Somehow an entire month has flown by and I’m now 33 weeks pregnant, which sounds so much further along than 30 in my mind. Holy moly. We are moving into the final stretch!
This week is my last bi-weekly prenatal appointment before I move into weekly visits. For some reason this point in pregnancy hits me hard – baby is coming! I have been doing my best to focus on Mitch this week as his third birthday and party are this weekend, but I’m also realizing my last day at work and due date are around the corner.
Baby is more than 17 inches long and weighs a little over 4 pounds… about the size of a pineapple! Cute!
Workouts this week were higher than average, however, the duration was 30 minutes and under. I remember days when I used to workout out for over an hour, no problem. Now I hit 30-35 minutes and I am spent. Due to some busy days and travel, I didn’t walk as usual, but did manage an hour-long walk during lunch.
This pregnancy has definitely been lacking in the energy department, which is noticeable in my daily workouts, however, overall I am just as active holding down a full time job and running after a toddler!
Aside from hip/glute/lower back pain, I feel pretty good! My belly is getting bigger but I am not experiencing any discomfort or cramping at all. Everywhere I go, strangers comment on my belly now which is kind of fun. They’ll usually ask when I am due or say a simple congratulations. I had two people who work in my building come up to me and say they had no idea I was pregnant until last week. While I’m not convinced my belly wasn’t clear as day before, I definitely feel I’ve moved into the “I’m pregnant” phase of pregnancy.
Shortness of breath is continuing to increase, mainly when I walk upstairs.
I’ve also noticed that I can’t eat as much in one sitting. The other night I sat down to dinner and felt uncomfortably full when my plate was half gone. And this was a standard plate of food that I typically eat, pregnant of not. Typically I give myself 10 minutes and the pressure will release and I can eat a bit more if I feel like it.
None. But I have still never recovered from my distaste of broccoli that set in during the first trimester.
FRUIT. Primarily strawberries, grapes and apples. My cravings aren’t so much ‘cravings’ but more of listening to what my body wants. I experienced this in my first pregnancy as well – being super in tune to what my body is craving. Some days I want oatmeal for breakfast and other days I can only dream of eggs. Some days I want a cookie, other days I have zero interest. For me, it works to just go with the flow. My meals have been eerily similar to pre-pregnancy, so I feel good about keeping a balanced, nutrient-dense diet.
Sleep is perpetually worsening, largely in part to the fact that I am waking up constantly to pee and cannot comfortably roll from one side of my body to the next.. It can be really frustrating to crawl into bed at night feeling completely exhausted but not have the ability to get comfortable and fall asleep for hours. In fact, one night last week the heat was so intense (we’ve been hanging in the 90s for almost a week) that I finally gave up on the bed and hoped for relief downstairs. I managed a short, restless night of broken sleep and felt terrible.
Looking Forward To…
A hopefully relaxing October! Our September was filled with birthdays, travel, non-stop visitors and lots of plans, so a relatively clear calendar during the month of October sounds heavenly to me right now.
Any Baby/Pregnancy-Related Purchases?
I feel like I am cycling through the same handful of baby bump-friendly outfits right now with this heat and I’m trying my best not to purchase a ton of additional maternity clothes since “go time” is almost here.
I do still need some nursing bras and tops (recommendations welcome!).
For the baby, we pulled out all of the baby clothes from when I was due with Mitch and have them washed and ready to go. We did buy and have been a gifted a few sweet new items.
Belly Button In Or Out?
Popping out a little bit, but mainly at the top, not the entire button. 🙂
I felt more emotional this week than I have during my pregnancy so far. I think it was a combination of heat, a busy calendar, pressure at work as I round my final weeks and preparing for Mitch’s birthday. I just felt all over the place and I would go from one end of the emotional spectrum to the next in a flash.
Yep! The movements have changed a bit from sharp kicks to longer rolling movements. I can usually follow them with my hand and watch them move across my belly which is just the coolest thing ever. There are a few times the baby moves so hard that I actually shout out loud. Just like Mitch, the baby is favoring my left side for movement and sitting high enough to put pressure on my ribs.
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