I can’t believe we made it to 35 weeks already! It seems like just a couple days ago that we were at the hospital in preterm labor. Our little bean is growing and getting big! My bed rest update is down below – don’t forget to follow along our journey on Instagram for daily updates, tips, & more!
-Size of baby-
Baby Girl is about the size of a honeydew melon this week! That’s roughly 18 inches long and up to 5 1/4 lbs.
Well I’m not exactly happy with how much weight I gained this week. But given that I’m on bed rest, I guess it’s realy not too bad. I weighed in at 143.8 lbs which is about 4 lbs more than the last weigh in. I’ve actually been totally giving in to my sweet tooth this last week or so, so I can’t say I’m totally surprised by that number. Since I’m still within a good weight range though, I’m just going to focus on snacking better until baby comes. Time to get back to basics with some of these Pregnancy Superfoods. I actually made an avocado & crab salad for lunch today – it’s so delicious my picky 7-year-old even loved it!
What I’m Wearing
Comfort is so important right now with everything else going on. If you’ve ready any of my other updates, you know that I have lots of favorite items. This post »here has my list of favorites for bed rest. It’s super beneficial to feel good about yourself – especially during pregnancy. And just as a general pregnancy tip – I pretty much live in this maternity line from Ingrid & Isabel.
Essentials This Week
Bed rest definitely gets boring – and I think I may be going a little stir crazy after being cooped up in the house for the last 3 weeks. I’m still using my essentials from last week but I telling you – Parenthood has saved my sanity. I’m on season 2 now and am hooked! There are a few shows on Amazon Prime that I’ve had my eye on. Yup! If you didn’t know, there are tons of movies and shows that are included in the Prime subscription. We just canceled our cable, but between this, Netflix, and HBO I don’t think we’ll miss it at all.
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My bladder is still taking quite the beating from an insanely low baby, but we’re working through it. Baby has also decided that she like to kick and push on one of my ribs over and over again. Just one though – the other are safe.
Also. Who here has experienced “lightning crotch”??? Yeah – I don’t remember having this with my first pregnancy, but holy smokes! It literally feels like someone is taking a taser to me down there. AND it happens several times throughout the day – momma needs a break! The good and bad news with this? It means baby is getting close to delivery date, but it could still be a couple weeks before baby arrives.
All The Joy
I’m overjoyed that we made it to 35 weeks with no delivery! I love that baby’s kicks are getting stronger and how often she wiggles and pushes in there. That means we have a happy healthy little girl. Our oldest has also been able to feel and see them more, so she’s getting excited too! Check out how we’ve been preparing her for a new baby on this post.
Bed Rest Update
The last 3 weeks have definitely put us through a whirlwind of emotions. If you haven’t been following our story, we went into preterm labor at 32 weeks (you can read about that here). For whatever reason the doctors and nurses were able to stop the labor and we’ve been keeping it under control at home ever since. Now that we’ve hit 35 weeks, we’re getting so close to leaving the “preterm” stage. Since 37 weeks is considered “term,” that’s our goal. Our midwife actually said as of 36 1/2 weeks, we can stop taking the prescribed medication to stop contractions.
Babies and labor can be so unpredictable though. We were told that sometimes in a situation like ours, if you make it to 37 weeks, the baby will just stay in there until the full 40. As much as I want Sophie to have all the time she needs for development, I really hope she’s ready to come out before then. The constant worrying and discomfort I’ve been in is not something I want to endure for that much longer. BUT it will all be worth it when she comes and I get to kiss all those fingers, toes, and chubby cheeks.
In The Works
I’ve had lots of free time these last couple weeks to get some reading done. One of the books I read is called Girl Code. It’s an awesome mommypreneur book that’s great for uplifting, inspiring, and motivating! Honestly, I feel that all moms could benefit from reading it. Whenever I’m feeling in kind of a mood funk, or just needing a little encouragement, I flip to a random chapter and read a bit. This post I made about it will give you a little more insight.
Stay tuned later this week for a post about my favorite maternity fashion picks.
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