August Pregnancy Update: 27 weeks
Whew. Only 5 days until we start the third trimester.
My body is undergoing quite the transformation!
Here are a bunch of updates:
My cousin Carly threw me a baby shower this past weekend. My cousin let me decide the theme and I went with…unicorns! I thought it’d make such a fun shower theme and it did. My cousin is VERY crafty with DIY stuff and the shower was incredible.
Instead of cards, my cousin had everyone bring books for baby. I LOVED THIS IDEA!
Some fun shower gifts were:
a raspberry bathing suit (my family’s nickname for baby is “raspberry“)
adorable boho-esque onesie
When Andrew and I were going through the gifts that evening he said…”we should make a pile for all the non-practical stuff you registered for.” Oh, husbands (*insert eye roll*).
My doctor referred me to a prenatal chiropractor and it was AWESOME. It didn’t magically solve all my back pain, but she did some gentle pregnancy adjustments, gave me stretches to do at home, and told me some tips for helping keep my hips tucked (i.e. if I’m standing for long periods of time, bend my knees bc that naturally makes your hips tuck / back not arch).
Mainly going to see her was nice because I felt really supported having someone listen to how bad the back pain can get. I don’t think she’s going to fix all my problems, but she was excellent at having empathy for what I’m going through.
She also mentioned the 4th trimester (aka postpartum), which is a term I’ve decided I love since I’m very curious about how postpartum is going to be for me and I’m working to establish support / care for myself during that time. She mentioned that after baby comes your body is still loosely goosey from delivery so it’s a good time to come back in and make sure everything goes back together nicely.
I’m going back to see her every two-ish weeks until baby comes and next time I’m getting a prenatal massage…because that sounds incredible.
Also. Wearing heels to my shower was the worst idea ever. I was in so much pain that night.
Andrew and I found an office filing cabinet at a used office supply store and over the past month he’s transformed it into a dresser for baby. I’m in LOVE with how it came out. He thinks it looks kinda awkward…like a filing cabinet with legs on it (which is exactly what it is). But I think it’s gorgeous and exactly what I wanted. After fixing it all up it was less that $80 total, which is also awesome!
Other than that the nursery is still looking rough, but it’s coming together slowly but surely.
The unfinished nursery has easily become my favorite room in the house and Maggie and I spend a lot of time in there. We sit on the floor and read, eat breakfast, watercolor, listen to music…it’s just fun being in there and imagining a baby in there soon.
I’m at the stage of pregnancy where I like being as close to naked as possible as often as possible lol, which is why the blog has been adorned with so many bath suit photos of myself lately. Putting on clothes feels just blah.
I’m slowing down a lot and there is a lot of stuff I just can’t physically do anymore without being in a lot of pain. Walking over 15 minutes at a time is out because my knees and lower back freak out. For the rest of pregnancy I’m planning on utilizing one of those we-get-all-the-groceries-for-you-and-you-just-pick-them-up services. While the chiropractor helped my back…I’m still limited on what feels okay to me.
Swimming continues to be great. It still feels magical to be in water.
Other than swimming / floating / treading water, my only other movement is my physical therapy knee exercises, my gentle back stretching / strengthening exercises from my chiropractor, and upper body dumbbell moves.
It’s frustrating when your body physically hurts to move. My goal is to take care of my back and knees, so if that means movement is limited…so be it. My heating pad continues to be my best friend and I’m on that thing multiple times a day. My chiropractor said that a few of the moms she works with are on crutches because their back pain gets so bad. I’d like to avoid that if possible, so we’ll be taking it easy.
I recently told my sisters that it just feels right to waddle haha. Yep. Definitely slowing down :)
Mammary gland function
Starting this past weekend I started having something, what I guess is colostrum (?), leak a bit. Honestly (and I’ve talked to a few close mom friends about this bc while I try to be nonjudgmental about the thoughts I have…it annoys me that I feel this way…), thinking about breast feeding makes me feel icky and gross inside. So many mom’s talk about breastfeeding being this magical experience. Breastfeeding feels very foreign to me. I’m sure that’s normal, being it’s something I’ve never done before. I’m super curious about what the breastfeeding experience will be like for me. At the recommendation of some friends / my P.A. sister, starting at the beginning of the 3rd trimester I’m going to start preparing my nipples for breastfeeding…which just involves a wash cloth in the shower. I know where my local La Leche League meets and I’ve got mom friend’s I feel comfortable asking questions to.
When the breast leaking started I felt like I was in middle school again and I had just started my period for the first time…and I cried a lot. I’m not sure why I cried so much…it just felt really weird for my body to be doing something it has never done before. Maybe it’s because breasts are so sexualized in our society and I can’t imagine using them for what they are actually supposed to be used for…to nourish a child.
I know breastfeeding are what breasts are made for. And I feel it’s okay to be nervous about breastfeeding. It’s okay to be nervous about something you’ve never done before. AND it’s okay to decide to try to breastfeed even though thinking about it gives me the heebie jeebies.
It is really fun to dress the bump and do my hair / makeup. My baby shower dress was easily in my top 5 most favorite outfits I’ve ever worn. I LOVE that dress and felt beautiful in it.
But most of pregnancy doesn’t look or feel so glamorous. Like I’ve said before, my pregnant body feels very soft, flesh and mammalian…and that just feels really right.
The above and below photo were taken less than 12 hours apart. The below picture is my lower back stretch that my chiropractor encouraged me to do that feels so great on my back. I do it at least 5 times a day.
When people ask how pregnancy is I tell them, “this is the coolest thing my body has ever done, and somedays it still really sucks.”
Like I mentioned in another pregnancy update: I do love looking at my changing body in the mirror. Since recovering from my eating disorder I never spent a lot of time in front of the mirror because body checking was a big part of my eating disorder brain…but now I really love watching the body changes. The biggest body change (other than my growing belly) is in my hip area, especially the area I’ve heard referred to as “love handles”. When I was at IAEDP last spring, Ralph Carson spoke on how women store DHA in fat on their hips. DHA is key to brain health for baby…so my growing hips are actually DHA handles and they’re exactly what they need to be :)
I am pumped to be so close to the third trimester! One of my favorite positive affirmations in pregnancy that I say to myself daily is, “the labor is waiting to meet baby. The birth will be easy.”
If you missed any past pregnancy posts, here they are: