We had our 36 week appointment with Judith on Tuesday, and everything was looking good. My blood pressure was good, iron levels were normal and Noah still has a happy and healthy heart rate. She tested me to see if I carry the Strep B Bacteria (a routine test they do on everyone at our practice at 36 weeks). If it comes back positive, there are no risks for me, but there are risks for Noah during birth (meningitis, pneumonia, etc). So, if I test positive, I will have to be given antibiotics during delivery to protect Noah and will need to arrive at the hospital a bit sooner so they can start the antibiotics. Hopefully, the results will come back negative! Judith predicted on Tuesday that we were pretty much out of the weeds for preterm labor even though I was still contracting all of the time which was so reassuring to hear, and I think she was right! We will be 37 weeks on Sunday, so Baby Noah is just about full term! Yay Noah for continuing to cook! Now, after this weekend, we are moving on to "Operation: Help Noah Arrive".
So, starting next week, Judith gave me the ok to be more on the move once again! I am planning on heading to the pool with some friends (it is crazy hot these days!), walking the dogs again as best as I can, climbing our stairs again, and getting more out and about to see friends and do some shopping. I am really excited! I am sure I will try and eat some more spicy foods and maybe even some eggplant parmesan (supposed to naturally help induce labor) over the next week or two!
I did want to mention what I have been up to the past few weeks while on "modified" bed rest. Being advised to stay off of my feet for several weeks was not really the ideal situation for me. I love to be on the move and truly have a hard time sitting still at times, so this was not the easiest for me. However, I knew it was best for Baby Noah, so I tried my hardest to take it easy and let others take care of me (something else I have a hard time doing to an extent. Don't get me wrong, I do love being pampered, but needing someone to cook for me, bring me water, etc. is a totally different thing). So, I tried to fill my days with activities I could do in the bed or on the couch. I read a lot, finished my children's story (more to come on that later!), surfed the internet, napped, did a few word searches/puzzles and became obsessed with the tv series "Parenthood" on Netflix. I def. could not have made it these past few weeks without Cole. He has taken such great care of me and has become quite the chef too! Thank you for everything! I love you so much! As I am writing this post, I am realizing that this whole modified bed rest thing really was not that bad at all, and it was actually a really good learning experience for me!