Today marks 37 weeks. I had my appointment yesterday and we went over all of the procedures for paging when I go into labor. Crazy to think that I could go into labor at any time now. Although, I'm pretty sure I won't. I am almost convinced I will still be pregnant at Christmas or at least until Canadian Thanksgiving :)
This week, I found out that I test positive for GBS so I will require antibiotics through IV during labour. The midwife assures me it's no big deal and that the IV can be administered in about 10 minutes and then I will be able to remove it and have freedom to roam/change positions etc.
My belly is still measuring just right on at 37 cm and I have gained a total of 33 pounds at this point. Things are looking right on track. My BP is still good and the baby's heartbeat was right on 150 yesterday. She didn't do an internal exam (which I am quite happy about - I don't want to have false hopes if there is any progress because I know that it's possible to sit tight at 1-3 cm for weeks) but she could tell by external palpation that the baby's head is definitely still engaged and is a little lower than it was before. At least I know that he/she is making some kind of plan to come out. She also showed me how the baby is laying in my tummy which is exactly how I had guessed based on the movements I have been feeling.
I have been feeling a lot of pressure down low lately. At times, it literally feels like the baby is trying to claw its way out. When I talked to my midwife about this, her response was "You think it's bad now? Just wait". Ha, thanks.
She told me to go ahead and start experimenting with all of the, ahem, natural induction methods, that are out there. Without going into further detail, let's just say that the Fabulous Dude considers her his best friend after the advice she gave me yesterday.
I have discovered that I have a habit of sleeping with my hands folded up under my pillow at night. I have discovered this because the pain I was feeling in my feet through the night is gone, but the achiness in my hands is getting worse and worse. Obviously, sleeping with them squished under my head is no good for circulation, but try as I might, I cannot stop sleeping like this. I try so hard to keep them elevated on top of my pillow or stretched out to the side, but it never fails, I wake up with them under my pillow, feeling so sore and hardly able to open and close. The Dude said he's going to tie my hands up towards the ceiling at night :)
Other than that, sleep has been okay. I'm definitely awake anywhere from 2-5 times a night to use the lady's room but other than that, I feel comfortable and rested for the most part. I generally fall right back to sleep after going to the bathroom, and have only had a few nights where I've been laying awake for a long time.
I am starting to feel time slowwww downnnn. The days and weeks seem to be getting longer and I am having trouble thinking of ways to fill my time. Soon I will no longer have this problem, I know, but right now, 22 days seems like an eternity.