It’s funny, there are a lot of similarities to my first pregnancy. I weighed exactly the same and without reading my last pregnancy’s post from 37 weeks, I wrote the exact same thing about getting up from the couch. First pregnancy post. I also started with prenatal acupuncture on wednesday.
How far along: 37 weeks 4 days How much do I weigh: 60,5 kg (+ 10,8 kg) Baby size: Around 3kg maybe? Baby’s head is tight in my pelvis, cervix is closed (one fingertip fits) and the neck of the uterus is quite short (1-2cm?), even had one contraction while I was at the Gyn. Belly size: The circumference (2cm under the belly button) is 103 cm and from top to bottom it’s 42 cm
Belly button in or out: even/out Sleep: Soso, sometimes I wake up at 3am and cannot go back to sleep, sometimes I wake up, go to the bathroom and fall asleep right away Food (non) cravings: nothing really, I think my uterus is way on the top so not that much fits at the moment. I do need some sweets in the evenings though Symptoms: Out of breath fast, not able to eat so much, big belly is getting uncomfortable, Baby has a lot of hiccups Maternity clothes: Now my pants are getting too tight. I guess I need to wear leggings only soon (hope it gets warmer, it’s snowing here again) Stretch marks: None yet Linea negra: above the belly button Miss anything: being able to get up from the couch like a 30-year old :), I miss being able to eat whatever I want, let’s hope this baby is not that sensitive to what I eat while breastfeeding Looking forward to: the registration at hospital #2 Best happenings this week: going out with my girls at night for dinner, spending a lovely night at a hotel in Munich with my mom, going out to eat and going shopping the next day. My first night away from my “baby”-boy, I woke up four times that night but went to sleep right away and just enjoyed two days with my mom Movement: Lots, mainly the baby is quite active three times a day and as much I really like that baby is moving so much and that all seems fine it really is uncomfortable Gender: Boy? Girl? Happy or moody most of the time: I’m not moody, I’m just really looking forward to meeting our baby Sports: Still lifting weights twice a week. Next week will be my last week, from April 1st on I’ll pause at the gym. No backache – yay!
How far along: 31 weeks, 1 day How much do I weigh: 57,7 kg (+8 kg) Baby size: around 1,8 kg, OBGYN said it’ll be around 3,5+ kg at birth, the boyfriend’s genes are coming through Belly size: Very big, very low, very round. The circumference (2cm under the belly button) is 99 cm and from top to bottom it’s 40 cm Belly button in or out: in/even/out Sleep: Not good. I wake up at around 3 or 4 am and cannot fall asleep anymore until around 2 hours later Food (non) cravings: Nothing special, seeing the baby is rather big I should cut down the fast sugar Symptoms: cannot sleep, big belly is in the way, braxton hicks Maternity clothes: everything always Stretch marks: none yet, found two tiny spider veins on my left side of the belly Linea negra: still not Miss anything: goodies Looking forward to: having time for myself Best happenings this week: OBGYN appointment today.
CTG: all fine, heartbeat around 135 and 150, most of the times around 145
My Blood Pressure: 100 / 60
Baby’s weight: around 1,8 kg (3 pounds 15 ounces)
Amniotic fluid: all good, not too much, not too less
Baby’s position / Fundal height: Back is on my right side
Baby’s head: down
Movement: very active, hurts at times, lots of hiccups Gender: sometimes I think it’ll be a girl, sometimes I think it’ll be a boy. This pregnancy is quite different than the first which makes me think GIRL. Then I think well it’s the second pregnancy, of course all is different – BOY. Happy or moody most of the time: Happy Sports: Gym twice a week
How much do I weigh: 50,5 kg – stays pretty much the same How much does Quinn weigh: around 8 kg Belly size: Still eating too many sweets… I can’t stop either. My excuse is all the rough nights of not very much sleep 🙂 Wow, it really seems like my belly doesn’t change at all. I have eight weeks strength-endurance behind me and am building muscle now for the next ten weeks. Let’s see if my belly changes in 8-12 weeks…
Sleep: Not that good. He used to come at 21:30, then 0:00 continuing about every two hours. I skipped one breastfeeding meal and he came every three hours the last week. Since about three nights he switches, once he comes after two hours, I feed him, then he sleeps three hours. Currently he’s in a phase where he’s wide awake in the middle of the night and it takes me 15-30 minutes to get him back to sleep. Today he woke up at 4:30 and we got up at 5:30 *sigh*. Symptoms: Still have the yeast infection after every period since giving birth due to a lack of vaginal flora and about a week ago I made a 6-day therapy with uvulas. Maternity clothes: Not anymore. Miss anything: Still sleep at times (Best) happenings:
Quinn makes peek-a-boo
I still breastfeed during the night
He eats with us while sitting in his highchair
He is sleeping in his own bed in his own room
Falling asleep works very well, I sing “you are my sunshine” and “I only want to be with you” while he’s in my arms, put him down after and he either plays a bit with his sheet or binky or is sleeping already
He started saying Mamamamama, sometimes only Mama
Once, in his lifetime of 10 months on this planet, he fell asleep on his belly
They say a pregnancy goes 9 months and it takes 9 months for the body to get back to normal. My belly is still there and I’m pretty sure it will take a couple of months at least to have a flatter belly.
