38 weeks… wow. I’m officially feeling like this pregnancy might actually have an end point – for a long time it seemed like I would just be pregnant forever and this was my new reality, you know? But now that our due date is so close, we are getting really excited to finally meet our new addition! Crazy that she could come any day now!
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!
- 30 Week Pregnancy Update (nausea is back a bit)
- 32 Week Pregnancy Update (emotional hot mess)
- Pregnancy, Body Image, and Intuitive Eating
- My Maternity Leave Plan
- 34 Week Pregnancy Update (still an emotional hot mess)
- 36 Week Pregnancy Update (sharing my fave pregnancy-friendly workout tights + tanks!)
38 Week Pregnancy Update
Baby Size: Roughly 6.5 to 7 pounds, and the length of a leek!
Symptoms: Feeling pretty good physically lately actually! I mean, I have a huge and awkward belly that’s hard to work around and smushes my bladder, but other than that I feel pretty good. The heartburn I had for a week or so seems to have simmered which is awesome, and I don’t really have any aches or pains right now (knock on wood). Still dealing with the digestive issues, but I’ll take that over other symptoms for sure. The belly gets so much larger throughout the day which is funny – by evening it’s intense! Here’s a photo from Wednesday night – whoa! I think the baby may have started to drop a little bit which would explain the disappearance of heartburn and eating being a little easier… and my bladder feeling more squished.
Currently Missing: I’m starting to get REALLY excited to have the things I’ve avoided for awhile now again soon! See also: sushi, alcohol, runny egg yolks, etc!
Sleep: Sleep has been pretty good lately – I wake up once or twice to go the bathroom, and switching sides is still an awkward ordeal that needs to happen every few hours because a leg will get numb or a hip will hurt, but I’m savoring my last chance to get lots of sleep for awhile. 🙂
Cravings, favorite foods, and aversions: Food has been better lately, too – I still don’t feel totally normal with food and some things are hit and miss, but I’m not feeling quite as turned off by most food lately. As I mentioned earlier this week, BLTs and I had a serious moment this week – so good.
I have also been craving fresh, crunchy salads and raw veggies, which is a nice change! I had some good arugula salads this week at home as part of lunches.
Italian food is also consistently a win – I had a really fun girl’s night dinner last night at Filomena Ristorante in Georgetown – I’d never been there before and it was a lot of fun! The three of us shared 2 pasta dishes (and 2 starter salads) since portions were massive and everything was really good. The highlight, though, was this strawberry cheesecake we shared for dessert – it was amaaaazing. I <3 cheesecake.
Exercise: Since my last update 2 weeks ago, I officially made the switch from regular yoga to prenatal yoga – my belly was getting pretty in the way in terms of scrambling up and down for normal classes, even with lots of modifications. I’ve gone to prenatal yoga a couple times now and it has felt really good!
I also had my last early morning boot camp date with the girls this week – again, I was just starting to feel like my belly was getting really in the way, and I was having to modify more and more. I’m looking forward to the extra sleep instead although I’ll miss seeing the girls for our workout dates!
I’m still planning to continue to do lots of daily walking and some swimming until the baby arrives, though, in addition to the prenatal yoga – might as well keep that up since it keeps me feeling good physically and mentally!
Baby Position: As I wrote about last week, the baby was still head up (in Frank Breech position) at my 36 week appointment. We decided against doing the version procedure and instead I have been focusing on doing all the various other methods that are supposed to help with turning babies (inversions, warm baths with ice packs on the upper belly, peppermint oil rubbed into the top of my belly, moxibustion, prenatal chiropractor, etc.). I haven’t tried acupuncture yet but that’s next on the list if the baby still hasn’t moved as of today – we have our 38 week doctor appointment this afternoon so we will see if she has moved or not! I can’t tell – sometimes I think I feel movements in new areas, and sometimes I don’t. Who knows! I do think she has started to move down a little bit, though, as I mentioned already!
We have a C section tentatively scheduled for Monday, November 20 in the case she doesn’t flip – although we may move that back to November 24 just to give her a tiny bit more time to bake… we’ll see. November 24 would be the day after our due date, so it’s a bit of a gamble in the sense that if I actually go into labor before that then we will have an emergency C section situation on our hands, which is a bit more chaotic/intense as the baby can get more stuck, everyone is rushing around, etc. Any thoughts? If she doesn’t flip, should we stick with November 20 or do November 24? (In between those dates are not options for scheduled procedures due to the Thanksgiving holiday on Nov 23, our actual due date.) If we do November 20 and everything goes okay, the doctor said we’d probably be home by Thanksgiving, so it could be fun to introduce the baby to my parents, brother, and grandmother that day (although I’m wondering if we will be up for that…). If we wait until November 24, it would be nice to have one last adult only Thanksgiving the day before, provided she doesn’t decide to make her debut on her own. The other thing is that if we stick with Nov 20 we currently have our least favorite doctor assigned to us as she’s the one on call that day…
Maybe we will find out today that she has flipped and then it will just be up to her to decide when to arrive – who knows! 🙂
Pre-Contractions/Labor Sensations: Still nada! I haven’t had any pre-contractions or anything like that. I know that some people have their water break/go into labor without any of these early signs, though, so who knows if this indicates anything or not!
Reading/Baby-Related Classes and Prep: My hospital bag is packed, we’ve taken all the various baby-related prep classes we wanted to, our hospital tour is done… now all that remains is getting our car seats checked! We have an appointment to do that one night next week – hoping the baby doesn’t come before that happens but they didn’t have any earlier openings!
Baby Room Progress: We ordered some cute baby animal prints for the baby’s room from Etsy, but they haven’t come just yet – so no new nursery photos or updates! I’ll share a final photo tour once we have it all finished – we figure there’s no rush since the baby won’t be in there for awhile anyway, and it’s ready for diaper changes and nursing already.
Work/Maternity Leave: This week was my last big week of AnneTheRD nutrition client meetings! Next week I’m going to enjoy relaxing more and getting ready for our new addition, while continuing to work ahead in terms of blog-related partnerships.
Thank you for reading and sharing in this special time with us. <3 I’m not sure if I’ll be posting another dedicated pregnancy update at 40 weeks or not – it’s all up to the baby! Stay tuned! When she arrives, I’ll plan to take some time off the blog (a week or so), but will pop in to let you guys know she is here. Check Instagram for updates, too – that will likely be the first place I’ll announce her arrival to the public! 🙂