Post # 1
Hi all- seeking advice from those of you who have delivered before (or are about to!). I am currently in a long term, full time, job-related training program that requires an intensive half-day test at the end. I have to pass in order to continue my work. Presently I am planning to test when I am 34 weeks pregnant, but I recently was informed my test may be moved to a date when I will be 35, 36, or 37 weeks along.
I am already having a difficulty sleeping (29 weeks now) and sitting for long periods of time. I am not looking forward to testing, but know it will be doable… However I am very uncomfortable with the idea of testing so late in my pregnancy (35-37 weeks) if my training schedule is adjusted. Not only would I be physically uncomfortable, but I would hate the stress of last minute studying and prepping for a baby due a few weeks later.
Is this not as big a deal as I am making it out to be? Should I just go with the flow- is there not a big difference between 34 and 37 weeks for example? Or should I really push to keep my assessment where it is? Would love to hear from moms who have gone through the last few months of pregnancy before.
Post # 2
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I am 37 weeks pregnant with baby #1. I have noticed a notable difference in comfort between 34 and 37 weeks. Maybe ask if you can be permitted a more comfortable chair and something to put your feet up on? As for the stress of studying, I wouldn’t worry too much. To be honest, I am WAY more chill now than I was even 5 weeks ago. I can’t speak for everyone, but pregnancy has mellowed me considerably 🙂
Post # 3
I’m 37 weeks and feel totally fine, and felt fine at 34 weeks, but I’m not sure I’m the norm!!
Post # 4
Just take the test whenever they schedule it. There’s no predicting how you’ll feel at 37 weeks vs. 34 weeks, or whatever it ends up being, but chances are you will certainly be physically able to take the test at any point.
This might sound unsympathetic, but I don’t mean it to be — I’ve been pregnant twice and totally get it — but I really would not try to move the test. During my first pregnancy, I led an intense full-day meeting with an important stakeholder & gave a major presentation, at 37 weeks. I would not have dreamed of trying to change the date because I was uncomfortable or not sleeping well. Lots of people are uncomfortable & not sleeping well for a variety of reasons, and they have to keep rolling on.
Post # 5
stillme : it does not sound unsympathetic- and I appreciate the input! I suppose the difference is a test/presentation that involves others’ schedules (stakeholders, etc) versus simply my own. If all else is equal is it better to get this examination (culmination of 6 months of full time training- the training has been my full time job during this time) over with or does it not matter? Not a fan of it looming over me 3 weeks before the due date, though it is helpful to hear others’ opinions that it may not be so bad!
Post # 6
indiblue : Hello, friend! I felt ok weeks 35-37, I think you will be perfectly able to take the test then, although taking it earlier certainly sounds better. Sitting on a normal chair (even while eating dinner and stuff) was definitely uncomfortable for me at that time so I’d switched to a yoga ball long before. Could you bring one to sit on? Will you be able to drink or eat and have bathroom breaks during the test? Or be able to get up and stretch or walk around for a few minutes? I would think these things would be really helpful even at 34 weeks. Also, I would consider using a sleep aid as you need it for a few nights leading up to the test, (like Unisom or even Ambien) so you don’t feel strung out on lack of sleep, if that is an issue. If you have to take it at 37 weeks I would try to do the bulk of your studying earlier and then just do a brush up/reveiw before the test. Also get baby stuff in order so that isn’t worrying you. I think either way you’ll be fine! Although you may hear from some moms that were in labor at 36 or 37 weeks!
Post # 7
Will you be able to drink water and take regular bathroom breaks? If so, I’d say it should be fine.
Post # 8
I think you’ll be OK! Currently 39 weeks and I still feel great. I’ve had an easy pregnancy, though, so please take that with a grain of salt. Waiting to pay for all this luck during the actual delivery 🙂
Good luck to you!
Post # 9
I think you will be OK, and it will likely be far easier than after the baby, but of course you can’t always predict these things. At the very least, if sitting for long periods of time is tough, I would request accommodations like frequent breaks and extended time. You can get a note from your doctor.
Post # 10
i had my baby at 36w6d.
i went in for a non-stress test and they discovered baby’s heart was decling during contractions i didn’t know i was having. they admited me, and i had 2 more episodes in a 24 hour period so they induced me.
had my appointment been an hour later or an hour earlier, they wouldn’t have known.
i felt fine at this point, i was still exercising.
that being said, there is no reason why you can’t, but if you NEED this test, i would try and take it as early as you can in case the baby comes early.
Post # 11
This is all really helpful and I really appreciate the perspective! I agree with all of you that 37 weeks would be doable- I would be able to take restroom and water breaks and it really wouldn’t be the end of the world.
The sleep issue is a one concern for me because I didn’t mention this but my exam is an oral one and conducted in a foreign langauage. Maybe others are more resilient than me but I definitely feel my langauage skills have declined the further along I’ve gotten, ha!
So I suppose my question is really an issue of preference- whether, if it’s in my control, to test earlier rather than later. I’ll be working up until delivery but to have this out of the way would be ideal. In my head it would just make sense to test earlier but it’s helpful to hear from all of you that it may not matter too much!
Post # 12
indiblue : Ah ok, well, if the scheduling is totally up to you, I’d just get it done sooner rather than later. I don’t think pysically speaking it will be much harder at 37 weeks than at 34, but … it does seem wise to just schedule it on the early side if you can, just in case you deliver early.
Post # 13
indiblue : I would schedule it and get it out of the way. I was tired when I was pregnant, but the first 6 months of my son’s life was exhausting, especially when I went back to work. I personally would have done better at 37 weeks pregnant than with a newborn. If you can do it earlier than 37, I probably would to make sure you can for sure take it before the baby comes, but I don’t think it will be too big of deal if you can’t as long as you haven’t gone into labor..
Post # 14
indiblue : I would not worry so much for physical comfort but more for delivering early and not being able to take it at all. I am 35 weeks now with twins, and was measuring full term belly wise since week 32….so yeah, definitely get uncomfortable sleeping or sitting for long, but it is manageable (still go to work, sit at the desk, etc). But I would hate the stress of the possibility of going to labor early and not being able to test at all.
Post # 15
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You guys are all so helpful and I really, really appreciate your input. As I’m mulling over your input, I am realizing it’s less of a physical/mental comfort concern and more of a concern about going into labor AND the stress afterwards- we are moving overseas for our jobs 6 weeks after the baby is born and there is a ton of stuff to do between now and then, most of which can’t be done until closer to time. That and the fact that the test is not going to be in English and I may be a zombie during it (but like MrsAKSkier said- ambien!!! :P)
I think I want this out of the way so I can focus on baby things and moving things, but that’s not really a medical argument to make. I’ll plead my case to the directors but if I’m overruled I’ll just roll with it- as you all have reminded me, it really won’t be the end of the world!