I started working out again at 8 months after my pregnancy so I’ll keep posting about my belly and see how it turns out.
How far along: 9 monts after Quinn’s birth How much do I weigh: 50,5 kg (+1,7 kg from my before pregnancy weight – my goal is to reach 50 kg) How much does Quinn weigh: around 7,5 kg Belly size: It looks pretty much the same like in the 4 months after my c-section post, maybe even a bit bigger. I haven’t been eating too well and I eat way too much sweets 🙁 The middle photo shows very nicely that my belly muscles are still not completely together and how my belly is curved to the outside. I’d say I look about 16 weeks pregnant.
Sleep: Since about September, so when Quinn was around 5 months old, my (and his) sleep has gotten worse. He still sleeps in our bedroom and comes every 1 to 2 hours. Symptoms: Sorry, but I want to post this for my records: a yeast infection after every period since giving birth due to a lack of vaginal flora. I told my gyn about that in December and now I have to take uvulas after every period to build up my flora and if that doesn’t help I have to take three uvulas against the yeast infection. Let’s see how long that lasts… You can still see my Linea nigra, too. Maternity clothes: I sometimes still wear my smallest maternity jeans but mostly I wear my normal pants and tops. Miss anything: Sleep at times (Best) happenings: Wow, a lot has happened the last few months (my last post was 4 months after my c-section, I totally forgot all the others…
Quinn has six teeth, two below and four on the top
He gets mush at noon, in the afternoon and in the evening
I still breastfeed during the night and in the mornings
I have the feeling I’ll breastfeed forever, it seems Quinn doesn’t get enough!
Quinn’s room is pretty much done decorated
He broke the changing table while stomping with his legs 🙂
Quinn was sick once with fever and a cold, it took about three days for him to feel good again
We all had a stomach flu right before Christmas
Quinn started rolling around from belly to back and from back to belly at 7 months
He loves to take his binky and his on objects to make noise
Sports: I started lifting weights and doing strength cardio the beginning of December 2015.
My plan for the first eight weeks:
15-20 x 53kg leg press
15-20 x 30kg abductor
15-20 x 15kg row
15-20 x 15kg chest press
15-20 x “back sit-ups”
15-20 x 25kg carcass-turning
45 minutes jogging on the treadmill or cross trainer
How far along: 37 weeks! 21 days! 3 weeks to go!! Can’t believe it! And today is Sunday, March 1st! It’s Baby’s birth month!! So amazing! How much do I weigh: 60,5 kg (+ 11,7 kg / + 25.8 pounds), same as last week Belly size: Circumference 102cm, Top to Bottom 45 cm Belly button in or out: Hard question. Even and a bit out on the top, so, an Outie I’d say. Sleep: Good, I’m so happy! I get up once and that’s it. It takes a while for me turning from one side to the other but that’s not worth mentioning. Food (non) cravings: Nothing special, I try to eat less sweets those last weeks. I don’t buy any sweets when going shopping, my sweet snack in the evening is a fruit yogurt. I spent a day in the city this week and walked passed Starbucks and I mean really, as a high pregnant woman you can’t just walk passed a Starbucks knowing they have so good yummy sweet stuff, so I went in and got a blueberry muffin. Yummy! The last time I visited Starbucks was in Paris 1,5 years ago, so come on! Symptoms: Not that many actually. I get bruised when I lay on one side too long, it feels like my skin/meat just falls asleep. Breathing is still a bit difficult. My butt starts hurting when I sit too long. It’s amazing, if I figure out my current BMI I’m still normal weight. Yet normal things like sitting or laying on one side start to hurt after a while, I’m out of breath faster than normal. When I do yoga my knee-bones make scary sounds. My lower back starts hurting again, mainly after I get up from the couch.
