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Third Trimester – Part 2

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Birth Plan

Basically my birth plan is “give birth to a healthy baby and recover.” Poking around the internet I’ve seen some pretty…elaborate birth plans. It seems silly to me. Especially considering this is not really something we can plan out. It happens when it happens, how it happens and all of it is really out of my control.

Like I said in my previous post I hadn’t really thought about it much but the childbirth classes gave me some insight and I have been giving it some more thought now. For the entire pregnancy I’ve been all about the drugs. Go into labor = give me whatever I need. No judgment towards women that want to have a natural birth, it’s all a personal choice and there is no “right” way. Once I got to the third trimester and we started taking the childbirth classes, I started to think maybe I wanted to change my plan a little bit.

The class said that the hospital I’ll give birth in does “light” epidurals. Meaning it’s not constantly on and you should still be able to feel your lower body, it just takes the edge off while you can still feel the contractions and know when to push. That sounded pretty good to me.

My current plan: try and labor at home as long as I can. Use our TENS device, different positions, massage, walking, whatever keeps me somewhat comfortable. Once I get to the hospital I’d like to take advantage of the birthing tub that is available. I want some soothing music and low lighting in the delivery room. I’m REALLY hoping to be able to labor in the squatting position if possible (the delivery bed has a squat bar attached to it) and when the time is right, use whatever medications I might need. Basically, I want to give it a try, see how it goes, and decide on medications. Will probably end up getting an epidural, but still want to take the wait and see approach. Of course all this will change if I end up having back labor (which my mom had with me and after having back spasms last summer I do NOT want to experience that again!).

Week 32

I’ve started going to chiro once a week. It seems to help a lot with the hip/SI/low back/glute issues. I had a massage this week, too!

I think I can tell when baby boy is going through a growth spurt. Throughout the pregnancy my eating habits haven’t changed too much and I haven’t had insatiable hunger very often. Every once in awhile I go through a phase where I am suddenly famished. It lasts a few days and then I go back to normal. The other night I woke up at 3am with a growling stomach and struggled to go back to sleep because I was hungry.

Had a bit of a scare, but all is good.

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Symptoms this week: Just the SI issues. Peeing all the time. All the time.

Cravings: Cheesecake. 😀

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Week 33

SLOWING DOWN…I am so much slower at every single thing I do now. I walk slowly, things are a struggle. It’s getting harder to do things that should be easy–which is weird! I’m still working out but it’s a lot different. I used to swim 1.25 or 1.5 miles in 45 minutes, now I swim 1 mile in 50 minutes. I’ve had to turn the resistance way down on the elliptical. I’m still lifting weights but I’m doing only weight machines. With my stretchy ligaments and feeling off balance, I don’t think free weights are a good idea. I’ve also gone from 5 workouts a week to sometimes 4. Some scheduling things have gotten in the way of working out 5 days a week and in the past I would have rearranged my schedule to make it fit but now I’m more in the “it’s ok to take an extra rest day this week” mentality. I knew I’d slow down at some point. That time has apparently come!

As for baby? I feel like he’s trying to escape! Check out this video!

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Symptoms this week: Lots of pelvic pressure/pain/soreness. Feels like things are stretching and loosening. It kind of feels like a side-stitch when you run. Also having some groin discomfort, similar to a pulled muscle.

Cravings: Reese’s Pieces. Or peanut butter cup ice cream. Basically anything that is chocolate and peanut butter. The craving is intense! Reese’s Pieces used to be one of my trigger foods back in the day and haven’t eaten them in like 10 years…

Week 34

Hospital bag is about 90% packed. It has your typical things in there: clothes, underwear, nursing bra, nursing tank, toiletries. Also a sleep mask, ear plugs, a book of crossword puzzles (just in case), something to read, my glasses and contact lenses, breast pump, some massage lotion, hair ties, non-skid socks, chapstick, flip flops, and snacks. Also: Nursing PadsNipple Nursing CreamEarth Mama Bottom Spray. I also included my birth plan checklist, insurance info and legal documents from our attorney like Power of Attorney and Advance Directives.

I’ve got a few different baby outfits packed (newborn sized and one larger just in case) plus the little newborn mittens and a hat. I haven’t packed a going home outfit yet because I honestly don’t know what that should be. Something loose and comfortable, I imagine. What did you pack in your hospital bag?

Had my baby shower!

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Symptoms this week: I am soooo slow. Moving slow, it takes a long time to do everything now. Having some hip and low back stuff as well as groin pain. My guess is that pain is here to stay. Swimming feels fabulous and when I do the breast stroke it feels great on my body — but the next day? I feel SO sore. Like I ran a marathon sore.

Cravings: Still craving peanut butter/chocolate combo. Insane craving!

Week 35

Put this super sexy/glamorous mattress protector on our bed! Just in case my water breaks when I’m in bed.

