I feel SO bad that I have not been blogging this pregnancy like I did for my first two pregnancies. I love looking back at my weekly blog posts with bump watch images and pregnant musings with Annabelle and Leo. Sadly, this time around I have so much less blog bump-dates to look back on. Thankfully, I have documented my weekly pregnancy style and life updates on my Instagram account. If you’re on Instagram click here to follow along! I will say my maternity style is a lot better this time around and I’m glad I’ve captured that, ha! OK, I’m WAY overdue for a pregnancy blog update. I can’t believe my last blog was at 21 weeks pregnant and I’m now 31 WEEKS!!! (Well, technically 31 weeks and 5 days!!) Geez, that went fast! So, without further ado, here is “The Home Stretch, A 31 Week Bump-Date!”
All about that fit pregnancy.
I’ve learned that maintaining a fit pregnancy is the key to a comfortable pregnancy. It’s not going to be as easy to lose the baby weight in my late thirties, so I have been more focused on my fitness this time around. Staying limber and flexible can help fend off unwanted aches and pains associated with pregnancy, I know this first hand! I worked out until my due date with Leo and had a much easier pregnancy than I did with Annabelle. At 30 weeks pregnant with Annabelle I quit working out, and I definitely paid for it with bad sciatic nerve pain at the end.
At 31 weeks pregnant in my third pregnancy, I’m pretty proud of myself for maintaining my thrice weekly work outs at Orangetheory Fitness. I’ve continued to lightly jog during treadmill intervals, row on the rowing machine, and do resistance training/free weights during the strength portion of class. It’s definitely a more challenging work out, but I feel amazing when it’s over!
Honestly, I’ve needed those challenging work outs to counteract my sucky diet during this pregnancy! I have zero desire to go for the healthier option and order a salad at a restaurant, I crave all the bad things!!
Hello, Sweet Tooth!
I have developed a very ravenous sweet tooth in this pregnancy. I literally can’t say no to anything sweet and bad for me! In my second trimester, I was craving juicy sugary things so I would eat a lot of my kid’s Juicy Burst gummy packs. I also ate ALL the Starbursts and Skittles in my kid’s Halloween candy bags. In fact, I think I ate most of their Halloween candy — eeks!
Lately, I have been obsessed with those Lindor Chocolates that you see everywhere over the holidays. You know those little milk chocolate balls that have assorted fillings inside? OMG THEY ARE LIFE! I’d buy a bag, eat them over a few days, and then ask my husband to help finish them off. Then I’d get mad at him if he ate the last one and I’d end up buying another freaking bag. I don’t even want to know how many calories are in one single chocolate salted caramel ball. Ignorance truly is bliss! Now that the holidays are over I’ve told myself NO MORE. I’m blaming at least 5 pounds of my preggo weight gain on those little effers when this is over!
Third trimester, I’m over it!
I always say this, but by 30 weeks pregnant I’m over it! Gone are the cute little belly preggo days. I’m trying SO hard not to waddle, but with the lack of support at my center thanks to loosened joints and ligaments, waddling is the only way to walk comfortably!
Pure exhaustion has taken over thanks to terrible nights of sleep. You’re not supposed to lay on your back but I get sore from sleeping on my sides all night. So I have to turn several times a night which is like trying to turn over a beached whale. It would be so much easier if I had a crane hovering over my bed ready to lift and roll me when needed, ha ha!
The pregnancy symptom that has truly effected my quality of life is how often I have to use the bathroom. I’m afraid to count how many bathroom breaks I have a day. I’ve wasted so much of my life in the bathroom over these last 7-8 months, it’s depressing! I pretty much pee and take five steps and have to pee again. It’s that bad. I have been known to pee 3 times in 5 minutes. It’s all about how little man is positioned on my bladder. He LIVES on top of it and he kicks the hell out of it when it’s full!!!!! 🙁
What I’ve loved…
OK it’s not all bad, there’s a lot of good stuff to share, too! By far the best thing about this pregnancy is sharing it with my two kids, Annabelle (7) and Leo (5). They are over the freaking moon about this baby, especially Leo. He is obsessed with my belly and his baby brother! He hugs me about 300 times a day, it’s the sweetest thing in the world. He’s only 5, but he really dotes on me these days, I love it! And I can’t wait to see Annabelle be a little mommy to her baby brother. I’m going to get her a cute little backpack with diapers, wipes, and baby toys so she feels needed and can help me on the go! She will LOVE that! I will miss this incredible bonding time I’ve had with my big kids during this pregnancy. I will always remember it and I believe they will always remember this time as well. It’s been the biggest blessing.
I’ve really tried to step up my maternity style game this time around. Feeling good in your clothes definitely helps counteract some of the body image issues women experience while pregnant. Initially, I told myself I’m not going to wear maternity clothes if I can help it. Why buy a whole new wardrobe when today’s flowy styles definitely compliment a pregnant figure? I eventually caved and purchased some cute maternity clothes at the start of my third trimester for a better fit, though. It’s been so fun dressing the bump! I want to share a fun maternity style blog post soon, so I’ll share more preggo looks with you later!
It’s getting REAL now!
Don’t laugh when I say this; but hitting 30 weeks has been a real eye opener that this is really happening!! I’ve been mainly focused on taking the pregnancy week by week to keep my anxiety over starting over with a baby at bay. When I think about how much our life is going to change in just a couple months it overwhelms me. Plus, there’s a lot that has to get done in these next two months to prepare for baby, which only adds to that overwhelmed feeling. Once room swaps, painting, and decorating is behind us I can fully concentrate on mentally preparing for baby! Despite those anxious feelings, I am truly looking forward to falling in love with my new baby boy. Brand new love is such a euphoric feeling!
OK I will try my best to get back on a regular blogging schedule after this! I have a lot more to share, so stay tuned!!
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