37 week bumpdate

How Far Along: 37 weeks and 6 days

Meds: All taken daily – prenatal vitamin, Omega 3 + DHA, Ranitidine (2x/day), Magnesium (1000mg at bedtime), Gaviscon for heartburn as required (which is OFTEN!).

Baby is the size of: a WATERMELON!

Best Moments This Week:

  • My baby shower
  • Going to the spa for a manicure/pedicure
  • My husband reading stories to the baby before bedtime
  • Being OFF WORK!

Total Weight Gain: a total of 16.6 lbs – +.04 from last week.

Maternity Clothes: All day, every day!

Symptoms:

  • Since being off work (and not sitting at my desk for 8+ hours a day), my SI joint pain has subsided quite a bit. I’ve still got the front pelvic pain, but being more active has helped loosen my tight ligaments. I aim for 2 walks a day minimum. Nothing hurts more than moving my legs apart or getting in and out of bed though. Night time is always the worst for my pain.
  • Tired. Oh, so tired.
  • Heartburn is more food induced, rather than due to the lack of room.
  • Baby is continuously lower = random cervical pain/pressure
  • No more constipation though! I am not sure if I can attribute it to my increased intake of magnesium or if my body is actually clearing itself out. I did have diarrhea yesterday morning.

Sleep: One night this week, I slept straight for a 2.5 hour increment. Usually, I’m up every 1-1.5 hours to pee and readjust myself because I’m so uncomfortable.

Food Cravings: Blueberries, granny smith apples, Thai food – green curry chicken

Anything making you queasy or sick: Haven’t puked in a few days now. WHOHOO!

Movement: He’s active on and off throughout the day. Yesterday was a quieter day which makes me think he’s growing – AGAIN!

Stretch Marks: Yes, I’ve got tiger stripes.

Baby Bump: Growing and growing… I can finally say I feel like I truly look pregnant.

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Gender: BOY

Labour Signs: Some braxton hicks, but nothing else besides baby getting lower. I even tried eating spicy food last weekend and having sex.

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

Wedding Rings on or off?: Off.

Happy or Moody?: I’m generally in a good mood these days. I get cranky when I get tired at night. I always fight naps and going to bed early (I know, I know. I need to get over this ASAP).

Purchases for baby:

Purchases for Momma: 

Miss Anything?: Sleep, energy, moving faster than a turtle

Looking forward to:

  • Our local Perinatal Loss Awareness Walk on October 3rd (as long as baby stays in til then)
  • The actual arrival of our little man
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36 week bumpdate

How Far Along: 36 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 ripe papaya or a honeydew melon

Best Moments This Week:

  • Daily morning baths to loosen my hips/pelvis/back. I relax in the tub for 45 mins to an hour each morning
  • Putting the finishing touches on the nursery – just need to take some photos!
  • My Blessingway ceremony this past Sunday.

Funniest Moment this Week: When my boss video conferenced me this afternoon, but I only accepted via audio because I wasn’t wearing a bra and realized my boobs were leaking on my shirt. 😀

Total Weight Gain: a total of 16.2 lbs – +.06 from last week.

Maternity Clothes: You know it. It’s all I fit these days.

Symptoms:

  • My lower back and pelvic pain is here to stay. Yesterday I had massage, chiro and physio. I was feeling better until I sat at my desk all morning. Hopefully things can loosen up once I’m officially off work. I’m super slow moving as baby keeps dropping lower and lower. Getting out of bed or rolling over is the worst!
  • Occasional pukes are back. I’ve woken myself up 2x this past week puking in the middle of the night.
  • Tired.

Sleep: Not comfortable at all any more. Heavy belly, frequent peeing.

Food Cravings: Peaches, caramel candy apples – this one is really bizarre for me! But I discovered a local grocery store makes them and sells them for $3.99.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Middle of the night pukes, but not sure what is causing it as I have barely been eating anything for supper. I basically just have small snacks throughout the day.

Movement: He’s fairly active now. Since his last drop, I’m having a hard time finding exactly where his bum is now.

Stretch Marks: Yes, I’ve got tiger stripes.

Baby Bump: Growing and growing… You can notice the drop in the comparison photo.

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Gender: BOY

Labour Signs: Some braxton hicks, but nothing else besides baby dropping again.

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

Wedding Rings on or off?: Off. I’ve given up on any sense of style/normalcy.

Happy or Moody?: Low energy can make me moody. I find my patience level is back at a zero. I struggle with needing to get out and socialize versus wanting to stay home and hibernate. I get frustrated with not being able to do as much as I want to physically when I do have energy spurts. I’m very happy that I’m almost done work and baby is almost here.

Purchases for baby:

  • No purchases this week.

Purchases for Momma: 

  • A new microSD card for my phone to store baby pics (because yes, my old one is full and I doubt I’ll have time to transfer them all before he comes… and yes you can laugh and ask WHY I don’t use a cloud solution. I don’t have the answer to that).

Miss Anything?: Sleep, energy, eating large meals, cuddling,

Looking forward to:

  • Being off work – 3.5 days left.
  • A baby shower my girlfriends are throwing for me this Sunday
  • Our local Perinatal Loss Awareness Walk on October 3rd (as long as baby stays in til then)
  • The actual arrival of our little man

34 week bumpdate

How Far Along: 34 weeks and 6 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 savoy cabbage or a honeydew melon

Best Moments This Week:

  • Hanging curtains and the art in the nursery. It’s almost ready to show everyone.
  • Having a random girl get all excited about my bump in Old Navy. She is the first stranger to acknowledge my pregnancy in public. It was nice, yet awkward at the same time.
  • Receiving a few bags of size newborn to 2T clothes from my sister-in-law. I was quite surprised by how generous she was. It was much appreciated.
  • When my husband unexpectedly showed up to my OB appointment. He was rained out at the farm and surprised me. ❤
  • Finding out this friend is pregnant again. I was so happy to hear their good news.

