Happy Due Date to me!
Ever since I hit 37 weeks I had this feeling baby girl would hold out until the every end to make her appearance. Well, here I am at my due date and she is still baking! I do have to say that now that I hit my due date go me! I kept this baby baking for 40 weeks. I seriously can not wait to meet her!
My appointment with my midwife was good. Nothing new to report except for her mentioning that once I hit 41 weeks I need to have an NST (non stress test) and a Biophysical profile done on baby to make sure she is fine.
The Biophysical profile is done after you are post date to check the amniotic fluid level, and to check the placenta. After you reach your due date they start worrying about the fluid level decreasing and the placenta calcifying. Of course this also brings on the fears of needing an induction.
If I need an induction then I wont get my birth center birth and I think that also means my midwife wont be allowed to deliver me at the hospital.
I guess I need to stay positive because Shelby’s birth is it’s own story and I don’t “really” get a lot say in how her story goes. (Just how I would like it to).
Your Baby in Week 40 of Pregnancy
Congratulations! This week marks the official end of your pregnancy. Your baby probably weighs anywhere from six to nine pounds and measures between 19 and 22 inches (though tons of perfectly healthy babies are smaller or bigger). The bones in her skull haven’t fused yet — Mother Nature’s way of making it easier to get through the birth canal during labor and delivery. She now has enough fat under the skin to maintain her body temperature outside the womb (with a little help from those cute outfits and swaddling blankets that you’ve been stocking up on!). You (or actually the placenta) are still providing the antibodies she’ll need to fight off infections for the first six months of his life. And if you plan on breastfeeding, your milk will be giving her more antibodies that’ll boost her immune system.