Monday, October 4, 2010

37 weeks


Here is what is going on with Noah this week according to babycenter.com,

Your baby is now considered "full term," even though your due date is three weeks away. If you go into labor now, his lungs will likely be mature enough to fully adjust to life outside the womb. (Some babies need a bit more time, though. So if you're planning to have a repeat c-section, for example, your practitioner will schedule it for no earlier than 39 weeks unless there's a medical reason to intervene earlier.)  Your baby weighs 6 1/3 pounds and measures a bit over 19 inches, head to heel (like a stalk of Swiss chard). Many babies have a full head of hair at birth, with locks from 1/2 inch to 1 1/2 inches long. But don't be surprised if your baby's hair isn't the same color as yours. Dark-haired couples are sometimes thrown for a loop when their children come out as blonds or redheads, and fair-haired couples have been surprised by Elvis look-alikes. And then, of course, some babies sport only peach fuzz. Braxton Hicks contractions may be coming more frequently now and may last longer and be more uncomfortable. It may be harder than ever to get comfortable enough to sleep well at night. If you can, take it easy through the day — this may be your last chance to do so for quite a while. Keep monitoring your baby's movements, too, and let your caregiver know immediately if you notice a decrease. Though her quarters are getting cozy, she should still be as active as before.

As for me, I'm still feeling good... just HUGE.  I'm not really very uncomfortable, but I feel like I'm ready to have this baby at any time and be done with all this pregnancy stuff.  I'm probably getting up about every hour at night to use the restroom, but other than that I'm sleeping fine, for about 45 minutes of every hour.  I have been a little more tired than normal recently, and managed to squeeze in a nap both Saturday and Sunday afternoons this weekend.  I've had a few contractions here and there, but nothing too frequent or regular.  As of now we're not really sure what hospital I'll be delivering at... as of today the hospital that I registered with is no longer considered "in-network" by my insurance due to a dispute between the two over rates.  Since I'm further along than 24 weeks, I should be able to be grandfathered in, and continue to deliver at the hospital as planned, but I had to submit paperwork asking for approval to do so, and am now at the mercy of BlueCross/ Blueshield and waiting to hear back from them.  Worst case scenario (if I don't hear back from BCBS before I go into labor, or if I get denied approval to deliver as planned) then I will get to keep my doctor (who is covered as in-network) and will have to deliver at a different hospital (that is considered in-network) that she has admitting rights to.  In the scheme of things this change isn't too big of a deal, but I would prefer to deliver at the hospital that I've already toured and am familiar with.

Shannon



3 comments:

Kim M. said...

Won't be long!!! :-)

Mary said...

Awww, such a pain with your insurance! Hate that!!!!

Lady Rose said...

Shannon,

I'm sorry that you are having paper work problems with your insurance. This kind of "stress" is not what you when you are about to deliver a baby! I pray that things will work well for you.

Take care, and many blessings,

-Lady Rose