sergeant, shouting orders at everyone in my family – “Get this room cleaned up!” “I just made your bed, don’t jump on it!” “Honey, help me move the couch so I can scrub the baseboards!” “WE CANNOT BRING A NEW HUMAN INTO A HOUSE THAT LOOKS AND FEELS LIKE THIS!!” I’m a lunatic over here… I’m washing everything from the new baby clothes to the dogs! It’s uncontrollable!

Checking the potty

One of the first signs that labor is near is a bloody show, or the loss of your mucus plug. Because I know this, I find myself really examining the potty after every single visit… I think I’ve officially lost my mind.

Pregnancy Buzz Word – Nesting

Mama bears do it. Mama cats and dogs do it. Mama hamsters, birds, tigers and raccoons do it! And, if you’re like me right now, you’re doing it as well. Nesting – preparing your “nest” for your baby’s arrival. While it looks more like tossing out junk and cleaning, the nesting instinct in humans can be as powerful as it is in animals. It’s nature’s way of getting you ready to nurture a child! It’s that uncontrollable urge to clean your house or fix it up and I’ve found myself doing all kinds of weird and crazy things to make my nest ready for baby! [Last pregnancy, my husband came home to me on all fours at 38 weeks – what a sight, I’m sure – scrubbing the kitchen grout with a toothbrush… yes… This happened. Nesting is real and uncontrollable, but don’t be upset if the nesting urge doesn’t strike you at all. That’s perfectly normal, too, and means nothing about the kind of mom or dad you’ll be! Instead of crazy prepping, your body is probably telling you to REST REST REST! Go ahead and listen to your body… it’s pretty good at telling you what you need!

If the nesting instinct has hit you, please make good choices. You’re pregnant, not superwoman. Don’t climb a ladder to clean the top shelf and don’t throw your back out trying to lift anything too heavy. Be careful around cleaning agents with strong chemicals, too. Want to clean but hate the chemicals? Check out these posts on Nesting the Natural Way! Be sure to take breaks, drink a lot of water, and snack often! You don’t want to overdo it… you’ll need your energy for birthing a baby, right?

How to Survive this Week:

It’s all about prepping for life once baby’s here. Make sure your hospital bag is packed and ready to go. Go ahead and start thinking about newborn photos and pick a photographer – you may even want to book them for a week or two after baby’s due date! Think about pregnancy announcements… I’ve selected a few options online that I like… and make sure you allow your body to REST as much as possible. Take care of yourself – go get your nails done! Get your hair done, too, while you’re at it! You deserve it!

Here are some posts you mind find helpful during your second trimester:

5 Natural Products for Surviving Pregnancy // Fitness for 2 – Pregnancy Fitness 101
Fitness for 2 – Working Out in the 3rd Trimester // The Ultimate Baby Registry Guide
What’s in My Hospital Bag // What to Add to Your Hospital Bag // Prepping your Child for a New Baby
12 Ways to Pray for Your Unborn Child // Our Baby Boy’s Nursery // Our Baby Girl’s Nursery
How I Organized our Nursery // B’s Birth Story // A’s Birth Story // My Pregnancy Dream Team
Maternity Photos – Why I Chose to Do Them // Nesting the Natural Way // Our Newborn Photos

   

Disclaimer: As with anything, your doctor, midwife or health practitioner should be the most-esteemed and final word when it comes to pregnancy symptoms, medications, prenatal vitamins and to-do’s. This series is meant to be informative and fun, but is in no way purposed to replace the information that your doctor can provide. Always check with your doctor first.
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