Well, in half a week I'll be officially at term (37 weeks), so that's a relief. Today I had my 36-week OB visit and my dr. did one last little quick ultrasound. The baby has grown into her early, large-for-gestational-age measurements, and now measures at exactly the number of weeks'/days' gestation that she actually is, which is also a relief because it means there is a little less worry of the due date having been inaccurate and thus an early labor being even more likely than I am already convinced it will be. A rough estimate of size puts her at about 6-1/4 lbs., nice and average for this point. If I make it another 2-1/2 weeks, she could very well be born at about the size Julia was (about 7-1/2 lbs.)--though these measurements can be off up to 1/2 lb. in either direction.
I asked my dr. if continuing to exercise as strenuously as I have been makes it more likely that I'll go into labor sooner, and should I therefore stop, and she said no--that there's actually no good evidence linking activity level to the beginning of labor--but you know, this is one of those cases where my intuition tells me different. I haven't stopped working out yet, but I can't help but notice that exercising gives me more Braxton-Hicks contractions, which are signs that the body is getting some action going down there. Not to mention the fact that the day I went into labor with Julia, more than 1-1/2 weeks prior to my due date, I had just finished riding my stationary bike, doing some prenatal yoga, AND lifting weights. Not that 1-1/2 weeks "early" is truly early--it's perfectly normal--but it begs the question.
In other news, we just got news today that an old college friend, whose due date was 2 days after my C-section date, had her 2nd baby yesterday, 3 weeks early. (Congratulations, guys, and welcome, baby Larisa!) She had been e-mailing me for weeks saying that she was convinced the baby would come early, while her OB was on vacation--and sure enough, she was right.
There really is something to this notion of intuition, I'm sure of it. So--heads up. I predict this baby will come before the 25th. I'm guessing the 20th--at the latest. Anyone else care to hazard a guess?