34-Week Growing Pains

How far along? 34 weeks (ahhhhh – 6 weeks until D-day!)  Big news: Babies born between 34 and 37 weeks (full-term starts at 37) without other health problems generally do just fine, even though they may need a short stay in the neonatal nursery and some short-term issues.  Yaaaay!

Baby’s size? According to my Baby Center app, he weighs about 4.75 pounds, about the size of a cantaloupe, and he’s almost 18 inches long.  I think he’s still measuring a little big, but since I haven’t had any ultrasounds since the gender reveal, we won’t really know until he makes his appearance.

Total Weight Gain: I’m not too sure since I didn’t make it to the gym yesterday, but probably 24 lbs.

34 weeksStretch marks? Nope

Sleep:  I’m in the most pain when I’m trying to sleep at night, so you can see how sleep hasn’t really been happening for me… unless I can catch a nap.

Best moment this week: Visiting with family I hadn’t seen in far too long

Miss Anything? (1) sleep (2) regular workouts (3) beer <– in that order

Movement: Yup.  Some hits are kinda’ hard (ouch), but they’re still mostly cute.  I love it when I can feel a little like hand or foot.

Food cravings:  Nope.  I ate my fair share of pad thai, cookies, and ice cream, but I wasn’t really “craving” any of it.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope.

Gender: Boy!

Labor Signs:  Nope.

Symptoms: I’ve been in quite a bit of pain since Thursday night, and yesterday was pretty bad, which explains why I didn’t get to the gym for my regular workout and weigh-in.  I think it’s just round ligament pain.  As I said last week, I think little man had a growth spurt, so my body is having a hard time keeping up with him.  I told Kevin I expected to be uncomfortable in pregnancy, but I didn’t expect it to hurt so badly!

Belly Button in or out?  Finally out

Wedding rings on or off?  On

Happy or moody most of the time?  I’m happy, and when Kevin isn’t working too hard, I think he’s pretty happy too.  He’s getting eager to see the little guy.

Looking forward to: I’m looking forward to our childbirth class Friday night and all day Saturday, though I do hate to blow so much of a weekend on it.

orangeI feel silly being excited about a childbirth class, but I’m really eager to learn some stuff.  I’ve read a couple blogger birth stories (like this one), but I’ve generally been shying away from any labor and delivery info.  Hearing, reading, or even thinking much about it freaks me out.

I’m a total wimp when it comes to pain, and I get the heebie-geebie feeling easily.  Seriously- though I loved studying biology in school, when we covered the cardiovascular system, I got mild chest pains just from over thinking it.  I also cry like a baby when I get shots.  Yeah… childbirth is gonna be interesting.

That said, I want to know generally what to expect without going into information overload.  I also really want Kevin to know a thing or two without me having to tell him.  I think this two-part class is going to be perfect for the two of us.

***Side Note About Clothes: In the first pic, yes – that is actually a maternity cami.  I can’t believe it either.  In the second pic, yes – I was happy to be in something orange besides that orange and white stripe dress I feel like I’ve worn all.friggin.summer.  #GoTigers #solidorange

  • Any other mamas take classes they really enjoyed?
  • Are my symptoms making other non-mamas cringe?  Sorry ladies – I have a feeling it’s very different for everyone!

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24 Responses to 34-Week Growing Pains

  1. To be completely honest, the idea of becoming pregnant and having to deal with all of the pain and discomfort that comes with it totally freaks me out – so you’re definitely not alone on that count! That being said, I know it’s all worth it when you finally get to see your little one 🙂 Speaking of which… less than two months! EeeeEEeeE!

  2. Charlotte says:

    oh yeah the pain scares me. ive always said i want to be drugged when i give birth- i in no way judge how anybody gives birth, if i thought i had the guts for a natural childbirth i would be all about that- but i dont. im so thankful for modern medicine 🙂

  3. While I know I’ve got a couple of years before babies become part of the plan for me, the thought of the pregnancy experience does freak me out a little bit, especially because a cousin of mine who just had her baby last year spent the last 3 months of hers on bedrest due to complications. But I know that whatever happens, the little one at the end will be worth it. And side note – I love the top in the second picture! So pretty!

  4. I only took a yoga and labour class. I did not want to take other ones since I knew they’d scare me more than anything.
    I have been pretty uncomfortable the last few days, she is growing with a growth sprut too. Must be at 34 week one going around 😉

  5. Yay for 34 weeks!!! I work in neonatal brain imaging research and a lot of the babies in our studies are between 23 and 32 weeks. Most turn out just fine but it’s pretty scary to see the families whose babies are in the NICUs for weeks and sometimes months. 34 is a major feat and I’m hoping the next few weeks go by smoothly!

  6. I can’t believe you are getting so close to meeting your little man! …and sipping an ice cold pumpkin beer 😉 Exciting times!!

