I had my 37 week appointment this morning, and I am grateful to report that all is well. But it was a bit of a stressful appointment anyway. I saw a locum doctor today, instead of Dr. R. This locum will be my doctor for next week's appointment as well and while she was nice, she was very young and I just don't feel like I trust her as much as I'd like to.
First off, she took FOR-FREAKIN-EVER to find baby girl's heartbeat on the doppler. Meanwhile I died a thousand deaths on the exam table. Even though I had just been feeling Maya kick and squirm not 5 minutes earlier, I gotta say there is nothing more terrifying than having a doctor struggle to locate your baby's heartbeat. FINALLY, she found it, and I unclenched.
Next, this doctor pointed out that Maya is posterior - meaning that she's facing outward - arms and legs towards my belly and her spine on my spine. This of course worried me because back labour is known for being extra painful. But on the bus ride home, Maya shifted and her bum was definitely pointing out, I'm quite sure, so if she was indeed posterior at the appointment, she wasn't that way for long. Whatever.
Lastly, the doctor offered to "strip my membranes". This is a procedure whereby the doctor manually separates the bag of waters (amniotic sac) from the cervix in an effort to get labour going. I declined this offer because A) I am only 37 weeks along - a bit too early to start induction methods IMHO, B) if Maya is indeed posterior, do we really want to start encouraging labour before giving her a chance to turn? and C) it's a painful procedure that only works 15% of the time anyway. I just thought it was weird of her to offer this at this stage in pregnancy. As much as I'm getting anxious for labour, I think I'd rather just let my body and my baby do what comes naturally, rather than force labour to start... especially at only 37 weeks along.
I am looking forward to Dr. R's return in two weeks, that's for sure.
Also of note - my cervix is unchanged from last week's appointment and remains "fingertip dilated". Maya has moved down a little lower and is about halfway engaged in my pelvis. But really, no major change from last week. I really don't think baby girl will be making her grand entrance anytime in the immediate future.
That's fine. I can be patient.