fitness while pregnant

Yep, Still Waiting

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I kind of wish our doctor hadn’t said (several times) that this baby would be early. First, I don’t think doctors can really tell. Second, I feel like she jinxed us. And lastly, I feel like she set us up for the expectation that he might be early and then…39 weeks comes and still no baby…disappointing! Especially considering MOST first babies are LATE.

So for three-ish weeks now I’ve had off and on cramping every day and every few days I start having contractions that last a few hours and then stop. Every time it happens I think “this isn’t real” and then the contractions start to change and I think “hmmm maybe these ARE the real thing?!” I try not to get too excited but it’s hard not be excited! And then…the contractions stop.

39 Weeks

Had our 39 week doctor appointment. Blood pressure was 102/58. Everything sounded good and normal and I was measuring on point.

Not much has changed. Still around 1 cm dilated–not quite 2 cm. She said he’s lower than he was last week; which I was actually wondering about because I thought he felt lower. And I used to be able to feel his little butt and legs in certain spots and haven’t felt them there the last few days.

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Because of my age (I am a geriatric mom afterall — I hate that label) the doctor said they probably wouldn’t let me go too far past my due date so if he’s not here in the next week or so we might be talking induction. I really hope not. While my Birth Plan was’t all that detailed and I am in the “whatever happens, happens” boat, scheduling an induction was not on my radar for this thing. Who knows. I’m crossing my fingers he decides to make his grand entrance this weekend.

Emotions

At the tail end of Week 38 and the beginning of Week 39 I think I had some kind of surge of hormones or something. Suddenly I was an emotional mess, crying at everything. Even little things that shouldn’t make you cry. Probably a combination of hormones + lack of sleep + feeling ready to be done. Also, I’ve had an acne outbreak with I’ve thankfully been avoiding for the last few months…so more hormonal changes??

Am I nervous? Starting to be. I hadn’t been nervous and anxious about the birth process mostly because I didn’t really know what to expect and hadn’t given it too much thought. I know, that makes no sense. But the last week or so I decided to read some birth stories by bloggers I like and I think the details kind of made me nervous. Mostly the time involved in the birth — like what if it takes 2 days?!?! And also the pain. So that has me slightly nervous but I’m trying not to overthink it too much. I mean, what can I do about it? It’s going to happen the way it happens…

My Body 

How am I feeling? Mixed bag. I was officially over it a few weeks ago. The body aches and pains are kind of constant. It is difficult to walk sometimes because of the pressure, how low he is and the ligaments feel stretched to the max.

Despite that, I suppose I am feeling okay. No other real complaints other than being uncomfortable. I’m still working out. Swimming is the best. It’s the only activity and time where all the aches and pains go away. I can swim and feel good, which is nice. I do a mile twice a week and always feel better after I do it. I do the elliptical 1-2x a week and that feels ok. There’s not much else I can do at this point.

I got some tea that is supposed to help with labor –red raspberry leaf. It tasted really good. Supposedly it helps “tone” the uterus and can assist in moving things a long with labor. I drank it once and about an hour or so later I felt sick to my stomach. Like I was going to be sick. I’m not sure if it was a fluke because I haven’t tried the tea again since. Lots of people swear by it so I will give it another try. Maybe I just won’t have it right before bed.

Nesting

Not really having the nesting urge lately. I’d had the urge (like crazy!!!) for months but the last few weeks it’s been the opposite–I feel more like a slug than some super-crazy-nesting-clean-everything. But we did go couch shopping (about 2 years overdue) so maybe that’s nesting?

The animals have been going ABSOLUTELY BONKERS lately.

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I swear, either it was a full moon, the Spring Crazies or an impending Earthquake or something because for the last week they’ve all been absolutely CRAZED OUT OF THEIR MINDS. Bella is doing laps through the house, unable to sit still for 2 seconds, she’s chasing Fat Kitty, Fat Kitty is teasing her. They are both being such spazzes! I have no idea what’s going on. And in between the crazy spazz-outs they both come over and sniff my belly. Maybe they can tell something is happening?!?

