Today I’m officially 36 weeks, and just like that we are one month away from our due date! This means that there is a very good chance that this will also be my last pregnancy update. It feels like a lot has changed since my last update six weeks ago and I’m really starting to feel the effects of being nine months pregnant.
How Far Along: 36 weeks
Due Date: Early December
How I’m Feeling: After feeling really great the majority of my pregnancy, I’m starting to get more and more uncomfortable. Most days I have pretty intense pelvic pain that can make it difficult to walk around. I’ve officially become a waddling pregnant lady! I also had a couple really long weeks at work, which left me incredibly tired. For two days straight a couple weeks ago I was so tired I felt hungover, without of course getting to partake any of the fun the night before!
What I’m Craving: No cravings, just trying to eat as healthy as possible. I haven’t been as good about meal prep these past few weeks so we’ve had more takeout than I’d like to admit. I’m trying to get back on track this week though.
Symptoms: Phew, where to begin? Not to complain, because I’m so thankful to be able to be pregnant, but being pregnant is no joke! I’m still experiencing heartburn every so often, but it’s still not too bad. Last week my fingers and feet started swelling. I can no longer wear my rings and it’s difficult to get a lot of my shoes on. As mentioned above, I also have pelvic pain most days and more recently started having trouble breathing when I’m sitting down. We actually ended up at the hospital after my last appointment for an EKG and CT scan to make sure everything was ok, and thankfully it was! The baby is just taking up a lot of space, making it difficult for me to breathe. Every couple nights or so I’ll wake in the middle of the night and have trouble falling back to sleep. I’m usually up for an hour or so before finally getting back to sleep again.
Exercise: Given all the symptoms, exercise is getting more challenging. If I’m being completely honest, I also just haven’t really motivated these past couple weeks. I stopped running about a month ago, and I have not been great about getting to Bar these past two weeks. I’m committing myself to taking three classes this week, though. I always feel better when I leave class and the stretching is good for me.
What I’m Wearing: Lots of leggings! I joke that I have about 5 shirts that fit me, but to be completely honest it’s not far from the truth. I really like wearing these long-sleeved tees with leggings and loose cardigans. I also love this chemise to sleep in, that is nursing-friendly. I’m really looking forward to fitting into more of my clothes (hopefully sooner, rather than later) and being able to go shopping for normal clothes again!
Highlights From The Past Month: Our baby shower in mid-October was so special. I loved having all our friends and family together to celebrate our little girl. We’ve also made huge progress on the nursery, mostly thanks to my parents, sister and her fiancee. We have all the necessities (crib, changing table, a closet full of tiny little clothes), so now it’s mostly just decorating and organizing. I love the way it’s coming together and find myself walking into the room to take a look every so often.
Looking Forward Too: Meeting our little girl! It’s crazy to think that she really could come at any point now. Even though I know we’ll never be truly “ready” I’m feeling so much more prepared. This was not the case even just a week or two ago! I have started packing my hospital bag and I have a couple things packed for baby, though I know most everything she’ll need the hospital will have. I’m trying not to think too much about labor and delivery because I know I’ll just freak myself out. I am getting nervous about the type of pain I’ll be in after. (Btw, if you have any postpartum recovery tips I’d love for you to share!)