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Week 34 Pregnancy Journal-

4 Jan

I’m so happy to be at week 35!  This is my last week before I’m in the upper 30s!  Whoop!  I need to play little mind games like this to help make the last month more bearable!  Smile

Right now I officially have 35 days to go.  I’m still hoping she comes a tad early, maybe during week 38 would be nice.  If that is the case I could only have around 20 days to go!  <—Another mind game I like playing to get through these last weeks!  As long as she doesn’t come before week 37, I’ll be a happy Mom!  Since I plan on breastfeeding I want to make sure she is developed enough to be able to latch.  Anyways, before I get too excited about being in my 35th week, here is a recap of week 34.

How Big is Baby?

Baby, fetus at 34 weeks - BabyCenter

 

According to TheBump.com (same info for weeks 33-36)

Baby’s senses are continuing to improve — when light peeks in through your (extremely) stretched belly, those tiny eyelids and irises blink and dilate. And, baby can now recognize and react to simple songs… time to start practicing your lullabies! Growth (at least inside your womb) is starting to slow, and you may notice baby descend into your pelvis at the end of this month.

According to BabyCenter.com,

Your baby now weighs about 4 3/4 pounds (like your average cantaloupe) and is almost 18 inches long. Her fat layers — which will help regulate her body temperature once she’s born — are filling her out, making her rounder. Her skin is also smoother than ever. Her central nervous system is maturing and her lungs are continuing to mature as well. If you’ve been nervous about preterm labor, you’ll be happy to know that babies born between 34 and 37 weeks who have no other health problems generally do fine. They may need a short stay in the neonatal nursery and may have a few short-term health issues, but in the long run, they usually do as well as full-term babies.

According to BabiesOnline.com,

Your baby can – and does – respond just as a newborn would by opening his eyes while awake and closing them while sleeping. Your baby can also grasp firmly and his little fingernails may need to be trimmed shortly after birth. This month also offers more time for your baby to build antibodies and for his skin to continue to thicken. Your baby is approximately 18 inches long and weighs about 4.5 pounds. It’s wonderful to know that if your baby was born now, it has a 95 percent chance of full and normal survival with medical intervention.

How I’m Feeling Physically

One word sums up week 34,  uncomfortable.  Almost everyday of week 34 I haven’t felt amazing.  I have been getting super intense back pain and nothing I do helps get rid of the pain.  I pulled out the trusty old heating pad last night and laid on it for about 30 minutes before going to bed.  I must admit that did help a bit.  Sitting, standing, walking, moving, laying down usually all have no impact on it.  Like I mentioned in a previous post, I Googled ‘back labor’ just to make sure that isn’t what I was experiencing. 

I’m still getting pains that run down my stomach daily now.  They do hurt and I have no clue what they are.  I have a doctor’s appointment on Friday so I’m going to ask about them.  It almost feels like the baby is hitting some nerve in my stomach, but I really have no idea.

Sleep is getting harder and harder to come by.  I feel like once I finally fall asleep, I awake and need to use the bathroom.  Once back in bed it takes me ages to finally get comfortable again.  I actually had my first pregnancy meltdown on Sunday.  Keith and I were in the car and everything was fine when all of a sudden I started crying.  I was so exhausted from not sleeping, felt like a blimp and just wanted Baby C’s due date to be here.  It was so ridiculous both Keith and I started laughing.  So here I am crying and laughing at the same time.  Damn pregnancy hormones…

I have also noticed a huge decrease in my energy.  I have been taking it a lot slower and not letting myself get too many things done in a day so I’m not totally exhausting myself.  I’m trying to divide up my chores and errands so I have only a few to do each day.

How I’m Feeling Emotionally

Emotionally I am ready.  I just want Baby C to be here so bad.  I’m really hoping this last month goes by quickly.  My mom arrives in about a month so not only am I looking forward to meeting our baby, but I’m also super excited to have her out here in Arizona.

I’m still not fully prepared for labor, and I need to make reading my hypnobirthing book a priority.  Every time I think about sitting down and reading it again, I always feel like I have so much time before she is here so I put it off.  Now that I’m only a month away from my due date I really need to get on that.  I also started my very short birth plan over the weekend.  Here are some of my requests:

  • I never want to be asked if I want medication.  I’ll ask the staff if I decide I want some.
  • I want labor to progress on it’s own and don’t want to be induced.
  • I want the cord to stop pulsating before it is clamped and cut.
  • I want to have the baby placed on my chest immediately after she is born and possibly try to breastfeed her right away.
  • I want all tests done and cleaning her off to be done on my stomach (my doctor told me to request this even though the nurses hate it)
  • I want the baby to remain with either Keith or myself at all times.
  • Nothing shall be given to our baby, no vaccines, pacifiers, liquids and so on without our consent

Those are my main ones that I can think off the top of my head.  Keith and I have a pretty laid back go with the flow  attitude towards child birth, but I would like it to be as Zen, calm and peaceful as it can be.

Random Tidbits

  • Total Weight Gained so Far:  23lbs
  • Total Workouts of the Week so Far:  2 gym and 1 dog walk
  • Foods I’m Craving:  Anything but sugar and lots of water
  • Days Until my Due Date:  35!  <—I can’t believe next week the number will be in the 20s!  So awesome!
  • Times I Cried in the Last Week:  Twice and I’m normally not even a crier!
  • Number of Kicks and Movements I Feel During the Day:  Too many to count.  I feel Baby C moving all day long!

Week 34 Belly Bump

 

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Week 4 versus Week 35

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