We are 38 weeks, 2 days today! And, still just plugging along. On Saturday, I started having really painful and pretty intense contractions. Brett and I got excited. They were coming and going all day long but weren't really consistent enough to worry about timing. So, we made sure the bags were ready and went to bed, thinking (really more hoping) that we'd be woken up in the middle of the night and have to get to the hospital. Sunday morning arrived. No contractions. However, I still felt icky...slightly nauseous and tired. Contractions started again a little bit on Sunday afternoon. Nothing. Then I was fine yesterday. Went to the pool, did a ton of stuff around the house, shopping, felt fine. In the evening, though, they started up again. We decided not to get too excited. This can happen for weeks still! Ugh! I want to meet my baby already!
I had an OB appointment this morning. She did do an internal to check my cervix since I told her about the contractions. I described them and she said, "those are the real thing, not BH!" and then she checked and NOTHING. Let me repeat that, lol, NOTHING. But, that's okay. I know it still doesn't mean anything. I also know that first pregnancies tend to go over 40 weeks...especially us IVF bloggers, right? we all seem to be sitting at 40 weeks -- days wondering when we are gonna go. So funny (my guess is that it has nothing to do with IVF per se, just the fact that our due dates are so obviously right that we don't get the one week this way or that way thing that the fertile girls get. Meaning they could go at 39 weeks according to their doctor but it could have been miscounted and is really 40 weeks...no such question in our case). I am measuring at 37 cm which is a little small but still normal. BP is fine. That's it. I did ask about a couple of issues I'm having lately...insomnia and serious constipation...for those of you interested. Everyone seems to get constipated with pregnancy but I was doing okay on a daily regimen of fiber supplements, lots of water, exercise and colace. Then things got much better around 33 weeks...and now its returned with a vengeance. There is a chance the the baby moving down so low is causing some of the problem, but I need to work around that! I will try to add some milk of magnesia tonight if things don't get better. Oh...and the insomnia. Ugh. Its awful. I am guessing it is hormonal because I've noticed a major change in hormones within the last week or so, which is when the insomnia hit. Seriously, I get up about 7 times a night to pee and even with that, get barely any sleep in between trips to the bathroom. Not fun, but as the doctor says, totally normal and you are preparing your body for the lack of sleep later (but if one more person says to me "make sure you get lots of sleep now because you know when the baby arrives you won't be able to get any!", I'm going to explode:-))
Besides that, hanging in there. I'm just plugging along, dealing with the knowledge that this time table isn't up to me. I am just a passenger on this particular bus...and she will come when she is ready to. I'm still not nervous I think just because it is inevitable, I have no control over it, and I've waited so long for it. Hopefully, I stay that way.