Due Date: September 15
Baby Size: Baby should be well over 3 pounds now and about the size of a large cabbage. This week he went through some major brain developments and is adding on more body fat, making him look more and more like the baby he will be at birth.
Weight gain: 22 pounds and feeling huge. I’ve always had body image issues and I’m trying so hard not to be vain, but this week I just feel swollen all over. The wedding rings may have to be taken off permanently in the next week or so. I’m still fitting in 3 workouts a week and trying not to compare my weight gain to others.
Movement: Doing great! We had another A+ report from the high risk doctor and I’m feeling him move much more. Sometimes when I lie back my belly looks all lumpy and I can tell where in my uterus he is settling.
Best Moment of the Week: On Sunday we attended a 8 hour labor class at the hospital. It was both empowering and terrifying. We decided to squeeze it all in on one day instead of attending one class a week for 5 weeks. It was a a lot of information. We learned a lot of new information about breathing techniques, how to stay calm (ha!), and the progression of labor.
My lifetime desire to have a baby has always been shadowed by my deep fear of giving birth. Even the process of getting an epidural makes me faint feeling and nauseous! But the more prepared I am the better I feel.
The teacher had us do an exercise to simulate the pain of a contraction. She had everyone (men included) hold an ice cube in the palm on their hand and squeeze it for a full minute. Ouch! The first minute, Ryan and I both stopped after ten seconds. The second minute she had us practice some of the breathing exercises we learned. I told myself I could make it through the full minute (or how else will I know that I can make it through a real contraction?!).
So although I walked out of the class feeling a little more terrified than before I also feel more prepared. It also reminded me that Ryan and I are in this together. As my pregnancy progresses, our bond is growing stronger and stronger. It’s wonderful.
Looking forward to: Baby showers! My mom and two girlfriends are throwing me one this weekend and Ryan’s mom is throwing me one the following weekend.
Symptoms: Emotional and tired. Sleep is minimal and normal things like putting on shoes and playing ball with Maggie are getting hard.