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Pregnancy #2 Update: 9 Months

17 Mar

I am 37 weeks today, and boy do I feel it. I don’t remember the end of my pregnancy with Emma being this uncomfortable but it probably was. Regardless, I am so incredibly ready to be done being pregnant. Everything is five times harder with a giant belly and all the fun side effects that go with it.


*Commence whining.*

Standing up makes me out of breath and hurts my back. It seems I’ve developed a pulled muscle on one side of my belly that is fairly painful if I twist wrong or get a Braxton Hick contraction standing up. Baby has dropped so I’m now getting up 3-4 times a night to pee — not because I really *have* to go that often but because having anything at all in my bladder makes my belly rock hard. In addition to that being extremely uncomfortable, it also makes me feel like I have to pee more than I have to. Baby being low also means I’m dealing with some sciatic pain. My tailbone is mostly healed from my fall down the stairs, which is good because that was very limiting.

*Whining over.*

I AM thankful to have a healthy baby, healthy pregnancy and to be finally getting some energy back! I think the nesting instinct is finally kicking in a little bit. I’m not going crazy rearranging closets and deep-cleaning our house, but I at least have had the energy to get the nursery organized, start packing hospital bags, pull out our infant carseat, and keep our household running with some semblance of order and healthiness.

But exercise… that has fallen by the wayside. Last week, the weather was absolutely gorgeous so I did get out on a few short (very slow) walks, but this big old belly is too large and in charge for biking anymore, and going to the gym to swim sounds like a lot of work. So yeah. Triathlon training hasn’t advanced as much as I was hoping but such is life. I definitely haven’t had the energy levels with this pregnancy that I did with my first. I blame running around after a toddler, and having not only my own sleep issues to deal with, but hers too. Oy.

I’ve gained pretty much the same amount of weight with this pregnancy as I did with Emma (a little over 30 pounds thus far), but it seems to all be in the belly. Shirts that fit me my entire pregnancy last time no longer fit this time, so getting dressed is a fun challenge! I looked for some more maternity clothes at Target but they always have the cute stuff when I’m not pregnant. I’m also so. over. pants going over the belly so I might just start wearing dresses more often, now that it’s nice outside (nice meaning in the 40s and 50s). Thank goodness I can wear flip-flops finally. Shoes were getting tricky. I have had less swelling this time around too, which has been nice, though the cankles have made an appearance a few times (usually on days when I haven’t been as good about drinking enough water, which makes sense). I did take my wedding rings off though, just to be safe.

At my prenatal appointment last Friday, my doctor tested me for Group B Strep and checked my cervix. Nothing is happening so far, but I’m pretty sure I tested positive for Group B Strep again. It’s not a huge deal — I had it with Emma and got antibiotics during labor — but I was kind of hoping to avoid that this time around. Ah well. My main goals for labor/delivery (after a healthy baby of course) is to not need Pitocin or a c-section! Other than that, I don’t really have a “plan”.

The nursery is finally done! I am planning to take some pictures in the next week or so, and post a little nursery tour here on the blog. I wasn’t so sure about how it was going to turn out but I like it a lot now that it’s done. Travis and I are also mostly decided on names, but I’m going to wait to share until the baby arrives.

And that’s pretty much it! Emma’s birthday party is this coming Saturday, so I have lots to do this week getting ready for that. It’s gonna be fun!

Pregnancy Update: 37 Weeks

19 Mar

37w0dAccording to some sources, I’m now full term! (Others says 38 weeks is full term.)

The Braxton Hicks contractions have eased up some, only to be replaced by lots of indigestion.

Friday, I went out to lunch with some co-workers. Before we had even paid, I felt so sick that I thought I might have to make a mad dash to the bathroom to throw up. Luckily, the feeling passed and after about 15 minutes, I felt fine.

Saturday, Travis and I had our ‘babymoon’. I didn’t really want to have to pack and unpack to go on a short trip so we decided to just spend the day together doing fun stuff. We went out to lunch at Red Robin and then to the Avs vs. Wild hockey game. By the beginning of the 3rd period, my stomach hated me – so much so that we had to leave early and cancel our dinner plans. Instead, we rented 3 movies, bought a giant box of Tums and I spent the evening alternating between standing and sitting in a very specific position to relieve the acid reflux. It wasn’t quite as bad as the time I almost died from acid reflux. But close.

Then on Sunday, Travis and I were on our way to Panera for egg sandwiches, hazelnut coffee and a crossword. Three blocks from our house, I started feeling sick. Quickly, it grew worse and worse until I was fairly positive that I was going to have to lean out of the window and throw up at any moment. I regretfully suggested that we might have to cancel Panera so we started circling back toward our house. As I breathed the fresh air through the open window, I started feeling better. So we turned back around and went to Panera anyway. I was fine for the rest of the day. (Though I think this was caused by me taking my prenatal vitamins on an empty stomach – usually I eat breakfast first thing in the morning so it’s never been an issue.)

Beyond that, there’s been other random times of my stomach feeling off or upset. So that’s been fun.

I also found out last week that I tested positive for Group B Strep. It’s not a big deal – 1 in 5 women have it. The only thing that changes is that I’ll have to be given antibiotics via IV when I go into labor, and I’ll probably have to go into the hospital earlier than I would’ve otherwise, so that the drugs have a chance to work. But my doctor reassured me that I’ll still be able to move around and be active during labor, which was my main concern.

I had another prenatal appointment yesterday and everything still looks good. The lady this time weighed me before I went to the bathroom, so of course it said I had gained 4 lbs (I really had to go). My doctor said that they’ll check my cervix starting next Monday to see if all these Braxton Hicks have amounted to anything.

Perhaps the weirdest thing that has been happening to me lately is that I have a lot of vivid dreams about very normal, everyday things – so I’ve started seriously questioning whether something I remember happened in a dream, or in real life. I feel like I’m losing my mind…

As far as baby stuff, we got our carseat installed and inspected this week, our hospital bags are all packed (except for the things we’re still using, which I have written down to pack whenever the time comes), and I finished all my shower thank you notes. We also took our Infant CPR and First Aid class on Monday night. Because my energy is slowly waning and I don’t want to run myself ragged trying to check off my to-do list, I’m trying to do only one small/simple thing each day (a few more on the weekends). My plan for tonight is to make dinner, clean the microwave, and then read in bed.


Workouts last week:

Th: .5 mile walk

F: 1.15 mile walk

I didn’t do much last week because even when I’m just walking, my belly feels so ridiculously heavy and uncomfortable. It’s just miserable. I bet it would help to get a belly support band. I’ve been holding out because Emma could come tomorrow and then it’d be useless, but on the other hand, Emma could wait to come for another 5 weeks. So it might just be worth it…


Symptoms: Braxton Hicks, mild swelling, hip/inner thigh pain at night, heaviness, back pain and feeling out of breath after standing for a while, Emma gets hiccups a lot

Cravings: Waffles with peanut butter and cool whip

Emotions: Excitement, exhaustion, a little “I can’t believe we’re actually doing this”

Weight Gained: 30 lbs total

Rings on or off: Off

Belly button in or out: Still just flat

Stretch marks: The one above my belly button just keeps growing…

Baby purchases this week: My Brest Friend nursing pillow, cloth wipes, dolphin back massager for labor

What I Miss: Being able to go to the grocery store or on a walk without feeling like I need to sit down

Best moment this past week: Movie night with friends

Looking forward to: Fewer than 20 days left before my maternity leave!


Do/did you have a belly support band? Was it worth the money?