36 week belly
When I look back at my last pregnancy post at 32 weeks I realise how much the belly has grown! I wonder if I will be posting a 40 week update?
I've been busying myself preparing for baby in many ways, setting up the nursery, taking moments to ponder, rejoice and grieve, and I've also begun packing the hospital bags.
Thoughts and feelings: I have been somewhat emotional lately. I have had a couple of 'flat' days and teary days. It actually feels good to have a big cry once in a while and it felt good to let it all out the other day. The sense that a big change is approaching is really in the air and Michael and I are both feeling it. We talk about this baby often and how excited we are to meet him or her. We are embracing these final few weeks with our two boys and enjoying the time we have remaining as a family of four.
Pregnancy symptoms: Baby is moving very much. The kicks are strong and sometimes catch my breath. I am having Braxton Hicks on and off daily and sometimes they are intense and I have to stop walking or moving. Last week in the early hours of one morning I felt really off and had cramping that would come and go - but that only lasted a couple of hours and I woke feeling heavy, but okay.
Sciatica has hit me once again in pregnancy and I can have good days with very little pain and discomfort, and I can have really bad days where I can barely walk. If I bend or move suddenly I pinch a nerve and almost collapse to the ground. The pain is horrible and shoots down my lower back, right buttock cheek and leg. I do gentle stretching, apply heat packs and bounce on the fit ball to help ease some of the pain. I find myself wishing we had a bath tub that I could float around and relax in. Michael is wonderful and offers to rub my back for me which helps immensely.
From week 35 I have been experiencing heartburn. I try to eat small meals throughout the day and it helps a bit. I take Quick Ease if it becomes too bad. We eat dinner early as a family, around 5:30pm but unfortunately it still comes on later in bed at night.
Current weight: 73kg
Looking forward to: That moment when I can say to baby 'okay baby, we are ready now'. I know that then I will be relaxed, all will be in place and we will only be waiting.