I can choose who I see, more or less. In fact, I see my fav doc next week for my next appointment! We'll see what she says.
I had my 37 week appointment this morning, and all went well! Surprisingly, he didn't mention doing an u/s next week to check size/position, and I sure as hell wasn't going to remind him! He felt around himself and told me he's about 7 lbs., which sounds WAY better than the 7.5 lbs. they were telling me last week. I tend to believe the doctors more than the u/s at this point. And it is much more in line with my last pregnancy. DS was born at 36 weeks (so, a week earlier than I am now) and he was 6.8 lbs. So it makes sense this guy is weighing in at 7 lbs. a week later. He didn't say much more on the baby's weight, so I'm hoping that's a good sign!
I didn't get checked, but my doc didn't think I'd be dilated at all. He said the baby's head is sitting right on my pubic bone (and in turn causing a loooooot of pain. I have hurt so bad this past week in my pelvis and bowels, if that makes sense). He said (and this is why he renews my faith in him periodically) that there was no point in doing a check today and introducing unnecessary bacteria, etc. So I was super happy! I was going to decline anyhow, but he made it easy. I think I'll have them check next week.
Aside from that, everything else is good! Weight is still creeping up, but I am SO swollen in my feet and ankles, it's ridiculous. Even my calves are starting to look chubby! Ugh. But everything else is good! BP was good, urine good, baby good. And I'm GBS negative again! So yay.
Also, it feels AMAZING to have hit full term today! I feel like it has been this goal of mine this entire pregnancy to get this guy to term, and not have another preemie like I did with DS. Yes, I'm in pain and uncomfortable and as big as a house, but I am so thankful I am still pregnant and he is still baking away!
Sounds like a pretty perfect appointment!
Sounds like a great appt! Glad you didn't have to face a check, and that you've hit such a happy milestone. Yay!
Mara & Joel, 2009
Yes, I'm super excited!
Also, like I said, he told me baby is sitting right on my pubic bone, and not engaged yet. He did mention that sometimes with a c/s scar tissue in the lower segment of the uterus (the part that needs to stretch during labor for the baby to engage) can sometimes prevent the baby from descending into the pelvis. I guess in that case, they tend to push a repeat c/s because, as my OB put it, that's grounds for a possible rupture. If the uterus won't stretch to engage the baby, forcing it can lead to a rupture. It makes sense to me, but I need to read up on it.
Anyone else ever heard of that? Like I said, it makes sense. If it's not going to stretch due to scar tissue, forcing it is no good. I have my first ever chiropractor visit on Monday morning (Spinning Babies recommends pelvic adjustment to help the baby engage), so I'm hoping he's just not ready yet and it doesn't have anything to do with scar tissue.
Good appt. & yay for baking baking baby still!
~Joy~ DS1-8/5/05, DS2-10/18/10 (VBAC#1), DS3- 4/11/12 (VBAC#2!)
Well, I don't know anything about the scar tissue, etc, but, I'm 2 weeks ahead of you and my baby is not engaged yet! I was reading somewhere that often with subsequent pregnancies, baby doesn't engage until the onset of labor. So... maybe it;s just that???
Mara & Joel, 2009
Sounds like you had a wonderful appointment! Great news all around and yay for hitting full term!!
I'm not sure I buy the scar tissue thing as your doctor explained it. I've always heard that the baby's head is what stretches the lower part of the uterus. That's why it's important to have baby in good position, to put good pressure down there. If the chiropractor doesn't help, try doing a Rebozo Shifting, it helps pull baby up & gives him a chance to settle back down in a better position.
"No more hurting people. Peace."
-- Martin Richard, age 8, Boston, MA
Rest in peace, Martin.