I’m 34 weeks today. This week I am tired and nauseated and have little appetite. Last week I felt pretty good though, and I got everything on my checklist done:
Prenatal appointment Do 15 minutes of decluttering every day Schedule a blog post to publish postpartum Consider joining a pregnant nudist colony, since clothing is so uncomfortable at this point. Reconsider after noting someone may post pictures to Google.
At my prenatal appointment, the midwives confirmed my suspicion. For a couple of days baby was really active, and I felt suddenly that s/he had dropped lower in my pelvis. It was as if s/he was struggling to wiggle down, and then I felt more pressure in the tops of my thighs. Sure enough, when they felt the baby they said the head was way down low in my girlie areas. It’s funny how in tune you are with these subtle changes after having experienced it several times.
Oddly, my stomach seems smaller since baby dropped. My waist and hips seems smaller too. I guess more of the baby’s bulk is deep and low, and my belly doesn’t stick out like I’m carrying a watermelon horizontally in my skirt.
I had a burst of energy and did some decluttering and organizing. I got a few blog posts scheduled. A friend took me out for dinner and treated me to Indian food, one of my favorite things. It was lovely to lounge and eat for nearly 2 hours. I stuffed myself with spicy goat meat.
I did experience one odd symptom this week: a dizzy spell that lasted several hours. I woke up early as usual and ate a snack. I did some stuff for a couple of hours then made breakfast and ate with the family. Then I began to feel dizzy and had to lie down on the couch to stop the room from spinning. I couldn’t get up for nearly 3 hours, then for the rest of the day I felt “off”. I still don’t know what caused it. I don’t think I had low blood sugar, perhaps I was dehydrated? Anyway, it passed. I don’t recall ever having had an experience like that in pregnancy.
Order birth kit (it needs to be here before Week 37, midwife’s home visit) Schedule a blog post to publish postpartum
I also ordered the “fishy” pool to labor in. I was tempted to skip this step this time, since during the last couple of births I spent so little time in the water. I always like to wait until things are hot and heavy before I get in, lest the comfort of the water slow things down. I wondered if it would be too much trouble to have hubby blow the thing up, fill it, and clean and disassemble the whole kit and caboodle afterwards.
But for $40? The peace of mind is worth it. Besides, I don’t know if this birth will be short and sweet like the last few, or longer and more painful. Better to have it in case I need it. My bathtub is too small to offer much by way of pain relief.
This week I feel totally exhausted.
I believe it’s the combination of not sleeping well, the humidity and heat, and the nausea that has decided to descend upon me full force again. I’m also having uncomfortable Braxton-Hicks contractions and crampy feelings low in my belly. These wear me out. I can feel my cervix dilating a little already.
The only thing I want to eat is frozen fruit, which I also craved in the last weeks of my pregnancy with Ruby and which I eat by the bowl full. Nothing else sounds appetizing.
Not much longer….