But before the day gets rollin’, I wanted to share a peek into week 33 of my pregnancy.
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Baby is more than 17 inches long and weighs a little over 4 pounds… about the size of a pineapple!
Workouts this week calmed waaay down due to the intense pain my physical therapist is now thinking may be radiating from my sacroiliac joint up through my lower back on the left hand side of my body. (We met briefly for about 20 minutes this week but I will start regular physical therapy next week.) Since I cannot walk without feeling a sharp, shooting pain, I felt very limited on physical activity this week which started to drive me a little crazy.
I listened to my body and took plenty of rest days this week, but I started to get a little stir crazy after several days of so little movement. I ended up turning to Ballet Beautiful workouts at home which gave me the ability to move my body a bit in a way that wasn’t uncomfortable… And if certain exercises didn’t feel right, I just skipped them. Most of the upper body portion of the workouts felt totally fine which was a relief! It was definitely the most inactive week I’ve had in my life in a long time and I’m crossing my fingers that working with a physical therapist will help alleviate some of the pain I am feeling to the point where I can at least walk without pain and a serious limp. I miss my walks with Sadie just as much as my workouts right now!
Symptoms? Let’s see… The main symptom that’s overtaking my body right now is the intense pain in my sacroiliac joint that is severely limiting my movement. It’s even painful when I’m just laying in bed and in order to turn from one side of my body to the other, I have to clench my glutes, push my hip bones up and roll over to avoid a shooting pain. It’s pretty miserable but I am so, so happy I’ll be working regularly with an awesome physical therapist. (I’m going to the same PT Ryan has been seeing following his ACL surgery and she’s the best!)
Aside from hip/glute/lower back pain, I feel pretty good! My belly is getting bigger but I am not experiencing any discomfort or cramping at all. Everywhere I go, strangers comment on my belly now which is kind of fun. They’ll usually ask when I am due or say a simple congratulations – no awkward touches yet! I also had one woman follow me into CVS to give me her card because she saw my horrible limp and specializes in prenatal massage and said she could tell I was in a lot of pain.
Shortness of breath is continuing to increase, mainly when I walk upstairs. I’m also experiencing some nausea again, though it seems to come in waves and is usually gone by noon.
FRUIT. Primarily watermelon, grapes and cherries.
Sleep is perpetually worsening, largely in part to the fact that I am waking up constantly to pee and cannot comfortably roll from one side of my body to the next due to the pain in my hip/glute/lower back. It can be really frustrating to crawl into bed at night feeling completely exhausted but not have the ability to get comfortable and fall asleep for hours.
Looking Forward To…
A hopefully relaxing July! Our June was filled with baby showers, travel to Raleigh and Gettysburg, non-stop visitors and lots of plans, so a relatively clear calendar during the month of July sounds heavenly to me right now.
Any Baby/Pregnancy-Related Purchases?
I feel like I am cycling through the same handful of baby bump-friendly outfits right now (breezy Love Stitch dresses paired with comfy bralettes are my current favorites!) and I’m trying my best not to purchase a ton of additional maternity clothes since “go time” is almost here.
I do still need some nursing bras and tops (recommendations welcome!) and am also hoping to nab a pair of Gap lounge pants that my friend Leah said were her go-to pants after she gave birth thanks to their forgiving waistband and comfortable fit.
Belly Button In Or Out?
Popping out a little bit, but not enough to be noticeable through tight clothing just yet.
I felt more emotional this week than I have during my pregnancy so far, but I think a lot of that likely had to do with the loss of my grandmother. I just felt all over the place and I would go from one end of the emotional spectrum to the next in a flash.
A little bit of my pregnancy-related anxiety also bubbled up this week at the hospital during our hospital tour, but I’m trying not to focus as much on the whole giving birth thing and keep my attention on growing a healthy little human right now.
Yep! The movements have changed a bit from sharp kicks to longer rolling movements. I can usually follow them with my hand and watch them move across my belly which is just the coolest thing ever. I told Ryan I think I am really going to miss feeling our baby move after I give birth. I’ve grown so used to feeling constant thumps from our little one!