Today I am officially 36 weeks pregnant so I thought I would take a look back at weeks 34 & 35.
The end of week 34 I went in for my 34 week check up with my Dr. It was brief, he just did a measurement of my bump and listened to the heart beat which has been at a steady 150bpm throughout my pregnancy.
He gave me a list of pediatricians he liked and Scott and I went on Yelp and scoured the reviews and decided on a facility. I called the office and the dr’s we liked from that office are accepting new patients for first time moms so we got lucky. The receptionist said to just put there clinic name on our hospital pre-registration and whichever dr is on call for hospital visits the day the baby arrives with come to the hospital to do the exam. Simple enough.
We also had our baby shower at the end of 34 weeks on a Saturday at a church by our apt. We wanted a large venue that could accommodate indoor or outdoor use in case of poor weather. Luckily it was a really beautiful day and the weather was just perfect so we were able to use the garden. We got there an hour early to set up and the co-ed shower turned out great. (Check out my baby shower blog for more details and pictures).
We got WAY more gifts than we expected to receive. We really didn’t have much left to get for the baby after the shower. Target was awesome with returning any duplicate items we received without a receipt. They just have is a gift card and we got the rest of the stuff we needed with that.
According to my pregnancy app: “Your baby now weighs around 4 3/4 pounds (about the size of a cantaloupe) and is almost 18 inches long. Fat layers – which will help regulate your baby’s body temperature after birth – are filling your baby out, making him or her rounder. Your baby’s skin is also smoother than ever.
The central nervous system is maturing, and your baby’s lungs are continuing to mature as well. If you’ve been nervous about preterm labor, you’ll be happy to know that babies born between 34 and 37 weeks who have no other health problems generally do fine. They may need a short stay in the neonatal nursery and may have a few short-term health issues, but in the long run, they usually do as well as full-term babies.“
As far as my body is concerned: “By this week, fatigue has probably set in again, though maybe not with the same coma-like intensity of your first trimester. Your tiredness is perfectly understandable, given the physical strain you’re under and the restless nights of frequent pee breaks and tossing and turning while trying to get comfortable.”
I actually didn’t get any fatigue revisiting me luckily. My sleep is disturbed more because of more frequent pee breaks but I still wake up feeling pretty rested. I think I fall into a pretty heavy sleep when I first go to sleep because I wake up with the most intense need to pee I have ever experienced. It take me about 5mins to get out of bed because it feels like I am doing an intense sit up with a full bladder and once I am up I have to shuffle quickly to the bathroom bent over and supporting my belly off of my bladder. I have never felt such a strong need to pee in my life.
“Now’s the time to slow down and save up your energy for labor day (and beyond). If you’ve been sitting or lying down for a long time, don’t jump up too quickly. Blood can pool in your feet and legs, causing a temporary drop in your blood pressure when you get up that can make you feel dizzy.”
I haven’t experienced any dizziness spells like this but I do take my time getting up because it feels like all my organs have shifts around (which they have) and it just takes a bit for everything to feel like it’s in place to start walking. Thank god the severe ligament pain I was having has resolved. It was such an inconvenience at work because I am constantly up and down and every time I stood up it took 5-10 mins to be able to walk with hobbling around like a crippled. I had been going to Pilates classes 2 times a week up until this point but then after a class my ligaments would be in extreme pain and didn’t go away. It felt like pulled ligaments on either side of my pelvic bone. Once I stopped Pilates, which I am extremely sad about because I have been loving the classes up until this point in my pregnancy, the pain has almost completely gone away. I think the exercises were becoming too much with all my body changes going on.
My severe back pain has also gone away this week. I was dreading pregnancy during the end of my second and beginning of my third trimester because my back pain was so bad. I could not sit or lay in any position that gave me relief. It was either my mid back or one of sciatica’ s that would just murder my back. I didn’t think I was going to make it to maternity leave at the rate I was declining but the pain suddenly just disappered and has not come back for the past couple weeks (knock on wood). I did have a prenatal massage in Dec that was gifted to me from my coworkers for my bday and I waiting until my third trimester to use it. A few days after that is when the back pain stopped so maybe I just need a massage. If the pain does come back I will definitely be going back for another massage in hopes that it was the cure to my pain. She did focus the entire hour on my mid back and sciatica muscles because I told her those were my main issues. The massage was amazing as well.
