Ashley- so glad that it is not pertussis, how scary and stressful anyway! Luckily DH and I are pretty similar as far as hospital/doctors go so it isn't a struggle.
Erin- lots and lots of hugs to you and your family.
Re: hair removal- I too and lucky if I have shaved my legs....like I did a week ago but I hadn't since before christmas before that so I will probably not do anything before baby comes. Definitely no extra care or waxing but I have been tempted to try it when not pg. Jenny you have to let us know how it went!
re: body cleaning itself out, I have been going back and forth but have seemed to kind of slow down to normal now. When I went into labor with DS my body definitely go rid of everything. I am hoping that happens again because it was nice to not have to worry about poop in pushing.
I am currently pregnant longer than I ever have been, DS was born in the morning of 38+1 and I am at 38+1 today. It feels pretty fine and I am ok with it but starting to feel a shift in my emotions and state of mind. I have tons of braxton hicks and do not have any internal checks done, not in labor either, so I am just hoping that means dilation is happing on its own. I do EPO vaginally every night since 37 weeks and I haven't felt my cervix but she is definitely lower than she has been and it was kind of exciting to feel a hard little baby head. I mean I know that there is a baby in there but it got a little more real.
I had a midwife appointment today and I am measuring 3-3.5 weeks behind but I gained two pounds in the last week. My mw is not worried and said my body type seems to just hide babies more. Not sure exactly what that means but I will take it. She thinks DD is between 7 and 7.5lbs but that is also what another mw estimated for DS a little over a week before he was born and he was 8lbs 2oz. I am in that in between place of feeling a little irritated with people wanting updates (seriously, I just turned 38 weeks), being more ready than not to meet my baby, but also being content to rest in the normalcy of life as I know it right before it changes again. I had myself a good cry yesterday because whether I like it or not, my life has already changed. Having my sister here all the time is taxing in some ways because I am an introvert and all of my normal things in life are a bit altered. She is super easy to live with, we get along great, and my house is ridiculously clean so I feel guilty for even feeling sad at all or irritated. But, I just had a good cry, felt better, some of it might have been about not really feeling like doing labor any time soon, and then I went to a coffee shop and read a book for a while. I felt a lot better and was very appreciative to have the luxury to have someone watch DS for me while I went to read a book. Maybe I will stay pg longer just to get to go out alone more lol.