34 week Bump Update
How far along: 34 weeks
Size of baby: butternut squash (20"”, 5 lb) I’m finding these fruit comparisons to be pretty ridiculous and widely inaccurate the farther along I am.
Weight gain: 3 lb gain this week (28 lb overall)
What I love: Setting up house. I got a ton of things at my baby shower (another post on that later) and I’ve begun washing and folding cute little baby clothes, organizing the dresser, setting up the changing table among other things. I’m already so in love.
Worries: Actually there is something that has been weighing on my mind lately: Pertussis (Whooping Cough). Whooping Cough has been declared an epidemic in some counties of Washington State and mine is included. Last year there were 146 reported cases of Whooping Cough at this time. This year, there is 1,738 known cases (source). I’ve casually started asking around and most adults have not had their booster despite this dramatic rise. There is a big public service campaign going on right now in order to educate and encourage people to get their Tdap boosters. Since infants have not received their full set of Pertussis vaccinations until 6 months, is it unreasonable to expect people that come over to visit insist they have their booster? I don’t think it is, but I’m curious to get other opinions. Be brutally honest.
For more information about the pertussis epidemic in Washington State click here.
Sleep: This week my sleep pattern has been predictable with a 3am (3-3:10 to be precise) wake up call to pee. Then I don’t go back to sleep right away and I start to get hungry, so I make my way downstairs to have a bowl of cereal. Then I have to sit up for a little while, but eventually doze off. Could be worse. In fact, it’s been much worse. I’ll take this small inconvenience.
The belly: Large and in charge!
Best moment of the week: Celebrating with my friends and family at my baby shower!
Food cravings: Cottage cheese, pita chips and dried mangos
Food aversions: none really, just aversion to cooking
Baby’s Movement: She is moving all over the place. I’m still not sure of baby parts yet. I know she is head down, so I think I can feel her little butt, but then I wonder if it’s her torso. It’s so hard to picture her proportions because I know she still has a lot of growing to do. It’s fun to poke around the belly and try to figure it out though. She’s definitely getting up in my business more and more. I have to create as much space as possible in my torso because there is almost always an elbow up in my ribs or a foot kicking my ever shrinking lungs.
Yoga – Still going strong with my yoga practice. One vinyasa class and one prenatal class a week.
Running – I had a couple of great runs. Granted, plenty of walking involved – but I have a 4 mile loop around my house and I’d guess I run about 3 of them.
Swimming – No swimming this week.
Milestones: less than a month to full term status
Symptoms: Sciatic pain – This just started last week and I wasn’t really sure what it was. Mostly it comes on after I’ve been sitting for a little while or I bend over and put weight on my left leg, but a lot of times it happens out of nowhere when I’m just walking. It’s not unbearable, just uncomfortable and kinda ‘shocking’ (when it happens). Other notable symptoms this week – back aches & not sleeping well.
What I’m looking forward to: Chris coming home in a few weeks
What I miss: wine. always.
Next appt: May 31 – group b strep test
Due Date: July 4th
And thanks for all the comments about sharing the pain of losing control of your bladder! I’m always glad to hear that I’m not alone in some of this stuff. I downloaded an app called, “kegel camp” and have been diligently performing my kegel duties several times a day.