39 Weeks Pregnant
I’m 39 weeks pregnant – how did that happen?! I really did not think I’d make it this far – I expected I’d probably give birth weeks early like I did with Miss M. Here I am though, 39 weeks pregnant!
It’s been a fairly quiet week with only one slightly dramatic situation.
I went to my 38 week midwife appointment on Tuesday and told her AGAIN about the severely itchy skin I’ve had. I’ve had this for months as you know and I’ve told her about it at every appointment. I’d asked her many times if she thought it might be obstetric cholestasis and she has said no as I’m not itchy on my hands and feet. This time however, she decided I definitely could have it and sent me rushing to the hospital for a blood test to check.
I hate blood tests – well no-one likes them particularly I’m sure. My veins are always hidden and it’s such a faff to get blood. It took 3 midwives 6 attempts before they finally got enough blood from the back of my hand – ouch. They promised to call with the results later that day or first thing in the morning. They didn’t. I called them at lunchtime and they said my results were normal – as I completely expected them to be.
So drama aside, I’m glad not to have the condition and everything seems pretty normal :)
I’m huge and exhausted but trying to wait as patiently as possible for Mini to arrive! The midwife said the baby is head down but lying sideways so I really need to encourage it to turn or I’m in for back labour again.
Otherwise I’ve been having the odd bounce on the birth ball and also attempted to spend time on all fours to try and get the baby to turn. I didn’t realise how uncomfortable it is to be on all fours when you’re 39 weeks pregnant! All my weight and the baby weight falls on to my shoulders and it’s pretty painful so I haven’t been able to do it much but I’ll persevere.
I’ve been having a lot of braxton hicks and they last ages – sometimes for a few minutes or more which makes things a little bit more uncomfortable.
I’m watching out for Kate Middleton’s baby announcement as she’s due any day too! I bet she’ll beat me ha ha!
If any of you have any tips on safely inducing labour or getting a posterior baby to turn, please do comment below :)
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