Another week down. And my baby to-do list isn't getting any shorter. I've accepted that nesting is probably not going to happen to me. I need to buckle down and get stuff done now.
I've gotten to the point where I'm wondering how much bigger I can really get. Of course, I know that answer is much, much bigger.
Baby seems to always hang out on the right side of my stomach which makes doing things on the left- tying my left shoe, attempting to shave my left leg- quite the challenge.
I've gained another pound. This brings my total weight gain to 25-26 lbs. I'm up a good 30 lbs. from my normal weight since I gained a bit the month before I got pregnant.
Lots of stuff has been going on lately. All of these pregnancy complaints are so minor though. They are bothersome, but I know how lucky I am to going through this experience.
- Stomach pains: I get shooting pains somewhere in my stomach a few times each day. They only last about 10-20 minutes but they hurt a lot. My midwife told me this was likely a virus, but seeing how it's been a week and I feel fine otherwise, I kind of doubt it. Perhaps they're growing pains? Could they be Braxton Hicks? I'm not sure.
- Nausea. When I wake up, I always feel full and nauseated- no matter how early I ate dinner the night before. I have to wait at least an hour or two before eating in the mornings which is so unlike me.
- Itchy skin. My skin itches all the time, and no amount of moisturizer is helping. Most of the day, I hang around the house in my husband's oversized sweats because tight, clingy clothes are so irritating.
- Burning, throbbing feet. This is the reason why my runs have gone downhill. When I stand or take a step, my feet kill. I prefer not to wear shoes and sit with my feet elevated at all times. I've been looking for ice packs that go on like booties and wrap around your feet. But most icing contraptions I've found like that are for injured ankles.
I've accepted that my runs have slowed down and I require more walk breaks. And I may have broken up with swimming. I have no problem trying to run or elliptical with stomach pains or nausea, but I don't feel comfortable getting in the pool with those issues. It's a shame because that's likely the only exercise that would be good for my feet.
- W: 40 min elliptical, upper body weight machines
- Th: 3.25 mi run (outside) at 10:09 pace
- F: 45 min elliptical, upper body weight machines
- S: 3.75 mi run (outside) at 10:11 pace
- S: 3.25 mi run (outside) at 9:54 pace
- M: 30 min elliptical
- Tu: 4 mi run (outside) at 9:08 pace <--- yay, for one good run!
Mileage: 14.25 mi
My worries have shifted from wondering about my baby's health to being concerned about how the heck I'm going to get him out.
I saw a doctor at my practice yesterday instead of my midwife. She looked back through my chart and told me that at the last ultrasound, baby boy was in the 90th percentile for size. Yikes! When you go by stomach size, I'm still measuring 1-2 weeks behind. But then she felt my belly and agreed that my baby is quite big.
Delivering a large baby can be risky (source). While I would love a natural childbirth, it's more important to me to avoid a C-section. Of course, it doesn't matter how my baby enters this world but I prefer he comes through the birth canal. So, I may be induced about a week early if he's still big and if my cervix is favorable. Of course, I'm praying he comes a week or two early on his own! I just cannot wait to meet him.
I have another baby shower this weekend. I'm so excited! It was always my goal to have the nursery done by the shower, but sadly that won't be happening. My adjusted goal is to make my nursery presentable by Saturday. Hopefully the finished product will be ready soon!
PS: Emily is currently in labor! Go wish her luck.