Hopefully, this is the LAST pregnancy update I’ll have for you all since Baby Tooth’s due date is this Fridayyyy!
Baby Tooth is just over 39 weeks today and is about the size of a mini watermelon. And just for fun, here’s a little side by side comparison while wearing the same top…
31 Weeks vs 39 Weeks
Here’s what Baby Tooth has been up to this week:
- Baby Tooth continues to build a layer of fat to help control his body temperature after birth, but it’s likely he already measures about 20 inches and weighs a bit over 7 pounds. (Boys tend to be slightly heavier than girls.)
- The outer layers of his skin are sloughing off as new skin forms underneath.
And here’s what’s been happening with me this past week:
Weight gained: At my last appointment I hadn’t gained any more weight so my doc said it’s possible that I’ve reached the height of my weight gain. That would put me at 29 pounds.
Workouts: I did attempt a short walk on the treadmill over the weekend, and I’ve been able to do some different exercises while in the pool (along with my killer doggy paddle) but that’s about it at this point. Just merely existing is practically a workout these days.
Labor Signs: Contractions and/or Braxton Hicks, although if I’m being honest, I still don’t know the difference. I get the ones where my belly hardens but it doesn’t necessarily hurt; then I get the others that are like strong menstrual cramps that wrap around all the way to my back.
Symptoms: Mostly the same…
- Low back pain and pelvic pressure
- Braxton Hicks and/or contractions
- A feeling like my uterus is basically going to fall out…yep, it’s the truth
- Fatigue/always sleepy
- Occasional nausea
- Itchy belly/skin
- Sore feet – still tough in the mornings
- Some swellings in hands, feet, and ankles
- Lots of potty breaks
Movement: Movement has definitely slowed a bit this week. Honestly, I have no idea where he even has room to move at this point. He’ll kick his little feet around and stick up his little butt occasionally, but they don’t really move out of their place.
Food Aversions: Nada.
Food Cravings: Cheeseburgers and watermelon sherbet. Not necessarily pregnancy related, but I’ve been lovin’ them both big time.
Sleep: So-so. I’ve been so sleepy that I really have no problem falling asleep. I’m up definitely once, sometimes 2-3 times each night to head to the bathroom, but I probably wake up 5-6 times with needed to switch positions. Can I tell you how excited I am to finally be able to sleep on my stomach?!
Stretch marks? STILL stretch mark free! Apparently I have some nice elasticity in the ol’ belly.
Miss Anything? All the same stuff as I’ve mentioned before.
Fun and/or Interesting Things from the Week: We had our last appointment last Thursday and the doc said I was up to 1cm dilated and 60% effaced. Nothing crazy, but I suppose it was nice to at least see a tiny sliver of progress!
This week has also gotten significantly more difficult in the moving/merely existing department. Regular daily tasks are becoming more and more of a challenge, and my desire to do much of anything is pretty low.
Since I’m still working right now, I try to save up most of my energy for that. Many of you have asked and yes, I plan on trying to work right up until my due date, which is this Friday the 19th. Why? Well, I’m getting 12 weeks of maternity leave, but they start as soon as I’m out of work…whether the baby is here yet or not. So that being said, I’m trying hard to get every last bit of that 12 weeks for when the babe is actually here.
Belly Button in or out? About the same, partially out, but still has a little indent too.
Wedding rings on or off? Still on, but snug in the heat.
Happy or moody most of the time: Hmm…how to answer this one? I will say that I’ve definitely been experiencing moodiness. I’m anxious, I’m uncomfortable, and as much as I’ve enjoyed pregnancy, I’m ready to be done with it. I get into occasional funks” where I just feel sort of blah/annoyed/sad. Those of you who haven’t gotten to experience week 39 of pregnancy? You’re lucky. And those of you who have experienced 40+ weeks? My godddd, how did you do it?
That being said though, it’s not like I’m walking around as a cranky pants. Yes, I have my moments, but I’ve still been thoroughly enjoying life and getting in plenty of laughs, especially with Jay. We’ve been having some great times together, and I honestly feel like I’ve been enjoying his company even more these past few weeks.
New Baby Items: None for the baby, but this baby’s mama got herself some new bras for after he’s here.
Looking Forward To: I’m pretty sure this one is fairly obvious…getting the labor party staaarteddddd!! And don’t worry…as long as no major catastrophes happen, I’ll be sure to pop in somewhere (either the blog, Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram) to give you all a heads up when it does!