I don’t have much to report on this week. Overall I am feeling pretty lousy. My back and hips hurt. Heartburn is pretty bad. I went to the doctor earlier this week and was NOT dilated at all. :( I have been having tons of Braxton-Hicks contractions (practice contractions) which hurt, as well as ridiculous amounts of pressure. The baby is in the right position (head down) but he has not yet “dropped” – if I’m having this much pressure already without him dropping, I can’t imagine how uncomfortable I am going to feel when that happens! Fortunately I’m only 4 weeks away from my due date now.
Adrian and I are shooting a wedding on Saturday, so after that I will be trying to do more things to encourage labor – like walking, eating tropical fruits, eating spicy food, and I might even try visualization. I am sooooo anxious for this baby to get here!!!
And here’s the scoop on 36 week activity from babycenter.com:
Your baby is still packing on the pounds — at the rate of about an ounce a day. He now weighs almost 6 pounds (like a crenshaw melon) and is more than 18 1/2 inches long. He’s shedding most of the downy covering of hair that covered his body as well as the vernix caseosa, the waxy substance that covered and protected his skin during his nine-month amniotic bath. Your baby swallows both of these substances, along with other secretions, resulting in a blackish mixture, called meconium, will form the contents of his first bowel movement. At the end of this week, your baby will be considered full-term.