Wednesday, July 23, 2008

The Beginnings Of The Beginning

Had my 36 week doctor's appointment today. All went well, except that my sugars were quite high again. Dr. R said not to worry about it because they haven't been consistently high; still, I would have liked them to be a bit lower.

There were some exciting developments that came out of today's appointment: My cervix is 1cm dilated (or "fingertip dilated" as they call it) and is beginning to soften, but does still remain posterior (meaning it hasn't swung forward yet as it should do as I get closer to delivery). Also notable is that Maya is starting to engage into my pelvis, another good sign. I kinda thought as much as I have been having some pelvic and rectal pressure over the last couple of days. And my belly doesn't look or feel quite as big as it did last week.

"What does this all mean?" I asked Dr. R. She informed me that all this, while good signs, mean absolutely positively nothing. She said some women walk around like this for weeks. So, while we are showing some signs of progress, I am still thinking that baby girl is gonna hang out in me for a while longer yet.

The cervical examination made me bleed a little. While I was prepared that this might happen, I am surprised at the deep-seated subconscious panic that seeing blood - even old brown blood - on the toilet paper still ensues in me. At 36 weeks along, you'd think I'd be more phlegmatic about it.

Also, I had my Group B Strep swab taken today; results should be in by next appointment in a week.

So that's the latest! More info to come as it develops. Cheers!

6 comments:

Mel said...

Well... I am really excited for you, even if that all offically means "nothing." You are still getting closer every day, I just cannot wait to see your Maya!!!!!!
*hugs*

christina(apronstrings) said...

AAAAGGGHHHHH! i feel you on all things red. i recently found a ittty bit bit of red LINT and had to practice my relaxation techniques.

Future Mommy said...

Red freaks me out, too. Apparently, the last time my husband did laundry, he washed my undies with something red and fuzzy. Talk about heart stoppage the first time I wore one of the pairs he'd washed.

Sounds like you're doing great! When one of my friends had her baby last year, it took 2.5 weeks to get past the 1cm dilated mark...but then things went into a whirlwind. Another friend? 1 cm to "hello baby" in the space of a couple days. So who knows - I'm just happy Maya is doing well!

Road Blocks and Roller Coasters said...

Progress is progress...enjoy it! Whether it means you'll go tomorrow or you'll be like me and take FOREVER, you are still that much closer to Maya and it is a very exciting time! HUGS! :)

Kristen said...

One centimeter! That's awesome!

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