Plenty of people would never lift their shirt to take a belly picture. Others would certainly never do it from these angles or at this close up range. I am not afraid, however. This is MY body. This is MY abdomen. It’s gone through 3 surgeries, and has healed perfectly well after each one. I have some ugly scars, some bad stretch marks, and a lot of blue veins, but that’s how it is. I also have about 20 extra pounds I’m scared to attempt to exercise away (hernia last time I did any sit ups, post baby), so.. yeah, basically, this is me. Overweight, hugely pregnant, scars, and all.
Well, we made it! I can’t believe it! 37 weeks! I didn’t update you last week, so here’s the scoop:
36 weeks: baby is head down and 1-2 centimeters dilation, with some thinning. The doctor did a happy dance, literally. At this time with Keeley, I was so walled up and closed off that it took forever for me to thin out and dilate — thus the horribleness of the whole hospital situation last time around. My doctor is going on vacation, and will be back in her office on the 8th. I’ll see a replacement doctor (who would deliver up until the 8th) on Wed. the 3rd (which is today now, of course!) I’m up about 16 lbs on my scale as far as I can tell. My pulled muscle in my rib cage seems healed. It’s harder for me to get up and down. I can tell baby is ‘down’ because I feel like I’ve got a weight there between my pelvic bones that settles, like if I use the bathroom and stand up, it’s like someone drops a weight back down on my bladder and surrounding ‘area’, if you catch my drift.
37 weeks: I saw a different doctor this week. If I go into labor before Monday (please God, no!) then she will deliver. She was nice enough, but said I was a 1, thick, so she really didn’t think any progress had been made, darnit! She said I’d gained 2 lbs this week. Man. Can’t win. She suggested an ultrasound to see how big the baby is. She also suggested stripping membranes, which my doctor had mentioned last week. I asked the nurse to find out if the u/s is covered or not. It’s probably not, to be honest, and if my doctor is going to go ahead and strip the membranes anyway, it’s probably a moot point. Anyone have any experience with this? I know they can be off by a pound either way, so it probably won’t do much good, but just give us a better view of the baby I suppose, and a general idea of weight and if the baby will ‘fit’ or not. So, I really don’t know much more now than I did last week.