Week 34 Pregnancy Update

How far along? Currently 34 weeks!  According to the “What to Expect” app, the baby is the size of a pineapple and weighs around 4.9 lbs.  Two weeks ago I was told by my OBGYN that Baby Boy was 4.3 lbs, so I am guessing he’s more like 5.3lbs now!

Total weight gain:  Enough to cook a proper baby boy.

Bump Alert: FULL alert!

34 Weeks

Maternity clothes? Exclusively maternity!  I sleep in my husband’s t-shirts, but other than that, I cannot use anything from my former wardrobe except a white, zip-up hoodie and sports bras (which is very weird to think I thought they used to fit before pregnancy).

Stretch marks? Still moisturizing and still luckily stretch mark-free!

Sleep: This is not so good.  I’ve found myself tossing and turning a lot during the night because of soreness in my legs and rib area.  I have not purchased a pregnancy pillow, such as the Snoogle or Boppy, but have taken to place a regular one between my legs.  It helps, but I definitely am not getting a sound sleep.

Workouts: I reduced my daily steps goal to 10,000 steps instead of 15,000.  I still reach the higher number most days, but as long as I reach my goal, I am happy.  I’m also doing strength workouts, but they are still all body-weight based.

Best moment the week: I spent a wonderful Sunday afternoon with some new mommy friends.  It was great to get caught up and share our pregnancy experiences.  I had a lunch with this same group about a month ago, so our group was slightly smaller because some mommies now have newborns at home.

Food cravings: Normal eating patterns, but I have definitely joined the batch lunch making bandwagon.  I’ve always been a creature of habit when it came to my breakfasts and lunches, so it shouldn’t have taken me so long to start packing for all five days.  It makes the work week evenings so much less stressful.

I will say that I have increased my water, not just liquid, intake by about 30 ounces per day.  I cannot seem to get enough water.

Labour signs: No!

Symptoms: Dry skin, rib soreness, some shortness of breath, and now swollen feet at the end of the day.

Belly button in or out? Still an innie despite the belly growth.

Wedding rings on or off: On.

Baby Stuff: The school that my husband and I taught at together, and where I still work, is throwing us a couples baby shower in a few weeks.  The invitations went out and they’re absolutely adorable!  We have such great friends.  #Blessed

Happy or moody most of the time: Happy and tired

 

Mom Advice

Thank you for the advice, “What to Expect” website!  These tips have helped quite a bit!

HOW TO STOP FEET FROM SWELLING WHILE PREGNANT:

  • Avoid long periods of standing or sitting. If you’re on your feet a lot, take breaks and have a seat. If you’re sitting down a lot, take a five-minute stroll at least once an hour.
  • Kick up your feet. If possible, elevate your legs when you’re sitting. Who has a better excuse to put up her feet than a pregnant woman?
  • Sleep on your side. If you don’t already, try sleeping on your side (preferably your left) – it helps keep your kidneys humming along, which in turn helps waste elimination and reduces swelling.
  • Move it. Try to get some pregnancy-appropriate exercise, such as walking (which keeps the blood flowing instead of pooling) or swimming, if your practitioner OKs it (the water pressure pushes fluids from your tissues back into your veins, where it goes to your kidneys so you can pee it out).
  • Avoid tight elastic-top socks or stockings. Your goal is to let blood and fluids flow as freely as possible.
  • Wear comfy shoes. Especially while you’re out (those sexy slingbacks don’t fit now, anyway). Consider orthotic shoes or inserts as well, which can make your feet feel better and can reduce leg and back pain during pregnancy too. Once you get home, switch to a pair of soft slippers.
  • Try support hose. Opt for full pantyhose (with extra tummy room) or knee- or thigh-highs (a better choice if you’re perpetually warm) that aren’t tight on top. Whichever type of support hose you choose, put them on in the morning before the daily swelling starts so they can do their job more effectively.
  • Drink lots of water . It may seem counterintuitive to try to flush out fluids with fluids, but drinking eight to ten glasses of water a day will help rid your system of excess sodium and other waste products, minimizing swelling.
  • Don’t go crazy with the salt shaker. Limiting salt too much increases swelling – so don’t cut it out entirely. But like everything, it’s best to keep your intake in moderation and salt to taste.

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