Just in case you’re interested in catching up on baby #3 updates so far, here are all of my baby/pregnancy-related posts in one place:
- Pregnancy Announcement: Our Family is Growing!
- Baby #3: All the Details (So Far)
- 27 Weeks with Baby #3
A whopping three posts! Ha! I must admit, this pregnancy has felt like a complete whirlwind and I’m not sure if this is due to the fact that I have two energetic kiddos to look after as our third baby grows in my belly but I have to think that’s a BIG part of it! Anyway, I really do hope to do a better job of sharing the end of my pregnancy on the blog and am kicking things off with a recap of the last three weeks of my pregnancy below.
Also, I hope this goes without saying at this point in this space, but please take time away from my blog right now if reading about pregnancy causes you any pain. I get it completely and am sending you love.
PBF Baby #3: Weeks 28-30
28 Weeks Pregnant
My 28th week of pregnancy was a smooth one! It kicked off with a prenatal appointment (which was technically at the very end of my 27th week) and this appointment also included my glucose screening. The appointment went well, though when my doctor asked me about feeling our baby’s movements, I shared that I still wasn’t feeling too much. I previously learned that I have an anterior placenta so this is to be expected but when I told my doctor there was still no way I could calculate kick counts at this point, she recommended a non-stress test just to make sure our baby’s heart rate looked good and consistent over a 20-minute time period.
This made me a little anxious for obvious reasons but ended up being a wonderful blessing because everything looked great and “as it should” at this point in my pregnancy. It’s just crazy to me how much an anterior placenta impacts the movement I’m feeling because during the non-stress test, I could hear big movements but barely felt a thing!
As for how I am feeling right now, I’m definitely feeling more and more pregnant by the day! My belly feels like a force and by the end of the day, it feels like it’s stretched to the max and sometimes uncomfortably big/full which I know is comical since I still have a lot of growing to do!
My workout motivation this week has been L-O-W but thankfully I am still loving just being outside and staying active with the boys so I feel like while my workouts haven’t been overly consistent, I have been active. That’ll do for me! In terms of food, my motivation to cook anything is also low right now but easy-to-make meals like oatmeal, sandwiches, grain bowls and smoothies are getting the job done. Oh and I feel like I’m eating my bodyweight in fruit every day — we’re talking whole bags of grapes in one day and endless amounts of watermelon. Fruit is my BFF.
My 29th week of pregnancy was rather uneventful but in a good way! I had another prenatal appointment and once again got to hear our little one’s heartbeat. During this appointment, I came to my doctor with some questions about delivering at our hospital in the middle of a pandemic and learned that I will have to be tested for COVID-19 upon my arrival and only permitted to have Ryan in the hospital room with me — no other visitors will be allowed during our stay. I will also be switching to some virtual appointments versus coming into the office, assuming I feel regular movement from our baby and everything else feels normal.
Speaking of baby movement, toward the end of my 29th week of pregnancy I began to feel a lot more movement from our little one. It’s still not constant nor is it all day every day but at least movements are daily and becoming increasingly obvious. It does a lot to ease my anxiety and I love feeling those sweet baby rolls! (This was also the first week Chase felt our baby move and it was so, so awesome. He was so excited!)
During my prenatal appointment, I also stepped on the scale and learned that my weight is within a couple of pounds of the weight I was when I delivered Chase! I guess the fact that I’ve been feeling much larger much earlier this pregnancy wasn’t all in my head! My doctor wasn’t concerned since my weight gain is still within the normal range at this time but I’m now 28 pounds up from my pre-pregnancy weight and definitely feeling large all over. During all of my pregnancies, I feel like I’m pregnant in my arms, legs, butt and hips, too, and that’s certainly the case this time as well. While I admittedly struggle some days with feeling rather big and less-than-beautiful, I fully believe my body is gaining the weight it needs to gain and doing exactly what it needs to do to carry a healthy baby right now. I have a sense of peace and gratitude over the changes my body goes through during pregnancy and as long as my doctor isn’t worried about my weight gain, I am not either.
This was the week of the pregnancy sigh! Phewwww. I’m feeling the weight of my belly more and more and am very aware of the space our little one is taking up in there. It seems to be leading to constant sighing as a way to catch my breath. I feel like I’m sighing so much right now that I had to tell Ryan not to take my sighing as some kind of passive aggressive response to whatever he’s saying or doing. I’m just trying to comfortably breathe!
While I feel good when I’m standing, walking or lying down, sitting on a plush couch is oddly not the most comfortable thing because it can make me feel squished. Apparently this little one needs lots of room to feel comfy!
As far as food this week, I cannot stop eating big bowls of oatmeal. (Can you tell this was the inspiration behind Monday’s 10 Healthy Oatmeal Recipes blog post?) I feel almost apathetic about food right now and nothing really sounds that good to me. I just want bland, filling, carby foods and oatmeal is my go-to right now. I load up a big bowl with chia seeds, hemp seeds, flax seeds and raisins and go to town. Oh and I also am oddly obsessed with Hawaiian sweet rolls, aka doughy pillows of happiness. My appetite is raging in the morning and I swear some days I feel like I eat non-stop from 6 a.m. to noon but then I am never really that excited about dinner. My appetite seems to taper off at the end of every day but that’s been a theme for me this entire pregnancy.
In terms of other symptoms, I’m actually feeling relatively normal outside of obvious physical changes and food preferences. I feel rather exhausted at the end of every day and often want to curl up in bed by 8 p.m. I am also experiencing semi-regular calf and foot cramps but other than that, I’m feeling good! I hope I’m saying similar things in another three weeks when I hope to check in and share another pregnancy update with you guys again!