7:15 AM: 3-Mile Run – COMPLETED
FIVE WEEKS TO GO…. AHHHHHHH! Okay, it might be more than 5-weeks or less… only baby knows when s/he wants to make this special appearance, right? In any event, the time is coming when we will be parents; mama and papa. How exciting? I’m not at all nervous about being a mother. I mean, I know hormones may not help, but for the most part, I feel confident. I’m more stressed about not having things ready before the baby comes (nursery, house being straightened, landscaping, etc.). I know, not everything will be accomplished, but I’d like the house at least to be done. Mainly because I know that we’ll have so much family over the first few weeks, coming in/out of the house… So, yeah, I’d like the house presentable.
Also, I had an episode this past Saturday. I ened up vomiting on Saturday after my goddaughter’s birthday party. I was feeling a little woozie and the baby’s kicking wasn’t helping, so I yacked. I’m not sure if it was a combination of foods I ate or what. Other than that, I’ve been feeling great. I’m 35-weeks (at times, my bump looks bigger than other days. This morning, it didnt look as big). Let’s see what’s happening according to Baby Center.
How your baby’s growing:
Your baby doesn’t have much room to maneuver now that he’s over 18 inches long and tips the scales at 5 1/4 pounds (pick up a honeydew melon). Because it’s so snug in your womb, he isn’t likely to be doing somersaults anymore, but the number of times he kicks should remain about the same. His kidneys are fully developed now, and his liver can process some waste products. Most of his basic physical development is now complete — he’ll spend the next few weeks putting on weight.
How your life’s changing:
Your uterus — which was entirely tucked away inside your pelvis when you conceived — now reaches up under your rib cage. If you could peek inside your womb, you’d see that there’s more baby than amniotic fluid in there now. Your ballooning uterus is crowding your other internal organs, too, which is why you probably have to urinate more often and may be dealing with heartburn and other gastrointestinal distress. If you’re not grappling with these annoyances, you’re one of the lucky few.
From here on out, you’ll start seeing your practitioner every week. Sometime between now and 37 weeks, she’ll do a vaginal and rectal culture to check for bacteria called Group B streptococci (GBS). (Don’t worry — the swab is the size of a regular cotton swab, and it won’t hurt at all.) GBS is usually harmless in adults, but if you have it and pass it on to your baby during birth, it can cause serious complications, such as pneumonia, meningitis, or a blood infection. Because 10 to 30 percent of pregnant women have the bacteria and don’t know it, it’s vital to be screened. (The bacteria come and go on their own — that’s why you weren’t screened earlier in pregnancy.) If you’re a GBS carrier, you’ll get IV antibiotics during labor, which will greatly reduce your baby’s risk of infection.
This is also a good time to create a birth plan. Using our form will help you focus on specifics — like who’ll be present, what pain management techniques you want to try, and where you want your baby to stay after you deliver. It will give you a starting point to discuss your preferences with your medical team. Childbirth is unpredictable, and chances are you won’t follow your plan to the letter, but thinking about your choices ahead of time — and sharing your preferences with your caregiver — should take some of the anxiety out of the process.
I know it doesn’t look as different as last week’s, but I think when I take bump pictures in the morning, they come out way smaller than in the evening. I assure you that baby is MOVING like crazy and is super active. I know this bump is doing you no justice. I looked at it and it doesn’t look that big, but it does look big in person. I promise.
At 34-weeks, I took a breastfeeding class, which was extremely informative. I also had my second labor dream. The first one I had was back in the first trimester. I was freaked out — this time, I wasn’t so apprehensive. All I remember is my OB (which wasn’t my real OB in the dream) was giving me an exam and an epidural and telling me he’d be back later on. Some other things that happened in week 34, my belly got molested on more than one occasion. I didn’t mind at all as none of them were strangers.
On an unrelated pregnancy note, yesterday, I had to leave work early to babysit my oh-so-cute goddaughter. When I got to the house, everyone was asleep, so I took a quick nap. When I woke up, my brother came upstairs and we decided to make late lunch plans. We just needed to wait for Scarlett pooh to wake up. By 2pm, we decided to just wake her up ourselves and we brought her out to lunch at Applebee’s.
Now, back to work. Next week is when I start my weekly appointments at the OB/GYN. Yikes. I think that’s when I’ll start to get more nervous.