34 Week Pregnancy Update

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Six weeks to go! WHAT? HOW? I don’t even know…

Hoo, boy. REAAAALLY feeling pregnant these days. The most frustrating/annoying symptom I’m experiencing right now is the carpal tunnel. Symptoms are getting progressively worse, meaning I’m losing more and more feeling in my fingers each day, and my hands are weak and painful doing menial tasks like clipping my fingernails or hooking/unhooking my bra. I also wake up multiple times a night because one or both hands is completely numb. Supposedly wearing wrist braces at night can help, but I’m reluctant to spend the money right now. If things continue to get worse, I may cave and buy some.

Otherwise, it’s third-trimester business as usual. My feet and hands are a little bit swollen, but not enough that a casual observer would notice. I’m quite tired. My right hip still gives me pain at night, but chiropractic care seems to help. Occasional heart burn and indigestion are still a thing, and bending over is no longer an option. Dropped items often stay on the floor until I can convince someone else (ahem, Ben) to pick them up for me. Retrieving items from the floor is usually accompanied by lots of grunting. We had another prenatal appointment this week, which was also very business as usual. We listened to baby’s heartbeat, measured my belly, chatted a bit, and that was that.

Our childbirth education classes continue to be very informative and enjoyable. This week’s class was focused a lot on non-medicinal comfort techniques, so there was a lot of relaxing and massage. Not too shabby! We also had our one-off newborn care class on Sunday. It was taught by my prenatal yoga teacher, and it was very helpful. We practiced things like diapering, dressing, and holding a baby using dolls. We also played with different types of baby carriers, and talked about soothing techniques. I already knew a lot of it, but most of it was brand new for Ben, so it’s nice to have a shared base of knowledge before baby comes home.

Remember the lactation consultant from last week’s update? She never got back to me, which is pretty annoying. That sort of indicates to me that maybe she’s not super on the ball, and maybe I don’t want to work with her after all. Back to the drawing board on that one…

I have started packing my hospital bag, which is quite exciting. I just need to pick up a few more items (a robe and some nursing tanks), and then I think I’ll be ready. I know it’s pretty early to be too worried about it yet, but you truly never know when your baby might decide to come into the world, and my Type-A self wants to be prepared. I would have made a GREAT Boyscout!

Mamas and daddies out there, did you have experience with babies before you had kids? 

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2 thoughts on “34 Week Pregnancy Update

  1. txa1265 says:

    This is definitely a rough period of the pregnancy! Everything is a challenge … glad you are doing OK!

    We had nieces and nephews from my brother and Lisa’s sister, and they had no problem leaning on us so we definitely had experience … but as I am sure people have said, it is quite different when it is your own child, and rather than an evening and a diaper or two and a meltdown or two it is all your job. Pretty quickly you go from scared to ‘i got this’ to ‘OMG I can’t do this’ to ‘apparently we’re doing this just fine!’

    As for bag packing – we started a few months early and updated / refreshed as it got close, so no worries about doing it now 🙂

    And I *hate* when there is no call-back on stuff like this. I mean, it isn’t like you are calling a contractor and can think ‘OK, we’ll just wait until next spring’ … no we need someone because this *is* happening – and soon! 🙂

    • Rae says:

      Seriously! If you’re too busy to do a full follow up immediately, just shoot me a quick “Hey, got your email, will get back to you soon” message. Just let me know I’m not shouting into the void, eh?

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