I know I probably said this in my 20 week update, but I can’t believe I’m 30 weeks pregnant! Only 10 or so more weeks until we get to meet our little girl, and Pete and I are beyond excited. I always said once we hit October it’s going to fly by, and so far I’ve been right. We’re almost half way through the month and we’re inching closer and closer.
I’m happy to say that after the first trimester things really do get a whole lot better. If you read my last pregnancy update, you know I wasn’t feeling great until around week 16. But then everything got better! Energy, appetite, mood, everything.
From my last check in, it’s continued to be pretty great. My energy has been there and I’ve been keeping active by going on walks both outside and on the treadmill. My appetite is good, and has even increased since now babe is in the growth stage. The only thing that’s fluctuated a bit recently is my mood. If you follow me on Instagram stories, you know I had a minor freak out at the Kansas City Chiefs game a couple of weeks back. Tears, anxiety, the whole bit. Mostly due to the intense atmosphere and swarms of people. Thankfully I heard from many friends after that post that they experienced the same thing, which made me feel a bit better. So if you’re a pregnant momma reading this, know it’s completely normal if you go through these emotional rollercoasters, too!
The glucose test a few weeks back wasn’t bad at all, and thankfully I’m not at risk for gestational diabetes. I’ve now started seeing the doctor every other week, and am meeting with a maternity consultant at the hospital in a couple of weeks (crazy!). In the beginning, there were some things the doctor wanted to keep an eye on but thankfully many of those issues have gone away (a uterine cyst and the positioning of my placenta). The two things we need to watch for at this point is the positioning of the baby (normal at this stage) and if my slightly heart-shaped uterus causes issues with delivery. I really love my doctor and am thankful that she’s extremely aware and vigilant in monitoring these things!
In terms of recent symptoms, I’ve been losing steam easily again and need to rest in the afternoons. I’ve also been feeling Braxton Hicks contractions and some belly burns if I go overboard or get up to quickly. But these are all normal symptoms for this stage in pregnancy! I continue to just listen to my body and do what feels right or rest when needed. It’s really important to stay active during the nine months, but just as important to take rest and relax.
Truly the best part in these past 10 weeks has been feeling baby girl’s movements. She’s so active! I swear she’s practicing gymnastics in there with the movements I can feel, and actually see. It’s crazy when you start to actually see the movements and your belly twitch. She’s a little shy for her dad, but he’s felt some good soccer kicks which has made this all so fun for our little family.
Now it’s the home stretch! I’m organizing with my parents the crib delivery and will focus on getting her little corner nursery set up. I need to wash all her clothes, blankets, washcloths, etc so it’s all ready for her arrival. And I have to pack a hospital bag for her and I (I ordered this one for myself)! We also have to install the car seat when it gets closer, which should be interesting :). Can’t wait to share another update soon – probably in the next month!
In the meantime, feel free to ask questions in the comments or leave any new mom advice!
PS – If you are newly pregnant and starting to build your registry, be sure to check out my baby registry post for some guidance!