I don’t feel so good after I eat at night. I already eat less but I feel like a ton afterwards, it’s very uncomfortable. When I eat too late I get a heartburn at night which I’ve done twice this week. I should know better by now 🙁 Maybe I should just skip the evening dinner?
When I come home from the cold outside I get very red cheeks and ears and I just feel very hot for a long time. That’s new.
Can’t believe I’m carrying +12 kg around with me every day. Wow. Labor Signs: None. I started a hayflower steam bath the first day of my 38th week. It’s not as relaxing as it sounds like, I took 1 liter of boiling water and added three tablespoons of hayflowers. Seeing the pot was too small to put into the toilet and sit on it, I put it on the floor and kneed over it and just let the steam go “into me” (TMI, I know). This method should loosen your pelvic muscles.
I also still do a perineum massage daily or every other day for five minutes and drink two to three cups of red raspberry leave tea daily. Maternity clothes: Yes please! Panties a size bigger without a rubber band are the best thing ever! Stretch marks: None Miss anything: Getting up from the couch with ease Looking forward to: My next OB appointment tomorrow. As I assume our Baby-Boy will be born in March I made a list of cool, easy to remember March birth dates (although I hope he arrives in the week from the 21st to 28th of March):
03.03.2015 (I already have plans with a friend there though)
05.03.2015 (I have an appointment for a foot care there though)
19.03.2015 – Two months after my birthday
21.03.2015 – Baby’s Due Date
27.03.2015 – 5 months before my bubby’s birthday
Let’s see if he decides to come on one of those. Best happenings this week: On Monday I had my first prenatal acupuncture at the hospital where I’m planning on delivering our baby-boy. You normally have four sessions. One each week until you hit 40 weeks. It’s the first acupuncture I’ve ever had.
Reasons I decide(d) to spend 20 EURO each session for something which isn’t scientific proven:
I believe in it (they say it may shorten labor)
I tend to do the things they say make giving birth easier
It gives me a chance to “meet” the hospital, driving there, knowing where to park, knowing where the delivery room is located
It gives me a chance to meet some of the midwifes
The first time I got three needles in each lower leg. One right by my ankle, two on the outside of my legs right under the knee. It takes 20 minutes. While I was there I’m pretty sure at least one woman was in labour. I heard her breathe the “aaaaaaaahhhh” with every contraction she had. Oh, and I also found a 10 EURO bill on the street! I never found so much money, I was all excited 😀 (although I was undecided at first if 10 EURO are worth bending all the way to the floor but yes, they were)
On Tuesday I had an appointment with an anesthetist who explained me everything about the epidural (PDA). I filled out a bunch of questions, so that’s one thing I don’t have to do when I’m in labour (I hope) and decide I want an epidural. I’m not planning on one but you never know. After the appointment I walked through the city a bit and treated myself to a blueberry muffin at Starbucks. Nom. I also bought some little stuff for our Baby-Boy’s room, like a heart-shaped picture frame and a little elephant magnetic-frame.
Other than that I had a pretty relaxing week, met with a friend and her daughter, met with my sister and her daughter, had a lovely dinner with my bubby, my parents and my sister and her family on Saturday eve with yummy Schnitzel and Dampfnudel 🙂 Movement: Still a lot and he still has the hiccups regularly. He pushes himself against my butt-hole a lot (or maybe those are his arms) and it feels like, well, I’ll keep the details to myself. Gender: Baby-Boy Bruno Happy or moody most of the time: Happy, relaxed, very excited. I have my off-days every now and again where I feel left alone and unable to cope and that people still expect everything from me, forgetting that, so close to birth, I might have other things on my mind, also if I don’t show. That’s always the problem of someone “strong”, people don’t think that there might be phases where you just can’t take things so easily, they will not ask you “how are you doing” or “what are your concerns” because they think that everything is always fine with you. Sports: I started yoga for pregnant women. Wow, doing yoga with 10+ kg more on my ribs ain’t easy, just the regular things! Never thought so. The Sun Salutation – uff! It’s getting better/easier the more I do it though. I plan on doing yoga two times a week.
You nicely see the scar where I had my belly piercing over my belly button. And my crooked Linea nigra.