After my last post, I decided I need to post more often or risk another long, bulleted update. I usually don’t even think to write unless something is bothering me, which makes it seem like I’m a constant ball of negativity, which is far from the truth. And when I think to post something positive, I have major guilt and worry that I will sound like I’m bragging. I can’t win when it comes to my own brain.
Here I am, almost 28 weeks pregnant, just a week shy of 3rd trimester, and 3 months until my due date. I must say, things have been pretty damn easy up until now, physically, at least. I felt movement fairly early on, even though it turns out I have an anterior placenta. I’ve had no cramping, no bleeding, no scares of any kind. No terrible morning sickness. I don’t sleep well at all, my ribs ache, I’m out of breath easily, I pee my pants when I sneeze, and I think I might have restless leg syndrome, but those are minor complaints compared to what some women go through. I expect I’ll grow more uncomfortable these last 3 months, but I’m so very grateful that I’ve been spared so far.
This morning I had my gestational diabetes (GD) screening, which I had been dreading. I also had another ultrasound to check the baby’s kidneys and spine, since she didn’t cooperate last time. I’m happy to report that I passed the test! Baby girl was still stubborn, though, so the tech could only see one kidney clearly and just part of the spine – both are just fine. On to Round 3 in two weeks – fingers crossed she changes position by then. Since we didn’t get a good image of her face, I leave you with my almost 28 week bump:
(Almost) 28 Weeks Update
How far along: 27w5d (due date August 28)
Total weight gain/loss: +5 pounds over pre-pregnancy weight (lost 7-8 during first tri).
- Restless leg syndrome?
- Sore ribs
- Out of breath easily
- Dark splotches on my forehead are getting worse
- Mild incontinence
- Swollen feet and ankles – comes and goes
Sleep: Awful. Not only do I get up several times due to discomfort and a full bladder, sometimes I just can’t get back to sleep and end up getting out of bed to read or watch TV. People keep telling me to get as much sleep as I can now, because once the baby comes…. So annoying!
Best moment: Getting all the home-buying crap sorted out and realizing that we won’t have to bring baby home to a 3rd floor apartment.
Movement: Feeling it every day; patterns are starting to emerge. For instance, I usually feel her first thing when I wake up and when I’m relaxing on the couch after work (and sporadically in between). Still haven’t felt her from the outside.
Food cravings: None.
Sex of the baby: Female.
Labor signs: None.
Belly button: Still an innie. Hasn’t changed much since my last update.
What I miss: Sleep.
What I look forward to: My husband being able to feel movement.
Baby buys: I bought a swaddler from a local baby boutique and took advantage of a few free online offers for things like baby leggings, a nursing cover, and a car seat canopy. We’re going to get a ton of stuff at the shower, so we’re not buying anything until we know what gaps need to be filled.
Milestones: Passing the GD test!