PREGNANCY WEEK 31
My age: 27
How far along: 31 weeks
How big is baby: the size of a pineapple. She is 17 inches long and weighs approximately 3.8 pounds.
Exercise/Activity Level: I was sick all week long (booo!!! It’s fun to have a head cold in the summer!). Despite being sick, I pushed myself to still workout 6 days this week. The one day I did give myself complete rest I was pretty darn sick that day and NEEDED to rest. On the days I did workout, it was mainly at the gym in an air conditioned setting. I still completed 3 days of running. Only one of those runs was outdoors, the other 2 were in the gym on the treadmill (with A/C and a fan blowing on me). The heat and humidity of Florida are enough to about kill this pregnant lady! I realized that if I am going to do any outdoor runs, it HAS to be early in the morning. Even going at 8:00 am is WAY too hot and humid to safely run outside here.
For my non-running days, I have consistently been doing at least 40 minutes of cardio followed by weight lifting. I swear the other people in the gym have never seen a pregnant lady working out before! I feel like they are all looking at me funny when they see me on the rowing machine or ellipital trainer or (GASP!!!!! Heaven forbid!) running on the treadmill! Having others around actually gives me even more motivation to keep pushing myself! I want to give them something to talk about at home to their spouses. “Dude, I saw this pregnant chick was at the gym and she just kept running and running on the treadmill. I hope she doesn’t go into labor right there in the gym! I don’t need to see her water breaking.” Haha!
Maternity clothes: Mostly my swimsuits. Since I live in a beach condo for another month, I doubt I’ll wear much else. Swimsuits, workout clothes (to workout) and pajamas (to sleep)!
Here I am in one of my swimsuits. I have several that I bought from Motherhood Maternity.
Stretch marks: None. I even got a compliment at the doctor’s visit on how nice my skin looks on my belly.
Belly Button: Out.
Sleep: Sleeping continues to be excellent. The only hiccup in my sleep was due to being sick with a head cold all week long. There were at least 2 nights in a row where I was absolutely miserable because I was congested, coughing or blowing my nose. Aside from the sickness causing ill nights of sleep (pun intended!), I am sleeping wonderfully.
Newest baby milestones this week: Baby girl is head down!!!! I had my first Florida doctor visit on Friday and our little girl is bottoms up and head down. I’m so excited about this! For the past week and a half, she has found a new favorite spot in the womb. She pushes her whole back and butt into my right side and stretches out. She does it everyday. A few times she has pushed so hard that it nearly takes my breath away and I have to stand up to “make more room.”
Best Moment of the Week: I love living (temporarily) in Florida. Last week it was so much fun to have my friend Kristin here with me! She is such a doll—-she actually did the 3 day drive with us and then stayed in Florida for a week. The 10 days were such blast. We spent lots of time on the beach, many hours soaking in the pool, went to Disney World Magic Kingdom for a day, went running together and she even helped me find a doctor (which consisted of us driving around to 5 different O.B. offices to drop off my medical records before a doctor would even consider letting me schedule an appointment!!) What a hassle—but Kristin went along and supported me that day. Anyway, it was so much fun having her. She left mid-week and then my parents & siblings arrived the day after she left. So now I’m enjoying my time with my family this week.
Kristin and I at the Florida state line on our 3 day drive! Thanks hunny for taking the pic:)
Kristin and I enjoying the beach!
We tried to stay in the shade as much as possible — this Florida sun is strong!
Kristin’s last night in Florida. We went out to dinner at Coconuts on Cocoa Beach. It was a neat place. She and Eric split a bucket of beer on ice — this pregnant lady just got to jealously watch. Fun times!
Worst Moment of the Week: Being sick. It was a full week of sickness, yuck! I had a sore throat, head congestion, runny nose, stuffy nose, cough, etc. No fun. I just tried to tough it out until Friday when the O.B. told me it was ok for me to take Tylenol Cold & Sinus. I started taking it on Friday and it helped me feel better the past few days.
Food cravings: I’ve eaten TERRIBLY this week. Ice cream, cookies, fruit roll ups, etc. I’m motived to start a new week with fresh goals for eating better!
Food aversions: None. Just hungry.
Symptoms: Pregnancy symptoms. The usual! Mild heartburn, trouble bending over, trouble getting up from the couch, growing belly, peeing a lot, etc.
Movement: My entire belly changes shape. The other morning Eric and I lied in bed just watching her move all over the place. We could be entertained for hours doing this. Also, on Saturday morning I felt & saw baby’s hiccups for the first time! That was so neat!
What I’m looking forward to: My family is visiting right now for several more days, so I’m just looking forward to continuing the fun with them while they are still here!
What I’m nervous about/praying for: Praying to stay healthy now that my cold has tapered off. It’s no fun being sick!
What I miss: I miss being able to reach my toes.
Next appointment: Friday, August 16 at 9:45 am. I did have my first Florida doctor visit on Friday, August 2nd. I love the doctor’s office I chose! Everyone is really nice there and I felt like they spent a lot of time with me. The nurse practitioner really seemed to care about me. It was fun to be able to take my mom along to the appointment since she is here visiting. She got to hear her grand daughter’s heartbeat (which was 156 bpm).
Here are just a few more for fun! We took a few watermelon pics…inspired by Pinterest, of course!