Baby must be having another growing spurt because I am HUNGRY again. Several days in a row now I’ve been woken up early in the morning with a growling stomach. I’m eating the same amount and yet I’m hungrier earlier than usual.

After making it 8 months without getting sick, I started to feel like I was getting a bad head cold this week. 🙁 Doing the nasal rinse, drinking EmergenC and crossing my fingers it doesn’t get too bad. I think I managed to fend off getting a full-blown cold but the bone-tired exhaustion plagued me ALL week. It was seriously all I could do to get out of bed and go to work (and then try and stay awake!).

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Symptoms this week: I’m not sure if he’s dropped yet but several people have said it looks like he has. I’m peeing a lot more frequently. I’ve been feeling extra extra tired lately. Not much else.

Cravings: Still craving Reese’s Pieces like mad.

Week 36

Still working out but slowing down. I think I might be done lifting weights. I switched to weight machines instead of free weights awhile ago but I’m finding that when I do lift weights and do squats I am way more sore these days. My guess is that it’s ligaments loosening. So I’m pretty much down to swimming twice a week and doing the elliptical twice a week and that’s it for now! Which I am ok with. Reducing the frequency and intensity of my workouts feels right for my body right now.

I am getting looks at the gym when I go. Not in a negative way, just looks. People stare at my bump. I have gotten some comments–all positive. An older guy in the pool complimented me and said he was “very impressed” that I was swimming, said I looked close to my due date and wished me luck. It was sweet.

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Symptoms this week: Just really tired and feeling big! It’s hard to move around!

Cravings: I’ve been craving BBQ for awhile and we finally went and got some for Valentine’s Day!

 

Doctor Appointment

At 36 weeks we had our OB appointment (last one was a month ago) and the appointments are now going to be more frequent. We heard the heart beat and she did an ultrasound to check position. He’s face down and head down and very low in my pelvis. He was kicking during the ultrasound but we didn’t get a good look at his face because of his position, which was kind of a bummer! The doctor said he seemed to be very long, and just under 6 pounds rights now. Michael was a very long, thin baby when he was born so it sounds like this boy might take after his daddy!

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My heart rate was 110/72, everything else was checking out normally. She did a cervical check and I’m not really dilated much but I’m 50% effaced. She said she’d be surprised if we made it to my due date. I’m not sure that doctors can predict that exactly, but who knows! He may come early!

Previous Posts:   

Secret Keeper

Behind the Scenes

First Trimester

Let’s Talk About Weight

Second Trimester – Part 1

Old Wives’ Tales

It’s A….

Second Trimester – Part 2

Body Changes During Pregnancy

Drink This and Try Not To Puke

Second Trimester – Part 3

Hospital Tour

Babymoon

Babymoon Part 2 & A Birthday

Third Trimester – Part 1

A Trial Run

Maternity Photos

Baby Shower

The Weight Gain 

Hopes & Fears

Third Trimester – Part 1

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It seems like the pregnancy has crept along slower than slow…and now all of a sudden I’m in the 3rd trimester. A friend recently asked if I was “over it” yet and said his wife had been done being pregnant around this time–lots of aches and pains. When he asked I said no. Because I didn’t feel “over it” yet. I was still pretty happy and content. Sure I had some not fun symptoms but overall I was still enjoying being pregnant and didn’t feel “ready” for the baby yet. Somewhere around 31 weeks I started to kind of get that feeling, though. I would go back and forth between wanting to be done with all of it, excited to meet our baby, and also feeling like it’s TOO SOON. So basically? Mixed emotions.

Birthing classes started in January! Here’s the classes schedule:

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Week 28

First week of the 3rd trimester and Baby is the size of a large eggplant. This week we did our hospital tour and Michael worked hard on getting the nursery ready to decorate and set up. It was a BIG project.

It’s crazy how I can SEE the baby moving on the outside now. It’s getting much more pronounced and not just the kicks….but like slithering movement. It’s very Alien.

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Symptoms this week: The shortness of breath has come and gone throughout the pregnancy, now it seems to be here to stay. Also, I think my stomach is running out of room. I have the same appetite, fairly normal–nothing too crazy, but I sit down to eat and can’t eat much in one sitting. I get full really fast and have to space out the food instead. I have a feeling it will be like this for the rest of the pregnancy.

Cravings: Not really craving anything these days. Kind of disappointing!

Week 29

I think running is coming to an end. Sadly. While it was more of a slow jog/walk interval on the treadmill once or twice a week, the last time I tried to do it at the gym it was not comfortable. I felt bigger and had a bit of discomfort in my lower pelvic area. It felt like a side-stitch you get when running but it was in a low spot–so I feel like my ligaments are stretching again. I might try running wearing the brace and see if that helps but honestly I think running might be over with for awhile.

I feel like he’s dropped down lower. Maybe it’s just my imagination but the bump doesn’t seem as high up on my chest anymore.

We went snowshoeing!

