Five more weeks to go

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By Kelly Dolejsi

When you’re eight-months pregnant, it’s hard to think about anything but the baby. What is she doing to your body? Is she OK? How are you going to get her out?

Life becomes a series of familiar, daily symptoms: a little nausea in the morning, heartburn the rest of the day; shortness of breath if you do something crazy like stand up from sitting in a chair; extreme, alternating hunger and drowsiness; bionic abilities to fold and re-fold onesies and sleep sacks without ever getting bored.

It becomes constant belly-monitoring: Is the baby moving around as much as she was yesterday?

Is she head-down? Is she sunny-side-up (her arms and legs facing up toward my navel – a position she can’t be delivered in)?

Is she hiccuping? Is she uncomfortable because you’re lying on your right side? What are you thinking, lying on your right side?

Is your shirt long enough to cover your huge belly? No, it’s not. It’s never long enough.

And, more and more as you get closer to delivery, life becomes what you do between prenatal check-ups, which mainly involves keeping track of questions you want to ask at prenatal check-ups. What does a contraction feel like? When do you call the doctor?

When do you leave for the hospital? What do you bring? What do you eat? What do you wear?

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