Monday, May 28, 2018

Mommy Monday {34 Weeks}

Well this last week did not go quite as planned. I went to my normally scheduled 34 week check up with some concerns about Braxton Hicks contractions. My doctor suggested we hook me up to the monitors to check. It turns out I wasn't having any contractions, but Baby's heartbeat was not as variable as they would like to see. They brought me back for a Bio Physical Profile {BPP} ultrasound, which is kind of like APGARS for the inside, and Baby did not pass that either. She was supposed to get at least 8 out of 10, but got 6 out of 10. They look at movement, heart rate and whether or not baby takes "practice breaths". Well she was moving and her heart rate was fine, but those darn practice breaths. SOOOO they sent me to labor and delivery to be monitored for 6 more hours and then have a repeat BPP Ultrasound. Of course, she cooperated just fine as soon as the monitors were connected, her heart rate was super variable and all the nurses said she looked great, and she practically showed off during the ultrasound. So many "practice breaths"! They also found that I have excessive amniotic fluid, so hopefully that is not causing any problems.

Whew! I'm so glad that ordeal ended well, but now I have weekly checkups, Non-stress tests, and BPP ultrasounds. I'm incredibly thankful that my doctor is being proactive and overly cautious, but I have so much stress related to all this. Baby girl continues to be active, so I'm trying not to worry too much.

How far along?  34 weeks, 4 days
Total weight gain/measurements: I'm up a total of 30 lbs so far. 
Maternity clothes: It was in the 90's all weekend here so I was living in dresses, shorts, and tank tops.  
Stretch marks: None to report and hoping to keep it that way. I'm lathering my belly in Burt's Bee's Mama Bee. I have added The Honest Co. Belly Balm and just love the smell of it. I'm currently using both of these to make sure my belly is nice and moisturized. 
Sleep: I have not been sleeping well at all. Tossing, turning, and bathroom trips are keeping me awake most of the night.  
Exercise: I'm still going to my prenatal yoga classes, but have not done Beachbody On Demand. I'm just not feeling up to being so active. I'm exhausted and definitely slowing down these last couple weeks. 
Best moment this week: 4 day Memorial Day weekend. It was so nice to relax. I got a prenatal massage on Friday and it was GLORIOUS. 
Miss anything? Exercising  and uninterrupted sleep! My back is doing better this week due to a trip to the Chiropractor and my massage.  
Movement:  She has been most active around 9-11pm. She is active most of the time, though. She gets the hiccups all the time and it's just the cutest!
Food cravings: Still CRAVING watermelon. It is so tasty!
Anything making you queasy or sick? Bell Peppers and Celery!
Gender: Girl #2!
Labor signs: I'm still having Braxton Hicks, but I'm not dilated at all. At least I know they are not productive, just a nuisance. 
Belly button in or out? In, but sneaking it's way out. It's out sometimes depending on where baby is located in my belly. 
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or moody most of the time: This last week I was a little stressed, but for the most part was in a good mood!  
Looking forward to:  Seeing baby on my weekly ultrasound again!

Until next time! 

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