Pregnancy Update: 31 Weeks with Baby#3

fullsizerender-1It’s been quite a few weeks since I gave a pregnancy update and what and how my exercise has changed as I’ve moved well into the third trimester.

Overall, this third pregnancy has gone more smoothly than my first two despite some life happenings like my two year old breaking his leg TWICE in a space of three months.. Not fun! (He has a condition called Osteogenesis Imperfecta and although he has Type I, which is considered mild, it still means that he can break bones quite easily.)

He currently is 2 weeks into a 5 week stint of being in a spica cast (I’ll post on that later), so life has been interesting to say the least.  There isn’t a lot out there on spica casts and toddlers, so I’ll definitely be doing a post on ways to deal and cope (and diaper care!)… because it’s something I sure would have appreciated!

Thankfully he is a very tough, happy little guy so it hasn’t been as hard as it could be, but it’s definitely not what I would have preferred in the last two months of pregnancy!

Pregnancy Update

Week 31:

How Big is Baby:

According to Baby Center, our little guy is about the size of coconut, 16 inches long and weighs about 3.5 pounds.  

Gender:

A baby boy!  We have a name but like waiting until they’re born to announce it.. just in case we change our minds.

Weight gain:  

I’ve gained 22.5 pounds which is pretty much EXACTLY the same as with my first son at this time although I weigh less at this point than I did then, as I started this pregnancy out 5 pounds lighter.  I’ve been mentally able to embrace the weight gain more easily this time around perhaps because I know and have confidence in my body returning to normal after baby is born.. Or maybe I’m just too busy to worry about it.  In either case, I’m on track to gain about 28-30 pounds, which is a perfectly healthy weight gain.

Body Changes:  

Getting bigger, obviously.  I’m slower, get out of breath easier, and think twice (or three times) about whether it’s really necessary to bend over to get something.  I never developed huge stretch marks with my other pregnancies but just got tiny ones around my belly button.  So far, that has been the case with this one as well.  I’ve also been having some right hip pain, which is annoying.  I really need to go into the chiropractor for an adjustment!

Clothes:  

I don’t typically buy a ton of maternity clothes, as I prefer to get “normal” clothes in a larger size.  As such, I’m still wearing non-maternity shorts (bought in one size up.. AND they are low rise which is why it works), and own a few maternity shirts but mostly I’m wearing tunic tops, leggings and slightly bigger shirts that work over my belly.  I do have one pair of maternity jeans and got this skirt off of Amazon which I love!  That has so far been sufficient although I might need to buy a bit more depending on how much I grow in the last few weeks.

Sleep:

Sleep has actually been really good!  Of course, I still get up 2-4 times to empty my bladder.. And because of my son breaking his leg, I’ve been up a bit more to help comfort or move him.. But when I AM sleeping, it’s way better than either of my other two pregnancies when I would wake up and basically feel like my body was going to fall apart.  I put this largely down to the fact that we got a Casper Mattress about 1 year ago.  I’m not reimbursed or compensated to promote this at all.. But this mattress is amazing!!  And honestly, relatively cheap for the quality that you get.  It was one of the best investments we’ve made!  If you hate your current mattress, definitely consider this one!

Labor signs:  

I’ve been having Braxton Hicks since about 20 weeks.  They stopped from weeks 25-30 weeks and recently started up again.  I didn’t experience this with my other two, so it’s been a bit different (although I know it’s totally normal when you’ve already had babies).  I’m doing my best to stay hydrated etc… and so far there hasn’t been any cause for concern.

Movement:  

Lots and lots of movement!  This little guy likes to stretch, wiggle, bounce, punch… basically everything! He’s by FAR the most active in the womb that I’ve had, so we’ll see how that plays out when he’s born!

Exercise:

 I’m still cycling… Over the past few weeks I’ve cut it back to about 60 miles a week and as flat as possible.  I typically ride 3-4 times a week and on the other days do body-weight or weight workouts, sessions on my Concept2 and 2-3 mile walks.  I don’t know how much longer I’ll be cycling.. I’m literally taking it day-by-day and will stop as soon as I feel like it is no longer safe.  Or just gets too uncomfortable, haha!

My past week looked like this:

Sunday: Rest

Monday: Lift Session – 33 minutes: 12-20 pounds

Tuesday: 3.1 mile walk and Pilates and Body weight squats & lunges (25 minutes)

Wednesday: Bike Ride – 21 miles – 1 hour, 21 minutes

Thursday: Bike Ride – 14.4 miles – 57 minutes

Friday: 1.5 mile walk and Pilates and Body weight exercises(34 minutes)

Saturday: Bike Ride – 21 miles, 1 hour, 24 minutes

What I miss:  

Not being pregnant.  Don’t get me wrong, I treasure the fact that I’m growing another little person but I miss being 20+ pounds lighter; being able to move freely; and not having to be as careful over what I do.

What I’m looking forward to:  

My baby shower this week; my son getting his cast off and this little one being born!

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