This week I am 35 weeks pregnant, and just two weeks from being considered “term.” And, while the first half of pregnancy crept by, the second half continues to pass by at lightning speed. Before we know it, it will be January, and we will be in our final days of waiting. **Note: This week has just been so bonkers, I was unable to get a picture taken of by belly at 35 weeks. But I promise I will have one for 36 weeks. Stay tuned!
At 35 Weeks Pregnant…
How big is baby? 35 weeks pregnant, baby is the size of a canary melon (22 inches, 5.07 lbs)
Weight gain: I have gained another two pounds this week. I am not sweating it too much, though, because this is the homestretch, and I am working hard to keep myself in an upright position, and moving. If that means living on bagels and cereal… so be it!
Symptoms: My rashes are gone, and my back pain seems to be less severe. Heartburn has returned with a vengeance, and even water seems to make it worse. This week, my hormones seem to be in overdrive, and I feel super-emotional. I am also really short of breath. My body doesn’t love carrying this weight, but we are almost to the end.
Appointments: We had our 35 week appointment this week, and it was a little disappointing. My normal OB was out, so I saw a nurse practitioner who seemed really rushed. It is frustrating when, at 35 weeks, we are seeing people who really have no information about my history, this pregnancy, etc. The ultrasound tech seemed annoyed, and we didn’t get any information or images from our ultrasound. The NST was nice, however, and the room was extra comfy. I am looking forward to being back with our regular OB next week.
What I’m loving about pregnancy: I continue to enjoy just having this little one with me, all the time. His movements are insane, and he is such an active little guy.
What I’m missing most during pregnancy: Sleep. Yep, just missing sleep, and maybe the gym a little. I also miss being able to hold Brooks comfortably, without crushing my tummy. He has been so snuggly lately, and I feel so limited.
Cravings and Aversions: I really haven’t had any cravings. I have been enjoying bagels and cream cheese, but I wouldn’t say I crave them. They are just easy, and tasty! And some of the things that I normally crave (Taco Bell, Starbucks, etc), have really dissipated.
I am looking forward to: I am still just looking forward to everything that comes with Christmas: baking, Christmas movies, apple cider, etc. And, as Christmas nears, it is SO fun to see Brooks’ excitement about it all!
Staying fit: No gym for me this week, again. I think that, going forward, I am just going to try and stay as active as I can, at home, and out and about. The pressure (and guilt) that I am creating for myself regarding the gym isn’t really helping things.
Our family: This has been an exciting week for us. On Sunday, Brooks saw Santa… because he wanted to! He wasn’t afraid. He walked right up to him, and hoped up onto his lap, to let him know what he really wants for Christmas. My husband and I were shocked, but so proud of him!
The other night, my husband was laying by my belly, feeling my stomach, and I am pretty sure that the baby was playing with him! He would respond to my husband’s voice, and his touches, pushing (what we think was) a foot straight up into my belly button. The little one was so active, and so responsive…it was incredibly sweet to see.
Currently reading: I purchased the audio version of Mindful Birthing: Training the Mind, Body and Heart for Childbirth and Beyond, and have been listening to it each day. I read mixed reviews about this book, but I have connected more with this book, and these strategies, than anything else I have read at this point. The author walks you through specific strategies for coping with pain, in a way that I can really connect with. For example, she breaks down contractions, and the pain associated with contractions, into mere seconds, and explains how these seconds can span a breath or two . This makes coping with the sensations of labor, without pain medication, feel more “doable.”
To read more about being pregnant with my first at 35 weeks, click here!