I realized just now that I totally forgot to post a 30 week update (we're just going to say that Babymoon posts 1 and 2 are my 30 week update).
I wrote this pregnancy update just before I received the sad news of my cousin's loss of pregnancy. Before I go onward with my own pregnancy update, I want to express my sorrow for her loss, and for anyone who's ever lost a baby or struggled with fertility issues. I want to share my own joy, but I also want to remain sensitive to other people's more difficult experiences. Women struggling with loss are always in my prayers and heart.
Can I just take a second to thank you for your advice on my 29 week update? I asked several of the questions that had been looming over me, and you guys were so generous with your answers! It's actually way more comfortable for me to ask my readers a question than it is for me to ask my doctor. Too much pressure to hurry up and finish so she can go see other patients.
I'm finding a couple new stretch marks on my love handles. Still nothing on the front part of my belly - hopefully it stays that way.
There is really no way to describe what it feels like to have a nearly-full-sized baby moving around inside you. Before I was pregnant, I watched Baby Mama, and Amy Poehler's character described pregnancy in the perfect, nonsensical way: "It's like if you ate a meatball sub, and then the meatball sub started kicking you." In other words, there's no way to imagine it until it's happening to you.
There's also no way to describe how heavy your body starts to feel. Let's try to figure out where 20 pounds have gone. I'm carrying around a 3 pound baby, a 2-3 pound uterus, around 4 pounds of fluid and placenta, and 40% extra blood in my body (which is probably close to 8 pounds or something). Tell me you wouldn't get tired hauling that around.
Food. Food is so good. I plan my days around what/where I want to eat. I fell asleep one night this week thinking about all the ways I could use kale (PS, leave your kale recipes in the comments. I'm not kidding). My brain is centered around three things: food, sleep, and nudging my baby around my belly.
Speaking of, I'm loving that he's bigger now. There's some serious interaction happening that I love. His movements and shifts are really noticeable, and I'll push around (gently, of course) to find his little back or butt, which inevitably wakes him up. Then he'll roll over or kick me back, and we'll start the game over again.
I have some more questions for you this week, and I'd love to hear your opinions!
My skin has been surprisingly clear throughout the pregnancy. Will I break out really bad after I give birth?
I know they recommend 6 weeks of rest and recovery before you resume exercise and other stuff, but how long really did it take before you felt up to working out?
Should I buy a nursing bra before I know how big I'll get? Or should I wait until closer to delivery? And what kind would you recommend?
Will my limbs inevitably swell? Swollen feet and hands just seem so uncomfortable.
Kale recipes! Leave 'em here.
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