Week 36 Pregnancy Journal- The Final Week

22 Feb

Hey guys, I’ve had this post almost done for a while now and just wanted to finish it so I could add it as my final journal entry for this pregnancy (since I had Cameryn at exactly 37 weeks).

This post is written from both view points of before the baby arrived and after she was here.

How Big is Baby?

Baby, fetus at 36 weeks - BabyCenter

According to BabyCenter.com,

Your baby is still packing on the pounds — at the rate of about an ounce a day. She now weighs almost 6 pounds (like a crenshaw melon) and is more than 18 1/2 inches long. She’s shedding most of the downy covering of hair that covered her body as well as the vernix caseosa, the waxy substance that covered and protected her skin during her nine-month amniotic bath. Your baby swallows both of these substances, along with other secretions, resulting in a blackish mixture, called meconium, will form the contents of her first bowel movement.

According to BabiesOnline.com,

Your baby continues to put on weight by about 1/2 pound each week. It’s no wonder the womb is becoming very cramped. Your baby is gaining weight quickly because layers of fat pile on and help in both body temperature regulation and developing his immunity in preparation for life in the outside world. You may find you are carrying your baby much lower now (or soon will be) as the baby drops into the birth canal, readying himself for birth. Your baby is about 19 inches long and weighs from 5.5 to 6.0 pounds. The vast majority of babies born now will live with little need for intensive medical treatment.

How I’m Feeling Physically

This week I am feeling really great.  I really really want to go workout, or just move my body a little bit.  I did do a couple of quick elliptical sessions at home for only two songs on Pandora before getting off.  I also took the dog on two quick walks around the block that only took about 10 minutes each. 

On Sunday night, I woke up to go to the bathroom and my water broke.  I didn’t know it at the time, and thought the baby was just on my bladder.  As I was walking to the bathroom, I felt trickling down my leg.  There wasn’t a lot of water at all, but enough where I did have to wipe it off the floor.  I went back to bed and didn’t think too much of it.

On Tuesday night, I went into labor.  I went to bed and didn’t have any suspicions that labor was going to start.  I was sleeping probably around 9:15pm and around 11pm, I woke up to once again go to the bathroom.  When I got back in bed, I felt cramps and once again didn’t think too much of it.  After about 10 minutes, I knew something just wasn’t quite right.  I woke Keith up and we both agreed it was contractions. 

When I got to the hospital they asked when my water broke and I had no idea it even broke.  The only incident I could think of was on Sunday night.  I think my waters broke and I went into labor about 48 hours afterwards.

What a week!

How I’m Feeling Emotionally

This is a hard week since I am so ready for the baby yet want her to stay in and cook as long as she can.  When the doctor gives you a 70% chance on having a baby within a week, it kind of messes with you head.  I was really antsy on both Monday and Tuesday.  At this point, I am just waiting day by day for any sign she will be here.

I also finished up all errands and am totally 100% ready for the baby whenever she decides to come.  I ran once last time to Target and spent way to much when I was only planning on buying a few items.  I also stocked up her closet and drawers on newborn size clothing since we virtually had four things for her.  Knowing more than likely she is going to be here any day, she will probably be little and wont fit into 0-3 month clothing.

Random Tidbits

  • Total Weight Gained So Far (Total):  24 –25lbs
  • Days Until Due Date: 21
  • Days Until Baby Actually Came: 0
  • Signs of Labor:  Water Breaking but I didn’t think it was it  <—I’ve learned to always go to the hospital even if you aren’t sure if it is in fact your waters breaking
  • Cravings:  Tropical fruit and mostly just fruit in general

Belly Bump Photos

*These were taken week 35, but are the last ones I have of my pregnant belly!






8 Responses to “Week 36 Pregnancy Journal- The Final Week”

  1. sweetlyvegan February 23, 2012 at 12:51 am #

    I can totally see myself overlooking my water breaking and missing other early labor signs as well! You are so lucky she decided to come right at 37 weeks. What perfect timing! 🙂 Ideally, that is when I would like to have Hayden as well. As early as possible once full term.
    You looked great your last week of pregnancy!! And congrats on staying under your ideal weight gain!! You have been a great role model for me and I loved following your pregnancy posts!

    • Trainer Kjirsten- Balanced Healthy Life February 23, 2012 at 10:00 am #

      I think I would have liked Cameryn to be born sometime in the 38th week, but as long as she was full term I was happy. She luckily made it full term by just a few hours, although based of her size she was born at 36 weeks 4 days. I am so excited for you to have Hayden and join the mommy club!

  2. Alicia February 23, 2012 at 6:36 am #

    I’m glad you added this to complete your journal! 🙂 I’m totally paranoid about my water breaking without me even knowing it…lol the inner worry-wart comes out! So glad everything went well with your pregnancy and delivery, can’t wait to read about how you and your baby girl are doing! ❤

    • Trainer Kjirsten- Balanced Healthy Life February 23, 2012 at 9:57 am #

      If you think your water might have broke go get it checked out! I am happy with the outcome of my pregnancy and am happy I went into labor on my own shortly after my water broke. It is better to be safe than sorry.

  3. Lisa@Healthy Diaries February 23, 2012 at 9:25 am #

    Yay for completing your pregnancy journal! Do you miss being pregnant at all? You were such a cute pregnant lady! 🙂

    • Trainer Kjirsten- Balanced Healthy Life February 23, 2012 at 9:55 am #

      I totally miss being pregnant! I miss it s much, but I obviously live having her here. There is just something so special about growing your baby and feeling her kicks all day long and having her always with you. I can’t wait to be pregnant again, although not for a while!

  4. HollieisFueledByLOLZ February 23, 2012 at 10:59 am #

    When I have children, I think I’m going to overlook the water breaking. You were so adorable throughout this pregnancy and I can only imagine how you feel right now about waiting to have another child. 🙂

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