Quick check in at 34 weeks:
*We did our last “trip” this past weekend: our friends were getting married in Minneapolis, so we made the drive up there and back. The 6-7 hour drive up there was not as much fun as I thought it would be (I normally like road trips). Dean’s passenger car seat got really uncomfortable towards the end, and we had to make frequent stops not for me to pee, but for me to get up and walk around. The drive back was much more comfortable for two reasons: 1) I drove a large part of the way. I MUCH prefer driving to sitting in the passenger seat on road trips. Keeps me focused and makes the time go by faster. 2) Dean decided to finally tell me that oh, btw, you can adjust your seat so that you have more support for your lower back. Thanks Dean for finally telling me this half way through our way back to Chicago! It actually really helped.
*I felt good most of this week, except for Monday. Monday was just….off. It started out great with a wonderful run and workout along the lakefront:
But then, things just started going downhill. I found it really hard to breath, because the baby was competing with my lungs for space. My 1.5-2 mile walk into work was really uncomfortable because of the breathing issue, and because I had a fair amount of pubic symphysis and sacroiliac pain. I tried to give in and take the bus (and I HATE riding the bus) but couldn’t find my dang CTA card, so I just kept on walking.
All afternoon I felt like the skin over my stomach was going to rip. Ok, I’m exaggerating a little, but it definitely felt like it was being uncomfortably stretched.
My pelvic pain continued to worsen, and I couldn’t find a comfortable way to sit at work and alternated between sitting and standing (thankfully we can adjust the height of our desks in our radiology reading rooms).
Then, I had Braxton-Hicks contractions that started getting more and more frequent as the afternoon went on, occurring multiple times/hour. I mostly ignored them, but it was making me a little nervous how frequently I was having them. I finally called my OB after having 6 in a 45 minute period just to make sure everything was ok. As long as I wasn’t having pain with them, she wasn’t too worried and told me just to have a good meal, drink lots of fluid, and relax when I got home. They calmed down somewhat when I got home and then stopped. I think I was just dehydrated from the wedding, my workout that morning, and then my busy shift at work. I had my regularly scheduled 34 week appointment the next day, and the baby was doing perfect and growing well. What was comforting to know was that 34 weeks is sorta a milestone….I’m now considered “late preterm”. If I were to go into labor, they wouldn’t do much to drastically avoid it, because the baby has a really good chance of healthy survival at this point.
The rest of this week, I’ve felt back to my “normal” self (as normal as you can feel 34 weeks pregnant, ha), and have had my normal amount of Braxton Hicks contractions each day (btw, braxton hicks contractions are just normal, non-labor contractions that your uterus does to “practice” for labor. I’ve been feeling them since around 21 weeks. Basically, you just feel your whole uterus tighten up, and my stomach becomes rock hard. I get them multiple times a day and notice them more now that…well, my uterus is a lot bigger! Also, since I’m smaller, my OB said that I may be more aware of the tightening/contracting than the average person).
That’s it for now. Want to fit in a quick workout before my shift. And don’t worry, I hydrated well last night and will continue to do so today. Also, for the record, I am under no restrictions right now, per my OB. Although dehydration can cause more frequent Braxton-Hicks contractions, exercise does NOT cause preterm labor.
And one last thing, I know I sort of focused on some of the uncomfortable aspects of third trimester during this past week, but it really has been a good week in which I felt quite good the majority of the time!