This is kind of my mood lately:

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So that’s about it from our neck of the woods. Probably won’t update again until he’s here! 🙂

Second Trimester – Part 3

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So the “nesting” part of me actually started this summer in the 1st trimester…I just didn’t do a whole heck of a lot about it because I wasn’t feeling great. But the urge was there! Suddenly all the house projects had big, glowing, blinking, neon lights attached to them and I couldn’t go anywhere in the house without noticing it. Sure, some of it wasn’t necessarily a “must finish” project before the baby came but…some of them were.

I did spend a lot of time cleaning out the spare bedroom we use as a guest room (and the closet has been packed full of my off-season clothes, old mementos in boxes, etc) and made a decent dent in it but honestly didn’t finish it. The rest of it needed to be stored in the garage, which needs to be tackled next to make room for that stuff (including my old bed, an antique four-poster bed that is at least 120+ years old). I donated a ton of old clothes. I packed up clothes I knew wouldn’t be fitting me for a long time and stored those in vacuum-seal bags.

The nesting feeling is strong. I want to get everything ready. I want to clean and organize and purge everything. It’s been a slow process so far.

Week 23

So excited about the kicking! I love it! It’s like a special little secret between me and the baby. No one else can feel it or see it yet, but he kicks me to let me know he’s awake. 🙂 It’s such a cool feeling. Every night when I lay in bed and he starts kicking I talk to him and poke my belly a little bit and he kicks back and I can see it! Like I said in Week 22, it’s subtle and you can barely see the kick, but it’s there. I’m looking forward to when Michael can finally see it and feel it, too.

Went to acupuncture and baby was kicking up a storm. Either he loved it or hated it, not sure. Then later I did some reading and it occurred to me that he probably had the hiccups! That’s what it felt like. Rhythmic, patterned kicking that went on for about 30 minutes. I think he had the hiccups!

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Symptoms this week: Charlie horses! Still! I talked to my doctor about it and she suggested I take a combo calcium/magnesium vitamin and that was one we happened to have on hand so I started taking one every night. It seems to be helping a bit! Back is starting to ache a bit.

Cravings: Thai food, still.

Things I Miss: I miss the hot tub, steam room and sauna. I’d use them after swimming and it was relaxing. Now that winter is officially here (brrrr) I really wish I could relax in them, but I can’t…

What I’m Looking Forward To: I’m looking forward to Michael being able to feel the kicks! Hopefully soon!

 

Week 24

In terms of maternity clothes, I don’t have a lot. I got some maternity jeans and shirts from a friend (awesome) and I’ve bought a few pairs of leggings and about 3 maternity shirts on my own. I’ve also bought a few shirts that weren’t maternity but are a little bigger and longer and are working well. Sadly, I think I need to invest in a few more items soon. I definitely need a swimsuit. I was hoping to get a few more weeks out of this one but it’s not going to happen.

Most of my normal shirts still “fit” but aren’t long enough. 🙁 So I need to get a few more shirts and sweaters for this winter that cover the bump. And the big expense is going to be a new jacket. Sadly, mine is ALMOST to the point where I can’t zip it up. It sucks that I’m going to have to buy a jacket that I’ll only use for 3 months or so, but whatever. It’s necessary. I figure I have a few more weeks with this jacket and then I need a new one.

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Symptoms this week: Okay, not sure quite how to describe this but I feel like the baby has moved positions and is now kicking me in the colon. The kicks feel down low and in the back, not in the front. It’s a super odd feeling–a sudden thump, in a weird place!

Other symptoms have been sore, tired feet and legs, some back and hip discomfort and my nails are breaking for some reason. Throughout the pregnancy my nails were amazing and strong–I’m guessing in part due to prenatal vitamins. But all of a sudden they are thin and breaking. Not sure what’s up but I’ve cut them down to zero. No nice fingernails for awhile I guess.

Cravings: Spicy food. Mostly Thai. Been craving anything spicy! And the baby seems to like it. He kicks up a storm when I eat Thai food. 😀

Things I Miss: Soft cheeses! I’d really love some herbed goat cheese on crackers….

What I’m Looking Forward To: Scheduled our hospital tour in a few weeks. I’m looking forward to that. Also signed up for childbirth classes for January!

