29-week update

How far along: 29 weeks

Meds: all taken daily – prenatal vitamins, vitamin D, DHA, probiotic, Levothyroxine 100 mcg

Gestational diabetes: Sugars have been nice and stable the times I check – I’m currently just checking a first-morning fasting every other day, then 1 hour after either breakfast, lunch, or dinner on the other days, so it’s possible I could be missing some highs. But I will believe in my diet and willpower! I made this delicious lentil vegetable soup with bacon Sunday night, and that made it easier to have something ready to go when I came home for dinner. We’re expecting our first delivery of Hello Fresh today (if you’re interested, you can use my referral code 6KPDSS to receive $40 off your first delivery), since I didn’t like the options for Gobble this week (and Gobble only delivers to CA and NV at this time).

Baby is the size of: a butternut squash

Belly pictures: We’re experiencing a heat wave! Which makes me happy to finally wear my warm-weather maternity clothes 🙂 Another lovely find from Target.

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Total weight gain: Crazily enough, no change from last week, so still almost 16 pounds up from pre-fertility weight. She’s definitely growing based on the increased strength of kicks I’m feeling. I think I gained too quickly prior to the GD diagnosis, and I’m now evening out more to where I should be (my mom gained just over 20 pounds with me and my sister).

Stretch marks: Still nothing, and very thankful!

Sleep: Had my first bad night’s sleep in a long time last night, getting up 4 times to pee. I think I’m going to have to give up my occasional green milk tea as bedtime snack :/ The caffeine seems to affect me more now. Will need to find myself a nice vanilla rooibos to drink instead.

Symptoms/Feeling: Hips still hurt occasionally, but I continue to exercise a lot, and I think this has a lot to do with how I feel and look. People keep marveling that I have no swelling whatsoever. I think every woman is different with every pregnancy, but I’m sure the GD diet contributes to me feeling this great!

Best moment of this week: Enjoyed a gorgeous Saturday morning stand-up paddling, then in the afternoon I PR’d my one-rep max barbell deadlift at 180 lbs, completely smashing my prior record! I probably could have gone up another 10 lbs, but both hubby and I agreed my form broke a bit at 180, and I’m not willing to push myself to injury. But I do feel like 200 lbs is a distinct possibility in the next month or so. Crazy!

Miss anything: As always – time. We originally planned our big Ikea trip for this weekend, but looking ahead, hubby and I don’t really have the time for crib and shelf assembly for a while, so why bother adding more craziness to the clutter? Going to wait another month or so.

Movement: Definitely stronger movements in there, I just hope that includes turning herself around from breech! I’m starting to look into Spinning Babies a bit in the hopes that it helps, though my next visit/ultrasound won’t be for another 5 weeks.

Food cravings: I indulged in a piece of zucchini bread for my morning snack, hopefully that holds me over on sweets for a while. I’m hoping to find time to make these chocolate peanut butter energy bites soon, using stevia as a sweetener.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Getting a bit of heartburn in the evenings, but no nausea at least!

Labor signs: Just the rare Braxton-Hicks.

Belly button in or out:  It’s definitely still an innie, but it looks like it has a hood now, lol.

Wedding rings on or off: Still on and loose. We’ll see how long this lasts as it continues to heat up!

Happy or moody most of the time: Happy with a little bit of time-crunch anxiety mixed in. There’s a lot that needs to be done in the next few months, including for my job and keeping up with certifications and license renewals. Not to mention taxes and drawing up a will!

Purchases/preparations for baby: We finally sat down together Sunday to view the online Lamaze class. While it was helpful in suggestions for different positions, I’m glad we didn’t fork over more money for a full childbirth prep class. My husband already found it too “granola”, with its constant admonitions about making sure your OB wasn’t pushing you towards more unnecessary procedures. I had to laugh, knowing that classes on Bradley method and Hypnobirthing are much more into natural birth than Lamaze! My current plan is to try laboring naturally, but knowing that I will request an epidural when I can’t take it anymore. Of course, this is all only if baby girl will turn in the next several weeks!