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Symptoms this week: Officially have heart burn I think! I can’t eat big meals. Even small meals make me feel slightly nauseated. When I lay down, I feel like food is coming back up my throat but I don’t taste or feel acid. Either way, definitely having indigestion and heart burn. It’s not fun at all.

Cravings: Roasted carrots with garlic and herbs. Mashed potatoes.

 

Week 30

Baby is the size of a summer cantaloupe this week.

I finally broke down and bought a new jacket. My jacket no longer zipped up–or, it did but I couldn’t breathe if it was zipped. 🙂 I tried to find one at a thrift shop but there wasn’t really anything that fit properly or was either warm enough or water proof. I didn’t care what it looked like (although black would be nice). Finally I went to Target after Christmas and found a jacket that fit and should fit for the next 2 months on mega-clearance plus a 20% off coupon with their app. The jacket–even though it’s heinously ugly–was only $23. SOLD.

Working on the nursery! It’s slow going. Here’s a photo with primer on the walls. 🙂 Sorry about the awful photo. It was all I got this week.

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Symptoms this week: Still having some pelvic and groin discomfort–it feels almost like a pulled muscle. I will probably take a break from side-lunges for awhile and see if that makes a difference? Feeling dizzy from time to time and definitely feeling more tired.

Cravings: Fish and chips! Will be having it soon for my birthday.

 

Week 31

Definitely experiencing a lot of SI/hip/glute pain, only on the right side. It’s been off and on for a few weeks. It really sucks. Nothing seems to really help it. I know it’s because ligaments are loosening and the pelvic bones are probably shifting and widening. All the work I did to strengthen my glutes to fix my knee issues don’t seem to matter now. It’s a little disappointing I can’t do much to “fix” this issue like I could before getting pregnant.

Feeling emotional and down about this. The pain got worse this week and for four days straight I was in horrible, horrible pain–like make me cry pain. It’s in my butt/SI joint on the right side. I knew that this could happen, but I guess I just thought it would happen closer to my due date.

I’ve been really lucky so far that the discomfort of pregnancy has been mild. Mostly annoying, but nothing too awful that it kept me from being able to do things. I was able to work out throughout (even during the first trimester when I felt sick 24/7). I was able to run until around 29 weeks. I guess I was just hoping that this type of awful pain wouldn’t happen quite so early in the 3rd trimester.

I went to the chiropractor and he was able to do some adjustments. I think it helped. I felt beaten up and sore that night but the next day I felt a lot better and was having less symptoms…so I think I might be going to chiro once a week for awhile to see if that helps. If it offers some relief for the next 9 weeks, I’ll do it. I just want to be able to stay somewhat active for my sanity and stress relief and to not be in constant pain. 🙁

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On a positive note….

I promised myself I wouldn’t buy any baby clothes. At least until after my shower. I know you tend to get a lot of clothes from people…but I was just going to look at the clearance rack at Fred Meyer and I found these adorable outfits and I couldn’t RESIST!

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So cute!

Symptoms this week: Horrible pelvic girdle pain. Horrible! See above.

Cravings: BBQ!! And root beer.

 

Doctor Appointment

Went to my first 3rd trimester OB appointment  at 31 weeks. Blood pressure was good (106/60), baby is measuring exactly on schedule, my belly is measuring right on schedule and the doctor estimates he’s about 4 pounds this week. We heard his heart beat and she poked and prodded and the baby is head down with his feet on the upper ride side of my belly (exactly where I feel most of his movements). He still has room to move around so there’s a chance he might flip back up but she said it’s not a concern until we get to 36 weeks (when I’ll have another ultrasound to check position).

I discussed the back/glute/SI pain I’d been having lately. She suggested I keep up with chiro and massage for the rest of the pregnancy to alleviate some of the pain. She also gave me a new belt. The one I had was from a friend and is now too tight. This one seems to be helping a bit.

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I was given my breast pump. It comes with a DVD so I guess we’ll be watching that soon. LOL I’m totally excited about that (not really, but I need to figure this thing out). I also got the Tdap vaccine booster and she made the rest of my OB appointments…I will start going every two weeks soon and then weekly. I even have some scheduled for the week I’m due AND the week after my due date, just in case…(which I’m hoping I won’t need).

I was weighed at my appointment but I didn’t look and I don’t know that I’m ready to look at the number right now. I’ve been a bit of a hormonal mess the last two weeks (similar to the hormonal mood swings I felt in the first trimester) so I’m feeling a little too “fragile” to see my weight right now, if that makes sense.

Previous Posts:   

Secret Keeper

Behind the Scenes

First Trimester

Let’s Talk About Weight

Second Trimester – Part 1

Old Wives’ Tales

It’s A….

Second Trimester – Part 2

Body Changes During Pregnancy

Drink This and Try Not To Puke

Second Trimester – Part 3

Hospital Tour

Babymoon