Holy cow! I’m now into week 33. EEEEK. Pregnancy is strange. The months can seem long, but the weeks are short.
Size of Baby: Honeydew (4.5 lbs.)
Weight Gain: I didn’t weigh myself again this week, but today I have to go to the doctor, so rest assured, it’ll be done there! I feel like I’ve gained a reasonable amount thus far and as long as I keep up the walking and eating decently proportioned food, it should be okay for the last little bit of pregnancy.
How I’m Feeling: I had lots of round ligament pain this week! I think it comes when I’m not as hydrated as I could be and apparently make sudden movements, although I would hardly consider getting out of the car or off the couch a sudden movement. They are sharp little suckers in my right lower side and they last anywhere from a few minutes to about an hour now. They are much shorter than the first time I got them though.
I noticed in the second half of the week that I just don’t have the endurance to get things done throughout the day anymore. If I walk 3 miles in the morning, that pretty much wipes me out for a little bit. I usually get another wind at some point, but the go-go-go lifestyle I once had is no longer tangible. My mom made me realize that down time is a good thing right now and I shouldn’t feel guilty about laying down. Pretty soon, I’m going to have a baby and there won’t be time for me to have my own lazy, selfish time! Point taken.
I still have heartburn sometimes.
I’ve been getting leg cramps more often now especially on the days that I walk. They are nothing too terrible, but I have noticed them. They kind of feel like when you run a good distance, which I used to love! I had this weird inner thigh/groin pain when I was walking one day this week and it kind of freaked me out, but then I realized that it was common due to the pelvis stretching and doing it’s thing. I have to admit with all the leg cramps, I have this deep fear that it’s a blood clot due to my Factor V disorder. I know the probability is really low, but that’s the first thought that comes into my mind.
Sleep is still hard and I’d imagine won’t be getting easier. It’s hard to get comfortable and I have really vivid dreams every.single.night. I also toss and turn the entire night thinking about things I need to get done.
I have developed a slightly irrational fear of falling this week too. I make sure to hold railings tightly and walk very slowly on ice.
Emotionally, like last week, I’m full of anticipation. Aiden has been so active this week and I’m feeling more of him, which is my miracle everyday. I am starting to be able to feel individual parts of him and we play back and forth sometimes. That is a life changing feeling and something I cherish. With that said, I can hardly wait to meet him. I want to see what he looks like and feels like and hold him in my arms! I want him to live in the nursery we’ve created for him. There has been so much hype about labor and delivery and how much it differs from each woman, so I want to know what mine will be like. I can hardly wait to breastfeed (God willing we are able) and bond with him. I can hardly wait to see David as a father and see him for the first time. I also really want to run and sweat. I can hardly wait to start Insanity! I am obviously the most out of shape I’ve ever been in my life and it’s like a challenge to me to get my pre-pregnancy body back and I’m ready to start.
I also don’t mean to complain about the symptoms of pregnancy. Most of them aren’t debilitating and are minor discomforts, but I want to be honest and provide as much information as possible!
Doctor’s Appointment: No appointments this week, but we did have our first unmedicated birth class. Call me a nerd or whatever, but I loved it. I think David was slightly bored, but I was in my element. I love learning about L&D, anatomy and simply what’s going to happen to me in a few short weeks! I can hardly wait to go back Thursday.
What I’m Eating: I’ve still been eating a ton of cereal. I just can’t seem to get enough. I love sugar, which I would love to be able to curb, but it’s hard right now. I don’t know if it’s because I’m tired and I feel like the sugar will help or hormones or just because I’m addicted to sugar. Whatever the cause, I think I need to get to sugar addicts anonymous. That’s a big goal of the week… to consume less candy and sugar. I love fruit, so I need to stick with that. I have been eating that too, but not in lieu of candy (namely, salt water taffy). I also have been eating stir fry which tastes good now. We had Chipotle one day and that didn’t taste very good at all to me. I still don’t think food tastes that good.
Exercise: Walking still… this was a better week than last week with walking. I got 6 days of walking in and they were mostly 3 mile walks. It’s been really cold here (feeling like negative degrees) and Otis had a growth removed on his paw, so my poor baby couldn’t go to the park for a week (today might be the day!), so I’ve been hoofing it on the treadmill, which is fine. I tune into the Jillian Michaels podcast and go.
Baby Purchases: We got the changing pad for the dresser, a sage green valance and some crib sheets for the baby’s room. We also scoured some baby stores for a crib skirt and found one brown one at Babies R’ Us. Can you believe a crib skirt is so hard to find in a store? I have to put it on the crib and see if we like it.
Random Notes: Our birth teacher told me that sitting down and leaning back (like most of us sit all day) promotes a sunny side up baby, which means that the baby is head down but comes out face up instead of face down. The proper position for a baby is LOA (left occiput anterior). A sunny side up baby can make a longer more difficult labor with a higher risk of c-section, which I definitely do not want. She said that the back of the baby’s head (the heaviest part of him/her) goes to where gravity is. She suggested that we pay attention to sitting straight up while sitting, do pelvic tilts, cat/cow position and lean over a chair or surface and “wag our tails.” At this stage in the game, I am a little worried that he’ll be in the wrong position. My normal place in the house during the day is sitting on the couch definitely leaning backwards. I know walking helps too, but I really have to get it in gear and do the exercises.