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Baby is more than 16 inches long and weighs about 3.3 pounds… about the size of a large head of romaine lettuce.
I feel like I’m at the point where I am seeing such dramatic growth changes every week. My belly is poppin’!
I didn’t weigh myself at 31 weeks, but at my 32-week prenatal appointment I was up about 20 pounds.
Workouts this week included spinning, two strength workouts and Pure Barre!
I am definitely feeling shortness of breath kick in during activities that used to feel like a breeze for me. Walks with Sadie are more laborious than they have ever been before and I’m beginning to consider a 2.5 mile walk a decent cardio workout at this point! If I walk too fast or go up a hill, I will sometimes feel light cramping all along the outside of my belly (my doctor said this is round ligament pain) and just make sure to slow waaay down and drink lots of water when this happens.
I’ve also noticed a change in my appetite. I cannot seem to eat as much as I could before and prefer to eat frequent small meals since I seem to fill up fast. The image below showcasing the way organs shift during pregnancy kind of blew my mind but also made me realize my stomach may be a little squished at the moment which could explain why I seem to be feeling fuller faster these days.
Eating lots of small portions constantly is the key for me right now!
I’ve also been experiencing some pain in my left hip lately and have been trying to take some extra time each day to go through some of my favorite hip stretches. I’m not doing any high impact exercises and am doing my best to be cognizant of hip pain and baby my hips a bit. My doctor said hip pain is quite common during the third trimester and since my hips have been prone to injury and soreness in the past, I’m not overly surprised that I have some pain right now. My doctor said that if hip and lower back pain increase, I might benefit from a maternity support band, so that is on my radar.
And I’m HOT ALL THE TIME. Cannot. Stop. Sweating.
Fresh fruit. Grapes and watermelon are my current favorites.
Sleep is kind of miserable right now. I don’t feel like I am getting a good night’s sleep most nights. It’s not that I feel uncomfortable – I actually feel quite comfortable right now thanks to the Snoogle – but I feel like all of my sleep is “surface level” and I cannot seem to drift into a deep sleep. I hope this changes soon!
Looking Forward To…
Finishing up the nursery (we just have to hang some pictures!) and organizing the lovely gifts we received from my showers.
Right now everything we have received for our little guy is sitting in a big pile at the top of the stairs and the mess is taunting me every time I walk by…
Any Baby/Pregnancy-Related Purchases?
I kept one top from my latest maternity Stitch Fix and have been wearing it non-stop! It’s a Market & Spruce bright pink tee that’s nice and soft and highlights the belly in a way that’s still comfortable. I can’t find the exact one online, but this one is quite similar.
Belly Button In Or Out?
Popping out a little bit!
I love that my belly is noticeably pregnant now. It seems like no one is doubting that there’s a baby in there and 31 weeks marked the first time I had a stranger comment on my belly and say congratulations… and it happened on two separate occasions! I know many pregnant women talk about people awkwardly touching their belly, but so far I haven’t experienced any strange belly rubs from people I don’t know. And I really don’t mind at all when friends or family touch my belly.
I’ve also noticed that I will sometimes forget how far along I am right now. Whenever someone asks, I usually know right away, but there were a few times this week that I felt a little forgetful. I guess the weeks are beginning to run together! My doctor said this is the time when many women begin counting down (as in “9 weeks to go!”) rather than up (“I’m 31 weeks!”) and I definitely identify with that since I feel like I have a little mental countdown going on in my brain at the moment.
As far as how I’m handling body changes, I feel like I’m doing a decent job of rolling with everything. This may seem weird, but it’s almost like the bigger I get, the more I seem to embrace my belly and changing body. I wasn’t sure how I’d feel putting on swimsuit to wear in public with a big belly, but I actually felt fine! I have been wearing my pre-pregnancy bikinis during our time on the lake (only the ones that tie on the sides since they’re more accommodating) and don’t worry much about what others think of my belly. If anything, I feel the most self-conscious about changes to my body other than my growing belly, like thicker, softer arms and legs, but I know it’s all for such a wonderful reason and I’m doing my best to enjoy this incredible time. I feel very grateful for a healthy pregnancy so far!
I’m also still trying out how to dress myself during pregnancy. You’d think I’d have it all figured out 31 weeks in, but I’m just doing my best to wear clothes that are comfortable which means blousy, flowy tops and dresses are a personal favorite. I don’t mind highlighting my belly at all, but for the most part, I prefer looser-fitting clothing that is breezier and more lightweight as opposed to clothes that cling to me right now. This could definitely be due to the fact that I seem to get easily overheated right now!
I am feeling constant movement these days and the movements seem to be getting stronger and stronger. Sometimes it will feel like our little guy is pushing out so hard on my belly… One side will be raised up and feel so tight and I feel like I can push back and feel teeny body parts right now which is totally crazy! I love feeling him dance around every day and don’t think the feeling will ever get old.