38 Weeks

Thursday I turned 38 weeks! I had hoped that the baby would be here by now but I'm glad they've had another week to chunk up :)

  • My Group B Strep (GBS) test came back negative, which is great! Now I don't have to worry about being hooked up to antibiotics during labor or the baby having to stay at the hospital for 48 hours to be monitored. 
  • My iron levels came back at 9.9. Last time my levels were tested they were a 10.1, so they're staying pretty consistent. Still, it's lower than what they like to see. The doctor said they don't start to talk about blood transfusions until levels are at a 7, so she said they aren't too worried about it at this point. I've been taking an iron supplement and increasing my intake of iron rich foods, so hearing that my levels are low is a bit frustrating. 
  • My weekly NST and BPP went well. I was looking forward to them doing a growth ultrasound but it wasn't put in my chart to do one, so I think I'll be having one next week (if I make it that far). 
I got this paper from my doctor today - makes things feel more real!

  • All the same symptoms as last week
  • I've suddenly gotten a ton of stretch marks on my arms. They literally just popped up this past week!
  • I think the baby has "dropped". I feel a lot of pressure and it kind of feels like someone kicked me in the vagina. Even just visually I think my belly looks like the baby has dropped. 

I'm still anxious but the anxiety didn't feel as heavy this week and I think reducing my presence on social media is one reason why. Seeing people tell others that "your baby will come when they are ready" was really triggering for me so I've unfollowed a lot of my due date groups on Facebook.

Other than that, there's not much to update on for this week. Hoping this baby decides to come soon!