It’s been SIX weeks since my last pregnancy update. Between a few mini-vacations with the family and being a bit mopey and pouty about my lack of running, I haven’t had the heart to do an update. BUT, my back pain is almost totally gone and I’ve come to terms with the prospect of having to wait until post delivery to run again, so my mind and heart are in a better place.
Today marks the start of my 33rd week. Part of me still hasn’t fully accepted the fact that I could be holding a newborn in just 5-6 few weeks (I was a week early with my son).
Running – Not much to update here as I haven’t gone on a single run since July 9th. I have a chiropractor appointment today and am hopeful that we will be able to begin discussing a tentative timeline to return to running. The last few days have been glorious – almost no back pain and I’m finally walking without a silly limp. The hardest thing has been trying to stay positive and prevent the I feel crappy feeling from the lack of any sort of exercise (other than easy walking). Running GIVES me energy and makes me happy (as I’ve discussed in previous posts) so I’ve been trying my hardest to not let my lack of running get me down the last few weeks.
Belly - For a few weeks it seemed my belly was getting huge and I felt enormous. But the last few weeks have been the total opposite – I actually feel that I’ve like I’ve stayed almost the same size. Pumpkin is measuring right on track for 32-33 weeks – I will have a better idea of his/her weight next week (I have my 3rd trimester ultrasound).
Movement - Pumpkin has maintained the non-stop movement that I discussed in the Week 27 update. He/She is moving SO much more than my son ever did – I feel him/her constantly throughout the day – even when I am walking or moving about (I only ever felt my son at night or when I was totally still). The kicking has also gotten exponentially more intense – there have been a few occasions where it actually hurt!
Appetite / Weight Gain / Cravings - I’ve gained just under 20 pounds so far which is almost identical to my first pregnancy. I have realized that I need to keep an eye on how much food I am eating during the day. Lately, I haven’t had the biggest appetite (I think space is getting tight in there!) at meal time and I’m finding that I’m preoccupied with my son to think about food as often as I probably should be. There were several days last week where I probably hadn’t eaten enough during the day – and didn’t realize it until it was bedtime. So I’m trying to eat more frequently throughout the day (every hour or so), even if it is just a handle of grapes or an apple, to ensure that I am getting the calories that both pumpkin and I need.
Energy – I have been forcing myself to nap with my son (we snuggle in bed – it’s a win-win!) so I have more energy in the afternoons and later in the evening. I also try to put my legs up at least once in late afternoon. I have found that even 15-20 min of having my feet elevated makes a world of a difference.
Other updates - Unfortunately, I had to go for the 3-hour glucose test yesterday because I failed the preliminary 1-hour screening test a few weeks ago. I didn’t fast for the 1-hour test (was given conflicting guidance), am fairly sure I had eaten an entire chocolate bar only shortly before the appointment, and did not have gestational diabetes with my son – so I’m cautiously optimistic that I will pass the 3-hour test. Fingers are crossed!!!
Hope you all are having a great HUMP day!!