35 Weeks Pregnancy Update

35 weeks Pregnancy Update35 Weeks Pregnancy Update

Baby’s gender:

Boy

Baby’s size:

Baby boy is over 18 inches long and tips the scales at 5 1/4 pounds – about the size of a honeydew melon.

Baby’s development:

Your baby doesn’t have much room to maneuver now that it’s so snug in your womb, he isn’t likely to be doing somersaults anymore, but the number of times he kicks should remain about the same.

His kidneys are fully developed now, and his liver can process some waste products.

Most of his basic physical development is now complete – he’ll spend the next few weeks putting on weight.

My weight gain:

30 lbs

Craving:

Ice and orange juice for some reason is suuuuuuuper tasty!

Feeling: 

Nervous! It’s getting so close and I don’t feel ready yet!

Things of Note:

I have started experiencing what I like to call burning burps. Nothing drastic is happening, I am literally going about my day when I will randomly feel this burning in my throat. I assume it’s related to heart burn or indigestion or the fact that my stomach is probably smashed into my esophagus but it is extremely uncomfortable. I started drinking more water hoping it would tame it down when a friend handed me two antacids and voila, it was gone! I couldn’t believe it. I started noticing that it happened more often after eating citrus and around Christmas time I was eating 2-3 oranges a day so I picked up a bottle of those chalky pepper-minty goodnesses and really wish I had a lot sooner.

I feel like I am way behind on this aspect but I started reading a few books about labor and birth. I am currently reading HypnoBirthing: The Mongan Method which I don’t have any info on yet since I just started yesterday, whomp. I feel kind of weird reading it because I thought it was a “free spirit” type read but my doctor told me she recently experienced “the nicest birth.” I immediately was like “what do you mean? what’s a nice birth?” She said the woman had done hypnobirthing and was completely relaxed and calm the entire time. Of course she had a support group of about 5 people at her birth but I immediately felt inadequate as though I’d already failed as a mother. All I’d done up to that point, as far as preparations go, was nothing so I think that’s my problem. I kid, well so I watched a few youtube videos and kind of had the jist of things, but I decided to pick up the book anyways and be the next “nicest birth” this lady had ever experienced. {Uh yeah right, I’ll just be right here under the bed for the remainder of this pregnancy since that’s the best solution I can think of for solving my impending delivery of this baby.)

I recently finished reading A Good Birth, a Safe Birth and only found it to be semi-helpful. It explains a lot about hospitals versus home births and the pros and cons of each. After skimming through all the traumatizing experiences different women had during their births I dug into a little of the nitty gritty on labor itself. I love the science aspect of it and really want to know exactly what my body is doing during labor; why certain things happen and how it triggers the next thing, etc. When the book ended without really getting into a lot of that I was kind of disappointed and immediately started trying to find a second read that would be more in depth and that’s when I started the Hypno book above.

I did read Baby Wise about two years ago when all my friends were having babies and was completely clueless in all their baby conversations because I didn’t have kids yet. It was terrible because I became that annoying friend giving advice when I didn’t even have a child yet. I will most likely end up rereading it again but not til after I can write a 20 page paper on labor, delivery, and mastering a “nice” birth, as mentioned above.

I have also read Bringing up Bebe which I read back when we were talking about getting pregnant. It was an interesting book to read though it’s a completely different story when your baby is almost here and you don’t live in France with all the benefits of their childcare or nutritional food support system, *sigh.

On another note: I also heard that Raspberry Leaf tea helps with labor….anyone else heard this and tried it? I’d love to hear about your experience. Gracias!

P.s. This is my new favorite sweater. It’s basically a blanket you can wear outside, double points!

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35 Weeks Pregnancy Update

Comments

  1. Springwater Hill
    January 7, 2015 / 6:37 AM

    Ohhhhh the dreaded burps of fire!! I am deathly afraid to burp sometimes. Regular Tums don’t really do the trick for me but there is a new Tums mint that comes in a little container…..almost like a miniature version of a regular Tums bottle. Tums Refreshers I think they’re called. They work SO good and I’ve tried evvvvverything.

    I’ve heard any book by Ina Mae Gaskin is great. I just picked one up on eBay for pretty cheap. I also picked up the Hypnobirthing book that you mentioned. I’ve yet to start either….I’d better get on it, I reckon.

    Hopefully time is flying by for you like it is me!

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