February 13, 2010

Doctor's Visit - 36 weeks

M and I attended my 36 weeks check up on Thursday. The appointment began with an ultrasound which allowed us another peek at our precious baby girl. The ultrasound tech was able to get great shots of Joycelen's feet, arms, hands, and her head. But "Miss Priss" refused to show her face....instead keeping her hands in front of her face the entire time. We were able to learn that Joycelen is weighing in at about 7 pounds and 7 ounces. I also learned that I was measuring 38 weeks and 4 days -- but was only 36 weeks and 5 days.

After the ultrasound, M and I moved into a regular exam room - where I underwent the normal routine of blood pressure and heart rate checks. Dr. H arrived and we discussed the results of the ultrasound. Once that was over, Dr. H and her nurse took cultures to check for Group B strep and I had my first cervical check. I was hoping that I had dilated at least a little bit....but Dr. H reported that my cervix was showing no change.

After the check, Dr. H discussed Joycelen's current weight, my birth weight, M's birth weight - and how easily my mother was able to deliver me. Dr. H said that she would have liked to see a change in my cervix, but was not worried yet that nothing was happening. I will go for another visit on Wednesday when I will be 37 weeks and 4 days -- assuming there is still no change in my cervix and Joycelen is still measuring ahead of schedule we will start discussing options.

It was quite a lengthy visit, that left us with more questions than answers. However, we know that our baby girl is happy and healthy so that is all that matters.


Kathie Brinkman said...

Well, baby will come when she's ready. But, if you really want to get something going with dilation try walking and the "home remedy."

Caleb was overdue by a week when I finally begged my doc for help. Had a gel treatment at 4pm. Went home and walked and walked and Caleb was born at 8:30pm. Only 15 minutes of hard labor, 1 push and he was born. Best of luck on this last slide to home.

Savvy Gal said...

Happy Valentine's Day!

Kari said...

So glad that she is healthy and that all is progressing well. Just hold on for a couple weeks... How exciting!

Happy Valentine's Day to you.

Mama Michie (aka Michaela) said...

Your body will prepare itself when she's ready to come out. I was 1 cm dilated and 50% effaced with Noah at 36 weeks and that didn't change any until I went into labor.
I'm happy to hear that she is healthy and that everything looks good! Good luck with your upcoming appointments!
Happy Valentines day!