In the Home Stretch of Pregnancy

Stick a fork in me, I’m done. I’m at the point in my pregnancy when I’m ready for this baby to be delivered.

Don’t get me wrong. This pregnancy hasn’t been too bad. Other than fatigue, heart burn and sinus problems, it’s been pretty smooth.

I’ve just reached the point when I’m uncomfortable most of the time. It’s difficult to get a good night’s sleep. I can’t lie on my stomach or back so I’m flipping from side to side all night. When my left side goes numb, I roll over to my right and vice versa – all night long.

Then there’s the pressure on my bladder that has me going to the bathroom all the time, sometimes less than 30 minutes between trips. I feel like I’m in that old “Gotta Go, Gotta Go, Gotta Go, Right Now” incontinence commercial.

And I feel so out of shape. I hate to admit that I get out of breath walking up the stairs at work (there are more than 25 of them between my desk and the exit door). I’ve opted to sit on the couch instead of going to the gym more often than I care to admit during the last month of my pregnancy.

The frequency of doctor’s visits has increased and they’ve gotten longer. More tests to make sure the baby is healthy including weekly non-stress tests and ultrasounds to measure amniotic fluid. When babies cooperate, the non-stress tests are a breeze – you’re done in 20 – 30 minutes. I haven’t been so fortunate. With my daughter and now with this baby, they just don’t want to move so I end up being hooked up to the monitor for upwards of 40 – 50 minutes, drinking water and eating snacks to wake them up.

Now I’m just waiting to see if I’ll go into labor naturally or if I’ll have to be induced. My induction appointment has already been made but I’m hoping I’ll go into labor before that date comes.

Until then, I’m sleeping when I can, walking when I feel up to it and getting the nursery ready. The countdown is on.


Serena SmithSerena Smith is a senior marketing communications specialist at ProMedica. She is responsible for facilitating media coverage of ProMedica and writes health articles for ProMedica HealthConnect. Her passion is health and wellness. She’s an avid runner and enjoys competing in half marathons. She loves to read, watch television and spend time with her husband and daughter.

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