I finally made it to 9 months pregnant. If you are like me and don’t know much about pregnancy weeks/months etc. This chart has helped me a lot:
I didn’t know before I got pregnant that you spend the entire 9th month pregnant as well, I guess this is balanced by the fact that most people don’t even know they are pregnant until they are already 1 month in.
I figured now that we are closing in I should give an update on how the third trimester is going.
Baby is now the size of: 36 weeks, baby is the size of a papaya. Baby’s still in the 17.2- to 18.7-inch and 4.2- to 5.8-pound range. To me he feels like a pokey watermelon that can jab my ribs and bladder at the same time. It is fun to notice how much stronger he has gotten in the last couple of weeks.
Sleep: Sleep is definitely getting more and more difficult. It’s hard to get comfortable and turning over in bed is a real effort. I don’t sleep well or for long periods of time. I guess they say this is preparing you for baby….
Maternity clothes / preferred attire: Almost everything I wear at this is maternity clothing. Mostly I prefer easy dresses and PJs. But really it’s anything that still fits and is comfortable. My feet are also very swollen so shoe choices are limited.
Symptoms: My main complaints are acid reflux, achy back and swelling (face, feet, hands, etc). But these are common pregnancy complaints and I haven’t had anything too bad. I know that these last weeks will be uncomfortable, I am just waiting them out until I can meet my little guy!
I have also been suffering from plantar fasciitis in my left foot. I am really hoping I can get this under control so I can get back to running after the baby is here.
Cravings and favorite foods: Fruity things! I am loving smoothies, watermelon and fruity ice cream….mmmm. Also craving wine but that one will have to wait.
Food aversions: Nothing really, I am happy to be back to eating spinach and kale without wanting to throw up.
Exercise: Heh! I wish there was more happening here but with the reflux, plantar and swelling things are limited. There has been some strength training and walking. Our neighborhood pool open this week so I plan to jump in there too.
Mood: My mood has been all over the place. I am excited to meet our little boy but also nervous. It is a lot of responsibility to take care of an infant. I just can’t wait until he’s here and we can experience the world as a little family.
Missing: The use of my body, energy, running, biking, adventures, breathing normal (baby hasn’t dropped yet), most of my clothing. The list could go on.
Best moments: Getting the glider set up in the nursery. The space is getting close and I love it. We are not completely done yet but when we are I will post a tour.
Worst moments: worrying that having itchy feet might mean that I have a more serious medical condition. Luckily blood tests came back all clear.
Buying: Lots of last minute things to be ready for baby. He really could come any day, although everything in me says he will be late.