“If you notice itchy red bumps or welts on your belly and possibly your thighs and buttocks as well, you may have a condition called pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy (PUPPP for short).”
I have not experienced this thankfully!
Week 35 we also started taking our child birth classes at the hospital we will be delivering at. I was surprised that our instructor talked so much about unmedicated child birth. I had heard that the hospital classes usually push medication and medical intervention suck as c-sections but I think natural is really making a come back recently.
Our instructor is great and very animated, she has had 6 children naturally and knows her stuff. We met another couple there that has the same due date as us but according to Scott my bump is much bigger than hers. We learned all about the different stages of labor, questions to ask the nurse while in labor, such as how effaced and dilated I am. The classes are 3 hours long and are pretty draining when you are pregnant to sit that long that late at night, Scott gets exhausted in them as well, so it’s not just me I guess.
Week 35 we really didn’t have much change from 34 symptom wise. As far as appetite goes I haven’t been as hungry and I eat much smaller meals because the baby presses on my diaphragm and I constantly have a hard time breathing. Just walking a block gets me so winded which is crazy. I’ve been positioning myself on all fours to give myself some relief by allowing the baby to not be pressed on my diaphragm and that does help. I get the strangest sensation in my throat when the breathing becomes strained. It feels like a burning sensation all along my esophagus. Almost like the feeling you get when you go running in the cold and it makes your throat burn.
According to my pregnancy app: “Your baby doesn’t have much room to maneuver now. He or she is over 18 inches long and tips the scales at 5 1/4 pounds (about the size of a honeydew melon)! Because he or she is so snug in your womb, your baby isn’t likely to be doing dramatic somersaults anymore, but the number of movements you feel should remain about the same.”
My baby is so hyperactive it’s crazy. He/ she is constantly moving around and the movements do feel different now and quite strange. Before it felt like little tiny jabs and punches but now it feels like major rolling movements or waves turning in my abdomen. It’s such a strange sensation. I can feel exactly where the baby is and sometimes he/she will kick his/her foot out into my upper stomach and if you press on it you can feel it and the baby will push back against you. Scott and I were both able to do this and it was so fun to feel an actual body part. It’s also funny to be able to feel the baby on two opposite sides of my uterus. Before the baby was too small to move in more than one area at a time but now it’s like he/she is doing jumping jacks because I feel it from different sides at the same time, a foot here and arm there.
“Your baby’s kidneys are fully developed now, and his or her liver can process some waste products. Basic physical development is now mostly complete – your baby’s main job over the next few weeks is to put on weight.”
Hopefully baby isn’t putting on too much weight because I still need to be able to get him/her out of me. The last weight we have was our last ultrasound at 28 weeks and the baby was 3.5 lbs then and measuring two weeks bigger. I had gained 9 lbs at that dr visit and the dr even joked if I had let anyone else eat thanksgiving dinner. I think I just had a big growth spurt then because the next visit I only gained a lb and since then my weight has been fluctuating up and down. Until that point I had been steadily gaining about 4-5 lbs per visit in my second trimester. My first I couldn’t eat anything so I lost about 4lbs. Since I can’t eat large meals anymore because there is no space for it my weight is dropping for the most part now.
My body: “Your uterus – which was entirely tucked away inside your pelvis when you conceived – now reaches up under your rib cage.”
There is literally no more space for my uterus to go up, it is literally touching the bottom of my boobs now.
“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.”
I am able to hold my urine during the day for about 30-60 mins and then I feel like I’m going to explode. It’s really a nuisance to have to pee so often. Every time I stand up it feels like the baby drops on my bladder and whenever I’m not near a bathroom the baby finds that the perfect time to start kicking my lower uterus making me feel like I’m going to pee on myself. Having this frequent urination issue is not fun when you are house shopping either, I carry tissue in my purse now so that I can use the bathroom in the houses we visit.
“Sometime between now and 37 weeks, your caregiver will do a vaginal and rectal culture to check for bacteria called Group B streptococci (GBS). 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.”
I will be going in for my vaginal exam next week at 37 weeks on scotts birthday. The following week will be an ultrasound finally. We haven’t been able to see the baby since 28 weeks and I have been desperate for an ultrasound. I am curious to find out if I’m dilated yet. My friend has been dilated 1 cm for over a month now and she is due about 4 days ahead of me.
Talk to you all next week for an update on baby Wadsworth!