I'm currently 35 weeks 3 days pregnant today. BUT... this post will be from the last 3 weeks before, so weeks 32-34. There is probably enough info to post about just in that 3 week time frame!
How far along/size of baby: As of June 25 through July 1st, I was 34 weeks pregnant! I just can't even begin to comprehend that I will have a little one very shortly!
Measurements for babies in the womb vary so much that it's really difficult to just look up the websites and apps for this information. However, according to babycenter.com, the baby is around 4.75 pounds and the size of a cantaloupe. Give or take some ounces/pounds.
Sleep: Sleep is sometimes "not bad" and sometimes terrible. My "not bad" nights are generally referred to as good nights. They are usually comprised of some solid sleep segments and maybe 2-3 times to get up for a potty break. That's a good night. The terrible nights are generally waking up every hour to 1.5 hours and just really getting not much solid sleep. I would say I get about half and half on "good" vs "terrible."
Best moment of the past 3 weeks: There are generally lots of good moments. We had our baby shower with my family and some friends the other week. Baby stuff is just so darn cute. It's even cuter when it's for your own baby!
|Derek and I with our present helper|
Movement: Yes but I have to say I was freaking out a little bit during the 34th week. I just wasn't sure that he was moving as much as he should. I can go hours without feeling anything (or at least I think I don't) and then wasn't getting the same BIG rolls I was getting in the previous couple weeks. I had my doctor appointment and she said I'm probably not noticing it at work when I'm busy, which is probably true. And sometimes my husband says he feels it and I didn't realize it (one night when I was sleeping). The baby NEVER wakes me up or keeps me up at night with moving but he still might be moving around. She told me to try to pay more attention to it and call if I'm concerned. (Editors note, I've been feeling lots of movements all weekend so I think I'm good).
I have to say, it's stressful being the sole person to make a decision on whether things seem right with the baby or not when you really have no idea what the heck is going on and this is your first baby. You don't want to be that over reacting person that calls the doctor and gets checked out in the ER every week, but you definitely don't want to be the person that doesn't follow your gut and say something and then there is a problem. Being a mom is stressful! lol
Symptoms: My nausea has gotten better mostly so that's good. My calf cramps are few and far between at night so that seems a bit better.
I'm having terrible sciatic pain at times. I definitely don't do a good job with stretching it out or rolling it on something though. And at the chiropractor, my IT band was in rare form so I better get on that too!
And skin tags are just out of control and gross. Hate these things.
By the 34th week, my swelling in my feet and fingers are getting a bit out of control too! Especially my feet and ankles.
Looking forward to: .... Having a baby? lol. I'm not sure. My doctor appointments are weekly (or in my case 1.5 weeks because that's all I could schedule it). As much as I don't want frequent doctor appointments, they will be more "involved" and I will be strapped to monitors so I'm interested in having more information on what's going on there.
Oh...and my friend Jill took my maternity photos (because she's pretty awesome) so I can't wait to see what they look like!
Food Cravings or Aversions: Nope. None. Zip. Zilch. Nada.
Belly button in or out: In. But...it seems like it wishes it could be an outie, if that makes any sense. But nope, it's hanging in there! Thanks belly button! I'm not a fan of outies. Also note, my skin tags like to hang out here, which I think it TMI and pretty gross but there you have it!
Wedding rings on or off: So much sadness with this one. I stopped wearing my engagement ring in week 32, I think. My wedding band seemed slightly bigger so I kept that on. I should have never resized my engagement ring right before my wedding. It might still fit. Oh well. (new update on this as of week 35...more sadness...)
Running/Working Out: As far as running is concerned. I had a 5k on June 21st, which was in week 33. I decided that I would make that my last official run. My recovery is much harder the next day and I'm much more sore. I did a 2:2 interval and quite enjoyed myself and thought maybe I would keep running. However, the next day was ROUGH! My belly is fine, but my joints in the lower section were just sore! So sore! It probably would have helped if I stretched after the 5k but I didn't. So after that, my running days are behind me until after baby. Running until 34 weeks though is pretty good in my books.
I'm still walking, I did go to the barre class but really haven't gone much. Walking and bike trainer are my main source of workouts. I will do an occasional prenatal video on youtube for stretching or strength. My workouts are now 3-4 times a week (down a bit from 4-5 times/week) but I also need to get this house in more shape before baby gets here and I can't really do both after working all day.