how is everyone feeling? - Page 9
It was finally warm enough to wear a dress without leggings today. What a relief, I was soooo comfortable not having a waistband digging into my......well digging in every time I needed to not stand up. By the end of the day my back was killing me from the extra weight.
I'm huge, thats it I said it. I could tell early on that this belly was way bigger than my first, but I have reached (at least it seems like i have) the size I was at the end last time. I still have a whole lot more growing to do, I'm about 33 weeks (and looking that up I realize I lost a week at some point, and no one has pointed out that I've been writing the wrong dates on everything). Today I discovered I'm now also growing stretch marks, they look kind of scary. I know it's all part of the deal, but this one was a bit of a shocker cause I did not get any with my first baby, and he wasn't' small.
Ulybka312 - how was your test?
Sweet Huck - glad to hear you found a way to slow things down a bit and your boss is supportive
RaeRea - massages! I can imagine that must be hard at this point! I have a hard time with tasks that require being on my feat using upper body strength for long periods of time. I would imagine if I got bonked on the head by a baby belly while getting a massage it would probably make me smile and/or giggle.
JNajla - I get dizzy and short of breath as well sometimes (though not as long as you are describing) I seem to get it when I'm dehydrated and/or not getting enough protein. Is it possible you are eating a better breakfast on the weekends as well? Though really it sounds like exhaustion as well. Hope you can get some rest, or find a way to have slower days.
I keep putting my clothes on backwards (and inside out!). My brain is in a totally different place. I spaced out on a bathroom sink the other. It looked like a face and I just stared while washing my hands for about 5 minutes. I sometimes think I'm losing my mind!
2 more months until EDD and I feel like I have so much to do, but still no motivation to get it all done! Maybe it'll be better when I'm not working as much.
All in all I am feeling pretty good about things. Even though my body is not mine at the moment, I'm feeling pretty comfortable in it and with Baby and all the dancing going on inside. Slowing down and enjoying the longer warmer days.
Wow, I'm just not feeling myself lately. Physically I'm still ok, although I think I'm starting to get some leg swelling. Emotionally I'm feeling like total crap, my hormones are definetly playing tricks on me, I can't stop it. Last nigh DH told me that weekends are sooo long, refering to how hard it is to deal with me. <Sigh> of course it borke my heart and now I'm even worst. It's like "i'm in this spiral and I can't stop it.
How are you dealing with mood changes? Any recomendations? or should I just stick my head in the sand.
I'm also much more impatient and even a little snippy with my students lately, which is so unlike me. Today I told a 5 year old that if he didn't stop whatever annoying thing he was doing, that I was gonna lose it on him. I quickly caught myself and made a joke of it, but really? The kid is five, and ONE of us should be acting like an adult!
I don't know why but the past few weeks I have had amazing energy. I had my hormonal slump and super low energy 3 weeks or so ago. So while I feel good I am riding it out. My BP has gone up per my last appt (32 week appt). Its still w/n very normal and healthy ranges, but its high for me. Went from 107/67 to 127/77 (30 wks appt to 32 wks appt). I have also noticed some very minor hand and feet swelling on days when I am more sedentary.
Edited by spotty4 - 5/1/13 at 7:33am
I don't know why but the past few weeks I have had amazing energy. I had my hormonal slump and super low energy 3 weeks or so ago. So while I feel good I am riding it out. My BP has gone on per my last appt (32 week appt). Its still w/n very normal and healthy ranges, but its high for me. Went from 107/67 to 127/77 (30 wks appt to 32 wks appt). I have also noticed some very minor hand and feet swelling on days when I am more sedentary.
Keep active then I suppose. And a good fish oil supplement may help with the blood pressure. I always have my blood pressure creep up in later pregnancy and I am hoping to avoid it this time. So far, so good. Activity, good food and supplements are most likely why in my opinion.
Wish I had energy like you. :) Just having to push myself to go on and get stuff accomplished anyway.
