31 Week Bump Update
How far along: 31 weeks!
Size of baby: Pineapple (15”-17”, 3-4 lb)
Weight gain: .5 lb gain this week ( 19.5 lb so far)
What I love: My sense of peace and joy about where my life is and where it’s going
Sleep: This is the one and only place I will allow myself to be negative. Sleep sucks. It is becoming so uncomfortable to sleep exclusively on my side. When looking for suggestions to relieve back pain in pregnancy (see symptoms below), they suggested sleeping on your side. Duh! Your really only able to sleep on your side Captain Obvious (here’s why). When I wake from a very rare actual deep sleep in the middle of the night, I wake up on my back. Which of course then freaks me out, so I roll over to my side. After five minutes my arms and shoulders begin to go numb, so I roll over to my right side. Which only takes about three minutes to go numb. It’s an endless circle of tossing and turning. I’m already a very poor sleeper with insomnia issues that are completely unrelated to pregnancy. I think everything is just exacerbated now.
I got a body pillow and used it for the first time last night, but it didn’t do much. I am hopeful that when my husband leaves for work in a few days, having the bed all to myself will get me a few hours of uninterrupted sleep a night before the shit really hits the fan in a few weeks.
The belly:No way I’m coming out of this unscathed. I see more and more of those little red marks which are, from what I understand, the beginning of stretch marks. Belly button is also very close to becoming an outie. But it’s still fun to prance that big thing around town. My husband and I were out running errands yesterday and he was so surprised at all the comments it brings. People love to comment on a pregnant belly. And I love being the center of attention so it works.
Best moment of the week: Not having to go to work
Food cravings: Back on the dried mango train. Also cottage cheese, which is a great low calorie/high protein food! Finally craving something healthy again. The only catch is I have to eat the whole container or throw it out after I’m done with it. I will NOT eat it after the sealed plastic cover comes off so I started paying more for the smaller sized containers and just eat one everyday. It’s like a bottle of wine – you can drink it later, but it wont taste nearly as good.
Food aversions: salmon. same story, different day.
Baby’s Movement: She is still a mover and a shaker. Her busiest times are around 8:00pm. I hope this doesn’t mean she’ll be a night owl.
Yoga – Made it to both my yoga classes this week and I feel so much better! I was very SORE after my vinyasa class. Far more sore had I not been pregnant. I might add a day of yoga and skip a day of running from here on out.
Running – So I bought one of those support bands that goes around your midsection, kinda under your belly. It didn’t do a damn thing except irritate the shit out of me. Maybe I’ll try again in a week or two. I didn’t feel much relief (although I’m not sure what I was supposed to feel?) and it just made ducking in the woods for a pee break more complicated. A four mile run turned into 3 based on pure irritation with this contraption.
Swimming – Swam again finally. Maybe 800 meters. I have no idea. I don’t count laps. I just do random sets.
Milestones: Single digits until due date
Symptoms: my lower back is on fire. I have developed a sincere compassion for people who endure chronic back pain. I know lower back pain is very common in pregnancy, but I am a little surprised it’s so strong so early. I know I have a long way to go and my belly may nearly double in size. I wonder if it’s from work…..bending over to tie peoples shoes so often. I will admit it’s much easier to tie other people’s shoes than it is to tie my own, but still – it surprised me the number of people who had no shame in putting their feet on our stool and had an obviously very pregnant woman bend over to tie their shoes.
It’s worse when I’m sitting. After about 5 minutes of sitting on the couch or at my desk I have to get up and move around.
I also wonder if it’s because I skipped yoga two weeks in a row? I’m back to it now, so hopefully I can get some relief. I’m even considering going to a chiropractor (which I’ve NEVER done and am convinced chiropractors fuck your shit up more than they help).
What I’m looking forward to: Spilling the beans about her name! I’m not sure I can last much longer.
What I miss: Wine. Everywhere I look people are drinking.
Next appt: May 16
Due Date: July 4th