Pregnancy Update: 32 Weeks

How far along are you?  32 weeks!  Wow!  It’s exciting to be in the last ten weeks—only two more months until baby makes his or her appearance.

Best Moment this week?  On New Year’s Day, we were at friends’ for a party.  I was sitting on the couch with two other moms, visiting, when baby jammed his or her foot (or hand) up into my belly.  Without even thinking about it, I put my hand on my tummy to rub that little foot (or hand) and push it back down a bit.  My friend noticed and with a smile asked, “Is the baby kicking?”  I laughed, because I hadn’t even really thought about what I was doing, but she’d noticed.

Baby’s growth?  Baby is “now more than 16 inches long in total length …  She is almost 4 pounds now and will continue to grow quickly in the next few weeks.  Her fat reserves are being added and filling out her little arms and legs.  Instead of being skinny and wrinkled looking, she will be a lovely, plump little girl.”  (From Forty Weeks of Pregnancy Development by Angela England.)

Medical Stuff?  At my last midwife appointment, my iron levels were low, so I’m on an iron supplement.  That’s rather annoying to take, as it’s supposed to be taken on an empty stomach.  So I have to try not to eat after supper so that I can take my iron before bed.  The pharmacist suggested taking it when I wake up, but I like to wake up and eat breakfast immediately, not wait an hour for my iron to digest.
Weight gain?  Twenty-five pounds (I think)—eeek!  That means I’ve gained more this pregnancy already than my first two!  I only gained twenty pounds with Sunshine.  And with her, I gained at least a pound a week for the last month or two of my pregnancy.  Hmmm… might be harder to lose the baby weight this time around.

Cravings or Food Aversions?  Nope, not really.

Sleep?  Still lots of tossing and turning.  I can’t wait until I can sleep on my tummy or back again.  My shoulders get sore and my arms fall asleep when I sleep on one side for too long.  My legs also get tired of being curled up because I’m sleeping on my side.  However, I am trying to be grateful that I get to sleep through the night (except for rolling over and peeing), because both the girls are sleeping very well right now (except when they are sick) and that will change when the baby comes.

Maternity Clothes?  My mother-in-law gave me a gift card to Thyme Maternity for Christmas, so I went shopping on Boxing Day.  I didn’t want to buy something that I’d just wear for the next two months and then pack away for several years, so I looked at the nursing tops and other shirts that I might wear after baby comes.  I ended up getting two tops that I actually think will fit better when I’m not pregnant than they do now; they stretch over my tummy, but I don’t want to stretch them out of shape!

Plus I got myself a maternity swimsuit.  Until now, I’ve just used a two-piece swimsuit that fits but doesn’t totally cover my bump.  It was getting a bit uncomfortable, so I wasn’t as enthusiastic about taking the girls swimming.  Thyme had several maternity swimsuits, and the one that fit the best was actually the cheapest!  Score!  It made a huge difference next time we went to the pool.

Gender?  The girls are still convinced it’s a boy…

Movement?  Lots!  Still mostly after I go to bed at night, or when we’re driving, or watching a movie.  When I was pregnant with Sunshine, she was most active at 1 pm—right after I’d had lunch and returned to my desk at the office.  I don’t remember when Lily did the most kicking and wiggling around.

What I’m looking forward to… Being able to trim my toenails and tie my shoes without this big bump in the way!

Labor Signs?  Nope.  I didn’t have many Braxton-Hicks with either Sunshine or Lily, though, so I’m not expecting much yet.

Thoughts from the family… My husband’s parents have made plans to come out and help when the baby arrives.  They’ll be here for Sunshine’s birthday (a week before the baby is due), and then Dad will fly back to the farm (to take care of the cows) while Mom stays here to help until the baby comes.  Sunshine is super excited that they are coming for her birthday (again) and I’m super grateful to have some help then.  I think the girls will appreciate having some extra time from Grandma while I’m busy taking care of the newborn baby.

Something I’m Excited About… Wearing my regular clothes again!  I have limited options (mostly big, baggy T-shirts) for what will cover my bump or go with my low-rise jeans.  It will be nice to get back to some of my other favourite tops.

Pregnancy related books you are reading…  I started reading Birthing From Within by Pamela England and Rob Horowitz.  It’s a book that I have from the birthing course we did when I was pregnant with Sunshine.  I’m really enjoying it.  Pam has some great things to say about birth and about preparing—mentally, more than physically—for labour.  Here’s one of my favourite quotes:

“To the degree cultural assumptions go unnoticed or unquestioned, you are limited by them.  Not so long ago, pregnant women were afraid to hang their laundry, believing that raising their arms above their head would cause the cord to wrap around the baby’s neck.  In every phase of history, including our own, practices based on erroneous assumptions are the norm.”

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