Well I failed my 1 hour test by 4 points! 4 stinking points. 😞 So here I am today doing my 3 hour test. This actually happened to me one other time with baby Grace. I’m so glad I have blogged and have records of all this! I went back and looked and I was 7 points over on hers. My 3 hour test was then fine with hers so I’m really hoping and praying I get the same outcome this time. I was at 139 this time and I guess the cut off is 135. I know this is my last pregnancy and I just really really don’t want any extra issues. Either way I know I will be fine and I will do whatever I need to keep her as safe as I can but if you know me in real life you know how much I love bread and sweets! Plus knowing I would be more susceptible to getting it later in life is not what ￼I want to hear or happen.
Other then this everything has been going good I think. I’m starting to feel a few Braxton hicks contractions. Nothing bad just if I move to fast or something. My hips are still hurting that sucks but it’s fine. Also stretching ligaments are still a thing sometimes. I’m sure that’s why my hips hurt my growing belly. Baby Mac is really enjoying kicking and playing these days and I’m also really enjoying it. I haven’t been sleeping well but she keeps me company and kicks and plays a lot at night. She’s so cute in there kicking and playing. I can’t help but wonder what her little brain is thinking about in there. Probably I wish this crazy lady would let me sleep and stop talking and poking me! Lol I just can’t help but to soak in all these little joyful moments I get.
I’m excited next week is Karen’s baby shower!!! I hope she gets to feel so loved and special for her day. In less then 12 weeks she’s going to finally get to hold and take this baby home. The end of pregnancy is just so exciting and so much fun. I’m so excited for us to experience all of it. At 32 weeks they said they will do a 3D ultrasound so I think Karen is going to try to come to that one too. Hopefully baby will give us some good angles to see her sweet little face. I also hopefully she gets head down and stays that way! I need her to know where the exit is. 😂
Let’s see what baby girl is up to this week.
How’s Baby Mac?
Baby Mac is measuring in at about 14.2-15 inches, about the size of a bunch of bananas, and weighs just over two pounds. And your little one is now opening and closing their eyes with ease! Baby Mac’s brain continues to develop at a rapid pace, preparing to control their body and movements once they’re born. Their brain can even control their lungs and regulate her body temperature! And because Baby Mac can hear you now, if you haven’t done so already, try talking or singing to your baby! It never hurts to familiarize them with your voice — they’re already your biggest fan.
What’s new with you?
We know that most pregnant folks can engage in exercise and movement right up until they give birth, but staying active when carrying around all that extra weight — and some of the side effects that can come with it, like aches, pain, and increasing immobility — can become increasingly difficult. There are enough safe options though that you should be able to find something that feels good for you. Swimming, or other aquatic exercise, can be a good way to stay active while also momentarily taking some of the pressure off of your body. Yoga can help with things including back and hip pain. And aerobic exercises and light weight lifting can help boost both your mood and your strength for the major workout of labor and delivery. Pregnancy-specific exercise classes can also be a great way to connect with other soon-to-be-parents! To keep things simple, try to stay as active as you can with activities you enjoy without overextending yourself.
It’s also time to get started on some of the more practical details of getting your home and life ready for Baby Mac, like getting a crib, car seat, and other baby-related necessities. Getting Baby Mac’s nursery or sleep space set up or figuring out how to install a car seat can be a great way to get your loved ones more directly involved in preparing for Baby Mac’s arrival. And keep in mind that sometimes this preparation can be hard or frustrating (think confusing crib instructions or a car seat not fitting the way that it should), so leave yourself plenty of time and to be patient with yourselves and anyone you’re doing this prep with (whether a partner, parent, or best friend), especially if you’ve never done this before. Nobody is born knowing how to be a parent, or how to build a crib — there’s always a learning curve! In terms of other practical prep work, this may also be the time you may want to look into adjusting any insurance policies as you see fit in order to best protect your family.
Your skin, hair, and nails could be getting brittle at this point. Stronger, thicker hair and nails are the pregnancy symptoms that get the most press, mostly because they’re more fun, but between all the hormones in your body and the extra demand for nutrients that your growing baby needs, plenty of folks experience the opposite. This is totally normal, and it doesn’t last forever. If you experience any major changes to your hair and nails, they should return to just about where they started a few months after you give birth. In the meantime, you can combat some of these less than stellar changes to your nails by keeping your hands well-moisturized and wearing gloves when you’re doing dishes.
There’s also a chance you might develop symphysis pubis dysfunction (SPD), or pelvic girdle pain, a disorder caused by the pregnancy hormone relaxin that makes your pelvic joint particularly unstable. SPD won’t hurt Baby Mac, but it could definitely make your life more uncomfortable. There are treatments available, so if you start to experience pain around your pubic bone, lower back, or perineum, check in with your healthcare provider so they can determine if it’s SPD and discuss possible treatments.