WEEK + DAY: week 39 day 5...two more days!
WEIGHT GAIN: 30 pounds. i found this site early on that helped set my expectations on healthy weight gain but your doctor's advice is your best guidance.
SYMPTOMS: so i totally understand this "lightening" sensation now. my back/sciatica pain has disappeared, hallelu. but its been replaced with some pressure, well, down there. but don't let the word "light" confuse you...i'm heavier than ever! my hips feel wider & looser which i am totally okay with. anything to help get this baby out more easily! at my exam last week, i measured 1cm dilated & 75% effaced. next appointment is on my actual due date this coming thursday. we'll see how much i've progressed in a week (assuming he stays put until then).
FOOD CRAVINGS: anything. i'm anywhere from a day to a week left in this so i'm not being strict! i just really NEED my last preggo fix of my favorite chinese restaurant.
FOOD AVERSIONS: nothing.
EXERCISE: still heading to the gym 4-5x a week & doing my 2-3 mile walk (3.0-3.5 mph with alternating incline levels) within an hour. i've been using the exercise ball a little more, doing some hip stretches & movements to get things warmed up ;) squatting creates so much pressure so i'm taking it slow & listening to my body. overall, feeling good & aim to keep going until early labor.
NEW DISCOVERY: oh the ways of natural induction. people have some weird ideas they swear by but I'm trying to be logical about what I can do to "propel" going into labor. trust me, you'll understand once you're thiiis close to the end. walking has been the easiest since it's already part of my routine. i'm also drinking hot organic raspberry leaf tea (ask your doc beforehand though), bought a nice size bottle of tapatio to spice things up & some pineapple (chunks as well as juice) which helps ripen things down under. been gently bouncing & rocking on my yoga ball to get things moving too. i have no idea if any of these will work but i guess it doesn't hurt right? :)
aside from induction methods, found this website called untilithappens.com where you can have friends & family enter guesses on baby's measurements, birthdate, etc. enter our baby pool here!
LESSONS LEARNED: be careful setting your expectations on when your baby will come. everyone has their opinion on when you'll go into labor. no. one. knows. don't get your hopes up & just take everything a day at a time...or else you'll be frustrated if you don't hit expectations.