Worst of all, this baby seems to have dropped even LOWER into my pelvis, and I already tend to carry low. I've had a few coworkers and neighbors comment on how my belly is lower. I guess that some women find relief when the baby drops, but since I never suffered from shortness of breath or heartburn I'm not feeling any benefits. Just an ever-increasing pain and pressure in my crotch! I'm also experiencing some mild SPD pain, which means that my running days are over. My pre-pregnancy goal was to continue to run into the 3rd trimester, and I made it to 32 weeks. So I guess that is a success, though I'm really disappointed that I couldn't keep it up longer. But these days even a brisk walk can bring on a searing line of pain straight down the front of my pelvis. FUN!
I can't believe I have 7 more weeks of this!
Edited by kitteh - 5/3/13 at 8:06pm
I'm sorry for all these woes! I just wanted to let you know that I was feeling really overburdened and like "how am I going to get through these next 7 weeks," especially energy-wise. Now I'm 35 weeks and change and actually feeling much better. So maybe you're be like me and not suffer to that level for level whole weeks.
Although I'm trying not to dread the next five weeks, I feel acutely aware of how physically difficult the last couple of weeks of pregnancy were for me last time, due to various things (including PUPPS), and I'm hoping it's not going to be so bad this time.
Another thing is DH had gotten me a Boppy body pillow which I set up as a bird nest for my hips and then use another pillow between my thighs. That cushions my hips pretty well.
Also seeing my osteopath regularly has been really helpful as well. (She's my primary care)
Afm: I've been pretty stressed and bummed out. Going from planning a homebirth to being referred to a perinatalogist for a level 2 scan has stressful. It is like no matter how much I trust myself, my body, birth etc. I am being challenged time after time: planned homebirth, bicornuate uterus, gestational diabetes, insulin (because management with diet and exercise alone didn't work), planned hospital birth, to the perinatalogist because the dr suspects banding. I am not too sure what that means other than what I read on the Internet (it was one of the few things I have never heard of before as a doula)- and I am really freaked out!!! I keep reminding myself to trust but I feel like I'm trying to get to the wrong destination or something.
My body has been uncomfortable and I cleaned my desk of at work- which I did last time the day before I went into labor with dd. in fact I am up because I keep feeling ctx. I hope I don't go into labor before next weekend- otherwise I will have to change the birth location again. But this little fried keeps sending messages that he might want to arrive on the earlier end of things.
Emotionally I am a wreck and DH is doing little to support me and in fact has been a source for major stress the last week. Ugh. Even without him I seem to be flying all over the place with emotion.
The only thing that can cheer me up is dd. she has been so sweet and loving to me- I feel bad because it isn't her job to momma me, but she seems to just offer it. I love it because it makes me want to be softer and gentler more and more.
I just have 4 weeks at most to go. I doubt I'll gestate over 38 weeks and I am open (I can't believe I am saying this) to induction at that point. That's so shocking to think I would say that but I am settling into that since I have had several providers and friends, who are midwives, that it might be a good plan.
Monday I start aggressive weekly monitoring to see if it will be necessary.
Anyhow a friend reminded me how I am a partner in this dance and sometimes you don't get to lead all the time. And that I can only show up with my grace and love. So I am trying to bring that to this as much as I can.
All right I've rambled on enough. :-) I guess I needed a distraction from the ctx. I'm going to drink a bunch of water and go to sleep to see if that helps. :-)
Ah, the roller coaster of the third trimester! Yuck.
Babe's head is so far down I have to literally lift up on my lower belly to empty my bladder...But so thankful babe IS head down!
Side pains from reaching to high up or rolling over, (been sleeping in a recliner since 30 weeks so I've pretty much solved that problem at least lol)
Can't remember which kiddo to take to the dentist appointment,
Forgot the old/blind/deaf dog outside to fend for herself for almost the entire day, (she was fine, got some good exercise trying to find the house though..)
Not to mention the emotions and the lack of energy!!!
One day I'm so down I can't get much lower, balling over any little thing, laying around letting the kiddos fend for themselves.....
Next day I'm friggin' Snow White sweeping the whole house, folding baby clothes and scrubbing toilets! I just don't get it.
