Brooke smiled a bit and shook her head. “Me anxious Caleb could never, Jake was his best friend and Sienna was mine. Case closed.”
"For now," April reminded with a smile as she heard her pager go off. She reached into her purse and pulled it out. "We have traumas rolling in. Let’s go," she told her friend as she threw some cash onto the table.
Brooke smiled and rubbed her hands on her belly. “Yes he has, I couldn’t ask for a better boyfriend. ” she said then took a sip of tea. “Boy That’s a friend, April.” She narrowed her eyes looking at April.
April smiled as Brooke said boyfriend, but her hopes were quickly dashed by her friend. ”For now,” April pointed out with a grin.
Brooke smiled and looked at here after taking a sip of her drink. “He’s fine I suppose” she started clearing her throat. “I think that Ella girl dumped him and then left town, Which is stupid. But I haven’t spoken to him about it. He’s supposed to come to my appointment with me, so I guess we’ll talk then.”
"he’s been great to you through all of this," April told her friend with a smile. She had a feeling Caleb and Brooke would work well together, but she didn’t know if that would ever happen. She took another sip of her juice and smiled at her friend. "Anything special at this appointment?"
How your baby’s growing:
Your baby doesn’t have much room to maneuver now that he’s over 18 inches long and tips the scales at 5 1/4 pounds (about the size of a honeydew melon). Because it’s so snug in your womb, he isn’t likely to be doing somersaults anymore, but the number of times he kicks should remain about the same. His kidneys are fully developed now, and his liver can process some waste products. Most of his basic physical development is now complete — he’ll spend the next few weeks putting on weight.
Your uterus — which was entirely tucked away inside your pelvis when you conceived — now reaches up under your rib cage. If you could peek inside your womb, you’d see that there’s more baby than amniotic fluid in there now. Your ballooning uterus is crowding your other internal organs, too, which is why you probably have to urinate more often and may be dealing with heartburn and other gastrointestinal distress. If you’re not grappling with these annoyances, you’re one of the lucky few.
From here on out, you’ll start seeing your practitioner every week. Sometime between now and 37 weeks, she’ll do a vaginal and rectal culture to check for bacteria called Group B streptococci (GBS). (Don’t worry — the swab is the size of a regular cotton swab, and it won’t hurt at all.) GBS is usually harmless in adults, but if you have it and pass it on to your baby during birth, it can cause serious complications, such as pneumonia, meningitis, or a blood infection. Because 10 to 30 percent of pregnant women have the bacteria and don’t know it, it’s vital to be screened. (The bacteria come and go on their own — that’s why you weren’t screened earlier in pregnancy.) If you’re a GBS carrier, you’ll get IV antibiotics during labor, which will greatly reduce your baby’s risk of infection.
This is also a good time to create a birth plan. Using our form will help you focus on specifics — like who’ll be present, what pain management techniques you want to try, and where you want your baby to stay after you deliver. It will give you a starting point to discuss your preferences with your medical team. Childbirth is unpredictable, and chances are you won’t follow your plan to the letter, but thinking about your choices ahead of time — and sharing your preferences with your caregiver — should take some of the anxiety out of the process.