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29 Weeks Pregnant Update
Baby is a: Butternut Squash
Weight gained: 3 lbs
Total Weight gained: 35 lbs
29 Weeks Pregnant Symptoms: Leg cramping! It is the worst. Sometimes when I try to stretch my foot or leg, my muscle gets “stuck” and it is so painful. I guess the correct term here is a charley horse. I really hope they stop soon.
Cravings: SUGAR. I want frozen yogurt, ice cream, cookies, muffins, or cake. They all sound fantastic. However, they wouldn’t help me out much so instead I am trying to eat more protein. Craving sugar during pregnancy can be a sign that you need more protein. Eating protein can also help you fall asleep.
Aversions: No aversions.
Sleep: I am able to sleep well during the night but can’t sleep in even if I am tired. Now that the academic semester is over (for new readers I teach at a university), I am going to start using my mornings to be productive around the house, so I can focus on baby’s arrival. Nesting is seriously so important! After having one baby, I see that you have this crazy urge to nest because it can make those first few months with baby so dramatically different.
Excited for: Mother’s Day! While, my little one is only 22 months and doesn’t understand any holiday, I love the fact that it is a family focused holiday. We plan on just spending the day as a family.
Missing: The baby bump is large enough now that I seem to run into it. I am missing being able to move freely. I also know, it takes time for the belly bump to disappear completely once baby arrives. I need to start on my freezer meals, so I have a good stash of healthy options once baby arrives. Seriously the best nesting activity ever because it was such a time saver and it helped me get my body back.
Movement: I am getting kicked in the ribs which can only mean one thing! Baby is finally head down. She could still turn again but I think it is a good sign. I confirmed this hunch at my appointment this week.
Dr. Update: I had a very busy appointment. I did the glucose test for gestational diabetes, which resulted in me lying on the floor with an ice pack on my head. Without that ice pack, I would have puked. I then had my appointment with the midwife, which was uneventful.
I then had a full CBC done. The results were that all is good. My iron is slightly low but still in the normal range. I also got my Rh shot since I am Rh negative, but baby could be Rh positive. If baby is Rh positive, I will have to get another shot after birth.
Now that I am in the third trimester, my appointments are every two weeks. Our next appointment is right before we fly to Oregon to see family for a week. I plan on asking about that next time.
Stretch Marks: No
Maternity Clothing: I am still wearing all maternity clothing but am starting to assess what I have for post-partum. Last time, I really missed the boat on this one. I had maternity clothing that was too big and my before pregnancy clothing, which was too small. I also had a newborn and no time to shop. Luckily, I found Stitch Fix, which sends you options to your door. I asked the stylist for post-partum wear that was easy to nurse in and loved it! It does have an upfront fee of $25 but you can use that fee towards your purchase. I have been using Stitch Fix for a while and always find at least one or two of the 5-6 items they send to be a keeper.
Labor Signs: No
Wedding Rings On: No. They are off for good until post-partum.
Belly Button In or Out: OUT!
How I’m Preparing: Since it’s the beginning of the third trimester, I have started to think about birth. I could have prepared better the first time. I really should have taken a birth class the first time around. I knew what types of pain management techniques I wanted to use but I didn’t know how to apply them, how my partner could help or how to switch around to different methods when one wasn’t working. Alli took a few birth classes before having N and writes about how to build a birth toolbox, which I am starting to build this time.
Best Moment of the Week: On any normal NOT pregnant week, this would never be my best moment. However, I am pregnant. I finally ordered the fabric to make baby #2 a quilt. I made one for L and really wanted to do the same for baby #2. I am going to use the same fabrics because I absolutely love owls. This also allows me to re-use a lot of decorations from L’s nursery.
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Dr. Trina Fitzpatrick is a wife, mom, blogger, and a breastfeeding advocate. She is the co-author of the Week-by-Week Bump Smart Course, the Nesting Planner and the Breastfeeding Handbook. She attributes her success at breastfeeding her own children into toddlerhood with working with lactation consultants in the hospital in the early stages and on a weekly basis afterwards. By writing at MomSmartNotHard, she educates mamas-to-be on all things pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding. Read more about Trina.