At 35 weeks, I’m officially 88% complete with my pregnancy. I thought it might be fun to give a quick update on how the baby and I are doing, as well as what I still need to do before he arrives. I’ve also included links to a few items that have been super helpful for me for staying comfortable with a full-size watermelon inside of me. Enjoy!
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This kid is a maniac. At 35 weeks, he’s moving around like crazy, and keeping me and hubby entertained with how much my belly moves when he’s dancing. He’s about the size of a butternut squash (around 5 or so pounds and at least 18 inches long). He’s most active at night when I’m laying down, but every once in awhile he starts stretching and spinning when I’m driving or riding in the car. He also likes to kick me in the ribs, which is really, really great.
Hubby finished up the assembly for the nursery items, and we’re almost ready to unveil the final product to the world. Our baby shower was a couple of weeks ago, and let me tell you, people must love us or something because we received some AMAZING gifts. It was so wonderful to reconnect with so many friends and family members at the shower, and we are so thankful for all of the support we have received so far during the pregnancy and in preparation for Baby K’s arrival.
I’ll be writing more about what we registered for and our favorite products in a week or two, and I’ll be doing a recap of what works best for our little guy once he arrives and has had a chance to try everything out.
How I’m Doing
To be honest, the pregnancy hasn’t been too terrible up until now. I’ve had sciatica throughout the pregnancy, but it’s really starting to pick up now that Baby K is getting closer to full term size, and pressing on nerves. My doctor also diagnosed me with symphysis pubis dysfunction (SPD), which is basically code for “your pubic bone is separating.” It gets worse with bending or lifting, as well as if I’m walking around too much; which is a doubled edged sword because I’m trying to stay as active as possible to build up my strength before delivery, but if I move around too much, the SPD flares up and I can’t walk. #pregnant
To combat the sciatica, I bought a pelvic belt similar to this one. The belt helps tremendously when I’m standing or walking around, but it’s not great while sitting. It also doesn’t do much for the SPD, but hey if I can get some relief from the sciatica, I consider that a win.
If you have a job that requires a lot of standing or walking or you’re a busy mom that needs a little extra support while being upright, I highly recommend getting yourself a maternity support belt of some sort. Also make sure to talk to your doctor to discuss the options of chiropractic, acupuncture/acupressure, or even physical therapy.
I’m also just starting to experience less sleep at night. Part of that is because of the sciatica and the SPD, but it’s also just really difficult to roll over when you’re holding a basketball in your stomach. I had originally purchased the hiccapop Pillow Wedge as my main pregnancy pillow, but much like The Little Mermaid, I want morrreee.
Hubby picked up a Snoogle for me, which is a more traditional pregnancy pillow that’s about 6 feet long, and kind of wraps around you to provide support for your neck, back, hips, and knees. I’m loving it so far, and I use it in combination with my hiccapop Wedge for extra support underneath my belly. I would say if you’re going to get the Snoogle, make sure to buy an extra cover for it. The one that it comes with is fine, but it’s a bear to get on and off after washing, and trying to finagle a 6-ft body pillow cover onto your pillow while your baby kicks you in the ribs is not my idea of a good time.
I’m also feeling pretty puffy. Normal pregnancy weight gain for individuals at a healthy BMI before pregnancy is between 25-35lbs, and at week 35, I’ve officially gained 32lbs. Some of that is the baby, and some of it is increased blood volume and water retention from growing a human. But let’s be real, I’ve also gained a full cup size (at least) in my bra, and my thighs are definitely juicier than they used to be. The only real issue I have with the weight gain is that it’s officially much worse trying to find a bra that fits correctly and that doesn’t constrict my ribs.
It’s also starting to really set in that we are going to have a baby in 5 weeks. Like, holy crap, is this pregnancy really truly coming to it’s final weeks? I feel like I’ve been pregnant for years, and now I’m finally going to have something to show for it? YES. That’s a pretty good feeling.
Plans Before Delivery
After my preterm labor (PTL) experience, Hubby and I buckled down and got a lot of our Baby To-Do’s wrapped up, just in case our little guy decided to pull another PTL stunt (you can read about that here). We still have a few things to finalize, but we are pretty much ready for Baby K to arrive whenever he is ready (hopefully not for a few more weeks!).
The last few things we need to do include:
- Pick our pediatrician.
- Finish our birth class.
- Pack our hospital bags.
- Make some freezer meals (I’m lookin’ at you, Pinterest).
- Hire a pet-sitter.
And that’s about it! I still can’t believe we’re only a few weeks away from meeting our little guy. It kind of blows my mind, and I’m not entirely sure how to handle it. One day at a time, I suppose!
How did you prepare for your little one’s arrival in the last few weeks?