29 Week Pregnancy Update

How’s it going? I’m checking in with my 28 29 week pregnancy update. I meant to get this up last week and got sidetracked because I never took a 28 week bump picture. Then the birthday week craziness ensued – it was my birthday Thursday, and Julian’s and my mother in law are both the 12th!

But I had a midwife appointment last week along with my glucose test and am sharing some interesting developments. So grab a snack and enjoy cuz this is going to be a long one!

How far along? 28 weeks. Kind of insane that I am into the third trimester officially. Like, as in, the last trimester before this baby is here on the outside and I am officially mom of two. EEK.

Total weight gain/loss? I am up to 153. I’ve gained additional 6 lbs from the last appointment. The midwife I saw last week was not concerned at all. She told me average weight gain is around 35 lbs and I am at about 30 now. While it’s true I still have many weeks to go before the birth, she assured me I shouldn’t worry about numbers so much. It’s way more important to make sure I am eating healthy with lots of protein (non meat protein sources too), lots of veggies and fruits and try to get in exercise. She said pay more attention to how I am feeling overall and my energy levels and go off that, not the numbers on a scale. To that I say, aye aye Captain.

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Me at 28 weeks and 6 days. Feeling large and pregnant, sans makeup in my Sunday morning glory. I apparently stopped taking bump pics last pregnancy after about the 25th week so I don’t have anything remotely close to compare it to. 

I am so happy that working out actually feels good again and I 100% recognize that even though I might feel tired and sore to begin with, moving, walking, light cardio and strength training makes me feel SO much better and combats my pregnancy fatigue. It also gives a good boost of post workout endorphins which makes a big difference. It’s just carving out the time that I struggle with now. I’m finding myself really missing the gym, but signing up for a membership now or going back to teaching my yoga class doesn’t make sense at this point.

Maternity Clothes? I haven’t bought anything new but I have been browsing sites like ASOS Maternity, PinkBlush, and ThredUp to get some inspiration for Thanksgiving, my best friends baby shower, and Christmas parties. I could also really use some simple basics like non-spaghetti strap tank tops. Why do these seem so hard to find?

Stretch marks? By some grace of God, still no.

Sleep? I always think it could be better. However, I should probably face the fact I’ll never go back to sleeping like my 17 year old self. #momlife. Every time I need to switch sides feels like an event, moving the pillow around and then my huge belly and finding a new comfortable position.

 

Movement? Still feeling kicks and jabs but it hasn’t been quite as crazy as the previous month. I think maybe the little guy is running out of space.

Craving? Interestingly enough I am really into citrus fruits. Oranges, pineapples, clementines, etc. This is so unlike me! Really feeling coconut water lately, too, since I’ve been battling back some serious pregnancy thirst the last few weeks. Also I had been over-indulging on Halloween candy. The other weekend I finally realized even though it tastes heavenly it makes me feel empty and devoid of nutrition and in a sugar crash so I am over it! Just in time to overindulge on birthday cakes.

Anything making you sick or queasy? Nothing like that, but I have a general disinterest for meal planning, prep and cooking especially when it comes to dinnertime. I’ll happily eat anything you put in front of me but thinking it up and cooking it? No thanks. I’m good for about 1-2 dinners a week and the rest of the nights are just straight struggle.

Labor signs? None. I did recently realize I get occasional Braxton Hicks. I’ve had a few since the second trimester hit but didn’t realize what it actually was until last week. Every once in a while I’ll feel a tingling tightening wayy down at the bottom of my uterus that almost takes my breath away for a second or two. Then it eases up and goes away. And it usually happens when I am feeling really dehydrated, which unfortunately has been happening quite a bit.

Bellybutton status? Officially an outie, guys. This never happened with Julian! But I have a tiny outie bump right below (oddly) my actual bellybutton. I can’t even think about it without feeling weird because I’m so weird about bellybuttons to begin with but it’s like this zingy-feeling into my gut and it drives me crazy. Please tell me, will it go back in??

Wedding ring status? On and still comfortable. Not much swelling here yet. But I do feel like the swelling stage of pregnancy is just around the corner.

Looking forward to? December 7th when I have my next ultrasound. Usually my practice just gives one in the beginning to see how far along you are and then the anatomy scan around 18-20 weeks. Unless something comes up or you elect to do extra screening, that’s it.

I don’t think I’ve got around to discussing it here, but our anatomy scan brought up a few issues with the baby that I’ve been assured are of low level concern, but something they want to keep an eye on.

The first issue is a two vessel cord. Normally, umbilical cords have 3 blood vessels – 2 arteries and a vein. Sometimes, like in my case, the cord will just have 1 artery and 1 vein, so they will do another ultrasound in the third trimester to make sure that the baby is growing OK. There’s a small risk of the baby not getting enough nutrients and being small or underdeveloped.

The second issue is a choroid plexus cyst, which means our baby has a little sac of spinal fluid in his brain and while it has no affect on development, it’s considered a soft marker for Trisomy 18. Not all babies who have this cyst have Trisomy 18, but many babies who have Trisomy 18 have this type of cyst. If that’s not too confusing. I elected to have a nuchal translucency scan and special blood work done way back in the first trimester to measure the odds of the baby having cystic fibrosis, any type of Trisomy, down syndrome, or other chromosomal disorders. My results came back 1 in 10,000 which is really low. This cyst issue puts me up a bit to 1 in 5,000, which is still extremely low I am told. Because of this, and the fact that my ultrasounds have showed an otherwise healthy and strong baby, I was advised to not have an amniocentesis done, since miscarriage risks for that are much higher than my odds of having a baby with a chromosomal disorder. While there’s always that chance our baby is the 1 in 5,000 and that’s a scary thought, I was OK accepting this advice.

So, surprisingly not because of the choroid plexus cyst issue, but because of the two vessel umbilical cord they ordered I go for another ultrasound for when I’m around 32 weeks. At my request, I’ll be having this done with a fetal specialist who’ll be able to take a good look at the baby and let us know for sure where we stand with the issues we know about and tell us if anything else has cropped up in the meantime, which gives me decent peace of mind.

The ironic part is, when the midwife measured my belly last week I was actually measuring 3 weeks ahead! So clearly that doesn’t seem to indicate stunted growth is going to be an issue. She did mention she thinks the baby is just super high right now and that could be a reason I am measuring so much bigger, which I can definitely believe since my ribs have been sore at night for a few weeks now. But I also have felt so much bigger this pregnancy and so many people have given me a doubtful look when I tell them I’m due at the end of January. So if we end up with a bigger baby, I wouldn’t be surprised either.

That’s about it for updates! I’ll be back with another pregnancy update in 2 weeks, now that I am going to appointments that often.

Xoxo

Liz

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