Geesh, I can barely keep up!
Vegan, wow, 38 weeks! Woo hoo... And I feel the exact same way. I cannot grasp meeting this little guy so soon. I'm very ready to be pregnant for a few more weeks at least and, yet, also at the same time I am definitely ready! (But mostly not... how's that for ambivalence!?)
Aurora, I feel your pain. I was on bed rest for 6 weeks and I feel really tired a lot of the time. I have been recovering from a cold, which makes it worse, and I have spent quite a bit of time lying back down this week! At the same time I really want to build back some strength so I am trying to get some walking in and I mat even try and do some yoga this evening.
Preg, any updates on the contractions?
Silly, yay,, 36 weeks! That felt like a really great milestone when I reached it last week.
Hi to everyone else.
Frumpiness: Don't feel too frumpy, honestly, but I'm feeling fairly lucky that weight gain hasn't been too much, and I really am only carrying in my tummy and boobs. My rings are actually too big for me, and so I know I've lost weight elsewhere. 8 months of daily vomiting has some upside (Just kidding!). I also tend to carry in a very compact way. I'm actually not looking forward to my postpartum body, especially the ever expanding breasts, which look mildly ridiculous on my frame.
Poop: I didn't poop last time but I was induced after being in the hospital for several days as they tried to get a kidney problem under control and I was in so much pain I just hadn't eaten in a couple of days... I think things may be different this time, not least because I am constipated now and dread to think what might happen during the birth!!!!!!
Today I reached the big milestone of 37 weeks! I risked IN for a water-birth - woo hoo! I have been contracting and cramping so much and so I asked my midwife to check me and, well, clearly these contractions are not productive. I was 50 percent effaced at 30 weeks (before bed rest) and now I am.... yes, 50 percent effaced. I know it means very little but part of me wanted the being up all night to be worth something! I was also dilated a little but, just under 2cm which, again, tells us very little. I'm having weekly NST and biophysical u/s so at least I am getting some reassurance that things are going well. My tummy measured only 34 cm yesterday but last week the little guy was guesstimated to be in the 50th percentile during the most recent growth scan so it may be that he's just dropped a little more.
I have a question for people... I know some of us work, some work part time, some are sahm, etc., and I'm wondering how you think having kids has affected your professional life and whether that's important to you or not. I'm struggling a bit with this, right now. I'm not super ambitious but I did think I'd have a different career trajectory, and since my pregnancy with DS things have really changed for me. I really feel acutely the effects, I think, of a society not set up so that working women can really flourish. I was lucky to get tenure (i'm a professor) before I had kids, but mostly my colleagues have to go through tenure while having and raising kids, and I see my female faculty, especially, suffering... and usually not the male faculty.