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PREGNANCY WEEK 24 – 37

05 Jan

size of a honeydew

Week 34 (8 – 14 December):
I’m a pee monster! I keep having to run to the bathroom every hour or so, and I wake up once (sometimes twice) every night to pee, thanks to little one’s head bonking on my bladder. He also loves to drag his fists across my bladder, which really makes me RUN to the bathroom!

Had our Prenatal class as well which was very informative. We’ve been reading up lots about labour/birth and also newborn care – so we’re ready. Exciting :)

I’m back to my 3x/week exercise and feeling really fab about that :) So far, the accuracy of people here guessing “It’s a boy!” is 100% – which is quite astounding considering that’s around 10 people or more that have guessed correctly. He’s still ultra-active, and he can hurt me even more than before now since he’s packed on bone density and body fat. It literally feels like he’s struggling to break out of my belly – furious, purposeful strokes and whacks that make me *gasp*.

size of a honeydew

Week 35 (15 – 21 December):
I noticed bleeding one night, and again in the morning, so doc asked us to go immediately to the hospital when we called. Was hooked up to the machine for awhile and was determined to have “very regular, and very frequent Braxton Hicks contractions”. I don’t feel the contractions at all, though I’ve been having them for the past few weeks almost 24/7 (I can tell when I put my hand on my belly and it’s super hard). I’m also already 1cm dilated, effacement (thinness of cervix) is 70%.

Been asked to cut down on exercise for the next 2 weeks until I’m at “full term”. Arghhhh!!!!

size of a honeydew

Week 36 (22 – 28 December):
Getting a lot of downwards pressure on my pelvic bone, as he’s dropped so far down. It’s similar to the sensation that you get a day after an intense horse-riding session. I feel like if I sneeze too hard, he’ll fall out! He packs a real *PUNCH* too, with his movements being really forceful. Methinks we have one pretty hyper lil boy…

During our Doc appointment this week, discovered I am 1.5cm dialated, 80% effaced, -1 station. Everything’s progressing smoothly and my body is behaving itself so far, and doing everything it’s supposed to do. However, it’s still not a guarantee he’ll come out on time.

For the past month or so, I’ve discovered he has very specific habits, likes and dislikes. I find it rather fascinating, learning everything about him as each day passes. He specifically likes me either lying on my side or standing up. If I sit down, he wriggles and kicks hard and refuses to sleep! He also settles and dozes when I talk, because whenever I’m out for dinner and yakking with friends, he goes quiet/sleeps even though I’m sitting down. Cute :)

size of a watermelon

Week 37 (29 December – 4 January):
Full term this week :)
My little treat for myself in my final few weeks is pampering – getting my hair washed at the hairdressers, manicures, pedicures, spa facials and massages. Most of all, hitting the gym again! HALLELUJAH!!!!! After a 2-week hiatus, I was itching. This week, I did 20-30 min yoga sessions, 2x a day, every day. In addition, 30 mins cardio sessions at the gym, 4x a week. I know it seems like a lot for a heavily pregnant full-term woman, but my body insists on it… If I don’t, I get super irritable with all the excess energy in me. I just feel so good after doing exercise, and I know it’s good for me, plus can kickstart labour – so it’s a win-win :P I’m just so giant in the past week that I can’t get comfortable sitting on the couch, and the only thing that makes me feel good/normal is exercise… so I crave it constantly, to the point where I actually fantasize about it and dream about it! Weird!

At this week’s Doc appointment, I am now 1.5cm dilated, 90% effaced, -1 station. He’s measuring big (!!) at 3.5KG already, and during our 4D ultrasound they kept commenting on his “really chubby cheeks”. He’s facing posterior though, so fingers crossed he spins a bit before/during labour. His movements are still super active and frequent, despite running out of room since he’s so big now. Since I’m full term and doc has declared him as very healthy and active, and me as also very healthy and active, we need him to come out asap!! We can’t wait to meet our little boy :)

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Posted by on 5 January 2011 (Wed) in Pregnancy, Uncategorized

 

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