Still Pregnant and Impatiently WaitingLauren Jimeson
I went to the doctor for my 38 week check up on Friday and the first words out of her mouth were, “Bet you didn’t expect to be sitting here, did you?” She was exactly right. I honestly never thought that I would make it to the 38 week mark during this pregnancy. And I can’t say I’m extremely excited about it.
With my first daughter being born at 36 weeks and 6 days, this is officially the longest I have ever been pregnant. I was almost positive this little girl would come early, as well. Maybe not as early as my first, but I really didn’t think I would make it to 38 weeks. My doctor didn’t think so either, as she’s told me that it’s not common for women who have delivered early on their first to go much later on subsequent births.
With her telling me that at almost every appointment that I’ve gone to, I’ve had the mindset that this little girl was going to come early. I cleared my schedule of all events that I usually attend and made sure to have everything ready to go just in case I went into labor. It seems my plan has backfired on me because now my perfectly clear schedule has me bored and even more impatient than I have ever wanted to be.
I did make some progress last week and I am dilated 2 1/2 cm (which was a 1/2 more than I was the previous week,) but that means nothing until I start feel some sort of sign that I am in labor. The braxton hicks contractions come and go and some even hurt and have had me thinking it could be “the time,” but nothing has been consistent.
I don’t know what I am going to do if I still have two weeks or more of this! My doctor said she has never seen anyone go as early as I did with the first and make it all the way to 40 plus weeks, but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t possible. I could very well be her first. I have this strange feeling that I this little girl is going to make me wait, just to test my patience.
Now that I’ve come to the realization that this could take a couple weeks longer, I am going to try to combat this boredom and put some things back in my schedule that I had taken out before. Most importantly, I am trying to spend as much time with my daughter as possible.
If you have any other ideas to make this waiting game more bearable, suggestions are greatly appreciated!