40 Weeks Pregnancy Update – I am giving an update on week number 40 of my pregnancy!
40 Weeks Pregnancy Update
Hi Everyone, as I write this, I am 1 day PAST my due date pf 6/4/2020, I usually write these updates towards the end of the week but I figured since it’s highly likely that I will give birth soon, I had better just do the update sooner than later.
As quoted from my @preppyroots IG account:
#40weekspregnant today, wow, we made it to June and to my actual due date!🤰🏻The app I’m using for these pregnancy updates doesn’t have weeks 41 & 42 🙄 so hopefully baby girl M will make her arrival soon (or I’ll have to find another app or manually make them? 🤷🏻♀️). 👶🏼 She seems super cozy & comfortable in there (she spends a lot of time snuggling into my pelvis 😑) and there’s zero indication of labor which makes me wonder if my due date is correct 🤔 I’m okay but it’s definitely harder to get around and do normal things right now…The midwives were correct #3rdbabyontheway is the #wildcardbaby 😮 She is doing her own thing! The other 2 I had had by now; she’s keeping me guessing, meanwhile I’m sipping iced drinks & pregnancy tea 🍵 in the AC and having my antenna up on high alert for any labor signs 🤰🏻🤔 #patientlywaiting #babywatch #wearewaitingforyou #pregnancy #pandemicbaby #pregnancyupdate #junebaby #duedate #june4thduedate
The Check Up
It’s funny, I was super anxious the first time I started going out during this pandemic, and now it’s more routine going to the doctor’s office…
New stuff at the OBGYN that I noticed, they finally got forehead temperature readers. instead of taking the temperature by mouth which required me to take off my mask at the door.
They also put signs up on certain chairs (and there was more signage about social distancing hanging up) to encourage social distancing in the waiting area. At check in, they had the receptionist at the far desk, facing away from the window where patients check in.
This time and I think last week as well, they stopped wearing face shields and goggles but everyone is still wearing masks which is a good thing.
I had my 40 week check up with the midwife this morning and it went well, all my vitals were normal. I asked them to check me to see if I am dilated which I haven’t asked them to do up until today. They said I am 2 cm dilated and 80% effaced. I told them that I am not feeling any contractions whatsoever (maybe a little but not like my other 2) but she said I am having contractions and I had one right there in the check up.
My concern is that if I can’t feel the contractions very well then will I know when I start going into labor? I realize my pain tolerance is very high. I guess my contractions will get more intense and I should be able to feel those real ones.
They offered to “sweep my membranes” to which I declined because I felt like the baby is going to come soon anyway and I know that it’s not the most comfortable procedure. I also know some mom friends that didn’t have a great experience with it.
How Has Life Been Lately?
So glad you asked…;) This week, we lost power on Sunday 5/31 and again after a quick-moving bad thunderstorm on 6/3 afternoon. You would think all this excitement is enough to make a pregnant lady go into labor! We know of some people that won’t get their power back until tonight or tomorrow (Sat.) – so we consider ourselves lucky.
Eric installed the AC units which are a godsend because the humidity really kicked up this week and without those AC units and being pregnant, I think my brain can’t function, well, at least. The kids are calmer too with the AC on. We just run it when we need it on humid days (like yesterday and today).
So get this, right after my 40 week OBGYN appointment today, my car died right in the parking lot of the doctor’s office! It’s usually very reliable (a 2015 Honda Pilot which we love, a great family car!). I haven’t been using it much during the self-quarantine and so it’s been sitting and I wonder if that contributed to me not catching something wrong with it. I was lucky to have made it to the appointment, it was acting a little funny on the way, like the radio was cutting out and the AC wasn’t working very well but I didn’t think that much of it. At the stop light right before turning into the parking lot, I stopped at a red light and then when I went to go, there wasn’t much “power” in the card when I went to accelerate. I just pulled into a parking space and went right into my appointment.
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When I was done with my appointment and went to start my car the engine wouldn’t turn over. Thank goodness we have roadside assistance, someone came to jump the car and they said it wasn’t the battery but it was the alternator. So my mother-in-law and her husband came to watch the kids so my husband could come pick me up (because it’s pandemic times and they don’t allow you to ride with the tow truck driver because of social distancing). I called the tow truck and we arranged to have it towed to the Honda Dealership nearby. The tow truck driver thought there’s more than the alternator wrong with the car. The car dealership was pretty busy and they said they might not get to it today. We made sure to take the infant car seat out just in case we need it! Eric and I drove home and we took the scenic way and we rode a way that he rides on his road bike sometimes which was cool. I haven’t ridden in the car in a long time and it was a little exciting for me and I had some contractions when we went down some hills. We finally got home early afternoon probably sometime after 12:30 pm. What a day! I was concerned I would go into labor since I knew that I already was a little dilated. I just don’t know what’s going to happen, all I know that I am closer every day to giving birth to this baby.
I was able to eat something (I didn’t have breakfast not thinking I would be gone that lone!) and took a short rest before Eric’s mom had to go. My son took a nap and I helped my daughter with some e-learning/homeschooling schoolwork this afternoon. For the last few days, ALL I want to do is make some Oatmeal Raisin Bars and throw in some healthy ingredients, my body is craving oats so bad right now…so that’s what I am doing next! In case you are curious, I’ll be doing a variation on these recipes:
- Oatmeal Raisin Cranberry Cookies
- Cinnamon Oatmeal Cookies
- oh and I made these last week, they are SO good: Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars (for some reason, I just feel drawn to making cookie bars lately…)
It’s kinda good in a way that it’s happening like this (I’m ever the optimist) because I will be REALLY ready. A few weeks ago, I was feeling a little scared and not looking forward to labor and feeling those intense contractions. Now, I am not worried so much as my belly gets larger, and larger and larger…
If I have any more 40 Week Updates, I can add them to this post later on. Who knows, maybe I will give birth this weekend! My 41 Week appointment is next Wednesday which is actually a day before 41 weeks but that’s what they had open. I have an ultrasound scheduled for then because if I make it that long, they will want to check the fluids and the placenta in my uterus to make sure everything is okay, the placenta quality can go down the later you are past your due date. If I don’t give birth at that point, they wouldn’t let me go past 41 1/2 weeks and I would be induced, which I would be fine with because I have been pregnant for a long time and my body hurts and I want to see and meet our baby girl. This has been a lot of anticipation for our family.
I have packed and repacked my hospital bag twice already. I’m always wondering if I have forgotten anything that I need to order. I am super tired, especially by the end of the day, hence the need for those cookie bars….
I have been getting many messages, notes and texts from friends and family during this time. I have been reconnecting with old friends during this time and it’s been so sweet and wonderful. It’s truly transformative when a new baby comes into your life and we are excited for her.
Update – 6/6/2020 (40 weeks and 2 days)
My pregnancy-related apps keep asking me if I have a birth to report – not yet!
The update is that there is no update, I had some contractions overnight but they just felt a little crampy. The kids and I were up at 6/6:30 am, I made my half-caf coffee, I baked those Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Bars that I’ve been wanting to bake – I was too tired last night to bake them. I made waffles as well, washed some dished, changed the laundry and I am thinking about what to make for lunch…Stinging Nettle Crustless Quiche? I will definitely make cole slaw, Eric went grocery shopping last night and we have one too many cabbages in the fridge. The kiddos slept well last night and have been playing well today (lots of legos), thank goodness. I could also just lay down for a nap!
It’s beautiful outside but pretty humid. When it’s humid when I am pregnant, it kinda makes me feel a little sick. So even though it’s gorgeous, my tendency today is to stay cool, hydrated, not have any stress and stay rested.
Thank you for reading and following along!