I also took a great breastfeeding preparation class last night. In my profession, I’ve encountered many lactation counselors, many of whom I consider to be breastfeeding Nazi’s. Like the baby will have lost 13% of their birth weight and need to be admitted for jaundice and dehydration, and they still tell the mom that they don’t need to supplement like what the doctors are recommending! Seriously… So it was a pleasant surprise to meet one who is much more even-keel, and all about making sure that both mom and baby are healthy and supported, no matter how much breastmilk and/or formula baby receives. I definitely picked up some good tips that I can use not only for myself, but in my practice as well! After talking with her, I finally forked over money for a little-known breast pump that’s been getting more press lately. I was lucky enough to find somebody on Amazon that was selling it brand new after she won it in a raffle at a nursing conference! I really do feel like my biggest hurdle in the first year of life will be trying to pump after I return to work, so I decided the extra money was worth spending to try and reach my goal.

Looking forward to: Sunday will be lovely – SUP yoga in the morning, followed by brunch with good girlfriends, and then a massage 🙂

28-week update

How far along: 28 weeks – holy crap, less than 3 months to go!

Meds: all taken daily – prenatal vitamins, vitamin D, DHA, probiotic, Levothyroxine 100 mcg

Gestational diabetes: Had a high blood sugar after unwittingly over-eating at a restaurant, but otherwise my numbers have been nice and on target. And I still get to indulge in a small scoop of ice cream before bed, or sometimes a milk tea. Hurray!

Baby is the size of: an iceberg lettuce

Belly pictures:

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Total weight gain: Down 1.2 pounds from last week, and almost 16 pounds up from pre-fertility weight. Bump and baby seem to be growing fine, but think I need to carefully increase my calories on my more active days.

Stretch marks: Nothing that I can see, and my massage therapist confirmed I have nothing on my back. Hoping I’m lucky and it stays this way!

Sleep: Strangely lately I’ve been feeling fine after only 6 hours of sleep. May need to experiment with sleeping upright in the glider, to see if I can stay asleep for longer. At least I don’t feel tired during the day.

Symptoms/Feeling: Still feeling good overall, I feel very lucky so far! The sore hips are annoying, but I can live with them, and have figured out how to position myself better when I sleep to minimize the ache. In fact, I’ve been feeling so good, that when weightlifting this past weekend, I actually came very close to my previous PR on deadlifts! So my goal this weekend is to set a new PR, and capture it on video 🙂 I was sore as heck the following few days, but recovered fine despite not being able to take Ibuprofen or use Salonpas.

Best moment of this week: Always great to see baby girl on ultrasound with hubby at our appointment this morning. As usual, she was kicking and moving a ton in response to the probe. You could see her actually holding the umbilical cord while covering her face with her hands – yeah, pretty glad I decided not to get a 3D ultrasound, she is just not that cooperative in there!

Miss anything: Indulging in chocolate throughout the day. And if only time could stand still just long enough for me to get some serious de-cluttering and nesting done around here.

Movement: Crazy active in there, and I have to admit, I’m not doing formal kick counts because she kicks and moves so much throughout the day, I figure I should be fine.

Food cravings: I’ve consumed 4 eggs today. Normally I eat half of this healthy pancake recipe for a snack (bananas have a lot of sugar), but since I was home this morning, I indulged in the full recipe for lunch. Yummy!

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Easy flour-less protein-packed pancakes: Blend 2 eggs, 1 banana, 1 Tbsp natural no-sugar-added peanut butter, 1/2 tsp baking powder, and pinch of salt (I use a Vitamix, a food processor should work fine). Pour silver dollars onto a greased skillet/griddle on low heat. Add pinch of chia seeds prior to flipping and finish cooking.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope, and very thankful!

Labor signs: Just the rare Braxton-Hicks.

Belly button in or out:  It’s smaller, but still an innie.

Wedding rings on or off: Still on and loose.

Happy or moody most of the time: Happy for sure – staying active definitely helps me feel good!

Purchases for baby: Picked up the glider! More gifts have been arriving on our doorstep – thus the serious need for de-cluttering, especially with the first of 3 baby showers taking place in just over 2 weeks!

Looking forward to: Stand-up paddling this Saturday – SUP yoga starts up again Sunday but I have to work. Will definitely be taking class the following weekend if this weather holds! We also have a breastfeeding class next Wednesday. I feel like hubby probably doesn’t need to attend, but at the same time, I expect breastfeeding to be the toughest part of the first few months, and any extra support I can get from him would be great.