How far along? 32 weeks
Total weight gain/loss: +18lbs. I can’t seem to make the hump over this weight. I know a healthy minimum is 25lbs. We still have a few weeks to go. Most weight is typically gained in the last weeks of pregnancy when baby is bulking up. I shouldn’t be complaining about “not” gaining weight.
Maternity clothes? YEP! And choices are running low. I am so thankful I won’t have to extend into a summer pregnancy, but I was looking forward to lots of maxi dresses and flowy baby bump pics. I suppose that will translate into flowy postpartum maxi dresses instead. Hoping and praying I can get my post-baby #2 body back quickly for summer bikinis. The minimal weight gain helps I suppose. I should probably slow down on the Ben and Jerry’s ice cream.
Stretch marks? No
Sleep: Lots and lots of pregnancy insomnia. I’ve been trying to drink EXTRA water throughout the day and cut off water consumption after 8pm. This has helped a bit with the nighttime bathroom trips significantly.
Best moment this week: I am so proud of myself this week because it has been a tough week, but DAMN, I made it through and my family made it through. I unexpectedly hurt my back and have been facing some anemic like pregnancy symptoms that have made moving around and feeling good/positive a major challenge. I’ve been in bed and struggling to get around.
Have you told family and friends? Yep!
Worst moment this week: Awwww I hurt my back and was semi-bedridden. I have never had any kind of major injury, and i’m not saying thats what this was, but it was super scary. I have given birth once before but I knew that pain was only temporary. This was excruciating and beyond the feelings of having contractions. Plus, I didn’t know how long the pain would last. Back injuries can go on for weeks and months, and because i’m pregnant there is nothing they can provide for relief like muscle relaxers. I was just curled up in a ball on the floor crying non-stop from the pain and anxiety. My mom was so sweet and came and helped with Reagan while I was struggling. I was able to go to the Chiropractor and got a few adjustments as well as a pregnancy massage to help the damaged muscle and ribs heal. This made it worse for a few days but ultimately helped the healing process and by the end of the week I was feeling so much better. I could finally sleep again, was taking multiple Epsom salt baths a day to relieve the pain, and used my favorite Stress Away essential oil to keep calm and breathe away the pain. I also found the most amazing chronic pain meditation app that I would listen to to take my mind off the pain. Its amazing how the mind can literally “think away” the physical sensations of pain. I’ve been using this regularly at night to help get myself to sleep. Having experienced labor and contractions, I can easily say this was so much worse. My heart goes out to anyone struggling with chronic pain issues.
Miss Anything? Feeling normal. I’m definitely appreciating that while the final weeks of pregnancy are “uncomfortable,” they are nothing to the feelings of dealing with an injury or chronic pain. So other than missing a margarita I am just thankful to be feeling better finally. Its such a relief to know that I can actually ENJOY my final weeks of pregnancy instead of just waiting around to give birth in major pain.
Movement: Baby #2 is moving sporadically. Baby is much more active in the evening and tends to be quiet and calm during the day.
Food cravings: Not really. Eating in general doesn’t sound appealing.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope. But I did have several puking episodes from the pain I was feeling in my back.
Symptoms: All the pregnancy “feels” plus a few extras because of the back and rib pain. But things are looking UP!!!!
Have you started to show yet: YEP
Gender prediction: BOY!!!
Labor Signs: Nope
Belly Button in or out? Out
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or Moody most of the time: It was a rough week but I am happy to be feeling better!!!!
Looking forward to: Sunshine and warmer temps. I am so grateful to be feeling better and now I just want to soak up every second of the nice weather we are having. Mommy needs a tan and the sunshine is lifting my mood so much. I am getting so excited to meet the little gummy bear growing in my belly and Reagan is excited to be a BIG SISTER!!!!!