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Pregnancy Update: 33 and 34 Weeks

26 Feb

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Our Florida vacation went by way too fast! And… we came back to 8 inches of snow. But I’m not too sad about being home because I have a lot of fun baby preparation stuff to do. ­čÖé Emma could be here anytime in the next 3 – 8 weeks!

The last couple of weeks have been fairly uneventful pregnancy-wise. Traveling to both Minnesota and Florida went beautifully. My feet and ankles definitely swelled up (but I didn’t wear compression socks like I heard recommended) and I tried to only carry on my purse and a book but otherwise, it was just like flying not pregnant. I expected to get a lot of weird looks from people (a pregnant woman flying?) but besides the one comment I got when flying home from Minnesota, everything was perfectly normal.

I’ve still been having a lot of Braxton Hicks contractions. They’re kind of annoying even though they don’t hurt. And if I have to pee at all, a contraction makes it 10 times worse.

Emma has been moving around like a crazy girl lately! Maybe it’s because she’s bigger, or there’s less amniotic fluid in there, but it feels like she’s constantly kicking, moving, poking and squirming. And almost all of her movements are visible from the outside, which is fun to watch. I keep trying to show Travis her antics but it seems that she always settles down once daddy is watching. He did get to see it a few times though.

While we were in Florida, Travis and I slept in a room that had 2 queen beds. After a few nights of uncomfortable sleep, I decided to try out sleeping in my own bed. It was wonderful. I got a lot of great sleep on vacation. I’d go to bed around 9:30/10 and get up around 8:30/9. I wish I could do that every night! Now that we’re back, I’ve discovered that my body pillow actually makes my back hurt worse than sleeping without it. So I’m switching to just a regular pillow, mostly to go under the belly. Much better!

Something else I’ve noticed lately is tiredness settling back in. It’s not the first trimester coma feeling but I get worn out very quickly. I can’t stand or walk very long before needing to sit down. I frequently feel out of breath doing nothing but standing. My workouts have pretty much dropped off completely. I walked 2 times during Week 33 and did a little walking last week on vacation, but that’s about it. I want to keep working out at least 3-4 times a week but it’s hard when there are so many other things I’d rather do (like organize the nursery)! Once I recover from vacation (and the snow melts), I’ll try to get back into my morning workout routine.

I was expecting to have gained a bunch of weight from vacation (hello ice cream every day and no exercise!) but in the last 2 weeks, I actually only gained a pound. I’ll take it.

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Symptoms: Braxton Hicks,  tiredness, increased body temperature, swelling

Cravings: Sweets of every kind, juice

Emotions: Excitement mixed with feeling a little overwhelmed by my to-do list

Weight Gained: 1 lb (27 lbs total)

Rings on or off: Off

Belly button in or out: Mostly just flat

Stretch marks: None so far

Best moment the past 2 weeks: Spending time with my family at the pool in Florida! And having my maternity pictures taken – I’ll post them once I get them.

Looking forward to: Time with friends this weekend – soaking it up before Emma comes!