34 Weeks Pregnant!
8 1/2 months pregnant this week! Baby is “supposedly” the size of a cantaloupe, although I believe a much bigger one than the one Winecoach found at the super market this weekend! It is smaller than last week’s 33 week pumpkin, but it’s all good. We know the truth! I’m following the size of fruit, because obviously, I’m a foodie right? It’s practically mandatory, but apparently the baby is around 18″ long and almost 5 lbs heavy, and believe me, I’m feeling it! This week I started wearing a belly support pretty regularly because since her head is already in position, there is alot of pressure, especially with prolonged standing and walking.
Her kicks are no joke, and here we go with the TMI of the week: I’ve never had a UTI (urinary tract infection), but I imagine what I experienced this week is as close as it gets to it. I imagine the baby basically head butted my bladder and I felt a stinging burning pain down my urethra (urine canal), that felt more like lightening and burning in the VAJJ. Oh man….right when I went to bed too. Had to get up several times to pee nothing, or just tinkle which is super frustrating. That went on for a couple of hours until I finally went to sleep and woke up good again…. Go figure. Has this ever happened to anyone else?
Another New Symptom this week: which I’m probably 100% responsible for, was low blood pressure and increased sweating after a very large meal. This means I can’t fit so much food in my stomach as I used to because 1) baby is growing so much and gaining about 1 oz a day, which means my stomach is running out of room so I can’t do my lavish meals anymore!
For the level of “tired” I’ve been feeling lately I think my weekend went super well! Winecoach and I did a Oklahoma City Staycation this weekend and it was just fantastic! Read more about it on the travel section below. There is so much to do and see here and we had a blast!
Highlight of this week (and no, it’s not always positive): Still getting up quite alot, but because of a terrible cold I caught over the weekend! Now I’m getting up each hour because I either can’t breath, baby is moving like crazy (aren’t they supposed to slow down by now?), or have to pee SO BAD. I guess my body is officially prepping me. Being sick while pregnant is quite difficult, so I’ve been living by my 4 Go-To Cold Remedies to get rid of this!
On a positive note, nothing makes me happier than feeling her move. At times, if I’m lying down and don’t feel her move for more than 15 minutes (because I’m seriously used to feeling her move ALL the time), I poke her. I do!! And I don’t feel bad about it….she pokes right back and we play. At least I think we’re playing but I’m probably just annoying her. What can I do, it’s fun!
Exercise! Still doing prenatal yoga as often as possible. Some days I can pull off 30 minutes, but after work I’m usually destroyed. I do try to walk at lunch time for about 2 miles, which puts me at around 40 minutes these days! When I wasn’t pregnant I used to job 3 miles at lunch, so I’m content with myself. Walking is the best exercise for us preggos, so need to stay on that train till the very end! Remember labor (and birth) is an athletic event, so we just can’t ignore the fact that we must train for it. Stretching and walking, that should be the focus!
Cravings: Orange juice, all day everyday!! Also, I noticed I was pretty suggestive this week. Someone mentioned chicken sandwich, and that sounded pretty good one of the nights. Surely I had to go pick up a freakin chicken sandwich. Go figure!!
Aversions: No aversions! Yay!
Mood: Thumbs up in the mood department! No crying at all, not even for an actual reason. I’m proud of myself, despite the election results. Not that I would have been happy either way anyway, but yet, overall, pretty good! Winecoach is my rock, and this week we are feeling accomplished because we concluded our Bradley Method of Natural Childbirth Classes and he is officially a coach! This is a husband-coached approach to labor where your partner becomes an educated coach, ready to “walk” you through your labor and be your number one support system during birth, much like a doula. So Winecoach is now my doula, basically, and he’s really good at it too! It’s no easy task, there are 12 classes and about 2 hours per class, but totally worth it. We both learned SO MUCH! Priceless information – to find an instructor just google search to see who teaches in your area. I was not paid to promote them, I just truly believe in the success of these classes, but the biggest test is yet to come right?
Ultrasound and Baby’s Sex: Have not had an ultrasound in a few weeks, but she’s growing, I assure you! I see the midwife every 2 weeks now, and the belly measurements have been pretty on point, measuring about 1 week ahead each time I go. Heart rate was 152bpm.
