28 Weeks

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Third Trimester Ya'll!!!

Here is the 28 week post from my pregnancy with Aria. Some things are the same...but so many things are very different! Namely, my size! I was looking back at my third trimester posts and at 32 weeks with Aria I was the size I am now. Yikes.

Baby Size: 14.8in, the size of a Chinese cabbage.

Weight Gained: 20 pounds total. I know! I am also currently swollen and retaining water (awesome) so my midwife said that could have a lot to do with the 5 pound weight gain from my last appointment. Let's hope so. I still have 12 weeks to go.

Overall: If I'm being honest...overall I feel like shit most of the time, lately. This pregnancy is giving me a run for my money. With Aria I felt strong and capable. This time around there are a lot of different things happening and I'm struggling with accepting and managing them.

Symptoms: Incredibly intense pelvic pain. I'm also getting a lot of heartburn. I expected that though because I had a lot with Aria...and if Zoe has anywhere near as much hair...that would explain it.
The retaining water swelling is new and kind of a bummer.

Cravings: Coconut Water, peanut butter, tahini.

Aversions: Again, meat, eggs and dairy. A few days into getting my appetite back for animal protein, it took a huge turn downward. I can't even think of it without feeling nauseous. And I'm okay with that right now. I've had a lot of practice as a vegetarian and vegan in my life, that I feel confident I'm nourishing myself and baby properly. I've also bumped my prenatal supplement routine back up to fill in any holes (ie. iron, calcium, EPA and DHA, B Complex).

Sleep: My sleep is not great right now. I wake up every 2 hours to use the bathroom and Aria comes into our room once a night, most nights. I miss sleep.

Funny Reality: When PJ and I were engaged, we would talk casually about having kids and what our kids would be like. We just knew we would have 2 boys. We even named them at that time, Weston and Heath.

Now we are preparing for our second girl and we are so very excited. It's just funny how life gives you exactly what you are meant to have.

I love when we talk about Zoe. It already feels like she's here as a part of our family. I can't wait to meet her and introduce her to Aria. I love that Aria and Zoe will have each other. My sister and I are so very close and I feel so happy that they will have the opportunity to experience that as well.

Belly button: It's almost out!!!

Exercise: My exercise right now is centered around prenatal yoga. The short of it is my pelvis is in bad shape. There is a lot of damage from a previous injury, and the pregnancy hormones along with the distribution of weight right in my midsection during this pregnancy, has really brought me to my knees (figuratively and literally).

I'm getting adjusted (chiropractor) almost daily, because it cannot hold in place. I have bone on bone pain constantly, in addition to the nerve damage and irritation.
Back when I first started seeing my chiropractor, this was the type of stuff I was experiencing. I had made an incredible amount of progress prior to this pregnancy and was feeling great. Then the stress of this pregnancy on my body has put me all the way back at square one.
I've been thinking a lot about it and I also think after my last pregnancy I may have overlooked the need to properly strengthen my core and pelvic floor properly because I was so eager to just get running again.
I didn't know as much as I do now.

The pain from this injury has been so intense some days, that walking is a challenge.

Just this past week some of the adjustments are starting to hold, which is making me hopeful and is a step in the right direction. Unfortunately running again during this pregnancy is not going to be an option. Everything else has to be taken day by day.

I'm having a really hard time with this for a lot of reasons. There have been a lot of tears the past few weeks....emotional and physical. As an athlete who get's a lot of my confidence and self worth even, from physical accomplishments, this is a huge dry pill to swallow. I feel weak and useless. I am having a hard time trusting my once strong body. And I don't even recognize who this person is right now.

I've always prided myself on taking care of my body through nutrition and exercise...and one some level I feel like it's failing me right now.

These crazy pregnancy hormones don't help me to processes this in a normal healthy manner either! Luckily I have a great support system.

So yes...prenatal yoga. I found some good video's on YouTube as well as the Eckhart Yoga website. I'd like to start attending some classes...but ain't nobody got time for that right now. {Read: toddler}.

And although it's very different from running, I'm really enjoying it more than I ever have in the past. It's enabling me to get in touch with my body and my muscles on a much deeper level than I have in a long time. I can feel certain muscles start to activate. And I'm starting to appreciate the movements of my body.

I'm also starting to wonder if it's a coincidence that I started doing yoga this week and my adjustments are starting to hold.

Baby Preparations: Things are coming along sloowwwly. Zoe's walls have been prepped and are ready to be painted. We also have to paint the ceiling. Hopefully the next two weekends we can knock both of those out. That's what's on the master list anyways...

I'm starting to gather some other essentials, like burp cloths and cloth wipes. Aria had some crazy reflux, so all of her burp clothes were pretty worn out by the time she didn't need them anymore. I just threw them away.

There's an Etsy shop Marley's Monsters that we LOVE for a lot of our cloth stuff needs. We purchased our cloth napkins from there a little over a year ago and they are awesome! We also have cloth wipes for Aria that we purchased from there as well, which are still in really great shape.

Here is what were ordering this time around:

Well, I'm off to enjoy some much needed quiet time, while Aria naps off her gymnastics class. Or as she calls it "nasty sticks".

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