37 week appointment

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Registered: 09-08-2008
37 week appointment
Wed, 07-25-2012 - 4:47pm

Hey ladies,

So my appointment went well.  Though I was soooo convinced I would be dilated more because of all those symptoms I'd been having, I'm still at 1 cm, 60% effaced.  But my doctor told me that's a really good start for a first time pregnancy, so I suppose I'll defer to her judgment.  She commented again on how low he is.  He is just hangin' out right there when she does her checks.  It was actually kind of odd having her do my check and feeling him start moving at the same time...he could feel her on his head, haha.  I think she woke him up.  She confirmed that it did sound a bit like false labor/my body getting ready for the real thing with the cramps.  So I guess I got a taste of what is to come...except it will be way worse!  :smileywink:

I also went back to the maternal-fetal specialist to do another u/s to look at baby's growth since he was measuring disproportionate.  The doctor (I LOVE her, btw, wish she could do all my appts) got much different measurements than the tech at my OB's- he's still small but he's measuring proportionately.  The U/S tech had his head at 37 weeks and others at 33-34 when I was 36 weeks along, and at 37 weeks, the specialist measured his head at 35-36 weeks, and the other measurements were around 35 weeks...so much more symmetrical.  She said there was no reason to worry and he is going to be just fine, no abnormalities, no IUGR, still 15th percentile, but just a small baby.  His dad is 6'4" though, so I'm thinking he won't stay small forever.  She had him at 5 lb 15 oz. so I'm still on track to have in between a 6-7 lb baby.

My doctor is out of town next week from Monday-Monday so I told little boy he better stay in there till she gets back!!!  :smileyhappy:

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Registered: 08-15-2007
Thu, 07-26-2012 - 10:28am
I'm glad baby is measureing more porportinate. Sometimes I think they look too hard during the ultrasounds and we end up worrying about things for no reason.

You look like a small person, so it's natural to think that you would have a smaller baby IMO.

Don't worry too much about being dialated or not, it has never seemed to perdict labor for me. Even if you're not more dialated, the contractions are doing something, they are strengthing your uterus for the big show. I wish all my muscles would work themselves out without me doing anything ;-)
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Registered: 07-08-2009
Thu, 07-26-2012 - 9:47am
Awwwwwww, my last baby was what I affectionately call a "pocket baby." He was 6.1 full term. Cutest little thing evah. I'm glad you had a great appt!
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Registered: 11-20-2000
Wed, 07-25-2012 - 9:42pm

Sounds like you had a great appointment!! I was at 1 cm for a whole month before labor really started (5 days before due date) with first. So that sounds about right. Baby will be here before you know it!

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Registered: 10-12-2010
Wed, 07-25-2012 - 4:57pm

Whew! So glad that you got another peek and that all seems well in there. Those US's are so tricky. And, good to know that it was probably just false labor you were feeling.

I feel you at just hanging out where you've been. I cannot believe I've not made any more progress. But, everything will happen when it happens, so not a lot we can do. Still, at 37w, at least you've made some progress, and that's awesome! So in the home stretch! w00t!

Mom to Libby/17, William/12, and Jacob/8