30 weeks! Wow. Having a 3 in front of the number of weeks feels so much more like the home stretch! Check out my previous pregnancy posts first if you missed them:
- Sharing our big news
- 1st trimester recap/Q&A post
- Boy or girl?!
- 16 Week Pregnancy Update (all the emotions, all the carbs)
- 18 Week Pregnancy Update (all the sandwiches, not feeling the snoogle)
- 20 Week Pregnancy Update (in the sweet spot + starting to feel movement flutters!)
- 22 Week Pregnancy Update (still in the sweet spot!)
- 24 Week Pregnancy Update (emotional roller coaster)
- 26 Week Pregnancy Update (officially looking pregnant, dealing with hip/lower back pain)
- 28 Week Pregnancy Update (realizing my old bras were now wayyyyyy too small)
- Our Baby Shower! (just this past weekend – so fun!)
30 Week Pregnancy Update
Baby Size: About 3 pounds and the size of a cucumber! Definitely no hiding this bump anymore. 🙂
Symptoms: Still loving this cooler weather – makes everything feel better! My lower back/hip pain is still mostly gone, too – I feel twinges every once in awhile but I’m thankful it’s not constant or sharp pain anymore. Hizzah!
I’m starting to feel a bit “blech” in the evenings again, though – not nearly as bad as the first trimester but just very mildly nauseous/not able to eat much at dinner which is annoying, and certain foods (plain stuff/comfort food) go down easier than others. I’m always really hungry earlier in the day though – 2 full breakfasts is basically necessary at this point.
Also – still getting random nosebleeds most days of the week. But overall, still feeling pretty good over here and I know it could be worse!
Currently Missing: Really hot baths. Now that the weather has been cooling down consistently and our house is cooler, I’m starting to crave a hot epsom salt bath – LOVE those, especially when my body feels achy. I know I can still take warm baths, but for me it’s hot or nothing – warm baths just tend to leave me feeling chilled!
Sleep: I’ve mostly been getting a good amount of hours of sleep every night (at least 9 hours in bed is so necessary right now – huge thank you to Matt for always being the first one up with the dogs unless I get up for an early workout), which helps a ton. I’ve only been doing a max of 2 early morning workouts per week which helps because I find getting up crazy early more often than that leaves me feeling icky. And getting in bed early and reading for a bit has been key, too, so I wind down enough to fall asleep quickly.
That said, sleeping in general is getting a lot more uncomfortable. I wake up a lot throughout the night with everything aching and have to switch positions a ton but none of them feel great.
Cravings and favorite foods: Tacos!! I’m really into tacos lately as I mentioned in yesterday’s blog post. I’m loving shrimp tacos with a cabbage slaw, and also more traditional meat/cheese/tomato/avocado/lettuce tacos! Matt and I had a fun “Taco Tuesday” this week and I enjoyed the leftovers for lunch the next day, too.
I’m also still obsessed with eggs – in all forms. Mmmm. Bonus points if cheese is involved.
Food aversions: Nothing too intense, but evenings are a little harder again as I mentioned. Sticking with mostly simple things helps! I feel better earlier in the day in terms of normal eats, so I try to get most of my veggies in at lunchtime just in case dinner ends up being cereal or grilled cheese. 🙂
Exercise: I’m still getting in movement every day of some sort – some days it’s dog walking or a hike (if it’s the weekend), other days it is classes or something more structured. I’ve been doing a prenatal pilates class once a week, plus usually 2 boot camp/strength classes (where I modify both intensity, speed, and specific movements like anything that would be too much impact/jumping or have me on my stomach or back) per week.
I’m also usually still doing one yoga class a week – I went to one more prenatal class recently but I still prefer just going to a normal (lower key) yoga class and modifying when necessary. This is mostly just due to schedule/timing and the fact that my favorite studios/instructors do regular vs. prenatal classes. 🙂
I went swimming again this week, too, which always feels lovely. I went at peak time though and ended up having to share a lane with not just one but two other people, which means you all swim in a circle – it was good motivation to push it and try to swim faster than I have been recently so I didn’t get run over/wasn’t always in the way! (Don’t worry, I stopped at the end of the lane anytime they were too close to me and let them pass by!)
