Another two weeks have come and gone and with it comes lots of updates regarding Pumpkin and I.
Glucose test – First the bad news. I have developed gestational diabetes (GD). I feel somewhat embarrassed saying it aloud. I’ve had this preconceived notion that you develop GD if you are unhealthy, overweight, and/or inactive (because that is typically who is affected). I won’t go into detail about GD in this post (check back tomorrow), but suffice to say I’m bummed.
Running - I was hoping to have better news to share with you here. I went for a run on Saturday. The first mile was pain-free – I was so happy I was fighting back the tears. It felt SO good to be out running again, to be sweating again…but then the pain returned. It wasn’t excruciating – but it was a lot like the last time I had run (when I stupidly pushed through the pain and ended up not being able to walk for weeks), so I stopped. I continued to feel a bit of pain for 3-4 days afterwards. I’m at the point now where I’ve all but resigned myself to not running til after Pumpkin is born. I’m not really okay with it – but there’s not much I can do. BUT, the good news is that I went to the gym today and biked for 30 minutes – with NO pain! It was fantastic. I am still riding the endorphin high from the workout. So, my new plan is to get into crazy biking shape over the next ~5-6 weeks! Perfect for the IronMan I plan to do next summer!!
Belly - Nothing crazy to report – my belly continues to grow. Pumpkin is already head down and I’m feeling him/her more on my sides these days. I saw my youngest sister yesterday and her first comment to me was “Wow, you got so big!”. Thanks, Nicole! But, it’s true – I am starting to really expand on the sides now.
Movement - At my 32 week 4D sonogram I learned why I feel Pumpkin SO MUCH more than I did with my son. I currently have a posterior placenta (most common in pregnancy) which means that Pumpkin is in front of the uterus – it makes it much easier to feel each of Pumpkin’s movements. My son was an anterior placenta pregnancy which means that he was in the back of the uterus and placenta – which blocked a good amount of his movement.
Baby Update – More good news – everything is perfect with Pumpkin!! At the 33 week appointment, Pumpkin was measured to be 4 lbs 4 oz…which would put him/her around 8 lbs if I deliver at 40 weeks. My son was almost the same size (4 lb 6 oz) so it’s good to know that the GD is not affecting the baby’s weight.
Braxton-hicks - I’ve been getting the contractions pretty frequently (couple of times a week)…some occurrences are much stronger and last longer than others, but for the most part they aren’t too bad.
Emotions – I’m going to do a whole post on this topic next week, but the idea of us having a second baby has finally hit me…with this realization has come lots of frantic cleaning, organizing, setting up, etc. All the gender neutral NB and 0-3 mo clothes have been cleaned and folded, the changing table is stocked, and the necessary items are unpacked and in Pumpkin’s room (car seat, rocking chair, bathing supplies). I haven’t packed my hospital bag yet – probably going to do this when we get back from vacation next weekend!
When did you pack your hospital bag?
When did it finally hit you that you were having a baby??
Hope everyone has a Happy Hump Day!