Saturday, January 9, 2010

Bump Watch: 37 Weeks

Sorry about the delay in posting this week's bump watch! It's felt like such a busy week (things at work have actually been picking up for me a little -- I think everyone's trying to get in just one last project for me before I go out on leave)... Even though I only took the one week off, it's still jarring having to get back into the rhythm of working every day!

We did, however, remember to take this week's photo on Monday -- so here's me at exactly 37 weeks!

Thirty-seven weeks is actually kind of a big deal -- Eggi is full-term as of this week! So if I were to go into labor now, my doctors wouldn't go to any extraordinary effort to stop my contractions... And if Eggi were to be born today, he wouldn't be classified as "premature." We definitely still want him to stay inside until closer to my due date (it's generally good for the baby to have the full 40 weeks in utero to develop enough protective fat and continue to grow stronger before birth), but it's one of the biggest pregnancy milestones we've passed so far!

It doesn't really look like Eggi will be coming just yet, though. At my checkup this week, I was still 1-2cm dilated and 50% effaced -- the same numbers as last week. And while I've been having a fair number of new aches and pains this week, most of them are just caused by baby movement -- I'm not exactly sure what to be looking for, having no frame of reference for real labor, but I'm pretty sure I haven't felt anything contraction-like yet.

Oh, and here's this week's blurb from --
Congratulations! Your baby is full-term! This means that if your baby arrives now, his lungs should be fully mature and ready to adjust to life outside the womb, even though your due date is still three weeks away. He weighs 6 1/3 pounds and measures a bit over 19 inches, head to heel (like a stalk of Swiss chard). Many babies have a full head of hair at birth, with locks from 1/2 inch to 1 1/2 inches long.
So thankful to have reached the full-term milestone -- and so excited to meet our little boy, hopefully sometime soon!


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1 comment:

S. Chi said...

Haha, "like a stalk of swiss chard". I like that analogy.