I am completely blown away by the realization that I will be 30 weeks on Tuesday.
Is anyone else starting to feel extremely pregnant? I sure am!
That means I'm 29 weeks!
I mean, my bladder knows that I'm that pregnant, but I have to keep reminding myself that I am that pregnant.
There's lots of snow here, and usually I walk to town in a straight route, over whatever terrain, especially if I'm wearing my snow shoes, but yesterday I only wore my boots and I had a couple near falls. :
I'll be taking the safer, less direct route to the village.
Careful out there S&D.
Jen - Mama to V (b. 2-18-09) and AJ (b. 10-9-11) Wife to DH
I think the baby is semi transverse. I feel a lot of pressure in my left hip and get a lot of movement in my right upper side. I'm not really surprised as I've been doing a lot of lying on my left side. I hope it isn't too difficult to get the baby's head to engage where it's supposed to be over the next several weeks.
This morning the baby's been doing stretches. They are rather painful and I never know exactly where those little feet will push next. Still, I'm always thankful for any movement. I try to treasure those feelings.
I still have to remind myself sometimes that I'm pregnant or shock myself by going into a room and seeing myself in the mirror. I'm still not hugely pregnant, and it's annoying to me that in my bulkier winter clothes and jackets, I probably could be mistaken for just a bigger woman. I'm ready for sharing "mother smiles" with people in grocery stores and for people to recognize that I've been nurturing a baby inside of me for seven months. Oh well. There are blessings to not being off balance, completely unable to wear regular clothes, etc.
It's always an adventure!
Happy Wife since 12/31/05 ~ Blessed Mama to 2/8/09 and 6/11/11, with on the way due 2/24/14
And I'm just exhausted! It may have been because I was cooking for Thanksgiving for 2 days, and then spent the last 2 days cleaning and decorating for Christmas, or it could be that I'm huge and pregnant, but I feel that first tri exhaustion again!
Amelia's being a bit odd with her movements again. I'm not sure if it's just because of the anterior placenta or what, but now I can only feel her if I'm laying on my left side... Weird! So, I have to lay down several times a day just to make sure she's moving. Oy!
I am so thankful for this baby . . . I need to remind myself of that many times each day when I get overwhelmed and start having difficulty coping. My children are excited about our new baby, and it's really wondrous to be a part of their excitement.
I'm just about 31 weeks now and am feeling really good. Still feeling some hip pain but less now. It feels good to be getting the house in order and I'm mentally feeling more and more ready for this baby to arrive. DH's birthday is just over a week away and then we have Christmas! Time is flying by and we are very excited about getting closer to meeting this little girl.
Hope all of you ladies are well!
Sue, Mama to Fiona Aileen (2/1/09) and Maeve Penelope (10/7/11)
Luckilly I didn't have to do all the cooking for Thanksgiving, my mom and aunt did most of the big stuff and I just made some side dishes. But I cleaned like mad for my in-laws, and then just feeling like I had to entertain them while they were here...
Plus I'm not sleeping very well - I keep waking up at 4 am with my cat, then I have to pee, then I go back to bed and toss and turn and can't get comfortable. If I don't sleep with a pillow between my knees my hips ache. Two nights I gave up after an hour and turned on my light and read. The night before thanksgiving I never got back to sleep so I was totally wiped and braindead on Thanksgiving.
I've got a ton of work to do, not to mention holiday shopping and decorating, and baby preparation.
I feel like everything has to be ready a month early, because both of my girls came early, 4 and 3 weeks, respectively. I'm hoping to cook this one to term and am supposed to be taking it easy but it's going to be tough with the holidays and all.
I'll be 30 weeks on Thursday - so a few more days for me! I also have had moments where I forget I'm pregnant. I'm just feeling really good right now most of the time. Well except right now, because it's not quite 5am and I am awake because I can't sleep. : I probably should go back to bed and at least try.
