I’m 30 weeks along, which means there’s only 10 weeks until my due date. For those of you who are obsessive about getting your shopping done early, that means there are essentially only 10 weeks left until Christmas. You better get moving!
This week I had another monthly doctor visit. I go to an OBGYN who is part of a group of six doctors, any of who could deliver Baby Bean depending on who is on-call when I go into labor. I only started going to this practice with this pregnancy, so I don’t know all the doctors yet.
I saw a new doctor this week and it was the quickest appointment so far. If you read part 1 of Meghan’s birth story, you know that the doctor I had with Meghan would spend 20 minutes talking to me each appointment. He asked questions, explained everything thoroughly, and took his time with me. This experience has been extremely different.
The doctor, who I was meeting for the first time, was in the room for no more than 90 seconds. I’m not kidding. She came in, asked how I was feeling, measured my stomach, listened to the baby’s heart, asked if I had questions, and left. It was unreal.
I’m glad there was nothing more to discuss because that means there are no problems and things are going well. I understand that she had other patients to see. I didn’t have any questions. I still couldn’t help but feel a little let down at the hurriedness of the visit.
To those of you who have had babies, have your experiences been similar?
Here’s what I did learn at this visit:
Blood Pressure: 120/68
Weight Gained: 6 pounds this month, for a total of 20 pounds
Baby’s Heart Rate: 141
Glucose Test Results: Normal
How I’m Feeling
Other than bigger and bigger, I’m feeling really well. My stomach is no joke! At times I can’t believe that I still have 10 weeks of growing to do because it feels like it’s going to pop. Besides feeling big, I feel pretty normal. I’m grateful that my second and so far third trimester have been easy and hope it continues!
If you ask Tim how I’m feeling, he’d probably mention the word “emotional”, so I should include that, too. The emotional floodgates are still open for business and aren’t showing any signs of slowing down. Whew–it’s exhausting. For me and Tim, I’m sure.
What’s Going on with my Body
I continue to have some minimal swelling in my hands and feet, but nothing terrible yet. I’m still able to wear my wedding ring, even though I have to take it off at night (because that’s when the swelling is the worst) and it’s getting more difficult to slide off and on. One of these days I’ll probably have to keep it off.
My stomach developed “linea nigra”, or a “dark line” from just under my belly button to my pubic bone. See it up there in the front facing picture? This happened with Meghan, so I expected it this time around, too. It’s caused by–what else? Pregnancy hormones.
I haven’t mentioned exercise in a while because nothing much has changed. I aim to get some sort of exercise in 4 times per week. This is an average–on a good week I might get 5 days in and on a bad week I might only get 2 days in. I try for 4, and most weeks I’ve hit that goal.
The last few weeks my main form of exercise has been walking and light weight lifting. I haven’t been doing my pregnancy DVD much because the weather’s been so gorgeous and I want to take advantage of it as long as I can! I have a loop that I walk that takes me between 30-45 minutes. Usually after my walk I’ll do some weight lifting or strength training moves.
One day while I was walking, about 2 or 3 weeks ago, it started to rain. Soon, it was pouring. I started to run because I wanted to make it home quickly, and guess what! It felt GREAT! I only ran about 5 minutes, but I was amazed at how good I felt. I haven’t tried busting into a run again, but it made me look forward to running after the baby is born and I recover.
I mentioned a while back that I’d like to try some prenatal yoga. I looked into a few studios and found that the price was too high for something I wasn’t sure if I’d like. I have a love/hate relationship with yoga when I’m not pregnant, and am afraid I’ll find it even more uncomfortable than usual with this big belly messing with my balance.
I will leave you with this picture that shows how much I’ve grown in the last 6 weeks, just in case you hadn’t noticed.
Thank you to everyone who emailed me questions or left them in last week’s comment section. I didn’t get to answer every question in this post as I didn’t want to overload it, but will definitely do so next week. I will most likely do a separate post devoted to my birth plan.