Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Appointment #8 - 36 Weeks

With only 4 more weeks left to go (cross your fingers its not longer), we are now having doctor's appointments every week. This will probably make the time go by even faster. For our 36 week appointment the nurse performed an ultrasound to determine the position of the baby. Turns out he's transverse (laying sideways). According to the nurse, it is routine to schedule an appointment to have the baby turned. Yikes! This is called an "external cephalic version," which is a fancy way of saying they will try to coax the baby into a head-down position by manipulating him from the outside of the belly. So unless baby Harper decides to turn on his own, Shauna will experience, what sounds like, an unpleasant procedure next week.

At 36 weeks the baby...

- Weighs almost 6 pounds
- Measures almost 19 inches long
- Has shed most of the downy covering of hair that covered her body
- Will be considered full term at the end of this week

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