Third trimester: Weeks 36 – 37

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!

Weeks 36-37

Weeks 36-37

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.

Third trimester: Weeks 34 – 35

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.

Weeks 34-35

Weeks 34-35

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.

Third trimester: Weeks 30 – 33

Week 30 (October 7)
Baby shower time! Technically I was 29 weeks for my baby shower on Sunday but for simplicity I will say 30 weeks (since my weeks begin on Mondays). I had a lot of fun and received some pretty amazing gifts from some amazing friends and family! Baby K will definitely not lack in the clothing department, that’s for sure! I will do a separate post about the shower.

This week at Prenatal Nutrition, a public health nurse spoke to us about breastfeeding. We made snack foods and played a questionnaire game. I guess I read too much because I got all the answers correct! I plan to breastfeed Baby K so it’s great to be given these extra resources. The nurse will come every two weeks and speak about a different topic. She’s doing this as a special favour because there aren’t any prenatal classes offered in our little village, and to be honest I don’t want to drive 30-40 minutes to go to one.

Weeks 30-31

Weeks 30-31

Week 31 (October 14)
Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoyed a delicious turkey dinner at a friends’. Unfortunately, Baby Girl takes up so much room that I can only eat small amounts at a time. My eyes definitely wanted more food but I just couldn’t manage more than a little scoop of each dish. I was falling asleep by 8 o’ clock.

Still having a lot of Braxton Hicks and craving celery/carrot sticks.

My appointment last Thursday was cancelled due to a birth and rescheduled for this Thursday with Kilmeny. This weeks’ check-up was pretty quick. She explained discharge procedures at the hospital and what items are provided for baby. Blood pressure good, fetal heart rate at 148 bpm, and fundal height at 30 cm. Baby Girl still has her head down and feet in my ribs!

I’ve gained 28.5 lbs total.

Week 32 (October 21)
She is constantly pushing her little leg up so high that I get a big uncomfortable lump on the top of my belly. She’s an active girl, constantly moving around and getting hiccups.

I’m still eating tons of carrots and celery. And chocolate.

At Prenatal Nutrition this week, the public health nurse showed up to speak about comfort measures during childbirth. Most of the measures I’ve already either read about or watched a video. She did, however, give us each a folder full of great pamphlets and booklets that I’m excited to go through!

I’ll be heading to Kingston at the end of the week to visit hubby, as he’s now on course there. Maternity photoshoot on Saturday!!!

Weeks 32-33

Weeks 32-33

Week 33 (October 28)
After 5 days of suffering, I broke down and called my midwife about the severe pelvic pain I’d been experiencing. It started almost the moment I reached Kingston and unloaded my stuff at mom’s and continued all weekend. Even once I returned home it still bothered me. In the morning, my pelvic area is sore but tolerable. By mid-afternoon, the pain gets considerably worse until I can hardly stand or walk. Stairs are almost impossible. At night, turning from my left side to my right side is agony. It feels like my pelvis is splitting apart. Anyway, Suki said it’s most likely symphysis pubis dysfunction (eek?!) and is quite common. She suggested I see an obstetric physiotherapist. I will be seeing Suki in 2 days and will find out for sure if that’s what I should do.

In other news, Jordan and I had maternity photos done with Cole Creations. I’m really excited to see how they turned out!

Third trimester: Weeks 28 – 29

Week 28 (September 23)
Hello third trimester! Although I think it technically began in week 27 but let’s just ignore that.

On the Friday of this week I met with Suki, one of the midwives. My blood pressure was normal and Baby K was growing appropriately. Her head was down in my pelvis and feet/legs up near my ribs. No wonder I keep seeing what I think is a leg pushing out the top of my belly! I’m also having Braxton Hicks contractions quite regularly. They aren’t painful but there’s definitely a lot of pressure and tightness in my belly when they occur. Baby’s heartbeat is 146 bpm. I’ve gained 24 lbs total.

Suki gave me 2 DVDs to watch since hubby and I aren’t doing prenatal classes. One is on comfort measures during childbirth and the other is a twelve-part series on common postnatal issues. We’ve started watching the one on comfort measures and have learned some techniques to use during labour.

One of the questions I asked my midwife was what happens once we get to the hospital. She explained that I first pick up my registration papers (I’ve already preregistered) and then head to Labour & Delivery. I should be put into a private birthing room with access to en suite bathroom. She mentioned that if my water breaks in the middle of the night but I’m not having contractions, I should only call her if the fluid is tinged greenish; otherwise that phone call can wait til morning. If I’m having contractions at night I can take Tylenol and Gravol to help me rest until morning (unless they are very close together and I can’t wait any longer to get to the hospital).

My next appointment will be October 10th and I’ll be going every 2 weeks now.

In other news, this was a very busy week! Jordan’s parents arrived from New Brunswick on Wednesday and left Sunday afternoon. They helped finish the new flooring in our master bedroom, moved all our furniture into the room, set up the nursery and hung pictures on the walls. Charlene and I washed, folded, and sorted really cute baby clothes; washed toys and the Exersaucer that was given to us; and cleaned and de-furred the Infantino carrier my sister lent me. We got so much stuff done; I am so thankful! Nursery pictures will come later when it’s completely finished!

After that exhausting week, I started to not feel well Sunday night at our church’s potluck dinner. We left early and I slept off and on from 7 pm to 8 am the next day.

Weeks 28-29

Weeks 28-29

Week 29 (September 30)
I’m experiencing a lot of intense Braxton Hicks contractions, just like the previous week. They tend to stop me in my tracks, they’re so uncomfortable.

Had more pains in the top of my belly yesterday while we were out shopping. I’m not sure what it’s from or if it’s just stomach pains unrelated to pregnancy, but they hurt enough that after picking up a white floating shelf and Scotch Guard from Home Depot we went right home instead of continuing on to Walmart. I found that if I curled onto my left side or held my hands underneath my belly while I was standing, then the pain would dissipate.