i had my 37 week appointment today.
I'm sorry you didn't have a great appt today.
You and bfg27 have the same situation in terms of not having an appointment again til the 6th, from what she posted also!
There seems to be some change in the ideas and expectations surrounding routine prenatal cervical checks, that might have something to do with them not checking you this time.. apparently even with a sterile glove on, the cervical check can push bacteria from the entry of the vagina up further, into or on the cervix, increasingly the possibility of infection, so a lot of practitioners are moving away from doing them so routinely, toward doing them only when specific information is needed and can be gained that way.
I sympathize with the eagerness to know more, though. I too am walking around dropped and fully effaced even though this is not my first, and wondering from day to day, whether I have mere days, or still weeks, because other women on the board have told me they have gone weeks like this even with 3rd babies, so it can happen.
I hope you feel better, and that you get to hear the heartbeat, whether with a fetoscope (like a large heavy stethoscope, uses no energy waves, carries no risk) or a dopplar or whatnot if that's what the nurses have. Hopefully the movements and kicks are strong and reassuring for you in the meantime!
Do you find it is getting harder to even think about the holidays now, and you'd rather they just get over with and get on with having a new baby?
-Meg Loving life as an 0ver-35 mom and Postal Wife, homeschooling, urban homesteading, relaxed crunchy/geek hybrid housewife, trying to live consciously in an age of media hypnosis