But it helps to remember that we're on the home stretch ladies, hang on tight!!
There is so much you are needing to adjust to--wow. It sounds like you are handling it with as much wisdom and courage as one could have. And what a beautiful and profound insight you shared. Thank you! You are in my thoughts and prayers.
seems like weeks 32-35 are tough ones... I feel the same. I'm having a lot of problems sleeping because my hips ache so badly. I'm exhausted all of time (that started this week). I sit at a desk for work and don't have energy when I get home to paint/ nesting projects. It's getting harder to get in/ out of bed....
I hope your energy will come back like it did for me. I'm impressed with your drive for nesting, though. It sounds like you've already accomplished so much!
This is exactly how I am, except I don't usually cry, I just feel kind of distant and forlorn and wonder how I'm going to get everything done now and in the future when there is a baby and an almost four year old to guide.
Ah, yes, thank you for this reminder! Sometimes it doesn't quite feel like the home stretch, especially when people are shocked I still have 2 months left (and their jaw dropping, eye popping shock really doesn't help my state of mind). But it is getting closer and closer everyday!
I, too, have been exhausted, taking naps every afternoon, which leads me to feeling unproductive and still tired. I am luckily sleeping at least 8-9 hours every night without much waking, but lots of tossing and turning because there is no comfortable position! I keep changing out pillows with DP to try something new, but nothing seems to help. If I sleep on either side my hip on that side aches, rolling over makes my ribs ache, DP wakes me up when he finds me asleep on my back so I don't cut off circulation (if I am conscious, being on my back is really funny feeling, almost hard to breath, but finding myself there at night is so heavenly as prepregnancy I always slept flat on my back). My snoring has started to wake me up (I guess it's about time, since it's been keeping DP up for months). I think I even fell asleep during acupuncture the other day (in a community clinic setting, there were about 4 other people in the room with me) and woke myself up snoring. Awesome.
Heartburn is back! My favorite. And this time it seems like any and everything is causing it. Nettle tea, citrus, water, bananas, rice. I almost don't want to eat because it's so uncomfortable, so I am forcing things down and just dealing with it. No fun!
I feel fine until about 4 in the afternoon everyday. I wake up feeling all right, once I start moving my body feels much better, I can be productive in the morning/early afternoon. And then I just lose all steam and don't want to do anything at all! And we are having a heat wave (which is awesome, don't get me wrong I love the sunshine!) which I think is draining my energy even more after the heat of the day. Not to mention not having any summer clothes that fit me right now!! I can see myself rotating between about 3 outfits for the next two months.
Oh, it's almost over! Enjoy it while it lasts and then we get to hold our little ones in our arms. I was hanging out with a 3 week old the other day and it really made me excited for when my own Baby arrives!
:) Feeling pretty great on the one hand, on the other there are some constant discomforts. I got bit by an ant yesterday right on my bum so it burns and itches when i sit, lay or allow anything to brush on it. My lower body has been in so much pain this pregnancy and now with the massive belly it's just gotten so much harder and uncomfortable to get around. In fact I started walking in the evenings hoping it would help, but since then when I get up to pee at night some bone in my pelvic area snaps in and out of place which is loud and painful. Then there is the ear infection. With my first pregnancy I got an ear infection in both ears for three months at the end of pregnancy and beginning of motherhood. Recently I'm feeling discomfort in my left ear and am concerned I"m about to end up with the same problem. I'll be going to the doctor to have it looked at. On a happy note. I found a pair of shoes on clearance that fits as well as some cotton nursing bras. Also the weather has been nice, so I can wear all the dresses I saved from my first pregnancy. Oh but best of all is that having a little one this time around helps me keep it all in perspective. A lovely reminder of what this is all for.
We are in the middle of rearranging our bedroom (and therefore the whole house) so that there is enough space in there for the family to sleep. This was the last big project I wanted done before baby, so I can spend the rest of the pregnancy taking care of little stuff like washing baby clothes and so on. This will undoubtedly relieve a huge amount of anxiety. The next couple weekends will be nothing but fun with a baby shower and our little families short vacation.