Sunday, October 28, 2012

My Pregnancy Journal: 35 Weeks

Happenings of the Harper Household

I've been linking up with the “My Pregnancy Journal” meme over at Happenings of the Harper Household. She has since had her little girl (Yay!), but I still wanted to continue to keep a pregnancy journal. I'm excited to keep  sharing and journaling some of my weekly symptoms and photographing my growing belly!

  35 Weeks!

Holy Baby Bump Batman! It just keeps getting bigger and bigger! At 35 weeks, our baby coconut weighs approximately 4.2 pounds to 5.8 pounds and measures about 17.2 to 18.7 inches. Out little guy won't be getting too much longer until his birth, but he is working on plumping up! He still has another pound (or so) to add on before birth and I can expect to gain about a half-pound (or more, in my case) a week until baby arrives. Another fun development is that our little baby boy's hearing is now fully developed  and he may even respond to high-pitched noises. 
 About me & baby boy this week….
Symptoms:  I definitely have to go to the bathroom a lot! It can be pretty annoying....oh well, when you gotta go, you gotta go!  I also have been getting a mild nauseous feeling that sometimes strikes in the morning, but it is most common at night. I'm not sure why, but I have read that you can feel nauseous and get diarrhea/flu symptoms the closer to delivery you get. I read that it your body's way of "cleaning" things out. Lovely, huh? Either way, I don't really like the upset tummy that I get, but tea does seem to help calm my tummy down. Also, at night when I am in bed, I get fairly achy in my lower back and my legs feel restless. Going to the chiropractor twice this week helped me sleep really well on the days that I had adjustments. Taking a bath in the evening, before bed, has really helped too and it's so relaxing!
Weight Gain: I am up to 161.8lbs - adding 36.8lbs onto my starting weight!  

Cravings: Not really craving anything right now. 

Food Aversions: No food aversions either. Just trying to make sure I eat plenty throughout the day to keep my energy and protein levels up....even though I don't really feel like doing much cooking.

What made me cry this week:  I think I got a little misty when I was talking to hubby about this birth and how it will be different than little man's. I know everyone says that their heart just grows when a new little one is born, but it can be kind of hard to imagine how that is actually going to play out. I was feeling like I don't want to leave little man out or be too busy or engrossed when the new baby is here!

Medical Stuff: Hubby and I went to a Birth Details class at the midwife office this week and had an appointment with our midwife. The Birth Details class was great - they went over some of the finer details of our birth. They talked about our birth kits that we got (a bag filled with all the goodies that we might need), a more detailed talk about when to call the midwives/show up at the birthing center, things to bring, birthing in the tub, reasons and "code" speak to the hubbies when they need to do something now, why there might be a transfer to a hospital (non-emergency vs emergency), what happens after your little one is born and more! They answered any questions we had and also showed us the medical equipment that they did have...just in case ! 
The next day we were back for our midwife appointment! I had my GBS (group B strep) test and I should find out this coming week whether or not I have GBS. (I sure hope not!) We got a chance to talk with our midwife about our birth plan and the things that we do or do not want at our birth or right after. It is so nice that their standard of care lines up so perfectly with things that we want (or don't want). I just love how caring our midwife is and how their goal is to make it the perfect experience for us! I got a couple more herbal supplements to add to my vitamin routine. Now I am taking Evening Primrose Oil and an herbal supplement called Birth Prep. They also recommended that I keep drinking red raspberry leaf tea. It was a really good appointment and now I will be going to see the midwife every week! Time is flying by!  

Thoughts from little man:  He hasn't talked much about his little brother this week. He has talked a lot more about wanting to be little again or that he wants to sleep in the crib. I think he is definitely trying to adjust and is trying to find ways to cope with change that is coming. He is also way more connected with his daddy this week. He would much rather do things with his daddy than mommy, unless he gets a boo-boo or is sad (then only mommy will do). It makes me a little sad that he would prefer his daddy to me, but at the same time it makes me happy to see them have to much fun together and that he loves his daddy so much!

Something I am excited about: We have a doula! Yay! It is so nice to know that we will have another helper/coach at our birth. She is still a "doula in training", but she has given birth 3 times and has helped a lot of her friends with their birth. I am also excited that we get to go to the midwife every week! I love going there and am happy to see everyone in the office more often! 


  1. Drinking red raspberry leaf tea can help the contractions to be productive, actually. Once true labor has begun, it strengthens the uterine and pelvic muscles. It is not an oxytonic herb which could induce labor, okay? Just in case you didn't know. I suppose, you're at your 39th week now. This is the week where the umbilical cord starts to get longer which sometimes, could wrap around the baby’s neck. But need not worry, Sarah because it doesn't cause any problems. Although, some Obgynecologist would probably require a cesarean delivery.

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