39 Weeks Pregnant
How far along: Thirty-nine weeks. It’s the final countdooownnnn! One week until my due date, but as we all know, that’s more of a guess than anything else. Baby Bear could make an appearance at any time!
Baby’s size: WATERMELON?! First of all, I don’t even think most newborns could be compared to a watermelon, so I have a hard time believing this is accurate. That sounds more like the size of my belly, which is holding steady at 37 cm fundal height. Apparently there’s not much more room to grow!
Weight gain: I actually lost two pounds this week. I had read that could happen at the end and my midwife wasn’t too concerned, so whatev. Maybe that means Baby Bear is ready! Total weight gain to date: +43.
Sleep: This week, I had a bit of a scare when my belly/abdomen started hurting and getting hard at some point after 4:30am one morning. I kept trying to change position to get more comfortable, but it kept happening and going away (not at regular times or anything). I tried to relax and go back to sleep, but at 6am-ish I finally got up, drank some water, and walked around, which made it go away. That thoroughly freaked me out though! False labor is really not fun. Since then, I’ve had a few little clusters of contractions in the wee hours of the mornings, but nothing too bad.
Other than those chunks of missing sleep this week, I’ve been doing okay. I’m still super uncomfortable and my limbs have been falling asleep under my crushing weight, so I do a lot of tossing and turning and getting up to go to the bathroom, but you know…same old, same old. Continue reading
38 Weeks Pregnant
How far along: Thirty-eight weeks pregnant, aka nine and a half months. Two weeks until my due date!
Baby’s size: At this point, the fruit/vegetable comparison is a PUMPKIN. Baby Bear is most likely well over six pounds and 19 inches long, but they don’t get more specific than that because it depends on how big your bebe is.
Weight gain: Who knows. I feel like a whale.
Sleep: Still sooo sleepy. I basically can’t get enough sleep these days. I’m usually fine during the day, especially with some coffee, but dang I get tired. Continue reading
37 Weeks Pregnant
How far along: 37 weeks, which means Baby Bear is full term! Crazy news from my appointment on Monday: I’m already 80% effaced!
Baby’s size: You know, still packing on the baby weight/adorable chub. Approximately 6.5 lbs and 20 inches long, which could be as long as Baby Bear is when s/he is born. The belly is measuring right on track!
Weight gain: Seems to have slowed. Nobody is mentioning it at my appointments anymore, which I take to mean that I’m doing fine. I only got a glimpse at the scale, but I think I was +2 from two weeks ago.
Sleep: Well, I am enormous and incredibly uncomfortable, so sleep isn’t going super great. I toss and turn, snore, and get up for bathroom breaks nonstop. It’s not ideal. Continue reading
36 Weeks Pregnant
How far along: Thirty-six weeks, also known as nine months pregnant. Seems weird to say 9 months (because that’s how long a pregnancy is supposed to last, right?) but Baby Bear won’t technically be full term until next week and my due date isn’t until March 15. Four weeks to go, and I have officially crossed the line into “ready to not be pregnant anymore.” Over. It.
Baby’s size: Enormous. The fruit this week is a honeydew. A honeydew! That maybe weighs SIX POUNDS! Inside your body! Stretching your skin to unimaginable dimensions! Gaaaahhh! My belly is big enough that basically everyone stares at me and I have given up pretending that I don’t waddle everywhere.
Weight gain: So much. While I officially weigh more than my husband now, a neighbor expressed surprise that I was even pregnant (I assume because he thought I was so small) and asked, “Your doctors are okay with your weight and everything?” Wow. That really happened. Continue reading
35 Weeks Pregnant
How far along: I skipped a week because of some personal issues, but it was already edging into the next week anyway. Now I’m 35 weeks, one day. Five weeks left until my due date! I got my hair dyed closer to my natural color so I wouldn’t have to worry about maintaining it so much once the baby gets here.
Baby’s size: It felt like my bump didn’t get much bigger, but it’s clear from the pictures that it keeps growing! Baby Bear is the size of a coconut now. All of his/her organs are fully functional now and major developmental milestones have been hit, so now it’s just time to put on the pounds! Baby could be 20″ long and 5.5 lbs by now.
Weight gain: Only +2 lbs since my last visit to the doctor’s office, but that’s a total of +46. One of the good things about living in the south is that everyone has been pretty awesome about telling me I look fabulous instead of pointing out that I waddle like a penguin.
Sleep: I can sleep an incredible amount these days. I haven’t really been passing out cold like I used to, because it takes me a while to get comfortable and I toss and turn more throughout the night. Continue reading
33 Weeks Pregnant
How far along: 33 weeks. That seems like a really long time. What other part of your life do you count in weeks like this?
Baby’s size: Baby Bear is gaining about a half a pound a week and could have grown an inch since last week, which would make him/her maybe 4.5 lbs and 18″ long?
Weight gain: Enough!
Sleep: Still pretty much tired all the time. Naps are my friend, when I can take them.
Clothes: No change here. Just hoping my few outfits last the final weeks!
Cravings: Still find myself wanting BBQ more than I ever have before now that I’m pregnant, but I still don’t want it all the time. The rest of it is as usual: cookies and milk, ice cream, etc. Continue reading
32 Weeks Pregnant
How far along: 32 weeks, which is eight whole months of being pregnant. One of the biggest lies about pregnancy is that it lasts nine months, but they calculate your due date based on a 40 week timeline. For those of you playing along at home, that’s actually more like ten months, so I have two months to go.
Baby’s size: I have no idea why the pregnancy calendars are starting to vary more at this point, but let’s just say Baby Bear weighs about four pounds and is about 16-19″ long. Baby may be the size of a squash or whatever, but my belly is more the size of a basketball.
Weight gain: I saw a doctor in the practice this week instead of my normal midwife, and he never mentioned my weight, which I really appreciated. He just asked how I was feeling and if we had any questions, measured my belly (still right on track) and listened to the heartbeat (still in the 140s). I did see on the scale that I had gained quite a bit, though. I think I’m up to a total of +44? That is pretty crazy, but I still don’t feel like I’ve gained that much or gotten fat or anything. Continue reading