Hello! Hope you had a great weekend! Between adjusting to a new baby and having visitors over, it’s been a busy couple of weeks over here. Olivia has stolen all our hearts and takes up a lot of our day. Having mom here has been really helpful and appreciated. She has been here since week 39 awaiting the little girl’s arrival and helping out once she graced us with her presence.
Today, I’ll share with you how the end of the pregnancy went. I’ll share her birth story soon!
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Hard to believe, but baby and belly keep growing. From the size of a baby watermelon on week 39 to the size of a small pumpkin, or actual baby, on week 40. By the end of the pregnancy, I was 31 pounds over my starting weight.
With the belly being so big, it’s getting harder to exercise, so I ended up doing just one yoga routine in these couple of weeks. Most of my activity concentrated on working around the house. Also, my feet were so swollen, that I tried to stay off them as much as possible, so not a lot of walking for me either.
Sleep has become harder and harder to sustain. The swelling and tight belly keep me up at night. Also, the baby seems to like to push against my ribs and give me back aches. Not fun.
The baby’s movements have been pretty insane and she likes to move a lot when I wind down for the night. I’m also more aware of them, since she has less space in there.
My belly is definitely lower, but no major signs of pre-labor yet. On my 39 week appt, I was 1 cm dilated, which was a good sign in the right direction, but other than that, this baby has shown no sign of wanting to come out.
My two doctor’s appointments went very well. Week 39 was pretty normal, heart rate and blood pressure were normal and belly keeps growing accordingly. The appointment for Week 40 was a different story. Since I was 4 days past my due date, we talked about induction. My blood pressure was high and combined with the swelling I had two options: induction or getting tested for preeclampsia. It was an easy decision to choose induction, my mom was in town, my dad was coming in the weekend and I was truly starting to get too uncomfortable to prolong this any longer than necessary. So, in I went that same day to start the induction process.
Getting to meet my little Olivia on February 11th!
Overall, I had a great pregnancy and loved the whole journey. Can’t believe it’s already been almost two weeks since I had a little mystery in my belly who now brightens our days. Love her so much!