Not much more actually. The last time I went to the doctor (which was last Wednesday) I had only gained .5 pound in the two weeks that had past from the previous appointment. I was pretty surprised to hear this, considering I feel like my diet has been anything BUT great. I have been pretty nauseous on/off these past few weeks so my food choices have been pretty poor as a result. Thankfully, my doctor said that since my belly is pretty squished to accommodate baby girl, this isn’t unusual. However, I also read that one sign of impending labor was slowing/stopping of weight gain. I am not going to get my hopes up (since I will just end up jinxing myself) but once I hit 37 weeks, I will gladly accept the arrival of my baby girl at any time.
Like I mentioned, I have been dealing with nausea on and off the past couple of weeks. As a result, my food choices have been pretty poor. However, since I can’t really eat much in one sitting, I have been snacking on a lot of calorie dense things (like chocolate and dried fruit) and then topping that all off with carbs, carbs and more carbs. Like I said, I have completely taken a 180 turn from how I used to eat. Veggies and meat sounds pretty repulsive and really the only way I can stomach it is by slathering it in marinara or cheese. Oh well! I am hoping that once my girl is here things will get back to normal. Until then, I’m not going to worry about it and just focus on keeping myself fed.
Well like everything else lately, this too has been off as well. I have officially hit that stage in pregnancy where I just feel large and in charge. In turn, movements have become more difficult to maneuver and just uncomfortable. Additionally, just a few days ago when taking a step out to the side, I felt a terrible pain and ended up straining the adductor muscles (muscles that squeeze your thighs together) in my pelvic region. Unfortunately, this isn’t that unusual and can happen pretty easily during pregnancy, especially in the third trimester. This is because during this time, your hormones are at all time peak to help loosen everything up to prepare for labor.
So as a result, workouts are pretty spotty as of recent. At this point, I have just made a deal with myself to keep moving and not worry about the rest. I take the dogs on walks almost daily and when not doing that, I have been aiming to do full body 30 minute circuits (check out my instagram for my most recent workouts) using very light weight or only bodyweight. I’ll admit this is a bit of challenge since my whole pregnancy I have felt pretty great and personally tend to be someone who doesn’t like to stop moving. As I’ve said before, pregnancy has taught me a lot. Taking care of myself and listening to my body just so happens to be the biggest lesson I’ve learned, so its time to start applying that now and just keep myself healthy for my growing baby.
Aside from the pelvic strain I recently experienced and the stupid nausea, the only other thing I can really think of is just the constant pressure in the nether regions and need to pee AT ALL TIMES. I now understand why pregnant women will waddle at the end. It literally feels like a bowling ball is about to fall out of your butt!
My little girl is growing like a weed and at this point should be gaining about a ounce or so every day until she arrives. At this point, she is pretty much done cooking internally and is now just enjoying the ride and getting fat. I will hopefully get an estimate as to how big she is looking at my 36 week appointment but according to my app, she should be over 5lbs. Fingers crossed she is not too big, considering my husband was nearly 10 pounds and came about 2 weeks early (YIKES!)
Only two more weeks until I start my maternity leave, which I will admit is a bit nerve wracking. I love what I do and I really am loving the gym I’m working at, so leaving for a bit is unsettling to me. I know I’ll be back in a few months but it will be weird, especially when trying to figure a new schedule that will allow for me to care for my little girl without any need for child care. That is the goal for my husband. We want to raise our little one ourselves and you can bet your butt I will do whatever it takes to make sure that works out.