Pregnancy Update – 38 Weeks

Time is slipping away… and I’m starting to get very nervous now that I’m 38 weeks pregnant.  My last update at 36 weeks had been an eventful couple of weeks, but thankfully things have generally calmed down.  Life has been made a little harder recently as hubs, A, has been in hospital for planned surgery.  It could’ve done with being carried out a few weeks earlier, so that his recovery period wasn’t so close to the birth of the baby – but there’s nothing anyone can do about it.  It had to be done!  So, he’s been laid up in bed a lot of the time, and I’ve been doing rather a lot of ‘solo parenting’ whilst trying to care for A too.  It’s been pretty tiring, as you can imagine!

Last week, I went for my routine appointment with the midwife at 37 weeks.  The results of my blood tests had come back and showed that there was no reason they could find for the disturbing reaction I’d experienced a couple of weeks earlier.  The pinprick itchy rash I’d had has been put down to an allergic reaction to the soap/shampoo I’d used at the hotel we’d stayed in at the time.  It also showed that my iron levels have risen (yay!) so I don’t need to take the supplements anymore…  I’m not sure that’s wise though, as surely if I stop taking the supplements, my iron levels will drop again?  I’ve still got some left, so I’ll continue to take them until I’ve ran out at least.

38 weeks

Unfortunately, baby has turned from being in the anterior position to being back-to-back again.  This is not good, and something that increases my levels of anxiety.  I have no idea what I can do to actually get this baby to stay in the anterior position – maybe I can’t do anything!  The Consultant tells me not to worry about this and that the baby should turn during labour.  We shall see.  My bump is measuring on the average line of the growth chart this week, which is a bit of a surprise as at my 35 week appointment, it was flying high above the highest line.  This is what happened during my first pregnancy, I was told to be expecting a 7-8lb baby, and was graced with a 9lb 12oz whopper born back-to-back instead!

One of the local Health Visitors came to see us last week to ask us some rather odd questions to determine our care requirements for after the birth.  She was very nice, but it was a shame she was only helping out our surgery and won’t be our allocated Health Visitor when the time comes.

I’m seeing my Consultant on Thursday this week for a sweep to try and set off labour ‘naturally’ a little early.  I’ve never had one, as I went into labour naturally at 4 days past my expected due date with O, but I’m not particularly looking forward to it.  I’m told that her sweeps have a 9 out of 10 success rate at getting labour started – so fingers crossed we could have a baby very soon!!  Now that I’ve packed my hospital bag, I’m feeling as prepared as I’m going to feel before labour.

And with that, this could well be my last pregnancy update!  I’ve enjoyed writing these over the last few weeks – probably not as many as I could’ve written, but there’s not a lot changes on a weekly basis.  If I’m still around at 39 weeks, I’ll post an update then.  Fingers crossed!

23 thoughts on “Pregnancy Update – 38 Weeks

  1. Oh how exciting! That little baby will be in your arms before you know it. Hope the sweep goes well and isn’t too uncomfortable, can’t wait to hear your news xx

  2. It’s such an exciting yet anxious time, isn’t it? You’re looking fab, I can definitely see that pregnancy glow! Really hope it all goes well, won’t be long now!

  3. Ooh so exciting, you’re nearly there! Good luck with the labour and birth. My daughter was back to back and she did turn for labour so you never know! x

  4. I’m eagerly awaiting your news over the next couple of weeks! I had a sweep when I was in early labour (not sure why they did it, I just went with it haha) and it sped things up considerably, good luck! I hope baby plays balls and turns for you, mine’s breech so I understand the anxiety levels xx

  5. Glad to hear the test results were all OK. I had a sweep done in December with Darecy and it really wasn’t that bad. The midwife even said did I want her to be gentle and I replied no just lets get things started. My second son was back to back and he turned in labour about 2 hours before he was born. Try not to worry x

  6. Ooh good luck with the delivery in the near future! Your almost there and you’ll have your darling baby! How exciting! Hoping all works out well for you int he coming days! Angela from Daysinbed

  7. How exciting, so close to seeing your baby. Glad the test results were all fine, and hopefully baby will turn at the last minute.

  8. Gosh, not far to go now until your little one arrives. Do you think you will go to 40 weeks or are you expecting this one to come early?

  9. So exciting! Good luck for your sweep 🙂 I hope it works. And I hope A is feeling better soon so you can get some rest 😉 x

  10. Good luck, in my experience sweeps are a little uncomfortable and didn’t really help so fingers crossed it works xx

  11. aww 38 weeks so anytime now. I had three sweeps and whilst they are uncomfortable I just wanted the baby out so would do anything haha – Popping over from Mummy2Monkeys xx

  12. wooo hooo so close. I’m excited for you, although not for the sweep :O I’ve had a few sweeps and they were uncomfortable but not too bad. All the best hun xx

  13. So close to the end now ! Your pregnancy seems to have flown over. I hope your hubby is ok and recovering well. I was told I was having a small baby too and was induced early as they thought he was only 5lb , he weighed 8.6 lol. I had a sweep with number two and it worked for me I went into slow labour and had her 3 days later , fingers crossed it works for u too xx

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