Thursday, March 08, 2007

Popped and dropped: 36 week updates and pics (of course)

Popped and dropped: that's me. Notice the belly hanging over the pants- line? This week, Keifer has definitely dropped down lower, and although it's very hard to tell, my now-blackish belly button is popping ever -so-slightly out. I'm done, I'm done! LOL. tell me that at 36 week: Your baby is still putting on the pounds — about an ounce a day. She now weighs almost 6 pounds and is a little less than 19 inches long. She's shedding most of the downy covering of hair that covered her body as well as the vernix caseosa, the creamy substance that covered and protected her skin during its submersion in amniotic fluid. Your baby swallows both of these substances, along with other secretions, which will stay in her bowels until birth. This blackish mixture, called meconium, will become her first bowel movement.At the end of this week, your baby will be considered full-term. (Babies between 37 and 42 weeks are considered full-term; a baby born before 37 weeks is pre-term and after 42 is post-term.) Most likely she's in a head-down position by now, which is optimal for a smooth delivery, but if she isn't in the next week, your provider may suggest scheduling an "external cephalic version," which is a fancy way of saying she'll try to coax your baby into a head-down position manually, by manipulating her from the outside of your belly.

I had my 36 week check up today with my OB: Keifer is head down (*yay*), I'm about 1 cm. dilated and about 40% effaced -- he said all felt well and he did a swab for the Group B Strep Test -- (and OWIE - the cervical check HURT!) The joys of being a woman.

I asked about my itchy feet I've been having - they have been AWFUL!!! My doc blames it on the swelling and the blood in there. OMG! They literally drive me NUTS! IT IS HORRIBLE- nothing helps! The only thing that will help? "giving birth" HA HA HA.

I got my call about a basal cell carcinoma growth I had removed from the front of my right ear last week: It is early stage cancer (carcinoma) but so early that we are going to treat it with an intensive cream 5 nights a week, which will apparently attack it through the immune system - then it will get really red, irritated, inflamed (oh yay), and crust over - then I'll follow up with the dermatologist in 6 weeks or so.

So never a dull moment w/my doc appointments! LOL. Between all my OB visits, the Gestational Diabetes visits, and adding the dermatologist to the mix, my calender is FULL!


Rae said...

your belly is beautiful!!!! sounds like you are getting really close!
my daughter made her grand entrance at 36 weeks exactly, so be ready any time! I wasn't ready and boy was it crazy running around the house and packing for the hospital whilst I was spewing amniotic fluid on the ground! lol
You are getting so close! Congrats!

Kerry said...

You look amazing. I am so looking forward to hearing the whn and how of your birth story. Best wishes for a safe and speedy delivery.

Vavine said...

It seems like there are some new ways of treating skin cancer (non surgical & natural). ..
I found this informative slide show on skin cancer treatment. Takes about a minute to watch..

Peggy said...

Hello Sweetie,
Ali told me about your blog and its soooo exciting to be able to see your pics since I haven't seen you in awhile. You look awesome and I am soooo happy for you and that lucky baby who will have such and wonderful mom!! Congratulations and I hope your delivery goes smoothly. I'll keep checking your blog for more updates.


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