Pregnancy: Week 33

>> Monday, May 9, 2016

I had planned to post this update last week, but I had my midwife appointment on Friday, so I thought I'd rather do it after the appointment when I had more stuff to write about. In short: I'm feeling really good after passing through week 32, which is a gigantic milestone in baby development. Obviously we want Baby E to continue cooking for at least another 5 weeks, like Ada, up to a whopping 9 (!!!) -- but if she for some reason came early, my midwife said everything would likely be OK.

Belly shot:

I am up 17.4 pounds total since the start of my pregnancy. I only gained a pound since my last appointment, but my midwife says that's alright. It's definitely because I've been having some of the most wicked heartburn and reflux of my life. Dinners lately have been mostly a bowl of cereal. I am still working on getting good nutrition throughout the day, but so many foods trigger the pain. I had this with Ada and -- actually -- I tend to have reflux in general. It's something I should probably get checked after delivery or maybe try the GERD diet.

I don't know how I feel about this one. My midwife says I may have "a touch" of antepartum anxiety. And while I can wholeheartedly agree that I do worry about things related to the baby (and life in general), I don't feel like it's to an unhealthy extent. I have a good support network and definitely talk through my concerns without panic attacks, crying fits, or anything like that -- and I haven't had an ultrasound since week 18 despite having tons of Braxton Hicks contractions! I plan to devote an entire post to this topic. The abridged version is that I feel like the things I have worried about during this pregnancy are founded concerns, especially with what it took to get to this point.

So, about those Braxton Hicks contractions. Who wouldn't worry about them when they come every 10 minutes for hours on end? In my last pregnancy, my midwife would routinely give me ultrasounds to ensure they weren't making cervical change. This time around, they keep telling me it must just be how my body handles pregnancy and to deal with it. So far, she's still cooking. It's just uneasy being alone for so much of the day and wondering if it'll turn into the real thing.

The good news is that they started later in this pregnancy (week 25 versus 17) and aren't every FIVE minutes like they were with Ada. The only thing that really frustrates me about them is that all the "tricks" to get them to stop don't work (laying down, drinking tons of water, etc.). I seem to have fewer on days when I'm really active, walking, exercising, doing yard work, and otherwise exhausted. Then on slow days I have tons of them. Or, really, there's no rhyme or reason. I'm starting to think it has more to do with her position. When she's really low and pressing on my bladder, I cannot shake them no matter what. My midwife prescribed me some muscle relaxing medicine if they get out of hand, but it has some side effects I don't think I want to deal with while being alone so often.

Speaking of activity, my exercise level has gone back up again after some physically hard weeks. I'm back to doing Barre four times a week for around 30-60 minutes a session. I also walk 30-60 minutes every day. I'm still bummed that I haven't been running in almost 10 weeks, which might be my longest break since I was like 20 years old, but I know it'll come back after the baby is born.

Ugh. I have GBS in my urine . . . again. I think this topic warrants its own post.

I started prepping the cloth diapers and washing baby clothes this weekend. Nesting is in full force. I'll be sure to post all about it sometime later this week. Anyone using hemp inserts have specific detergent recommendations? I did an initial wash cycle without detergent on all those -- but I didn't know what I wanted to use with the detergent. I'd like to do something that isn't specific to diapers, like Tide or Country Save, but I don't know what's best for hemp and top-loading machines.

Other stuff:

  • Days till my due date: 48
  • Days till gestation when I gave birth to Ada: 35
  • Cravings: S'mores, dark chocolate ice cream, strawberries, avocados, runny eggs (but I don't indulge -- boo!), and I want to eat THE LOVER all the time.
  • Baby's size: Durian fruit (never seen one), 17.2 to 18.7 inches and 4.2 to 5.8 pounds.
  • To-do list: Finish painting the nursery, figure out how to get breast pump from insurance, pack Ada's overnight bag (my hospital bag is packed -- I'll post about it maybe with a video), and scrub the house from top to bottom.
  • Excited about: We bought a new mattress for Mother's Day! We ended up getting one locally because I wanted to try it out. So, we'll be setting up our bedroom for co-habitation sometime soon.

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