My Pregnancy Journey: Week 36

Size of Baby: Watermelon (6.5 lbs. and 19-22 in.)

Weight Gain: I didn’t weigh myself yet this week.  I am planning on doing it at the doctor this week.

How I’m Feeling: We actually had a very emotional situation in our family this week.  I’m not going to discuss it here, but I feel mixed emotions like I’ve never felt before.  So, I guess emotionally, I’m feeling a little blah.  Everything is going to be okay with time!

With myself, I am having such contradicting feelings!  I am ready for this pregnancy to be over, but I want Aiden to stay inside of me for 9 more months.  I’m uncomfortable and big, but I don’t feel ready to be a mom yet sometimes. Ai yi yi… I go through these feelings daily.  I’m excited and scared all at once.  I’m a hormonal mess.

I started having intense leg cramps on Sunday this week.  I couldn’t walk for half the day and they followed me into the night.  I think they are worse with stress too.  I drank some magnesium/calcium which helped but actually only temporarily.  I had some the next morning as well and that helped for most of the day.  Oddly, my bed is the only place where I feel okay.  I guess it’s just the extra weight or something.  The groin pain on my right side has been occurring more frequently when I walk.  I’m pretty sure Aiden is pressing on some nerve or something because it’s definitely a “nervy” type pain.

I have the usual heartburn (but I think it was worse) and round ligament pain occasionally.

I have been fighting fatigue followed by days where my energy is fine.  I really need to listen to my body about the walking.  Three miles is just too long for me these days without feeling totally wiped out for the day.  I had this a couple weeks ago and then I got some energy back and resumed the three miles, but at this stage in the game, I just need to stop.  It’s funny that I measure my energy level and fitness benchmark with a three mile walk these days!  Gone are the days where I used to run 18 mile runs!

I’ve been feeling pressure down there and some menstrual like cramps at times a couple days this week… I wonder if something is going on!

Other than that, I think that’s about it for the symptoms.

Doctor’s Appointment:  I didn’t have a doctor’s appointment this past week.  Today, I get the Group Strep B test.

What I’m Eating:  I guess my “new” normal.  It was my birthday week, so I ate some treats for sure, but I ate anything and everything else too.  I have been loving fruit and malt-o-meal that’s for sure.  I don’t really have any aversions anymore either…

Exercise: I walked 4 miles two days (split up) and then 3 miles a couple days and then like 1.5 miles a couple days.  At the beginning of this week, I didn’t walk at all due to the leg cramps.

Baby Purchases:  We bought a mobile, Aden + Anais swaddles and a big box of wipes.  I AM NOT BUYING ANYTHING ELSE UNTIL HE COMES!  I have to keep reminding myself.

Looking Forward To: I am looking forward to labor and meeting Aiden.  I feel so lucky that my pregnancy is coming to an end and Aiden is healthy thus far.  I also feel grief and sadness due to the events that went on in our family though.

4 Responses to My Pregnancy Journey: Week 36

  1. Sorry you are feeling stress at this time. Excited for you to meet your baby soon! He will be on those 18 mile runs with us in no time! 🙂

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