Week 36 (October 5)
Braxton Hicks contractions calmed down this week compared to last week. But heart burn kicked up a notch; I had to go buy some fruity Tums.
Amanda emailed me our maternity photos. They turned out fabulous! 😀
I had an appointment with Suki on Friday. She told me that my GBS swab came back positive. Crappy. I had hoped for one less thing to worry about. My lower belly had been feeling much heavier, and Suki confirmed that baby’s head had engaged. No wonder! Blood pressure was 110/65, fetal heart rate strong and steady, and fundal measured at 37 cm.
Also, she gave me the results from my 33 week ultrasound. Apparently the baby measured in the 86th percentile and weight was estimated at 5 lb 7 oz.
That afternoon I called our genetic counsellor and informed her that my due date was getting closer. She said to call her after the baby is born and she will rush the results of the blood test.
Total wight gain was 39 lbs. I’ve officially surpassed the weight I gained with Khloë.
Week 37 (October 12)
Still incredibly uncomfortable and suffering from heartburn at night. Ugh. Tums were my best friend.
Jordan came with me to my midwife appointment this week. His first one all pregnancy! I wanted him to drive me because driving causes me pain in my pelvis. I hate you, SPD. Anyway, blood pressure was 112/66 and fundal at 38 cm. Head still engaged!
When I went to bed on Saturday I had one contraction. Literally just one. It started in my back and the cramp spread to my stomach for 20 seconds.
Week 28 (August 10)
On Thursday I met with Suki. Baby Boy is still doing fine. Fundal height measured at 29 cm and blood pressure was 100/75. While she was feeling my belly she discovered his head is up by my ribs. But there’s still plenty of time for him to turn.
That same afternoon I finally got my hair cut! It was way too long and very damaged; I hadn’t cut it since last July. Now it’s layered just above my shoulders and feels healthier.
I’ve been having pain in my ribs, which feel like spasms. One night they hurt so much it woke me up and it was hard to breathe.
On Sunday our church held the service out of doors. The weather was very hot but there was some shade under two tents. Afterward there was a BBQ with great food and friends.
Week 29 (August 17)
On Wednesday we started our drive to New Brunswick. We stayed in a motel the first night after a 9 hour day. The worst part of the drive was trying to find a comfortable position to sit in and the multiple stops we had to make so that pregnant lady could pee. The next day we stopped at the Target in Bangor, Maine and bought a few items for the baby. We made it to Jordan’s parents’ home by 7:30 pm EST. His mom fed us pineapple chili for dinner. My sister-in-law and family arrived shortly after we did. The weather was sweltering hot and humid.
Jordan’s brother got married on the Saturday. There was no air-conditioning in the chapel. I’m pretty sure it was over 35°C outside and with everyone crammed into the building it felt even warmer inside. I kept drinking water but I felt like I was going to pass out a couple times. Waiting around for the group photos to be taken was brutal. And then no air-conditioning in the reception hall, just some fans going. I had never felt so hot and uncomfortable in my life! Unfortunately I was so miserable that I couldn’t wait to leave and blast the a/c in the car. I think I would have enjoyed that trip more if I wasn’t pregnant.
Week 30 (August 24)
During my midwife appointment this week I saw Kilmeny. Baby Boy’s heartbeat was strong and steady. Fundal height measured at 31 cm and blood pressure was at 100/66. By feel she thought his head was down and feet in my ribs. Two days before the appointment baby was doing some massive movements so that must have been him turning.
We received a letter from Rogers House (palliative care building associated with CHEO) about adding Khloë’s name to a mirrored star for their memorial wall. We agreed to let them engrave her name on a star. There will be a small ceremony on September 27th that I’d like us to attend.
Week 31 (August 31)
Not much went on this week. Baby’s movements were still strong and keeping me up at night. Cleaned up the house in anticipation of Nancy and family’s visit for the weekend, which took a toll on my poor pelvis. I loathe SPD. I’ve gained 32 lbs so far.
We had a good visit with my friend, her husband, and their little guy. Loukas enjoyed playing with some of Khloë’s toys and he was obsessed with the magnets on the fridge. I wouldn’t let him touch the magnets of Khloë but I let him play with the princess ones that my sister made; he loved that! Nancy gave us a gift bag with some baby clothes, too.
Also I booked a newborn photo session with Cole Creations. She did our maternity photos two years ago and was offering a very reduced-price newborn session so I put down the $50 deposit. She will be travelling from Kingston within 7-10 days of Baby’s birth! I’m really excited to do these pictures because it’s one of the things I regret not doing with Khloë.
