Pregnancy Update Weeks 37-40

Pregnancy Update Weeks 37-40

I thought he’d be here by now for sure!  So did my doctor.  BUT, he’s not… As I shared here, The Love Nugget was two weeks late.  During those two weeks I waited patiently and tried some of the “natural” inducing labor tricks.  Red Raspberry tea, walking, sex, etc.  Nothing worked. I ended up being induced and while it wasn’t ideal, he still arrived, healthy and happy.

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Love Nugget at just a week old 🙂 

Now, here I am, at 40 weeks and feeling like things are going the same… At my last check up my doctor was able to sweep my membranes but my cervix is very high and posterior which is what happened with The Love Nugget.  It’s also very stubborn which just makes me feel like nothing is going to progress again as it did with him.

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40 weeks 

Anyway, I figure I’d give you all my normal pregnancy update then share our plans for the next few days…

How are you feeling?  Horrible!  I’ve been in a lot of pain the past few weeks but it’s intensified this last week.  My pelvic bone literally feels like it’s ripping into two.  I can’t roll over in bed without excruciating pain and when I stand from the couch or chair I have to walk hunched over, holding on to counters, tables etc. until the pain somewhat subsides.  It doesn’t feel that bad when I’m standing or moving around but as soon as I stop and sit down it’s throbbing, aching, and horrible when I try to get up.  I typically have a pretty high pain tolerance.  Even my doctor commented on it as she stripped my membranes and I barely flinched.  BUT this has been horrible.

Are you exercising?  Walking and some pregnancy yoga is about all I can handle these days.  The pain is again pretty excruciating so it’s kept me from being able to do much more than that….  I am walking for 20-45 minutes a day, bouncing on my stability ball, and doing yoga about 2 times a week.  

Are you sleeping good?  Nope… I typically wake up around 2:00am, fall back asleep for a little bit, then am up again by 4:00am.  I try to nap during the day but that’s been getting harder too as it’s just painful to lay down.

Do you have any food cravings?  As the weather heats up I find myself craving more smoothies, ice cream, and froyo.  One thing I constantly have stocked in my freezer are frozen grapes.  Can’t get enough of those babies!

Any aversions?  Often times food in general just doesn’t sound good.  Other than ice cream or frozen grapes.  Mexican food never sounds good nor does Thai food or anything spicy.  Which is a bummer since spicy is supposed to induce labor 🙁

Are you missing anything? 

Yep, being able to tie my shoes, bend over and pick something up from the floor, exercise, roll over in bed without pain and just feeling normal.

Anything you are looking forward to?

Holding our new little guy in my arms!

What’s your plan? 

As I said I’ve been in quite a bit of pain this past week especially.  This plus the stubborn cervix has had me pretty frustrated with my body.  Even though I had really hoped to deliver this baby naturally, I’ve always said that I was open to doing whatever needed to be done.  With  my first son I felt fine, felt I was able to be patient and waited until as long as I could.  This time around I feel horrible, and am definitely not as patient.  People keep saying to just wait and let my body do what it’s going to do.  BUT what I don’t think most people realize is that we’ve been patient for over three years and through four pregnancy losses.  Patience is definitely not my virtue right now.

That plus hearing that my cervix is again stubborn and that I could be in the same situation (two weeks late) as I was with The Love Nugget, has led me to just schedule an induction.  We were actually scheduled to go in yesterday but the hospital was full….  So they pushed me today, I called at 4:00am to check if there was room, they told us to come on in then called back 30 minutes later telling me to call at 8:00…  So we wait.  I’d love for my body to do it’s thing and go into labor on it’s own but I’m not holding out hope.   Yesterday, I spent most the day walking around, climbing our stairs two at a time, doing squats at the top then jogging down and bouncing on the exercise ball.  I’ve been on that damn exercise ball so much that even The Love Nugget said, “Man mom you really like that ball.”  Actually I hate it!  I went for two long walks, ate spicy food (which I hate), pineapple as usual and even tried the sex thing again as uncomfortable as it was.  All those things did was leave me feeling worse today.  Now I have severe sciatic pain on top of the pelvic pressure and pain.

The other issue is that we have no family close by that can watch The Love Nugget.  My mom, who lives 3 hours away, is here to watch him this week and my MIL, who lives 2 1/2 hours away, is coming this weekend.  So pushing things back is causing issues with childcare as well.  I know it’s a bit selfish and unrealistic to some to plan an induction.  AND to be honest, it wasn’t anywhere in the cards for me up until my doctor suggested it due to the posterior cervix and pain I was having.  With that said now that we’ve arranged schedules, planned for things and set our mind to it, having it pushed back is frustrating.I know I shouldn’t be complaining but to say I’m a bit frustrated would be an understatement…  With that said, I’m very much aware that he won’t be in there forever.  He’s going to be here at some point and yes, we’re just trying to be patient.  Anyway, just wanted to fill you all in on where we stand and how we are doing.  Hopefully within a few days you’ll be seeing a “Welcome Baby” post 🙂

 

 

 

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Comments

  1. I truly hate the waiting and then also getting bumped at the hospital because they are too full! It makes me always think just because I’m not naturally in labor doesn’t make me any less important. I also hate (which I’m already getting now at 36 weeks) all these tips to make sure labor happens soon. I’m so on the page if it is going to happen it will, doesn’t mean I won’t try, but stop giving me tips…

    Good luck and hopefully you don’t get bumped today!!

    • Giselle Schroer says:

      Seriously! My doctor is the one who suggested I schedule an induction but I’m getting the feeling like I’m not important because it’s “elective.” I agree, I’ve gotten so many tips on what to do and have literally tried everything twice now. Well, with the exception of castor oil… Regardless I just don’t think my body likes to go into labor on its own and if I’m okay with that, then everyone else should be too 🙂

  2. Aww man you are having it rough and I feel so bad! I’m glad you decided to go with an induction. praying I see a pic on Instagram soon welcoming your little boy!

    • Giselle Schroer says:

      Thanks Heather. It’s so much different than with my first. I blame the fact that I’m five years older 😉

  3. The waiting game in pregnancy is the toughest part and the last month seems like an eternity. I thought the first trimester nausea was hard to handle but waiting for the little one to arrive when you are so close is way harder. I feel your frustration and I’m with you. The good news is he will be here soon. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts 🙂 You look great!!!! xoxo

    • Giselle Schroer says:

      Thank you Kelly! I agree, the waiting is so hard! Hopefully you won’t be in the same boat 🙂

  4. Ugh, waiting is the worst! I was also 2 weeks late with my second baby even after trying everything, I still had to be induced. I also had pelvic pain pretty bad with both kids and it just sucks. So uncomfortable! Looking forward to reading your post when baby gets here!

  5. Ugh, I am so so sorry you’re feeling so terrible! I am praying for you this week–ill be praying that baby decides to come right now! <3 Sending you lots of love from PA!

  6. Do what you need to do and don’t feel bad about it! Thousands of women get inductions everyday and like you said your son was fine and happy and healthy so everything is going to be fine and he will be here soon!!! Can’t wait to see pics