32 Week Pregnancy Update

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Best friend Mandy at 36 weeks, me at 32 weeks

According to my Ovia Pregnancy app, Baby Girl is the size of an armadillo.

As you can see, I switched the “size” theme on my app from “Fruits and Vegetables” to “Weird But Cute Animals.” The fruits and vegetables were just getting strange and not very helpful. I mean, what the hell is a Pomelo, amiright? Anyway… Woah, Nelly! Eight(ish) weeks to go! Time is seriously flying right now.

Nothing new is going on in the realm of baby development. She’s still just gaining weight to get ready for birth. Her movements are definitely less sharp and more like rolls and stretches as she starts running out of room. It is still INCREDIBLY odd to feel a tiny being moving around inside me, but every little squirm is a lovely reassurance that all is well. I know I say this pretty much every week, but she’s moving a lot more these days, and it’s really cool.

A new, somewhat scary symptom I developed this week is numbness in some fingertips. I also wake up several times a night with one or both hands completely numb. I was pretty freaked out by this, but according to the midwives at my practice, this is yet another totally normal symptom that should go away after delivery. Fun fun! I’ve also had some really bad heartburn/indigestion a few times, which was not helped by Baby Girl kicking/pushing directly up into my sternum. Ouch!

When I came back from vacation, I found out that my work replacement has been hired, and she starts May 15. This has absolutely lit a fire under my butt to get cracking and really finish up any extraneous projects before she starts so we can just focus on training. I’ve got all my training documents ready to go, I just need to put together a binder and maybe some sort of schedule so that I make sure we touch on everything. As of this week, I only have six weeks left at work, which is totally surreal.

We had another regular, bi-weekly checkup with the midwives this week as well. Unfortunately, Ben couldn’t come because it was mid-morning, but he honestly didn’t miss much. A blood pressure check, a heartbeat check, a few questions, and I was back to work. The midwife on call was fairly certain that she’s head down, ready to go, which is a relief. Now I just hope she stays there!

My mom and one of my younger sisters also threw a baby shower for me on Saturday. As I said in last Friday’s post, I’m not really into the super girly, over-the-top shower thing, and they did a great job with making it special but not pukey. There were about 20 attendees representing friends and family, and we got LOTS of love. Now I need to sort and wash and put everything away. And do thank you notes. Ugh! And of course, I took pretty much zero pictures because I was just trying to spend time with everyone, but here are a few of the decorations before everyone arrived.

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Mamas, did you experience numbness in your fingers/hands during pregnancy?

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6 thoughts on “32 Week Pregnancy Update

  1. txa1265 says:

    “making it special but not pukey”

    OK, that made me laugh … and is about the best you can hope for!

    Our boys were huge (considering they are 6’3″ and 6’4″ now, that is no surprise) and would play this game in utero where they would try to compress Lisa’s bladder and stomach at once so she would get heartburn and the constant need to pee all at once. Fun! 😀

    • Rae says:

      Oh, VERY fun! For a while, baby girl was transverse (sideways), and it would feel like she was trying to stand up, pushing out both sides of my belly at once! Such a weird sensation.

  2. Tracy says:

    I had carpal tunnel syndrome before pregnancy, but it has definitely been worse during pregnancy. It’s hard to use my phone or tablet without numbness. While driving I frequently have to drop my right arm and shake out the numbness too.

    • Rae says:

      Yup! Using my phone, driving, and typing on my computer at work definitely aggravates it, and my right hand is much worse than my left. I often have to stop what I’m doing and shake my hands out, or flex and clench them to get feeling back.

  3. SuzLyfe says:

    Can I say that I have seen an armadillo in the flesh and wild and a) they are not cute and b) they are HUGE. They also have a variety of diseases. I hope your baby has no resemblance to an armadillo. JUST SAYING

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