Holy cow! I’m now into week 33. Â EEEEK. Â Pregnancy is strange. Â The months can seem long, but the weeks are short.
Size of Baby: Honeydew (4.5 lbs.)
Weight Gain: I didnâ€™t weigh myself again this week, but today I have to go to the doctor, so rest assured, itâ€™ll be done there! Â I feel like Iâ€™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 Iâ€™m Feeling: I had lots of round ligament pain this week! Â I think it comes when Iâ€™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. Â They are sharp little suckers in my right lower side and they last anywhere from a few minutes to about an hour now. Â They are much shorter than the first time I got them though.
I noticed in the second half of the week that I just donâ€™t have the endurance to get things done throughout the day anymore. Â If I walk 3 miles in the morning, that pretty much wipes me out for a little bit. Â I usually get another wind at some point, but the go-go-go lifestyle I once had is no longer tangible. Â My mom made me realize that down time is a good thing right now and I shouldnâ€™t feel guilty about laying down. Â Pretty soon, Iâ€™m going to have a baby and there wonâ€™t be time for me to have my own lazy, selfish time! Â Point taken.
I still have heartburn sometimes.
Iâ€™ve been getting leg cramps more often now especially on the days that I walk. Â They are nothing too terrible, but I have noticed them. Â They kind of feel like when you run a good distance, which I used to love! Â 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 itâ€™s thing. Â I have to admit with all the leg cramps, I have this deep fear that itâ€™s a blood clot due to my Factor V disorder. Â I know the probability is really low, but thatâ€™s the first thought that comes into my mind.
Sleep is still hard and I’d imagine won’t be getting easier. Â It’s hard to get comfortable and I have really vivid dreams every.single.night. Â 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. Â I make sure to hold railings tightly and walk very slowly on ice.
Emotionally, like last week, Iâ€™m full of anticipation. Â Aiden has been so active this week and Iâ€™m feeling more of him, which is my miracle everyday. Â I am starting to be able to feel individual parts of him and we play back and forth sometimes. Â That is a life changing feeling and something I cherish. Â With that said, I can hardly wait to meet him. Â I want to see what he looks like and feels like and hold him in my arms! Â I want him to live in the nursery weâ€™ve created for him. Â 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. Â I can hardly wait to breastfeed (God willing we are able) and bond with him. Â I can hardly wait to see David as a father and see him for the first time. Â I also really want to run and sweat. Â I can hardly wait to start Insanity! Â I am obviously the most out of shape Iâ€™ve ever been in my life and itâ€™s like a challenge to me to get my pre-pregnancy body back and Iâ€™m ready to start.
I also don’t mean to complain about the symptoms of pregnancy. Â Most of them aren’t debilitating and are minor discomforts, but I want to be honest and provide as much information as possible!
Doctorâ€™s Appointment: Â No appointments this week, but we did have our first unmedicated birth class. Â Call me a nerd or whatever, but I loved it. Â I think David was slightly bored, but I was in my element. Â I love learning about L&D, anatomy and simply whatâ€™s going to happen to me in a few short weeks! Â I can hardly wait to go back Thursday.
What Iâ€™m Eating: Â Iâ€™ve still been eating a ton of cereal. Â I just canâ€™t seem to get enough. Â I love sugar, which I would love to be able to curb, but itâ€™s hard right now. Â I donâ€™t know if itâ€™s because Iâ€™m tired and I feel like the sugar will help or hormones or just because Iâ€™m addicted to sugar. Â Whatever the cause, I think I need to get to sugar addicts anonymous. Â Thatâ€™s a big goal of the week… to consume less candy and sugar. Â I love fruit, so I need to stick with that. Â I have been eating that too, but not in lieu of candy (namely, salt water taffy). Â I also have been eating stir fry which tastes good now. Â We had Chipotle one day and that didnâ€™t taste very good at all to me. Â I still donâ€™t think food tastes that good.
Exercise: Walking still… Â this was a better week than last week with walking. Â I got 6 days of walking in and they were mostly 3 mile walks. Â Itâ€™s been really cold here (feeling like negative degrees) and Otis had a growth removed on his paw, so my poor baby couldnâ€™t go to the park for a week (today might be the day!), so Iâ€™ve been hoofing it on the treadmill, which is fine. Â I tune into the Jillian Michaels podcast and go.
Baby Purchases: Â We got the changing pad for the dresser, a sage green valance and some crib sheets for the babyâ€™s room. Â We also scoured some baby stores for a crib skirt and found one brown one at Babies Râ€™ Us. Â Can you believe a crib skirt is so hard to find in a store? Â 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. Â The proper position for a baby is LOA (left occiput anterior). Â 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. Â She said that the back of the babyâ€™s head (the heaviest part of him/her) goes to where gravity is. Â 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 â€œwag our tails.â€ Â At this stage in the game, I am a little worried that heâ€™ll be in the wrong position. Â My normal place in the house during the day is sitting on the couch definitely leaning backwards. Â I know walking helps too, but I really have to get it in gear and do the exercises.