Had another weekly doctor's appointment today. They're so frequent now that we're almost forgetting to go to them! Anyway, it was another five-minute turbo appointment.
- Weight? Check (No, I'm not telling you.)
- Blood pressure? 120/65
- Still pregnant? Yes
- Any signs of labor? No
- Still feeling the baby move? Yes
- "Let's have a look." Doctor pokes at my belly to see how much amniotic fluid there seems to be and to make sure the baby's still head-down, then checks the heartbeat.
Interpretation and comments? There's still plenty of amniotic fluid, which means the placenta is still working just fine to support the baby, so the baby doesn't have any need to come out yet. (Just as I suspected! Perfectly comfy!)
When will they start to consider the baby overdue? Probably around May 30. So if I don't go into labor in the meantime, we'll have a repeat of this appointment next week and then another on May 29. If the baby's still hanging out at that point they'll do an ultrasound to check development and position and determine whether or not we induce labor.
And how did I sleep last night? Much better - thanks for asking! But I had funny half-dreams all night about how I needed to feel happy and safe and comfortable so that my body would naturally produce oxytocin and they wouldn't have to give it to me artificially (pitocin) to progress labor. Maybe that's why I slept better -- all those happy, safe, comfy thoughts. Or maybe it's because I didn't take a nap and went to bed at a normal time.
This post was written after struggling through Dutch homework.