 

Week 25

I’ve been having some Braxton Hicks Contractions off and on for a few weeks. From what I’ve read it’s normal after 20 weeks and nothing to be concerned about. I talked to my doctor and she said it wasn’t a big deal unless it started to feel like real contractions. I was like, “how can you tell?” She said you’ll know the difference because real contractions are painful, consistent and timeable. The BH I’ve experienced are not painful, more weird and slightly uncomfortable, and feels like a tightening in my belly and like my belly gets hard. They last less than 30 seconds and don’t happen on a regular basis.

I watched the pre-term labor video at my last OB appointment a month ago. It was an awful video–from the 90’s, terrible acting, terrible clothes, super dated and cheesy and kept saying (several times!!) “your baby could DIE!” Thanks, I totally needed one more thing to worry about. The video was ridiculous. And one of the actors was saying that she wouldn’t mind a preemie baby because it would be smaller…? Who says that??! They need a new video to show people. I would have much rather been given a list of “pre-term labor signs” to watch for and called it good. But whatever.

So that’s when we discussed BH and telling the difference between them and possible pre-term labor. The doctor also said that dehydration can be a cause of BH, too, and I’ve noticed that when I feel them most it’s first thing in the morning when I’m still in bed. So I just need to drink some more water I guess (when I get up 10x a night to pee, I’ll drink some water I guess!).

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Symptoms this week: The back pain and hip pain have officially started. I am doing what I can to take it easy, rest, use a heating pad on my back when it gets bad and I am trying to pay attention to my posture. It’s hard because my body seems to be naturally pitching forward instead of the usual straight posture.

Skin has been super dry and itchy lately. Partly pregnancy, partly weather I think. Acne is back with a vengeance. 🙁

Cravings: Raw veggies (specifically cauliflower) with blue cheese dressing.

Best Purchase this Week: Trader Joe’s Coconut Body Butter. I used to use it religiously (especially after swimming) but stopped buying it for awhile and now it’s back! And my skin feels much better for it!

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Week 26

Apparently this week Baby is the size of a butternut squash. That seems huge!

Had my last OB appointment of the 2nd trimester! I now get to pee into a cup at every appointment. Yippee? They tested for proteins and sugars in my urine and both her negative. The baby is measuring right on track and everything is going well.

I’m not excited about the weight gain. I’ve gained 18 pounds total so far. Doctor wasn’t concerned and said everything is measuring properly. She’s not concerned about pre-eclampsia because I don’t have any symptoms of it and my blood pressure has been great throughout (it was 110/72 at that last appointment and the week before it was 113/62 at the dentist).

I did some reading and I guess it’s common to have a big jump in weight around week 25-27 (baby starts putting on fat around this time) that is abnormal compared to the previous months but still….it made me panic a little. Supposedly around this time most women have gained 20-23 pounds. I’m hoping that the rest of the gaining is slow and steady as opposed to this massive climb I had in one month!

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Symptoms this week: I think I’ve been having acid reflux. I’ve been asking Michael if I have heart burn (because I’ve never had it before and he unfortunately suffers from it) and he keeps saying no. I don’t have the burning sensation that he describes, it’s more like burping and having a little bit of acid in my throat. But it doesn’t burn in my throat or chest. So no idea!

Fatigue in my legs, low back and hips. Tossing and turning in bed is really difficult. Having no ab muscles sucks! LOL It often feels like my hips are not attached to my body anymore…

Cravings: CAKE! I am usually not a cake fan. It’s my least favorite dessert option–give me ice cream, brownies or homemade cookies and I’m happy. Cake is usually the last thing I’ll want but dammit I want a piece of really good chocolate cake with cream cheese frosting.

 

Week 27

Um…..yikes! The 2nd trimester is over?!?! How is that possible?

Baby boy is kicking like crazy! I’ve been calling him Thumper. Seriously. It feels like he’s doing somersaults in there and his kicks are getting fierce. It’s funny because whenever Michael tries to feel it, the baby suddenly gets quiet or shy or something…!

Had my Gestational Diabetes test done. Thankfully it came out okay.

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Symptoms this week: Hip pain, SI pain, dry itchy skin, I feel bigger. I LOOK BIGGER! Holy cow baby.

Cravings: I’d been craving those apple fritter donut things for weeks and finally had one and it was disappointing. Other than that I’ve been craving carbs like mad. Especially like flaky butter rolls or garlic bread. Stuff like that. I have no idea why because I never used to eat bread-y type things like that.

GOODBYE SECOND TRIMESTER!

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