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39 Week Check-Up: Please Tell Me There's Progress!

alyson 39 weeksMy last check-up was 10 days ago.  Since then I’ve been walking a LOT and trying other things to help move this baby along.  My husband and I went on a 3 mile walk yesterday and needless to say, I was pretty excited about my 39 week appointment as I was convinced that I’d made progress.  So when my doctor revealed that nothing had changed since last week, I began to get discouraged.

Last week I was 1cm dilated and 75% effaced.  Today after my cervical exam, my doctor told me that I’m sitting right about where I was last week.  She did say that the baby had dropped quite a bit from last week which made me feel a little bit better about all my efforts.  She also informed me that I could go into labor at the stage my body is at right now, which I must have missed somewhere along the way.  I guess I’d always thought that the cervix would dilate and efface before labor started.  So even though I hadn’t made much progress {other than moving my baby further down with all that walking!} I didn’t leave totally discouraged.  Plus, I did get a little peek at our little man via ultrasound because my doctor wanted to check his fluid.  He’s not posterior by the way, just laying on his side, hence why I can always see his little movements and never felt his back!  Whew!  She said he looks good in there and I said “He’d look a lot better outside the womb!”

It’s so weird playing a waiting game.  My whole family is on pins and needles, waiting for me to pop.  Every twinge of pain I feel makes me stop in my tracks and wonder, could this be it?  It’s so crazy to be this close to meeting our little boy and so crazy how quickly things have gone.  It feels like just yesterday I was peeing on a stick and waiting for it to show two pink lines.  Any day now I’ll have that little boy in my arms.

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