Today I am recapping weeks 28-31.
About two weeks ago, we hosted a baby sprinkle to celebrate our baby girl. I went back and forth on whether or not we should do anything, but in the end I felt that it was important for us to celebrate this new life in some way. I’m grateful for the all the family and friends who sprinkled us with gifts.
How I’m feeling
One word tends to describe how I’ve been feeling lately, tired. Now that I’m a few weeks into the third trimester, I definitely feel my energy waning. Most days, I’m in bed by 8 o’clock. I also feel myself becoming a little more anxious as I think about labor and delivery. Even though I’ve been through it once, I know every baby and every pregnancy is different. I have no idea what to anticipate this time around. My doctor has told me that since my labor with my son was pretty fast, it’s likely that this one will be faster. We shall see. Check out my labor and delivery story here.
At the beginning of the third trimester, I started noticing I was having more Braxton Hick’s contractions that were getting pretty strong. My OB and PA both recommended that I increase my water intake and so far that has helped. I have also noticed some light cramping, but no bleeding. I’ve been told to monitor both, as an increase in frequency or strength of either could be a sign of early labor. So far, these things have not gotten any worse.
Baby girl is very active! It also feels like she’s sitting really low as I’ve been having more pain in my pelvis/pubic bone area. I also find myself going to the bathroom almost every hour, sometimes more frequently due to more pressure on my bladder as she continues to grow. In addition to all that, add in shortness of breath, nausea, dizziness, and leg pain. Some days it feels like I’m back in the first trimester.
I haven’t had any cravings that I can remember within the last few weeks, but I still have an aversion to apples. Hopefully that goes away once this pregnancy is over because I actually like apples. I used to eat an apple everyday pre-pregnancy.
I’m looking forward to time off from work. Thank God for PTO. Over the last few weeks, work has been pretty busy and at times very stressful. I think that’s only increased my fatigue. While I’m on vacation, I’m looking forward to clearing my mind, spending time with family, and preparing more for baby girl’s arrival. Over the next week or so, I hope to work on the nursery, organize all our baby items, pack hospital bags, and try to relax as much as possible.