  7. Lisa says:

    Hehe, I love that you added beer into the things you miss. Booze would probably be one of the main things I missed too;)
    Pain is always something I’ve been nervous about if I ever get pregnant…which I actually never plan on doing. I’d love to adopt one day.
    Can’t believe you’re so close! The pain is so worth the end result though!! You get to meet him SO soon now!

  8. Yeah the pain is definitely scary, but I like reading your weekly updates because then I know what to expect whenever the time may come that I get pregnant. And…6 weeks…you’re getting SO close!!!

  9. I’m sorry you have been having so much pain. I’m still quite a few years away from even thinking about kids but im sure the first thoughts ill have will be about the pregnancy and delivery. It’s an amazing thing our bodies can do but kind of scary too.

  10. olivetorun says:

    I don’t know too much about pregnancy (no kids yet) but I do hope you start feeling better and not feeling so much pain!

  11. I’ve read so many birth stories and find them fascinating. A girl I went to H.S. with just posted she had a water birth and I’m blown away! I feel like when I get pregnant I’ll have to contact her. Pain freaks me out, too. I think I’ll probably be the opposite though and read way too many birth stories — Yikes!

  12. Ahhh, you’re so close! How exciting. You look amazing and 24lbs is a perfectly healthy amount to gain. I don’t know how you’re managing without sleep. I’d be a huge baby.
    I’m excited to read your birth story. I think the pain will be less of an issue once you experience that excitement of knowing he’s almost here!

  13. Sorry you have been in some pain! I think it’s wise to take it easy though. We went to a childbirthing class, and I really enjoyed it. It was nice to be able to ask questions and such since I had no idea what I was doing!

  14. I am so sorry to hear about the pain!! 🙁 Ugh. And not being able to sleep? You look amazing for not doing that. I think I would keel over & not function.. ever. I think it’s the only reason I can keep up with teaching–that I get sleep. So I am so so sorry!!

    But you are LOOKING fab!!! And baby boy will be here before you know it. 6 weeks can go super fast!! And no matter what, he’ll be healthy whenever he comes–such a huge sigh of relief on that one!


  15. Sorry to hear you’re in so much pain lately. My lower belly has been hurting when I run so I finally bought a running support belt today. 6 weeks is going to fly…it’s so exciting your little man will be here so soon. I seriously can’t wait for our little man to show up (well, once the nursery is done lol)

  16. You are so adorable in that last picture! Crazy to think that you are pretty much good to go any time now! 😉

  17. Enjoy your childbirth class! With our first, my husband and I did a day-long class, a breastfeeding class, and an infant care class. I felt like we knew a lot of the info convered in the childbirth class because we’d done a lot of reading & research throughout pregnancy (yeah, we’re dorks that way). The breastfeeding class was great, but to be honest, I learned the most from friends and ‘on-the-job.’ If you’re thinkin about nursing, check out my Mommyland page. I nursed both of my girls through their first birthdays, and I wrote a mythbusters series about breastfeeding. Don’t sweat childbirth. I went into both labors & deliveries with the attitude to just go with the flow. If I felt good and could handle the contractions, I’d try to deliver med-free. If I needed pain relief, I wasn’t going to beat myself up over it. I ended up getting epidurals with both girls, after laboring med-free for hours, and the epidurals were the best thing ever!! You’re going to do great!! Just remember that women have been having babies for ever, and you’re far fitter than most women out there. That in itself will help you tremendously!

  18. Michelle says:

    Yay for being 34 weeks! I feel like you just announced your pregnancy and now you’re just 3 weeks away from being full term. How’d THAT happen?

    I went to a childbirth class with Braeden and I enjoyed that “bonding” experience with my hubby. I can’t say I used most of the techniques I learned, but understanding everything that was going to happen was helpful! Plus, we did some childcare exercises that helped us get through the first few weeks. Oh, and the breastfeeding class was actually really helpful for Dan. He “got” why I was so frustrated and was just really, supportive thanks to what we learned.

    As for the birth stories… I found them comforting AND horrifying at the same time BUT it really did give me a perspective like “I CAN DO THIS!” I hope mine wasn’t too horrifying. I’m pretty sure what happened to me WON’T happen to you. But if it does, just know that our bodies are AMAZING and that whatever happens it’s 100000% worth it!

  19. I took a breastfeeding class I really think that helped me out a lot.. I promise you will do fine when the time comes. Don’t stress out about it and don’t have any expectations. Just know that at the end of it all, you will get to meet your son, and that is worth every bit of pain and effort!

  20. Ha ha, no but I like programmes like ‘One born every minute’ which I probably wouldn’t watch it if I was actually pregnant!

  21. I am so excited for you! If it helps, my labor and delivery with Em was amazing. I actually still say I could do L&D any day over being pregnant. With her, I feel like I had a lot more of the pain you’re talking about now. It’s downright miserable! Have you tried a support belt for during the day?

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