Week 26 (July 27)
It was a HOT week! I don’t remember the heat bothering me that much when I was pregnant two summers ago; maybe I’ve just forgotten! A few nights of the week I wasn’t able to sleep much, even with two fans pointed at me and no blankets on. It was so sweltering hot on Wednesday that Jordan and I decided to hop in the car, blast the A/C, and drive to Pembroke for chocolate milkshakes and ice cream from the dairy. Meals have been a bit tricky because I didn’t want to turn on the oven. We’ve been living on cold salads and barbecued hamburgers or sausages, but one day I did make a creamy ranch chicken in the slow cooker. Oh, I finally pre-registered at the hospital I’ll be giving birth at.
Week 27 (August 3)
Some websites consider this third trimester, but to make it easier I’m going to use 28 weeks as third trimester. My hips and pelvis are aching more, a sign that baby and belly are growing and that I’ve pushed myself too much for one day. In preparation for my mom’s upcoming visit, I did a lot of house cleaning, which exhausted me. I had one really bad night with SPD (symphysis pubis dysfunction); anytime I moved I would get shooting pains in my pelvis. Jordan had to help me to the bathroom in the middle of the night because I literally couldn’t stand up without collapsing.
My mom drove up on Saturday and we spent the weekend cooking yummy meals. She made my favourite mushroom risotto one night. She had a blast taking care of the chickens, constantly checking on them, feeding them, and collecting eggs. I think she enjoyed herself!
Week 36 (November 18)
The pain I was experiencing from SPD was much better this week. If my body felt like I did too much, I would acknowledge the ache and sit down to rest. My last physio appointment was Thursday and Donna said if the pain becomes worse then I’m to come back to see her after the baby is born.
On Friday I met with Kilmeny and she told me I tested positive for Group B Strep. We talked about what that means if my water was to break and when I should page her or Suki. When I’m in active labour, I’ll need antibiotics administered through IV every 8 hours. (I can’t take penicillin or amoxicillin, which is given every 4 hours.) Next appointment will be November 29th.
Fundal height was 36 cm and my blood pressure still good.
On Saturday, Jordan and I toured the Labour & Delivery floor at Pembroke Regional Hospital. And the car seat’s installed!
Week 37 (November 25)
Full-term! I don’t think I’ll have the baby early, but one never knows. I haven’t had that nesting feeling but both midwives said Baby Girl could be early.
This week the SPD pain came back. I probably should have gone back to physio, but I thought I’d wait it out. Met with Kilmeny again on November 29th. We talked about what happens after delivery; she explained about the vitamin K injection and eye ointment for baby. My blood pressure was fine and fundal height still at 36 cm. I peed on a stick and it showed a high amount of proteins and sugar in my urine. Midwife wasn’t concerned as this is the first time either have shown up. She said not to worry and we will check again next week.
My total weight gain is 36 lbs.
Week 34 (November 4)
Luckily the obstetric physiotherapist had a cancellation so I didn’t have to wait two weeks for my initial consultation appointment. I explained where I was experiencing the pain and how it made it difficult for me to stand or walk (or even press the brake pedal while driving). Donna confirmed it to be SPD (symphysis pubis dysfunction). She said that rather than moving as one, my pelvic bones are actually shearing together because the cartilage is too loose. Ouch! She showed me ways that I can sit, get in/out of bed, roll over, get into a vehicle, etc that shouldn’t cause anymore pain or make it worse. She gave me a list of simple strengthening exercises to do and suggested using ice on the area as much as possible. I tried on two different support belts and chose the one that felt most comfortable. Then she worked on my pelvic area for a bit. I have a couple more appointments over the next two weeks.
Week 35 (November 11)
My lovely stretch marks are very visible in the Week 35 photo. Anyway, hubby and I attended the local Remembrance Day ceremony this week. I wore my support belt (I’m supposed to wear it as much as possible, even to sleep if I can stand it) and it made the standing around at least bearable. By the time we got home I had an ache in the front of my pelvis so I knew that meant to use some ice and take it easy. But at least I was able to get out of the house. The only annoying thing about the belt is having to take it off every time I need to pee… which is often!
Lots of appointments this particular week! I’m still having trouble rolling over in bed without hurting myself, which I mentioned to Donna at this week’s physio. Also when I lay on my back I get really sharp sciatic pain shooting down my left leg. She worked that area which I think has helped somewhat. I also met my new family doctor, Dr Kipp, on Tuesday. And finally on the Friday I saw Suki. She had me do the Group B strep swab because she doesn’t think I will hit 40 weeks and the results take at least one week to come back.
Fundal height measured at 35 cm. Heartbeat at 150 bpm. Good blood pressure for myself. And I have gained a total of 33 lbs so far.