Hi everybody! Let’s address this bump again, shall we? I think bumpilicious is a slight exaggeration because there is a difference between attractive pregnant and “going to pop” pregnant. I’m now getting to the point where people stop me on the street and in stores to make comments about how close I am. Sure, I’m so close but still so far…
Thanks to the heat and my extra baby weight, my feet have continued to swell beyond my wildest nightmares. I rarely hold anything back on my blog (as will be evident in the below picture), but I’m so shocked at the size of my feet and ankles that I cannot bear to show you guys a picture until after I’ve given birth and the swelling has gone down. It’s making me feel really self-conscious for some reason. They just don’t look like they belong on my body!! (If you’re concerned, let it be noted that I am not at risk for preeclampsia, my blood pressure is good and my OB has said the swelling is totally normal.)
I am also the queen of changing positions, sitting, standing, leaning forward, leaning back, feet up, on my side, whatever feels good at the time is what I do! I’m attempting to sit in the “man pose” (sitting with forearms on legs, leaning forward) a lot because our teacher explained it’s a great way to keep baby in an anterior position for birth, meaning his face will ideally be towards my back (which is the best way to avoid back labor).
Yes, I said hemorrhoids. TMI? Too gross! Ha! You ain’t seen nothing yet. Just kidding, not sure why I want to out-gross myself…hmm… but it does seem like a possibility with the whole labor and delivery thing coming up. 🙂
Unfortunately my battle with constipation has led to a hemorrhoid on my anus. I find the hemorrhoid to be both embarrassing AND painful. The OB says I may get more (lucky me!) and the one I have will definitely NOT go away until after I give birth. Peachy.
Needless to say, I’m popping stool softeners like they’re candy, and while it sucks, it’s certainly not the end of the world. Honestly, the emotional toll and extra weight/difficulty moving around are a lot more annoying at this stage in the game.
You all know that camping was uneventful but definitely worth mentioning and remembering. Passing group B strep was also a relief because it means I won’t have to be hooked up to antibiotics during labor. Yay!
In other news, I think I’ve had some Braxton Hicks contractions. 🙂 I say think because it’s just a subtle tightening in my lower abdomen that is not always noticeable until I stand up. I’ve had a few pelvic exams (cervical checks for those not so weak at heart) and no dilation yet. This baby is staying put for a few more weeks that’s for sure!
Baby Boy is running out of space, but thankfully is still head down and still kicking me in the ribs on a regular basis. It’s OK though, I think it’s adorable. 🙂
Starting now, bump updates will be weekly! Since I’m currently 36 weeks, I’ll share that update on Monday, and then the 37 weeks post on the following Monday, and so on. I guess we’ll see how far we get! Until then!