Worst Moment of the Week: Yesterday was the first time I’ve really felt HUGE. All of a sudden the fact that I have a protruding belly hit me. We were meeting friends for supper and I felt like I had nothing comfortable to wear. I kept calling myself a “stuffed sausage”. In retrospect, I know I was over tired and hungry, but I definitely was having a low self esteem moment. My changing belly shape didn’t help either. I also really need a haircut (my hair has grown so fast during pregnancy). It’s top of my list to get myself booked in. If my hair looks/feels good, it can totally help with the whole package.

Total Weight Gain: a total of approx 16 lbs based on my scale at home, not the OBs. I went for lunch with a friend before my OB appointment on Friday. I ain’t taking his scale as legit because this Momma had just eaten a big cheeseburger. haha 🙂

Maternity Clothes: I bought a wrap sweater at Old Navy on the weekend. Our nights are turning cooler and although I can still do my pre-pregnancy hoodies up, they are not overly comfortable. I’m going to try to tough it out til the end now. No more maternity purchases. I’ve got 4 pairs of comfy pants in rotation (not including my maternity jeans which are pretty much unworn). I worked retail for 6+ years over high school and University. I was always used to having a TON of clothes. Maternity clothing has been an interesting experience for me. It’s the first time I’ve really worked hard to make the most with less items of clothing.

Symptoms:

  • Baby has dropped.
  • Sore hips/lower back/pelvis – the sorest muscle is to the right side of my pelvic bone. Let’s just say it looks a little awkward when I try to massage it. My back is super sore by the end of each day and when I wake up in the morning. I’ve started having baths to relieve some of the pain. My husband has also been good at helping me with stretches and releases that my chiropractor or physiotherapist have shown me. My chiro doesn’t want me wearing a support belt yet, but has suggested I wear my belly band or wrap my tummy if it’s bothering me.
  • Belly shape has changed. I still have a slight B, but since baby dropped, the bottom half looks saggy/hanging. It’s no quite as tight anymore (then again, I have a chubby tummy. Was it ever?) I googled it. Turns out this is also a “thing”. I don’t very much like the appearance of it, but I’ll take a lower belly over feeling like my stomach is in my throat.
  • Lots of mental energy, but not much physical energy.
  • Slight prego insomnia – like once a week, I find I wake up at 3 am and have a hard time going back to sleep. This week it was Friday night. I got up and journalled. I returned to bed around 6am and fell back asleep for 2 hours. Weekend nights aren’t bad, but it sucks if it happens on a week night.
  • Leaky boobs
  • Constipation. Yes, I stopped taking my iron because of it.
  • Less heartburn, carpal tunnel is almost gone

Sleep: Not comfortable at all any more.

Food Cravings: Peaches, chocolate, ice cold water,

Anything making you queasy or sick: Nothing new this week.

Movement: Typically, I find he’s quiet if I’m in a loud social setting. However, this weekend he was a rockin’ and a rollin’ when my husband and I went out after a football game. The pub was loud and baby was moving all over the place. He was particularly found of this one “funny guy”. Every time he talked, the baby moved. I did inform him that even though the baby was fond of him we would NOT be naming our little man after him.

Stretch Marks: Yup – moving higher up now. Itchy. I’ve been using BioOil on them, but honestly not noticing a difference at all.

Baby Bump: Growing and growing…
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Gender: BOY – although my husband thinks it’s funny to bring up, “What if it is a girl?” :/

Labour Signs: Braxton Hicks have increased. Nothing else though.

Belly Button In or Out?: Innie, but not much left. My massage therapist keeps saying it looks like it’s sticking it’s tongue out because my ectopic scar is all bubbled and gross.

Wedding Rings on or off?: Off. Even though it’s cooling off, I’d rather be safe than sorry.

Happy or Moody?: A bit up and down. Generally still in a good mood unless I’m hangry or over tired. My anxiety has been triggered quite often lately. I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about family issues, only to tell myself to stop wasting my time and energy as I’ve got more important things to put my energy towards.

Purchases for baby:

  • New baby monitor (long story to come…)
  • A few more size Newborn sleepers – just in case

Purchases for Momma: 

  • A maternity sweater
  • More Gaviscon – no joke.

Miss Anything?:

Looking forward to:

  • Being off work… but not all the work I have to do before then.
  • Taking a few maternity photos this weekend to help a friend build her portfolio
  • 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. ❤

Pain in the… ?

WARNING: This is going to be a complaining/inquiring about pregnancy symptoms post. If you don’t want to read that, feel free to move on. 🙂

For the past week or so now, I’ve had horrible lower back pain at night. Doesn’t matter if I sleep on my left side, my right side or my back, it doesn’t go away.

The past two days, I’ve noticed pain in my front pelvic area when I get up from sitting or when I’m walking.

I also have an increased sense of heaviness in my pelvis that makes me wonder if my little man has started dropping?

Last night I had a bath and did a few exercises that my Physiotherapist recommended. NOTHING seemed to help. I was just as sore when I got in the bath as I was when I got out. The water was soothing, but didn’t take the aches away.

I’ve also been confused as to whether I have mild cramping or if that’s just the pelvic muscles being sore? Maybe it’s just that constant dull ache in my lower back reminds me of pre-period cramps?

Is this pelvic girdle pain? Does anyone have any experience or tips to alleviate the symptoms?