Tuesday, August 31, 2010

36 Weeks...28 days to go!

This will be a short post since we've got our doctor's appointment tomorrow and I figure I will have a more meaningful update after that, but here's what the baby's up to this week:

Your baby is still packing on the pounds — at the rate of about an ounce a day. She now weighs almost 6 pounds (like a crenshaw melon) and is more than 18 1/2 inches long (no idea on the length but we've definitely blown past 6 lbs!). She's shedding most of the downy covering of hair that covered her body as well as the vernix caseosa, the waxy substance that covered and protected her skin during her 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 her first bowel movement.

At the end of this week, your baby will be considered full-term. (Full-term is 37 to 42 weeks; babies born before 37 weeks are pre-term and those born after 42 are post-term.) Most likely she's in a head-down position. But if she isn't, your practitioner may suggest scheduling an "external cephalic version," which is a fancy way of saying she'll try to coax your baby into a head-down position by manipulating her from the outside of your belly.

While we are still going to discuss this whole breech situation with the doctor again tomorrow, given the way that Baby Girl's laying in there (which is called the frank breech position, if you were wondering) with her feet up by her head, we are wary of trying the external version. Right now our plan is to do what we can outside of the doctor's office to get her to turn, which includes some yoga-esque poses, chiropractor magic, etc...and if she still doesn't turn, we want to do the c-section. Maybe there's some reason that she's like that and we don't want to cause more potential harm by doing too many manipulations. It's been a bit of a mental re-adjustment for me to accept the distinct possibility of a c-section but I've said all along that all I care about is getting the baby out safely. So...wish us luck tomorrow at our appointment- we're interested to see what the doc says!

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