pregnancy, Third Trimester, Weeklies

Thirty-one Weeks Pregnant

Random observation this week: The most unexpected people smile at me when I’m on the street now. Not like a creepy, hitting-on-you smile, but a “seeing you made me feel happy” kind of smile. It’s kind of strange, but oddly nice. I don’t get a lot of smiles from strangers, probably because I have a fairly serious resting face, and it’s nice to notice a side effect of pregnancy on my interactions with strangers that isn’t about them disrespecting boundaries.

Well, I started out this week by getting another bad cold. Sunday was a very not-fun day and I was particularly glad I’d gotten the shopping done the day before. Monday, I stayed home, even though I didn’t have a holiday like my husband. Tuesday, I had to go back to normal life. Tuesday, Dan also came down with the same cold, so it feels like we spent most of the week collectively recovering from the cold. And then Thursday, I had my 30-week growth ultrasound. I was a little nervous because this is often the first point at which doctors want to point out that your baby is trending big.

Baby is pretty much right on track, measuring about average in estimated weight, though with a rather large head. And baby has hair! It was the first thing the ultrasound tech said when she started the scan. Also, 3D ultrasound is kind of cool. Oh, and since they’re estimating the weight of the baby, I’ve started thinking about the baby’s size in terms of fractions of our cat’s weight. Baby is currently about 40% of our cat’s weight.

Finally, the big news of the week is that we finally got some autumn weather! After complaining about the persistence of summer on Tea Leaves and Tweed and having a truly dismal day on Thursday, the weather cooled off considerably on Friday and Saturday it was cool enough for a lovely walk around the lake in the gorgeous weather. I’m hoping this makes it easier to do my walking as I move away from going to the gym as much (or at all).

How I’m Feeling:

Well, I was sick Sunday and Monday, and recovering Tuesday. So I didn’t feel great. But other than having a cold, I’ve been feeling okay. My belly continues to grow and I’m noticing still more indigestion/heartburn. I actually had to take a Tums in the middle of the day the other day!

I’m also noticing that my belly is putting stress on my back more when I walk. I bought a support belt and wore it once to walk to work, but I think I’m going to have to make that a more regular occurrence if I’m going to keep walking.

I’ve also had more trouble sleeping this week for some reason. Part of it is that I’m noticing more stress on my hip bones while sleeping on my side, which wakes me up in the middle of the night, but I’m also just finding myself waking up between 4 and 4:30 in the morning and being unable to fall back asleep… until about 6 when I need to get up for work anyway. I actually averaged a whole hour less of sleep per night this week than the night before. Consequently, I’ve developed a subtle twitch in one of my eyes, so I’m striving to mend my sleep habits before I notice too many more adverse effects.

Current Cravings: a bagel with cream cheese (seriously, I stopped at a Dunkin’ Donuts and got a bagel with cream cheese on my way home the other day because I just could not stop thinking about it)

Exercise: 2.1 average miles/day walking, barre once, yoga once

Fruit/Vegetable Comparison: a bunch of asparagus (or nearly half a cat)

Other Posts This Week:

Hypnobabies Self-Study Course: Week Two Recap

Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month

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