We got a bunch of hand me downs from my mil that belonged to our nephew. We had two garbage bags full but about half of that we aren't keeping b/c it's stained or really worn. The other stuff I washed, organized by size, and put away. We're going to pick up the crib the next time we're over there. :
Ok, maybe I should go sleep now
Courtney and Cree, baby made 3, added one more then there were 4, sakes alive, then we had 5, another in the mix now we have 6!
A Momma in love with her Little Women-Jewel Face, Jo Jo Bean, June Bug, and Sweet Coraline.
For those of you having trouble sleeping, I'm sure it was mentioned before, but have you tried taking calcium/magnisium? I take a dose before bed and have been sleeping sooooo much better. I fall asleep much more easily, don't wake as often, and even when I do get up to pee I go back to sleep without a problem. The dosage should be 2:1 cal:mag with at least 500mg of magnisium, also a little bit of vit D helps absorption, this is sold all in one pill. It's calcium you need anyway so it can't hurt!
So, can we talk Braxton Hicks? Mine started about 2 weeks ago. At first it was just one here or there. Now I am having more episodes where they start and don't really stop until I go to bed for the night (usually gone the next morning). I worry a lot about pre-term labor since my others were born early but I have been trying to tell myself that this is very normal. They seem to start for me if I am dehydrated or over-exert (which apparently includes any vaccumming!). When they start I try to lay down or put my feet up and drink lots of water. If its in the evening, which it has been lately, I will have a glass of wine. I was just wondering what everyone else's experiences with BH are, in this preg or previous. I have an appt with my mw on Thurs. and will have her chk my cervix to make sure there is no thinning or softening yet. I have to make it to 37 wks if I want to deliver out-of-hospital!
And actually, BH can happen even when you're not pregnant -- but you can't typically feel them until the uterus is larger during pregnancy.
I'd keep drinking water and take it easy. Just listen to your body. Some people view BH as the uterus toning up and practicing. But if they're happening more frequently when you need to hydrate or rest, etc., than your body's telling you something.
I found some maternity clothes at Sears that were 50% off. Loose, flowy cotton shirts (that are NOT clingy, thank God), and some big, full panel pants. I'm so relieved. My mom gave me some cash (bless her) and I was able to get two tops and two pants.
I've been so depressed because nothing fits and I'm so uncomfortable and still have well over 2 months to go. So hopefully this will help.
Jen - Mama to V (b. 2-18-09) and AJ (b. 10-9-11) Wife to DH
As for BH I have at least 1 or 2 a day. Happens when I am stressed or over overexerting myself (like speed walking through Target )
Mommy to Abigail 2/09 and Ollie 3/11
Which is sort of a relief because I was absentmindedly wondering.... I notice them more in the evening, but I was expecting it to hurt. Although they do sometimes get me to stop and take a deep breath! Is there anything natural to take to calm them?
I'm home from visiting DH's relatives in the midwest. Had a nice time but his mom lives in an old house and my allergie were HORRIBLE. I spent the entire time coughing and sneezing and my face is peeling off from blowing my nose. Thank god I am home bc there is no way i could take another day of itching and not being able to sleep. I am feeling better being home but not 100% yet - hopefully I'm not getting sick too. I may stay home tomorrow and rest.
Have a good week everyone!
Mama to my veggie girl (1/09) and my sweet rainbow baby (9/12).
I think I'm restless at night because I'm so worried about our finances. We're don't qualify for aid but I feel like we are on the brink. Although if my baby was here now, then we would qualify for aid. None of my craigslist or ebay stuff has been selling, which bums me out a little. I'm trying to just keep moving, keep tweaking but I'm worried.
I should be happy because it's the start of my birthday week and while it won't be like years past, I'm still getting a treat a day. Today we went the farmers' market and DH bought me 1/2 lb of raw almonds so that was nice. I'm just feeling scared right now.
So, can we talk Braxton Hicks? Mine started about 2 weeks ago. At first it was just one here or there. Now I am having more episodes where they start and don't really stop until I go to bed for the night (usually gone the next morning).
I also get BH frequently, but my last pregnancy I got them so often it was very uncomfortable and irritating. I wouldn't say painful, but they pulled so tight across my belly and down into my pubic area, and it was very annoying. My mw suggested lots of RRL tea, as the tea replaces the work that the BH were doing, apparently. It worked for me- I still got them quite a bit, but on days when I skipped the tea I had so many more. Check with your mw this week and see what she thinks.
This pregnancy I've had fewer. Still everyday, several times, sometimes more frequently, but not in an incapacitating way like last time. Thank heavens!
Drinking RRL tea can be very helpful for some mamas though, and I'd drink it if I could tolerate it for sure (I tried it again this pregnancy and it was immediately obvious not a good idea. Oh well).
But BH usually signifies either a need for hydration, or that you're pushing yourself too hard. (Most women don't have irritable uterus issues, and BH for most mamas means drink more water and/or slow down a bit.)
justKate, try drinking a tall glass of water, and sitting/lying down for a few minutes when you feel your abdomen tighten up. In addition to or in lieu of taking RRL (depending on how well you tolerate it -- if it's okay then go for it!), magnesium can be very helpful, because it has a mild relaxant effect on muscles. So make sure your magnesium and other mineral intake is good, also.
And be sure you're emptying your bladder when you need to -- don't hold it. That can make BH much worse (and trigger UTIs too).
My hands are officially a mess. It was inevidible . . . it happens with every pregnancy. I was hoping to avoid it for a little longer though. I don't want to do this hand thing for 10 more weeks. It's miserable! I have pregnancy induced carpel tunnel syndrome, and it starts out mild . . . and gets worse and worse the further I get along. I have to wear those wrist braces to bed . . . but those are miserable too.
I have also started mildly swelling. Bummer! I swelled with my oldest, but didn't really swell at all with my next two. I was hoping to avoid it this time too.
On a happy note, all 3 of my boys played nicely together from the time we got home from church until they went to bed last night! What a great day that was! I'd love a repeat of that today!
I feel like my bladder shrank overnight. I mean, I've been going more often anyway, but suddenly it's gone from slightly more frequently to all the freaking time. Seriously, everytime I stand up.
Thanksgiving was great and the food was delicious, but I quickly learned the difference between feeling full when you're not pregnant and feeling full when you are. It's like I already don't have anymore space in there, then I cram in all that delicious food and I feel like I could pop. The tummy has been feeling very tight lately, like it just needs to be a little bit bigger. Could there be stretch marks not far behind? I was hoping to avoid that...
Mallory. Happily married to Joe since 6/25/05. Loving my adventure with my girls, Owyn Samantha, born 3/1/09. and Greta June, born 11/2/11
I noticed yesterday i am getting linea negra. It is still very light and a bit darker on the bottom but I think it is forming on the entire belly. I had thought I wouldn't get it if I made it this far but my mom said she got it in the last month or 2 as well. Anyone else got it?
Mama to my veggie girl (1/09) and my sweet rainbow baby (9/12).
I didn't sleep terribly well last night but it was my bladder and my toddler. But I didn't mind it so much because when I woke up, it had snowed!!! Which is not very common here. I was thrilled.
Here's a picture of my daughter in the snow:
And building a little snowman:
I got some of the outside Christmas decor up (we're not going nuts outside this year because I'm ungainly, nor nuts inside because we have new kittens). But I got the holiday flags up and that was a start. I love the snow so much.
I couldn't sleep last night either and my baby was all excited and bouncy in my belly. But that could have been from the pie I ate right before bed. But I don't really feel tired until the late afternoon. If I remember to take a walk, then that usually helps me stay awake a bit longer.
I had a terrible sleep, with leg cramps and restless legs and an equally restless bladder. I tried everything; a glass of milk before bed, calcium/magnesium powder, Rescue Remedy Sleep Spray ... a hot bath, a good book, and no nap earlier in the day.
To what effect?
I was up until 3am, and then pretty much on the hour after that, while the dogs and the cat and the DP slept on blisfully. :