Week 34 has been difficult. We found out (after three sessions worth of glucose testing, over the course of two months), that I have gestational diabetes. Luckily, the doctor was very proactive, and I was able to see a nutritionist to get everything under control. Unfortunately this means pricking my finger and testing my blood sugar four times a day. Fortunately, this means an extra ultrasound, and a peek at our little man. Meanwhile, my baby bump just continues to grow and grow!
How far along: 34 Weeks
How big is baby: Baby is the size of a butternut squash. A very large butternut squash.
Gender: Its a boy!
Weight gain: At my appointment yesterday, my official weight still represents a 26 pound weight gain!
Maternity clothes: As I near the end of pregnancy, I have been reluctant to purchase any new maternity clothes. Instead, I am focusing on purchasing baby items and postpartum items!
Sleep: It has been cooler this week, so sleep has been better. Unfortunately, hip pain and back pain have returned in full force. And, baby movements and bathroom trips don’t help either!
Best moment this week: The best moment this week would have to be practicing labor positions and breathing and relaxation strategies in our childbirth class. This meant some great stretching and relaxing massages from my husband. This course is proving to be worthwhile, and informative. It has really helped us in terms of planning and decision making.
Miss anything: This week I am not missing anything in particular!
Movement: This week, our little guy has been moving, moving, moving! And his movements are big! They often catch me off guard, and are rather uncomfortable. He has hiccups often, which I’ve read is a sign of healthy development. I have also noticed some pulsing movements recently. I did a little internet research and found out that he is likely practicing his breathing movements. The fact that we can see them is amazing.
Cravings: Now that my diet is really restricted, I am craving bagels and cream cheese again. And chocolate peanut butter ice cream…things I am really not supposed to have. But, its all in the name of a healthy baby!
Symptoms: My symptoms seem to be the same this week. I experience swelling in my hands and feet almost every day. And now, in the mornings, my hands are so achy that it is difficult to make a fist. I am guessing this is the result of the inflammation.
Looking forward to: There is so much to look forward to this week. We have our prenatal appointment tomorrow with the doctor. Later this week we have an ultrasound to check his growth and size. I am so excited to see our little guy once again. We haven’t seen him since week 20! Finally, I am incredibly excited for our baby shower this weekend. It will be so nice to gather with friends and family to celebrate, and indulge in some delicious barbecue food!