Pregnancy Update – Week 37

Size of Baby (per “What To Expect”) – Size of a cantaloupe. Somewhere over 7 pounds – based on ultrasound two weeks ago.

Weight Gain – 25 pounds.  I have finally started to put on some pounds as the end of this pregnancy nears.  I gained almost 30 pounds with my first, so this is pretty consistent.

Movement – Movement is centralized very low.  The baby has dropped.  I feel like I have to count to three before heaving my belly over to roll out of bed.  I have to turn my stomach to the side to wash the dishes/brush my teeth when I am at the sink.  There is no more standing straight without putting pressure on my stomach.

Sleep – My daughter and I are fighting over control in her new room (similar to what we did in the crib a few months ago).  This week we again started working on crying it out.  Getting used to the fact that mom and dad are not willing to play in the middle of the night.  Dreadful.  Really.  Heartbreaking, and annoying.  I am getting prepared for disrupted sleep.  As much as I hate being sleep deprived (during a time when I really need sleep), I love my sweet girl so much.

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What I miss – Teaching!  It has already been two weeks since I was on the bike as an instructor.  My power numbers have dropped.  I have had to adjust my bike settings (due to my dropped, larger belly).  I have slowed down.  It is good that I stopped teaching when I did.

Best Moments this Week – A really fantastic night out with my husband.  I will spare the details (since I posted about it yesterday).  Since I didn’t get to go to the wedding last weekend AND I never know when this baby will get here, I am enjoying each and every night out that we have together.  They will be few and far between in a few days.

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Looking forward to –  Doctor’s appointment.  Tuesday.  The first one that my husband will have made it to since 18 weeks.  We are going to talk elective induction.  What does that mean?  Each and every way that we can accelerate starting the birth process without using meds.  Ladies, let me give you some ideas – using your breast pump (weird, I know) and stripping membranes.  Discuss with your doctor if you want more information.  I don’t know if it was coincidence or not, but the day that I did both of these with my first, I went into labor.

Cravings – Ahh, I keep saying – sweets.  We gave them up for Lent.  Go figure, the theme of the bat mitzvah that we went to on Saturday was candy.

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Temptation city.  I decided that I would cheat.  There is a first time for everything.  My first bat mitzvah (and maybe my last – at least for a long time), called for me to participate in all activities.  That includes testing out the ice cream sundae station.

IMG_4636 Symptoms – That ever expanding belly.  It made it difficult for me to squeeze into appropriate attire for the big weekend party.  I am sticking to workout clothes at this point.  Aside from the obvious, I’m really tired.  I’m thirsty all of the time.  I am starting to feel a lot of Braxton Hicks contractions, and I am becoming super anxious.  When will I start going into labor?  Will my water break?  These are questions that can be different for every pregnancy.  Eek!

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Workouts – I squeezed in three rides this week.  I think I am making some of the people in the classes that I am attending nervous.  Y’all, I’m good.  I am working hard, but I am way below the effort level that most people are engaging in.  Working out keeps me sane.

Monday – Tracy Anderson Pregnancy DVD.  My daughter and I also got together with a group of new moms (one of whom is also pregnant with her second) to tape a segment for a local new station about Baby Mama Yoga and Baby and Me Yoga at Moga Charlotte.  What a great class.  I hope that other pregnant/new moms were watching.  If you haven’t checked this out, you need to ASAP.  This is a great way to introduce your children to fitness early, have fun and meet other women with common interests!

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Tuesday – Ride Flywheel Charlotte with Jenna.

Wednesday – Tracy Anderson Pregnancy DVD.

Thursday – Ride Flywheel Charlotte with Jenna.

Friday – Tracy Anderson Pregnancy DVD.

Saturday – Ride Flywheel Charlotte with Denise.

Sunday – Day off.  Hello spring forward.  Walks around neighborhood and chores made up my exercise for the day.  It was too nice to be inside, and I needed the rest.  My daughter even tested our her new mini yard tools.

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