31 weeks of growing a baby (September pregnancy update!)
I only have one or two more pregnancy updates to share and then baby will be here! I mostly feel excited about this…and at least once a day I feel a bit terrified. Previous pregnancy related posts:
I’m still going to my prenatal chiropractor appointments every 2-3 weeks. I have an adjustment and then get a prenatal massage. The prenatal massage this week ended up being pretty uncomfortable and I didn’t enjoy it at all, so I think I may be done with those. It is getting harder for me to find a comfortable position to lay in.
The biggest (slightly unexpected) body change is still the stretch marks on my boobs. I noticed in my prenatal massage I was more self conscious than I would normally be and I really think that was because of the newness of the stretch marks. Every body change in pregnancy has been an opportunity to ask myself, “how am I gonna choose to be kind to my body today?” I think the body changes are a good reminder that everything is about to change in our life as we transition to a family with a baby. As women, whether you want kids or not, our bodies are supposed to adjust over time and I think the above question of, “how am I going to choose to be kind to my body today?”, is a good one for anyone to ask themselves when noticing their body changing. Being kind to yourself and your body size isn’t something you find once and then never have to practice. Some seasons call for being extra intentional with practicing being kind to yourself.
Also, the below graphic from @dietitianAnna is super relevant here.
Baby likes to move a lot and her dancing / kicking / twisting / rolling / painful jabs in my bladder make me feel nauseous, which affects my appetite quite a bit. In pregnancy it has been hard to find joy in food. I’ve really had a low appetite since the first trimester and my hunger cue has felt like a nauseous feeling or just a feeling of emptiness. Occasionally, out of no where, I do get ravenous with a growling stomach. Anytime I actually have a food craving I get pumped, but most of the time I just have a lot of food aversions. Regardless of the low appetite and nausea, eating 3 meals and 3-6ish snacks a day has been my pattern. And 98% of the time I have a snack right before bed, otherwise I don’t sleep well (but that was true even before pregnancy).
I have noticed that if I eat a couple meals in a row that don’t have animal protein I end up feeling really depleted.
With the low appetite, something I’ve started to do when at the grocery store is if I see something I haven’t eaten in pregnancy I’ll think, “oh, baby’s never eaten a green bell pepper / cherry vanilla ice cream / type of bar / tamales / etc. before…I’m gonna get that.” So that has been good for helping me constantly adding in variety when my appetite is so low and cravings are relatively non-existent.
I could never be an interior designer because my design process always goes:
- Find an inspiration photo of a room I like.
- Make my room look like that room for a bit.
- And then just buy all the things I like that make zero design sense whatsoever and put them in a room together.
The nursery is still coming together and doesn’t really have a theme other than the theme of, “here are all the things I like and think are cute.”
My sister got me this great yellow felt letter board that I LOVE.
And recently I registered for both of these giant stuffed animals lol. I’m not really sure where they will fit in the nursery and I don’t really care. They are just so fabulous and I always wanted giant stuffed animals when I was a kid.
Also, my rocker/glider came in. I still find this chair rather ugly, but it is so comfortable and when I sit in it my back doesn’t hurt, which is rare because my back pain has become pretty chronic regardless of whether I’m sitting, standing, or laying. I wish everyone could sit in this thing and see how insanely comfy it is. I really wanted a chair that was tall enough for me to lean my head back against in case I’m sleeping in it and this one provides some cushion for my head. Yay!
Oh boy. Even with the chiropractor and prenatal massages my back pain is pretty intense. Some days I get more frustrated with my lack of mobility than others. The weather has turned beautiful in Houston and I’d love to go for some evening walks, but it just doesn’t feel good for my body right now…so that’s on hold. Swimming and floating still feel excellent. Like I wish I had a pool desk, instead of those stand-up desks some people have. There are also some movements they recommend in the birthing book I’m reading so I’ve been incorporating those into life. And I’m doing a lot of stretching for my low back.
I’ve gotten a lot of feedback about not planning for birth because it likely won’t go like you planned. I think it’s well intentioned advice and just a gentle reminder of, “hey, don’t get too attached to your birth plan and be devastated when it doesn’t go as planned.” So I can understand where that advice is coming from. I don’t think I have control over how the birth will go, but I also know that I’m not going to regret learning about labor and birthing a child. I think it’s really interesting. Andrew and I are working through this book. We are both mega procrastinators, but are doing our best to try to sit down and read the book. Overall I’m for whatever choices feel right to me once I’m in labor and experiencing it all.
I still love listening to The Birth Hour and hearing so many different birth stories from c-sections to home births to epidural births to birth center births.
I do love dressing the bump. That is a definitely fun part of pregnancy for me. I have maternity photos, two more baby showers and a wedding coming up. I wanted something to wear to those occasions other than THE floral dress. So I’ve ordered two more maternity dresses. This one and this one. We’ll see how they fit once they arrive. Online they look like the most gorgeous things ever.
I’m not sure if it’s easier or harder to plan for and take maternity leave when you work for yourself. I do have an office space I rent, so that’ll be 3 months of paying rent and not having private practice income coming in. I’m planning to take a solid 3 months off from seeing clients (if you’re a current nutrition counseling client you can expect an email from me soon detailing all this).
I’m still deciding what will be going on with the blog during this time. I have some ideas that I think you’d enjoy…but there are just a lot of unknowns with how I’ll be feeling and how baby will be doing. After 6 years of blogging, I really do still enjoy blogging and am excited to see what happens with the blog in this next life stage we’re heading in to.