Earlier this year I left behind my twenties, and now the end of my twenties in pregnancy is rapidly approaching. Although I feared leaving 29 behind, in my heart, I was ready to embrace 30 and see all it had to offer me. While I’m not rushing my pregnancy by any means (it’s already moving much too quickly!), I’m just as ready to see what the passing of week 29 will bring.
I’ve definitely felt more pregnant this past week. I’m feeling more tired during the evenings after work (and on busy, hot weekends like this past one) and don’t really feel like exercising (except for barre class). Although I still get around pretty well, every now in then the waddle kicks in (mostly when I’m about to pee on myself!) or my balance is completely off (like when I almost fell trying to put on my, err, undergarments this week!). But more so than physically, I’m starting to feel more pregnant, and dare I say, motherly, in the emotional and mental sense of the word.
I’m well used to Baby M’s movements by now, and I’ve talked to the childbirth and lactation consultant to schedule classes in the next couple of months. Although I haven’t really done much singing, reading, or talking to Baby M yet, I am more aware of his presence and his pending arrival into our lives. Yesterday afternoon I found myself “apologizing” to him for my road rage. This poor child is going to recognize my voice as the “angry woman” instead of finding it to be comforting. After a string of ugly words to cars that think they’re too good to wait in traffic like the rest of us, I quickly told him that I wasn’t angry all the time and started saying sweet, calming things. Drivers in neighboring lanes probably thought I was nuts, but I felt truly awful.
With that said, here’s my 29 week update. Not a whole lot has changed, but I’m sure the “super pregnant feelings” are just beginning.
What’s Baby M up to this week?
- Baby M weighs around 2 ½ pounds, is slightly over 15 inches long, and is about the size of a butternut squash
- His muscles and lungs are maturing, and his head is growing to accommodate his brain (which can now control his body temperature)
- His bone marrow is now producing red blood cells, and fat continues to develop under his skin
- He is beginning to settle into the proper birthing position (I hope this is the case, as he was breach during my last ultrasound; based on how his movement is all over the place, I think he is switching things up in there!)
How am I feeling this week?
About the same as last week (22-23 pounds). (By the way, doesn’t my belly look odd in the photo? I think the band on my pants contributed, but it lacks that cute, round quality that most bumps have!)
- Sunday: nothing, but we did a lot of walking around Saturday
- Monday: just my lunchtime walk
- Tuesday: lunchtime walk + barre class (a good one!)
- Wednesday: lunchtime walk
- Thursday: lunchtime walk
- Friday: planning a walk and maybe a workout DVD
- Saturday: planning to take Iggy on a walk at Spring Hill
- some lower back and rib pain (mostly when I have bad posture)
- leg cramps at night
- slight heartburn (but nothing too bad)
- still peeing all the time
Overripe bananas just don’t appeal to me (if I can smell them, they’re not going to be eaten) and raw vegetables are a necessary evil I force down; other than that, food is still awesome!
- cereal, waffles, and breakfast-y things in general
- ice cream
- salads (so long as there’s lettuce and a variety of toppings)
Mostly good, but I still wake up and have trouble staying comfortable. I’ve learned to taper off my water drinking before bed, so I’m not getting up to use the restroom (for now).
Still looking clear
Wedding rings—on or off?
On for now
Belly button—in or out?
Not much change; it’s still in, but sometimes more flat than anything
Happy or moody?
Mostly happy, but I feel like my moody moments are increasing, unfortunately
Despite my desire to refrain from buying new clothes, I ordered 2 dresses from ASOS last week; I’m hoping they fit (I read mixed reviews about sizing and just ordered per my measurements) so I can wear one for my maternity pictures. I also got measured for a new bra (it fits like a dream!).
I purchased 2 books: Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth (it should arrive today) and Husband Coached Childbirth: The Bradley Method (since it’s too late to take the classes). Plus our glider delivered yesterday! :-)
Looking forward to:
- Just relaxing and doing some house-cleaning this weekend
- My maternity pictures; I’ve finally worked everything out with the photographer
- Putting the glider together
Not too much: just having more energy and more flexibility (I noticed I’m so stiff at barre; I thought all my joints and ligaments were supposed to loosen in pregnancy!). And wine, of course. ;-)
I had somebody tell me how great I looked and that “pregnancy really perked me up” (as opposed to dragging me down). For a second I thought he was talking about the girls, but I’m pretty sure he just meant that, overall, I looked like I had a lot of energy and was feeling good.
Questions for moms & moms-to-be:
- Did you take childbirth classes? If so, what part benefited you the most during actual labor?
- What pregnancy/childbirth books did you find most useful?