I gotta say – being pregnant during the holidays is fun…without Covid, I can only image how much better this experience would have been. It has been heartbreaking to not be able to spend close time with cousins, aunts, uncles and close friends. I have countless friends who, in a normal world, I would have seen multiple times but I haven’t even seen yet while pregnant. When I think too much about it, I do feel very isolated during this pregnancy. Thankfully my husband is incredibly involved and enjoys sharing every moment with me. But I imagine that it would have been fun to go maternity shopping with friends, have a large baby shower, go on a babymoon, etc. Oh well, such is life! All of that said, month 7 was a really great one. I am in the peak of feeling good with pregnancy and enjoying the changes that are coming daily.
Due Date: February 24, 2021
Weeks: 30 weeks (7 months / 3rd trimester)
+ Aches + Pains: There must be some sort of foot lodged in my rib because I have an ongoing, intense pain in my lower right side rib. It comes and goes in terms on intensity but it’s always there. When I’m asleep at night, I wake up at least 3-4 times per night with the rib pain (usually when I roll over). My doctor said it’s likely a limb or just growing pains. This makes me feel so bad for my fellow pregnant gals with a shorter ribcage – I can’t imagine how they feel!
+ Heartburn: Ahh, my arch nemesis. I mentioned about two months ago that heartburn started and I am convinced that it’s here to stay until the end. Often times the heartburn rages at night and turns quickly into nausea and vomiting. I can’t even tell you how many Tums I average per day and how many remedies I have tried. At this point, I have just accepted that it’s part of my daily life and thus there is no more eating spicy food or large portions.
+ Exercise: I still have my normal energy level; however, it dwindles as the day goes on. I’m pretty set on my daily walks (though averaging about 2500 less steps per day than I did in Boston so I need to focus more on this!), 30 minute morning yoga and lifting at least 3x/week. I miss my Peloton from Boston SO much and feel like my endurance has really slowed which I’m not too happy about. I’ve been trying to do more online cardio classes since running is just too uncomfortable at this point. My focus for the next two months – in terms of exercise – is to keep my steps well over 10,000 and incorporate more steady state cardio so I feel well-equipped for labor.
+ Food Cravings: My normal life sweet tooth is back! Maybe that was because of the holidays or because I had a few days off of work, but I was a baking machine. I made countless holiday cookies, cakes, pies, breads, etc. I didn’t necessarily eat it all but just baking it and tasting my creation settled my craving. Aside from that, eating is all over the place. Some days I’m ravenous, others I hardly eat. I didn’t have any weight gain between the past two doctor’s visits and I think that’s because my eating patterns are so odd right now.
+ Hydration: I feel like a camel with how much water I have been drinking! I typically start each day with a large glass of water, followed by a glass of Metamucil, followed by a cup of coffee and then it’s regular water, sparkling water and hot tea for the remainder of the day. Needless to say, I am heading to the ladies room at least once an hour!
+ Milestone: All of the kicks! Baby is a-c-t-i-v-e ALL day long! I just love it. There is no better feeling in the world than feeling my sweet baby kick and turn and move around in my belly. It makes me feel so connected to the baby and it’s like a special bond between the two of us. Funny fact – any time Terry or my mom or anyone else tries to feel the kick, the baby stops. LOL! It’s like a secret kick between us and baby gets shy the second anyone else comes around.
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