I am now 29 weeks and into my third trimester. Whooooooosh! I think this time of year with the holidays is making the time go even faster than it already has been going. Lots of changes have been happening!
The baby girl is growing fast! At 29 weeks, she is about 17 inches long and about 3 pounds. She is moving a ton, and her movements can be felt and seen from the outside. Sometimes she feels really low (hello, kicks in the bladder) and other times I feel like her foot is way up high near my lungs. There is also a decent amount of time that it feels like she is transverse, like I can feel her head on the left and her foot or bum on the right side of my belly. Next week I have an ultrasound, so I will be curious to see what her positioning is then.
I had a dentist appointment this week, and was reassured that my gums and teeth are in great health. It is crazy how much more tender and sensitive gums are during pregnancy. Every time I floss it’s as if it is my first time in months. I know that dental health is really important, especially during pregnancy, so I floss all the time. So to still have gums that bleed everyday is frustrating. Thankfully my awesome dentist put my mind at ease about everything.
The last few weeks I have been getting reeeeeeaaaaallllllllllllyyyyyy good sleep (like 8.5-9.5 hours without waking more than once). It was awesome. Key word, “was.” 😦 At 29 weeks I seemed to have hit a sleeping speed bump. If (more like when) I wake up during the night to go to the bathroom and get a drink, it takes a looooong time to get back to sleep. A few times I just got up and started my day. Last night was a lot better, so I am hoping that my sleep doesn’t stay horrible for the duration of the pregnancy.
I also had been experiencing a lot more ease when breathing, but at the 29 week mark, baby girl seems to be crowding my lungs. I find it hard to catch a good breath, sometimes to the point of making my eyes water. I really need to practice my yoga breathing techniques more, because I always get much better breaths during/after yoga practice.
The sleep and the breathing trouble are downers, but really they are the only two. And for that, I am so thankful. I am really feeling great! I am able to walk a lot still and practice prenatal yoga, both of which make me feel great. I don’t have many aches and pains at all, and my appetite is good. I get full fast, but then get hungry fast as well. I am sure it is all because of the baby taking up limited organ space in there. I don’t really have any food aversions anymore, but I have been eating a lot of popsicles and cold cereal.
My brain is taking a beating… I think it is both due to being pregnant and having a toddler. I forget what I was going to do/say a lot. People probably think I am a space-cadet at times. I also ramble… I will start talking with a point in mind, and then it is gone. But my mouth keeps on going, haha! Sort of like this post, it was meant to have some sort of direction, but I ended up just rambling on 🙂
I have been a little emotional lately, but I learned a fun fact from my yoga instructor last week: a pregnant woman has more hormones during pregnancy than a never-pregnant woman has her entire life. Whoa, that is a lot of crazy hormones! I get sad sometimes thinking how fast the time is going and how much I want to cherish this entire experience. I am hoping that I am relishing every kick and tumble I am feeling now. Growing a human is such a miracle. ❤ ❤ ❤