Movement and Positioning: Boy does she move. Nonstop, all day. Maybe, if I’m lucky I’ll go 15-30 minutes without her moving, but most of the time she’s pretty active. I actually enjoy her movements! The only time I don’t enjoy is when my permanently bruised rib screams from her little feet stretching into that area or she head buds my crotch, haha….All the other times her movements are more than welcome, they signify a healthy baby!
Weight gain: Gained about 1-2 lbs this week which put me at around a 30lbs weight gain. Before this week I was shy of it, maybe around 27-28lbs? The scale is tilting now, little by little, and I’m not surprised. Baby is supposed to gain about 1/2 lb a week so, I see the weight going up slowly from now until the end.
Nursery and registry: The nursery is coming together on paper! I ordered the crib, mattress, bedding, armoire, a changer, and glider with ottoman! Things are coming together slowly but surely, with every sense of the words. Things are falling into place this week and next week we have BIG changes and exciting news. I can’t wait to share it with you all! I’m still receiving boxes everyday, from our wonderful friends and family who have jumped on our registries with Babies R Us and Buy Buy and are also all consolidated on The Bump. You are just wonderful, thank you for flooding Baby Sandee with love and boxes!! I even received some gifts from some of you followers which was very sweet. I appreciate it from the bottom of my heart!
Names: Only a few more weeks and we will be able to share!
Midwife or OB: Love my midwife (shown above getting Baby Sandee’s heartbeat) and love the birthing center we chose for the birth! Another few weeks and I will share my visit to the birthing center with you all. It is simply amazing!
Aches and pains: Did you read the TMI of the week? Ouch! On the other hand, sciatica seems to have let up a bit. I think it’s all about how she is positioned in there. My main complain is my left rib pain. It feels bruised and hurts every day, as in I got punched or kicked several times but I read it could also be from my growing uterus.
Currently Wearing: Whatever will fit! The maternity leggings and “jeggings” are real life savers and allow me to continue wearing my non-maternity tops without “peek-a-booing” everyone, so I suggest getting a pair of each, that way you have a jeans look and a legging look. Not much more needed, especially if you can spend most of your pregnancy in stretchy dresses as I have up to now!
Fun Preggo Fall looks!
Sleep: An interesting concept. It’s not getting any easier and I can’t just use one pillow anymore, under my head that is. I have to be somewhat reclined, and get up numerous times a night. As we approach the end of the pregnancy, it is expected, so….good luck to me and all of you out there in your 3rd trimester. I’ve been averaging getting up seven times a night these days, some days five, some days 10. It’s been interesting.
Traveling – No flying or long roadtrips, but this weekend winecoach and I did a staycation in Oklahoma City! I think this was our last local “getaway” before my mom arrives (I didn’t tell you? She’ll be here next weekend) and then baby comes. We just wanted to enjoy ourselves, so we did a “date weekend” and did just that!
The weekend OKC Staycation breakdown went as follows:
Had dinner Mickey Mantle’s Steakhouse for a delicious taste of my favorites actually.
Went to watch the Oklahoma City Thunder against the L.A. Clippers. Even though they lost, it was a VERY exciting game!
We stayed 2 nights at 21C Hotel Museum Hotel in Midtown Oklahoma City and had brunch and dinner all over town! Probably ate too much and had a lot of fun. This is a special place because it is a modern art museum open 24 hours with no fee to enter! But also a hotel with a fabulous restaurant attached to it. I’m talking about dinner at Marry Eddys Kitchen and Lounge and we really had an amazing tour of the menu prepared by Chef Jason Campbell. I want to go back and try their brunch menu!
- Brunch at Hatch OKC, which is relatively new. Awesome food, very busy because everyone wants a piece of that right now! Great prep on the egg dishes, I must say.
I have to mention our visit to the National Cowboy and Heritage Museum because it is my all time favorite, and also the first place I ever visited in OKC. Fond memories so it’s always nice to revisit the wild wild west cowboy heritage as well as Native American Culture. This is a MUST SEE when you visit OKC.
Thank you for following my journey! Please leave me comments below with any tips for the upcoming weeks as baby is really growing now and I’m deep into the 3rd trimester; I LOVE to hear about your own experiences with pregnancy, with labor and how you prepared for it, especially if you have any tips on how to achieve a natural birth. I will also start taking tips on the first weeks home with the baby and the things I NEED to know before bringing baby home. Any tips will be much appreciated loves!
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