At my prenatal appointment today, my midwife walked into the room and said “Well you’re two weeks overdue!” And that is exactly how I feel! I am so so grateful to have made it this far and I’ll be even more relieved when I make it to early term at 37 weeks (on Sunday). BUT I’m going a little crazy. Every little twinge or ache I feel makes me think I’m in early labor. And I’m obsessed with having everything prepared because I never know when labor will start. Will it be this week? Next week? 41 weeks? Pregnancy after preterm birth is tough y’all! You’re always on high alert, especially at the end. I’ve been trying really hard to stop focusing on labor and just enjoy these last few weeks with Sam and Harper. Easier said than done sometimes, but I’m working on it.
How far along are you? 36 weeks and 3 days.
How big is baby? The size of a papaya or a large cantaloupe. When my midwife measured my belly today, I was measuring exactly on track for 36 weeks. But she also took the time to remind me about my last ultrasound (at 34 weeks) and how baby girl is measuring a little big. I’ve never been more curious to see someone’s weight in my entire life! Curious and nervous!
Total Weight Gain? 15 pounds as of today.
How are you feeling? Better and worse at the same time. My heartburn is pretty much under control. I still take Pepcid Complete twice a day and I drink a vanilla shake if I need to when I’m out without any heartburn meds (it really works!). I still feel a little nauseous here and there, but eating carbs usually helps. My main complaints now are body aches. My hips and pelvis ache so bad at night that I’m not sleeping well at all. And I recently started getting back aches, but I find that a warm shower helps. And, of course, my enormous and very low hanging belly is getting extremely difficult to lug around. To be honest, I’ve spent a ton of time in the house lately because I’m nervous about walking around too much, especially when I have Harper with me. Too much walking causes me to get really bad round ligament pain. Add to that a clingy toddler who begs to be held every single time I take her into a store and it’s typically best to just stay home until Sam is available to go out with me.
Any food cravings or aversions? My current favorite snack is mozzarella wrapped in pepperoni. I’ve had a huge appetite lately and that snack fills me up every time. I’ve also been craving fruit, but I try not to eat too much of it because my favorite types of fruits (citrus fruits) give me heartburn. I also cannot get enough water. Thankfully, I haven’t had any aversions lately.
Have you noticed any (new) stretch marks? It’s getting difficult to see because the front of my belly hangs so low, but I have noticed a lot of redness around my belly button. I assume that means I’ll see a few new stretch marks when it’s all said and done, but I don’t really care about that kind of thing. I have been using more belly oil lately just to keep itchiness at bay.
Best moment this week? Finishing the majority of my to-do list over the weekend. I added Sam’s clothes to the hospital bag, put the carseat back together after washing it, and Sam deep cleaned the apartment for me. I also cleared one of the drawers in my dresser and filled it with nighttime essentials for her since she’ll be in our room at first. If she was born tonight, I would be completely ready and that gives me a ton of peace of mind.
What are you looking forward to? Labor! I know that sounds crazy, but the unknown is driving me crazy. I’ve been driving myself insane thinking about it (when it will start, what it will feel like this time, etc.) so now I’m just ready to get into it.