35 Weeks: Countdown to Baby and Racing Hearts

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Baby is the size of: A honeydew melon

How far along are you: 35 weeks, 3 days

What’s happening with baby: From Babycenter, “Your baby doesn’t have much room to maneuver now. He is over 18 inches long and tips the scales at 5 1/4 pounds. Because he is so snug in yourj womb, your baby isn’t likely to be doing dramatic somersaults anymore, but the number of movements you feel should remain about the same. Your baby’s kidneys are fully developed now, and his liver can process some waste products. Basic physical development is now mostly complete — your baby’s main job over the next few weeks is to put on weight.”

Due date: February 3rd

Sleep: Painful and not high-quality. Didn’t fall asleep until 2 a.m. last night — just wasn’t tired or comfortable at all.

Best moment this week: We had our second non-stress test (due to my gestational diabetes) this week and everything looked perfect. I was hooked up for a good 30 minutes this time because the midwife with whom I’d originally scheduled my appointment had to leave to deliver a baby (OK, OK, nice excuse), but my favorite OB stepped in instead. We had about 35 movements in just over half an hour, and his heartrate was based in the 140s with accelerations into the 190s — “a very healthy baby,” proclaimed the doctor. I was also told (again) that I’m a great patient because I’ve continued to check my blood sugars. I never get tired of hearing that.

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Worst moment this week: Nothing major, but I got the Group B Strep test and my first cervical exam to check for dilation. Ooh, boy. They check for Group B Strep — which roughly 25% of the adult female population carries — because if you’re a carrier, without antibiotics, your chances of passing it onto baby during labor and delivery is about 1 in 200. With antibiotics? 1 in 4,000. The test involves a swab and… intimacy. Then the doc’s fingers went in for the cervical check, which I wasn’t necessarily expecting. Very uncomfortable, but I did reassure him after he apologized that I’d need to man up anyway for what I was about to endure in roughly 4 weeks. Oh, and in case you’re curious about my cervix, I’m closed up tight and baby is high. Which is fine.

What are you looking forward to: Bean’s arrival — just 32 more days!

Food cravings: Everything, all the time.

What do you miss: Pain-free sleep and pain-free movement in general.

Symptoms: Heartburn/reflux, back pain, mood swings, hemorrhoids, constant peeing, swollen feet and fingers, irritability, gas and grumbly stomach, total exhaustion, anxiety and worry about impending parenthood.

Gender: Boy

Belly button: Out.

Ring: Off.

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