Dear Julien … Letters to my second son.

Wednesday, 13th July, 2005

36 Week Prenatal

Filed under: 36 Weeks,General,Prenatals,Weeks in Utero — Beth @ 11:16

Well, turns out I was wrong about the dilation. No dilation. But I am 50% effaced and very soft. This is good, very good and explains all the various twinges and cramps and backaches. Seems like I might efface to 90 or 100% first with Pip before starting to dilate, which actually makes a lot of sense.

Forgot to ask for my BP numbers, but they were normal.
Fundal height: 37cm
Weight: 256.5
Urine: Good
Heartbeat: 130s

Slight swelling in my ankles that was noticeable to the doctor, but nothing to worry about.

Basically everything is good and fine and right on track and they’ll do a quick u/s next week to make double sure Pip has turned head down.

We spent some time actually talking to Dr. S. this time and it turns out she’s really cool. Very laid-back/non-interventionist and believes in trusting a woman’s body to do the work, but also responsive to a patient’s preferences if they want help. It’s a good practice, it really is and I’m so blessed to be able to work with them and the delivery center at Alta Bates. For some reason I’d thought internals started at 36 weeks, but actually they don’t start them until 38 weeks, so I had to ask for this check. I’ll probably skip it next week, especially if they do that ultrasound.

So basically … we’re on baby watch from here on out. Things are moving, but not so quickly that we need to worry. I highly doubt that I’ll be going past my due date and Pip may decide to arrive before it, so sometime in the next 4 weeks seems pretty definite!

1 Comment

  1. Iirc, with second and subsequent pregnancies it it typical to not dilate until you are actually in labor as opposed to dilating in the weeks leading up to labor as with a first pregnancy.

    Comment by perlgirlju — Wednesday, 13th July, 2005 @ 12:31

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