Baby's Size: 18.75 inches...the size of a crenshaw melon
Weight Gained: 30 pounds
Overall: I'm feeling ready. I still have a couple of day's until I'm full term (37 weeks), but I'm feeling ready for labor and birth.
Symptoms: Tons of cramping all throughout the day, in the lower half of my belly. My colostrum is also in and readily available for baby Zoe. My breasts are sore. I'm experiencing a heaviness in my low pelvis and pelvic floor region. I think I may have dropped judging by pictures and feel. That doesn't necessary mean anything though. I could still go for another few weeks.
Emotions: My emotions are still very up and down. I'm not so much crying over little things, as I am feeling overwhelmed in large groups of people.
Nesting: Like crazy. I have been nesting so much this week. Every night I seem to find something that needs to be cleaned right at that moment. I'm also extremely vigilant about keeping everything in order, just in case I go into labor.
Evening Primrose Oil: Per my midwifes suggestion, I've been using evening primrose oil to help prepare and nourish my cervix.
Red Raspberry Leaf Tea: I've also been drinking red raspberry leaf tea a couple times per day, to help tone and prepare my uterus for labor and birth.
Nettle Tea: Nettle tea can be advantageous in helping heal the uterus after the placenta detaches. It can also prepare your uterus for managing the loss of blood during labor and birth. I've been drinking it once per day.
Cravings: Still craving orange juice. Also peanut butter and nutella.
Aversions: The smell of cooked fish, cooked meat and eggs. Also the smell of dirty cloth diapers...which is weird because in the past 2 years I've never noticed a smell!
We've been cloth diapering Aria since she was 8 weeks old (with the exception of when we are out of the house).
But lately the smell of dirty diapers (cloth in particular) has been hard for me to stomach. Since we haven't been using cloth the past few weeks, we've been using the disposable Honest diapers, full time. While I don't love the idea of disposables full time, I do really love these diapers. We first tried them a year and a half ago as an option for when we are out of the house.
I do have to say, at this point in pregnancy, especially with my overly sensitive nose, the convenience factor is really nice. I do also love that they are all natural, no chemicals, eco friendly, made with sustainable materials and cruelty free.
Braxton Hicks: I'm getting tons of braxton hicks. Every time I walk the dog, get up and down off the floor, do the dishes (weird, I know).
Exercise: I'm moving slow. Moving quite slow. Lately my workouts have been yoga, pilates, strength training and walking. I'm still doing the plank challenge, which is definitely tough, but I'm loving it.
I'm really looking forward to rebuilding after this pregnancy and sharing my experience with you. I didn't share my experience last time but I feel like it's important to do. The postpartum period is very deep and can be challenging physically, mentally and emotionally, to some degree, for many mothers.
A big part of that challenge is understanding your new body. The body changes dramatically with pregnancy. It changes permanently. Not in a way that you can't get back into amazing shape or that you can't even get into better shape than you were in before getting pregnant.
Rather, the journey to reacquainting yourself with your body and rebuilding your strength, is essentially, building a new relationship. It's important to recognize this new relationship and find the best way (which may be a new way) for you to nourish and rebuild from the inside out.
I'm looking forward to that journey. Embracing the changes, and finding the new, stronger, more fierce, version of me!