This week was a game changer I think. Tiredness, insomnia, tightness, achy back – it all ramped up to a whole new level. I am pretty sure the baby went through a growth spurt this week as well. My belly felt like it was going to explode for a couple days. Fortunately, it’s relaxed a little now, but not without making sure I remember all the growing that happened by way of my very first, albeit tiny, stretch mark.
It’s a strange reality to get to this point in pregnancy. On the one hand, the end feels so close, and on the other hand, the awareness of going late and implications of that seem so, so far away. There’s this small part of me that feels the baby will come during week 39. I’ve felt this way the entire pregnancy. I am forcing myself to not think too much about that, though, or to have any expectation of that happening. I don’t want to get my hopes up. Apparently babies rarely come on their actual due date, and it’s about 50/50 before and after due date. It seems like I only know of the after due date babies, but perhaps that’s because they get the most attention and sympathy? Either way, I know the babe will come when they want to come, and I don’t want to do anything to force them to come before they’re ready.
33 Week Rundown
Weeks Pregnant: 33 weeks
Food Cravings: Cereal, colllllld water, doughnuts…I blame social media for that one, though. They’re apparently the most popular food to take a picture of these days.
Food Aversions: Can’t think of anything this week…
Symptoms: Like I mentioned above – everything has ramped up this week. I’ve been doing my stretches that the physio gave me to help my back, and I have noticed that it does help. However, overall, I feel my back will ache much quicker than before.
I just feel about a million pounds, and not in a “I look huge/self-concious” sense but in a “I literally feel like I am lugging around a million pounds.” Everything has seemed so much harder this week. Getting up to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night is a lot more effort.
On Thursday/Friday of this week, I think the baby had a growth spurt, and I possibly may have had some Braxton Hicks contractions. I had never heard of those until the Friends episode where Rachel gets them and Joey takes her to the hospital. Ross meets up with them, franticly wanting to know what is happening, and after he learns that she had Braxton Hicks, he shrugs it off and says, “Oh those are no big deal – most women don’t even feel them.” Rachel’s response…
Haha I love that show. Ok back to my point. I wasn’t in pain per say, but it was just very uncomfortable and very tight. My belly literally was hard as a rock, and it was worse if I was walking around. I felt I needed a shelf to rest my belly on or something to hold it up. If I laid down, it would ease up. I tried to relax quite a bit when I could, and fortunately, I woke up Saturday morning feeling a bit of relief from the tightening.
New this week: Robbie and I just went and purchased the car seat. It should arrive sometime in the next week or so. We had to order the one we wanted because the only colours they had in stock were pink and orange – no thanks.
I think the baby has slightly moved, too. It was already head down from my last appointment, but it’s back was to my right and it was facing my left. I think it’s back is to my front now, and it’s facing my spine, which is apparently the ideal position. Please stay that way baby! :) Bean is definitely moving differently now, probably because they’re running out of room. It’s pretty entertaining to watch and feel…most of the time. Sometimes the stretches feel like they’re doing a full body stretch, and I can feel it deep in my pelvis and in my ribs all at the same time.
Looking forward to: Getting the car seat all set up. A package from home arriving with some other little things for the baby. I have a breastfeeding class tomorrow, and I am looking forward to learning more at that. I also have to do my last bit of blood work tomorrow, have a follow-up physio appointment on Thursday and another midwife appointment in a week.
Miss anything? Not feeling like I have to go to the bathroom most minutes of most hours. Putting shoes or socks on without getting out of breath. Sleeping on my stomach.
Exercise: Lots of stretching and the exercises the physio gave me (pretty similar to Pilates). Walking here and there when the baby doesn’t feel like it’s going to burst out of my belly.
Books I’m Currently Reading: Same ones.