32 weeks and 4 days

This pregnancy is apparently flying by, since I haven’t written anything in ages. Here we are at nearly 33 weeks…

The only exciting/traumatic things as of recent include a scare last Sunday where I thought I might have gotten a tear in the amniotic sac, because we were having a lazy evening watching something on Netflix when I suddenly jumped up thinking I had peed myself. I admit to sometimes leaking a little if I can’t predict a massive sneeze coming on, or something, but this time nothing like that happened. There was probably about 3 tablespoons of completely clear, odorless fluid so I quickly ruled out pee. Now, I’ve had some pretty liquidy discharge especially since the beginning of my 3rd trimester, but this amount was significantly more than any discharge I’ve ever experienced. Anyway we called the birth hospital emergency and they said it wasn’t amniotic fluid unless what I experienced kept happening. If there’s a rupture in the sac, you’ll keep leaking, it won’t happen just once, unless your waters truly break… which shouldn’t be happening at 32 weeks anyway.

I’ve been on sick leave from work (from teaching my fitness classes) for two weeks now due to insane pelvic pain. The Braxton Hicks and also some painful contractions have been increasing in numbers since, and so alas tomorrow will be my last day at work. And then it’s 42 days until due date. It feels like the right decision to leave work at this point especially since my job is so physical. The contractions increase towards the evening and the last few clients have always been a huge struggle to train with, since I’m bound to the fitness ball and can’t (am not allowed to) really assist or lift anything anymore. So this is a great relief. Today was a national holiday for May 1st, and I’ve had a  total of 0 contractions today. My guess is it’s because I’ve been resting. Yeah. Let’s keep that baby in there for at least a few more weeks, please!

Oh, and I’m huge. 

And.. because that’s about all I can think about to tell you, here’s something I stole from MissRain.

How far along? 32 weeks, 4 days.

What’s happening with the baby? Baby weighs around 2kg and is around 40cm from head to toe. My belly is mostly baby now, and it seems like our active little squirmy baby is only getting more so. Perhaps frustrated by the lack of space. Baby’s brain is developing like mad, and if our baby’s to have hair at birth, he/she is busy growing hair and nails on his/her toes and fingers. Baby’s getting all soft and more baby-like. No skinny baby for us.

Total weight gain? Very moderate. I’m at exactly 11kg, which is 24,2lbs. I don’t seem to have really gotten that much bigger or fatter, but my belly is definitely getting huge. A week ago there was a good 5cm between my belly and the steering wheel of our car…and as of yesterday that space is down to about 1,5cm.

Sleep? It’s getting more and more difficult to find a comfortable position. Baby obviously doesn’t like me sleeping on either side because apparently this gives him/her less space to wiggle around. So baby wiggles around until I either give up and turn over on my back or refuse to move because of some little kicking creature and stay put. Either way, I wake up numerous times during the night to pee, because my hips are hurting, because I’m hungry, because baby’s up and about or… I’ve had tremendous trouble falling asleep in the first place since our ridiculously active baby is often even MORE active at night (I have no idea how that’s even possible).

Best moment this week? Maybe seeing one of our favorite artists perform last night! Also getting to the gym on Tuesday.

Miss anything? Not feeling like an invalid because I can barely walk or due stuff do to the pain in my hips. As a fitness instructor it’s pretty frustrating when suddenly you don’t have command over your body and what you can do is extremely limited. I really miss just being able to even walk 500m without pain!

Movement? Supposedly the movement is supposed to slow down because of how cramped baby is getting in there. But it seems to me that the less space there is, the more violently baby looks for an exit. I seriously wish I could have a live webstream in there just to know what the hell is going on in there. Baby’s been head down at least since week 27, and so mostly I feel flipping from side to side (mostly baby is head down, spine and back leaning completely on the right, with knees at the top left and those pesky feet kicking me in the ribs on the left. Sometimes I feel baby trying to stretch out its legs (ouch!) and I feel hiccups many times a day. Sometimes my entire belly will wiggle and bounce and I just have no clue what’s going on in there….

Food cravings? Just food, in general. Gots to have it.

Anything make you queasy or sick? Only if I ignore the being hungry.. and keep ignoring it (or am otherwise unable to respond to it). Just a little nausea, but that’s it.

Gender? Well, really…. it should be Sex not gender because I believe that sex is chromosomally determined while sex is at least part affected and constructed by culture, but no, we don’t know the sex of the baby.

Symptoms? Insane pelvic pain, so no more yoga or fitness classes or walking for me, lower back pain (oh, osteopathy helped!), some mood swings (the first I’ve had since becoming pregnant!), giant belly, Braxton Hicks contractions, some abdominal pain (feels like menstrual cramps) which I suppose are also contractions, fatigue… that’s it. After a really long day at work my feet seem a bit swollen.

Wedding/Engagement Rings on or off? On. No fluid retention (yet!)

Looking forward to? Not having to go into work anymore (one more day!), meeting this little kangaroo, and being able to move around normally again… at some point.

5 thoughts on “32 weeks and 4 days

  1. Nice to hear from you. Sorry you are so uncomfortable. I guess I have this to look forward to in a few weeks. Get some rest 🙂

  2. I feel your pain. Literally. Tomorrow is also my last day to work. It will be strange, but it’sthe best choice.

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