I’ve been doing a little jogging here and there (either during workouts or with Matt and the dogs) but 0.5 miles is about my max right now. It just doesn’t feel great for me beyond that, and that’s okay – walking and hiking are still fun!
Here’s a little peek at what this week looked like workout-wise. Just a reminder that what works/feels good for me may or may not feel good/work for you – and that’s okay! You do you. If working out doesn’t feel good for you while pregnant, that’s totally fine – do what works!
- Monday: walks with the dogs
- Tuesday: early morning boot camp class with the girls via ClassPass (<- affiliate link for $30 off) at Urban Athletic Club in Georgetown. This class was a bit cardio-tastic which is tough for me now so I had to modify a lot of things to be low impact/easier, but I powered through! The ending was a 0.5 mile run around the (VERY hilly) block and you guys… it was so hard.
- Wednesday: evening swim that I mentioned above, plus some dog walks
- Thursday: evening prenatal pilates class, plus dog walks. Some of you have asked what prenatal pilates is like – it’s basically death by squats and/or leg lifts (while in tabletop, and while lying on one side – the sideline work is SO HARD for me… my hips are weak). To be honest I find the class super boring (mostly because I don’t love the instructor – she’s reallllllly low energy and doesn’t seem excited to be there, and doesn’t facilitate us all chatting/interacting at all, which is lame since it seems like that’s a big part of prenatal classes) and basically stare at the clock the whole time, but it’s a 6 week series I paid for in advance, so I’m sticking with it, and I know the exercises we are doing are helpful for getting my body ready for labor. 🙂 There are only 2 weeks left (and one of the classes I have to do later as a makeup so I’m hoping I like the other instructor more); I’m pretty sure I won’t sign up for another round.
- Friday: early morning boot camp class with Chelsea via ClassPass at Bodymass Gym in Arlington. LOVE their workouts – it’s mostly all strength stuff (vs. cardio) but they do circuits so it’s a really good, active workout and the class flies by. I don’t really need to modify almost anything usually either which is nice – today I just modified the jump squats at the end to be normal squats.
Mood: Feeling pretty good the past two weeks emotionally! Our baby shower was so fun and really helped with getting excited about all the changes to come – although to be honest it still doesn’t feel real at ALL! I can’t comprehend the fact that there is actually a tiny human inside me right now that will (somewhat) soon be out and about and ours. It’s just so strange and abstract still. I’m sure it won’t feel real until the baby actually arrives. Did you guys feel like this?!
Maternity clothes: I just got a bunch more hand me down maternity clothes from my best friend Jenny – she had her third child 5 weeks ago and is in town meeting her new niece, so she brought me the rest of the stuff she wore at the end of her pregnancy! It’s nice to have some variety – I am already getting tired of the limited amount of options I have at this point, especially in terms of warm weather clothing since I’ve been wearing the same stuff over and over for awhile. Thanks, Jenny!
Reading: Finally finished Bringing Up Bebe! I’m officially sold on the French approach to parenting and basically want to move to France now so we have free daycare and our child is fed actual adult vs. “kid” food from day 1. Hoping we can incorporate quite a few of the lessons/tips from the book as we raise our daughter – we’ll see!
Baby Room Progress: We have officially ordered the baby room furniture – thank you to my parents, grandmother, and Matt’s parents for pitching in for our crib, glider, and dresser/changing table combo! Now we are waiting for it all to arrive so we can start getting everything set up. We have a TON of stuff now thanks to generous baby shower gifts – as soon as we move the rest of Matt’s stuff out of the baby’s room and the furniture arrives, it’s time to get down to business and get it all ready to go! I’m hoping to have everything done and set up by mid October at the latest… we’ll see!
Excited about: Getting some practice with my friend’s sweet babies this week! As I mentioned, my best friend Jenny was in town with her 5 week old son to visit her sister Gretchen and her 2 week old baby girl – and I had the pleasure of spending some time with all of them on Wednesday! I brought over caffeine for everyone and got some baby snuggles. What cuties!
Thank you for reading and sharing in this special time with us! My next update will be at 32 weeks. Until then!
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