Over the past week, I’ve definitely noticed a drastic change in my energy level, as I grow closer and closer to the full-term mark of my pregnancy. The watermelon in my stomach (or cantaloupe according to BabyCenter.com) is really beginning to take it’s toll on my body. Forget the walking, all I can do is waddle around and make sure I have a glass of water nearby to quench my thirst!
Getting through all the housework I expected to do has become nearly impossible as well, as my body cannot take too much bending or maneuvering. I need to take a break every 20 minutes or so, lest I feel faint. According to the doctor, this is all normal as I progress through the last 3-6 weeks of my pregnancy. And even though I feel like I’ve been gaining too much weight, they say it’s normal and baby is measuring fine at 34 weeks today.
- How far along: 34 weeks. 5 days.
- Total weight gain: A lot. About 45 lbs!
- Sleep: It’s nice to sleep in these days, since I’m waking up several times throughout the night for a bathroom break.
- Best moment this week: Spending quality time with family at baby shower #2!
- Movement: Yes! Particularly in the evenings.
- Symptoms: Upper back pain. Lower back pain. Dry/itchy skin. Out of breath. Heavy tummy. Pressure on my bladder.
- Food cravings: Ice pops and lots of water!
- Food aversions: The one food aversion I’ve had since the beginning: smell of poultry.
- Labor Signs: Lot’s of movement…not sure if it’s Braxton Hicks contractions or just baby moving.
- Belly Button in or out? In-be-tween. Still.
- What I miss: Being able to work out, believe it or not! Just too heavy to do anything these days.
- What I am looking forward to: Eating hot dogs this summer!
- Weekly Wisdom: Do not be afraid. Embrace life and all of it’s chapters with open arms.
- Major Milestones: 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.
Ana, a mom to three rambunctious little boys, has supported hundreds of thousands of women throughout their pregnancy and motherhood journey since 2012 as a blogger and maternal health advocate at MommysBundle.com.