34 Week Bumpdate
I said it before, but after we left the first trimester behind, this pregnancy flew by. Here's how I'm feeling, currently.
How far along? 34 weeks. It's hard to believe this baby will be here in 6 weeks or less!
The bump: Feels exceptionally large, and sometimes quite heavy, these days. Some days, I'm not sure how a growing baby will fit in there for another 6 weeks or so. However, I remember thinking that the bump was quite big at multiple points during this pregnancy, and somehow it always keeps getting bigger!
Baby's size: About 17-18 inches and 4.7 pounds - roughly the size of butternut squash or a pineapple, according my pregnancy apps.
Weight gain: About 25 pounds. I gained weight consistently throughout the second trimester and it's now slowed down. At my last OB appointment, I noticed I'd actually lost a few pounds. However, I've read this is actually quite common during the third trimester.
I'm feeling: Equal parts excited to meet this baby boy of ours and nostalgic that my first pregnancy is already coming to an end. Part of me wants to stay pregnant and cherish the bump and the baby kicks for a little longer, but I also can't wait to find out what he looks like, cuddle him, and watch him grow.
Aches and Pains: Overall, I feel OK, but there are the "usual suspects" in terms of pregnancy symptoms that come and go, ranging from slightly uncomfortable to moderately painful. They include back pain - although, I got a prenatal massage last week that helped a bit - mild and occasional nausea due to my digestion system being crowded by our growing babe, and, of course, the typical third trimester tiredness that everyone warned me about.
Contractions? Yup! I started experiencing Braxton Hicks contractions around Week 30, and they've become stronger and little more frequent. That being said, though, they are still quite irregular and only mildly painful when they do strike.
Sleep: Not great. My back pain has gotten a little better at night, which is great. However, if waking up to pee 3-4 times per night wasn't bad enough, I now have to pee 5-6 times every.single.night. I wish that was an exaggeration, but sadly it's not! Needless to say, it's difficult to get a good night's sleep, which definitely contributes to my overall tiredness.
Living in: I have the same 5 or 6 dresses on repeat. They're a mix of maternity and stretchy, non-maternity items that I'm hoping I can continue to wear after I give birth as well. So far, I haven't found a pair of maternity shorts I like (aside from workout shorts), but I am hoping to purchase one pair to see me through the last few weeks of pregnancy now that summer weather is here to stay.
Exercise: I'm exercising 4 to 5 times per week. This includes a combination of long walks with Chevy and strength training. I have definitely noticed both activities becoming harder and harder (I lose my breath so easily!), but I'm thankful I've been able to continue being active to a certain extent, even if it's nowhere near where I was pre-pregnancy. I have to admit, though, that I can't wait to get in a good run after our boy is born and I'm cleared to exercise again!
Baby's movement: He's definitely moving around in there. Now that space is getting tight, his movements have slowly transitioned from mostly kicks to shifting around and pushing outwards on my belly. As was the case throughout this whole pregnancy, he doesn't move around quite as much as I would like, and some days he's way more active than others. However, when I sit down, eat a snack, and concentrate on his movements, I always feel him bopping around, so I haven't worried too, too much.
New this week: We had our hospital tour! Having the opportunity to see where I'll give birth made this whole baby thing seem a heck of a lot more real! It also eased my mind now that we're registered and know exactly where to go when I do go into labour. All we'll have to worry about is, you know, actually having this baby!