36, 37 weeks and counting

Last week I had my 36 week check-in. The baby’s growth still looks great. It is such a relief to be able to say I got to this stage. Early on, they told me their goal was to get me to 37 weeks. And, as of yesterday/Monday, I am 37 weeks! I think that calls for some sparkling grape juice to celebrate!

My doctor told me that she is very happy with my progress and that I should be proud of making it this far. I have a very active kiddo in there and both my ultrasound tech and my doctor tell me that all the time. An active baby = a happy baby!

My feet officially do not fit in my shoes, my legs are swollen and I can no longer wear my wedding ring. I went out and bought an $8 fake ring to wear temporarily. My Braxton Hicks contractions are definitely getting stronger. I am getting a lot more cramping, ligament pain, and my hips are very achy.

When I asked my doctor what I can do to help the tenderness, she said heat compress. I find that if I take a bath, use my heated blanket, drink water and lay on my side, I can usually get comfortable. I have heard some say to not use heat pads or blankets while pregnant. My doctor said it was ok, but it’s always a good idea to double check with your doctor.

My doctor told me that the baby could come any time now. She is out of town this Saturday through Wednesday afternoon, so hopefully it is not during that time. I obviously would prefer her to deliver, but I know that if she’s not there, it will be another doctor in my clinic and everyone I have met there have been amazing. I know I am in good hands.

I have also been asked lately about what my plan is for delivery. My plan is to have no plan. I have no idea what’s going to happen. I plan to just take it on moment at a time.

We are also getting anxious to find out if Baby Bauer is a boy or a girl! It won’t be long. Now, if we could only narrow down our name list a little more!

Kristie Bauer

About the Author:

Kristie Bauer is a long-time Lupus Foundation of Minnesota supporter, Walk/5K attendee and volunteer and founder of the Leaf for Lupus event fundraiser. Diagnosed with lupus at the age of 17 and now 26, she and her husband Pete were exploring the possibilities of starting a family, but Kristie was frustrated with the lack of information available regarding pregnancy and lupus. As she LIVES this big milestone, she’s graciously agreed to share her personal story.
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