Another week come and gone. I’m 38 weeks pregnant today and week 37 was quite the adventure.
First off, I’m starting to feel really pregnant. I have to take more breaks while walking. My breath becomes labored quicker. And I’m just starting to feel not as cute! I’m also becoming very anxious (in a good way) and excited to meet our little boy. His arrival is welcome anytime now.
What’s Up With Baby and Mommy
According to Baby Center, baby Heddleston is ~6 1/3 pounds and measures a bit over 19 inches (the length of a stalk of Swiss chard). He is considered full term and his lungs will likely be mature enough to adjust to life outside the womb.
This week we’ve had two “is this going to be real?” experiences. I’ll get into that more below. I’m still feeling good and due to the nice weather, we’ve been walking almost daily. My overall weight gain is ~24 pounds.
Speaking of the nice weather, I wanted to show comparison pictures of an outfit I wore at the beginning of my pregnancy and wore again this week. Golly, good thing that shirt is stretchy!
Wednesday, practically all day, and then through the night, I experienced prodromal labor. This is basically “false labor”,” but the contractions are more intense than Braxton Hicks (at least they are for me) and come more frequently. However, prodromal labor is irregular, stops suddenly, and doesn’t lead to the birth of a baby!
Prodromal labor does have its benefits though, including: the cervix softening, the cervix effacing, losing your mucous plug, and/or the cervix beginning dilation. Thursday morning I was still experiencing irregular contractions, so I moved my Friday appointment to Thursday afternoon.
Midwife Appointment Details
Terri basically confirmed that I was experiencing prodromal labor and said real labor could still be days or weeks away. I was checked again and while my effacement and station are about the same (70% and –1), my dilation is not quite 2 cm, but more than 1 cm. If I’m being honest, I was a bit disappointment by my progress. I was so uncomfortable on Wednesday I was sure that more progress would have been made. I guess that’s why you can’t read into the numbers at all.
More Prodromal Labor
Prodromal labor was back throughout Saturday. We had services to attend for my Godfather, Greg, so I would basically look at John with “the look” and John would look at his phone for timing. Of course it was all irregular and nothing to get excited about.
Saturday before bed I thought maybe things were getting real. The contractions had moved lower and felt like more intense period cramps – just as a lot of people describe real labor contractions. We timed them for ~1 hour and then decided that it they were real we would be awoken by them during the night. It was best to try to sleep and ignore them. I was up an hour later, for about an hour, timing them again. At this point I allowed myself to get my hopes up and was disappointed when they all just stopped suddenly.
Prodromal labor is a tricky little thing!
Another long week of waiting! It seems that the previous 8 months have flown by but these last few weeks are creeping along. Along with the anticipation of our little boy comes our sequestration within a certain-mile radius of home. Since he can come at any time, both Katie and I are reluctant to venture too far away from the homestead. Although some may call this an irrational fear, as first-time parents I believe we are safer restricting our travel until he’s born. We have been told by plenty of people how labor is a marathon, not a sprint, and we will have hours to get to the hospital once Katie goes into labor. I can appreciate the reasoning behind this, but since Katie has been having significant prodromal labor over the past week, I have a feeling that her labor might not be as prolonged as some other women. Due to this anticipation of a quick labor, I think Katie and I can stay cozy and not adventure too far. We’ll just have to jot down a lot of exploration ideas for when our little man makes his appearance!
I’m glad we were able to have one little adventure this weekend though!
Did you experience prodromal labor while pregnant? I was asking my mom about this and she only experienced it once – with her 4th (and last) baby. Brother Billy was born 4 days later!