35 week bumpdate

How Far Along: 35 weeks and 5 days

Meds: All taken daily – prenatal vitamin, Omega 3 + DHA, Ranitidine (2x/day), Magnesium (250mg at bedtime as per my chiro’s recommendation), Gaviscon for heartburn as required (which is OFTEN!).

Baby is the size of: a bunch of carrots or a honeydew melon

Best Moments This Week:

  • Finding out our mobile FINALLY shipped!
  • I’ve become a bath addict. I have a warm bath first thing every morning to loosen up my back/pelvis
  • Our maternity photo shoot on Sunday. A friend’s sister asked if she could take photos of us to build her portfolio. Can’t wait to see them.

Total Weight Gain: actual weigh in this morning put me at a total of 15.6 lbs

Maternity Clothes: I caved and bought a new maternity dress off the sale rack at Motherhood Maternity for our maternity photos this past weekend. I attempted to wear jeans, but there is NO WAY they will fit me right now. My bump is too low. They ended up giving me an awkward double bump. It’s sweat pants and maxi skirts til the end.

Symptoms:

  • Sore hips/lower back/pelvis – I just had 3 of the worst days yet. I had major lower back (SI joint) pain and front pelvic pain. A visit to the chiro barely did anything. She says most pregos are loose and their issue is falling out of place; whereas, my body just likes to lock up in the wrong position. I’m finding some relief today after using the heating pad, doing the exercises from the video below and a ton of stretching last night.
  • Leaky boobs
  • Constipation. I increased my magnesium to hopefully help get things moving.
  • Tired – oh so tired! Where is my energy spurt? 
  • Lots of bruises on my legs from clumsiness + low iron

Sleep: Not comfortable at all any more. My belly feels so heavy when I turn over. I get up to pee like every hour or two.

Food Cravings: Water! So thirsty these days! I’ve been craving salad again too.

Anything making you queasy or sick: I puked from the smell of pepperoni sticks, but otherwise I’ve been good lately.

Movement: He’s active. Moving all around.

Stretch Marks: Ain’t no denying I’ve got tiger stripes. Still using BioOil especially because they get itchy!

Baby Bump: Growing and growing…
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Gender: BOY

Labour Signs: Braxton Hicks have increased. Baby seems lower again this week. It’s almost like I could hold up my belly when I walk. No spotting or anything though. I am hoping he comes early. 37-38 weeks would be nice. 🙂

Belly Button In or Out?: Innie, but not much left.

Wedding Rings on or off?: Off but I wore them for our maternity shoot on Sunday. I may be able to fit them again now that it’s cooling off.

Happy or Moody?: After going to that meditation last week, I’ve been doing well. I get moody when I get overtired though. I’ve been feeling really low energy though. I went crazy last month to prepare for baby and the past week I’ve barely done anything (not that I have much left to do). I’ve only got my hospital bag 1/2 packed. :/

Purchases for baby:

  • No purchases from Mommy and Daddy, but we did receive some bath toys and clothes from my husband’s Aunt.

Purchases for Momma: 

  • A maternity dress

Miss Anything?: Sleep, energy

Looking forward to:

  • Being off work. At the recommendation of my chiro, I decided to ditch out 3 days early. My last official day is next Friday September 25 (instead of Wed, Sept 30)
  • Our local Perinatal Loss Awareness Walk on October 3rd (as long as baby stays in til then)
  • The actual arrival of our little man

Pelvic pain update

Well… I find this post ironic due to all of My Perfect Breakdown‘s talk about self-care lately and TheBarrenLibrarian‘s suggestion to find the happy medium.

I honestly think I have not been listening to my body. Yesterday, I spent way too many consecutive hours sitting in front of the computer. Yes, I may have switched to my exercise ball rather than my office chair, but when the damage is done, it’s done. I’ve known for quite a few days now that my back/pelvis were tightening up, but I wasn’t doing enough to prevent it.

In the afternoon, I wrapped by belly using my Boba wrap (similar to the Moby) as suggested by DrunkStorks. I followed this video:

Last night, I went for a walk. As much as it was cumbersome and achey at first, it actually helped to loose up the tightness I was experiencing in the front of my pelvis.

I also checked out the Spinning Babies website as per SpiritBabyComeHome’s recommendation to use the rebozo.  Since I didn’t have a rebozo, my husband and I tried the rebozo sifting exercise using the Boba wrap. It worked alright. He could use a bit more practice though. I also did the forward leaning inversion. I highly recommend having a spotter because I don’t know how I would have gotten out of this pose without my husband’s help! After that, I just sat on my birth ball rotating my hips.

Was I still sore after sleeping this morning? Yes, but it wasn’t as bad as it had been.

I’ve decided to follow the daily activities listed on Spinning Babies which include:

  • Walk every day
  • Do a forward-leaning inversion
  • Follow optimal maternal positioning
  • Stretch
  • PSOAS release
  • Hip openers
  • Pelvic tilts
  • Rest smart
  • Relax

Each pose or activity includes instructions and recommendations for when it’s best for you (meaning you don’t HAVE to do everything every day!)

I’m also going to keep up (and possibly increase the frequency) of my regularly scheduled appointments: chiro, massage, physio and acupuncture.

In the end, it all comes down to self-care. I need to take more time to listen to my body and do what it needs to relax and release. It’s all for the greater good. If Mom’s body is loose, baby should have an easier time coming out.

Thanks to everyone for all your amazing suggestions. I love the power this community has. ❤