May 16, 2019

Third Trimester Update

We are in the third trimester of pregnancy! Woo hoo! Less than 2 months until baby is here. So many fun updates to share. I wrote this post from between 28 weeks pregnant and 32 weeks pregnant to share the updates that we have going on.

-We have a name! This baby's name was SO hard for us to choose and there was nothing we liked for awhile or could agree on. I liked the names Everly and Averly but couldn't settle on them and Troy didn't like them at all.. His ideas for names, well, let's just say that they were not approved at all. Just because a baby is the third one in the family does not mean her name is going to be Tres lol!!! We have a name that we love with awesome religious meaning for the first name and a family name that means the world to us for a middle name. Name to be shared after birth!

Maternity photos taken at 29 weeks pregnant
-We got our first professional maternity photos and I am so excited about it! The photos are done by Dana Rose Photography and we are so happy with them.

-Due date is still July 13th!

25 weeks pregnant
-I am finally ready to share that I have an issue called velamentous cord insertion where the umbilical cord is inserted into the wrong part of the placenta causing concern. When I was first diagnosed with it, we had an awful inexperienced doctor freak me out about it. A few weeks later, we went to my amazing doctor Dr. Chen who spelled everything out simply and basically told us not to worry, he has seen plenty of these cases and they turn out fine.

28 weeks pregnant

I have to get ultrasounds every 3-4 weeks to ensure that baby is growing properly as that is one of the main concerns. As of 27 1/2 weeks pregnant, baby was growing great and was in the 21st percentile according to our ultrasound. Everything was looking good. The other concern is that due to the cord issue, baby's heart rate may drop during labor and I may need to get an emergency c-section. At this point, we are just praying a lot and hoping that everything turns out okay.

Starting at 31 weeks pregnant, I will have to get non-stress tests to make sure baby is doing okay. I am not on any restrictions, I am still able to exercise and do not need to eat any differently. When I get the ultrasounds, a high-risk prenatal doctor reviews the ultrasounds and lets me know if anything has changed. Not the best news to get but so far, I am just getting more frequent monitoring to ensure that baby is okay.

-How am I feeling: I had written no heartburn this time but that changed at about 29 weeks and I've been having some heartburn that Tums helps. No shortness of breath so far unless I walk up a couple of flights of stairs- it seems like baby is low but I don't know for sure. The main issue that I have had that is really difficult is that I have had awful pelvic floor pain. Three to four days a week, I have no pain or just general uncomfortableness.

The other 3-4 days a week, I have had awful pain in my pelvic region that feels like my body is literally ripping apart along with a burning feeling. It is aggravated by walking up the stairs, rolling over in bed or getting off of the couch from a laying down position. This has made general living really hard. Some days, I can't exercise. Some afternoons and evenings, I need Troy to help out more. I need to rest and lay down more. If you know me, you know that this is really hard on me because I am not a relaxer. I am a doer and not being able to do things that need to be done is tough. This has been going a lot better since 30 weeks though so we will see.

-I bought a maternity support band that I wear on walks and it helps a lot with the pelvic pain and general pressure that the belly puts on my body.

-Sleep- Oh sleep. I've never been a good sleeper and with pregnancy, it is even worse. My current issue is having trouble falling asleep and sometimes, I have to take Benadryl to help. Other times, I wake up in the middle of the night and can't fall back asleep. The really good thing is that since I work from home, I am able to take naps. For the first time in my life, I am listening to my body and taking naps when I need to. I am typically really bad at this but am realizing that if I don't take care of myself, I am not great at taking care of my kids which isn't fair to them. I am lucky because I have the best cuddle buddy in the world who helps me take a nap in her bed, Adalyn!

-Cravings- none! My cravings are always in the first trimester, not later on.

-At 30 weeks, I had really bad nausea for 4 days straight and barely wanted to eat. It is better now.

-I do feel baby move daily but it definitely isn't even as close to as much as with the other kids. My doctor says that the reason is because the placenta is right in the front of my belly so I don't feel a lot of the kicks. Adalyn and Troy have been able to feel the kicks a few times which is very special. Now at 31 weeks, I am feeling stronger kicks finally.

-I've only been nesting for about 4 months straight now so our house is super in order and my giant to-do list has shrunk greatly. We choose a couple of jobs each weekend to tackle and divide them up.

-We have a simple birth plan written, a plan (with three backup plans) for the kids for when I go into labor and a hospital packing list ready to be packed in the next couple of weeks.

-Exercise- At 21 weeks, I stopped running due to the issue with the cord and not knowing at first if I was allowed to run or not. I am super proud that I made it to that point but disappointed in myself that I stopped. With the pelvic pain, I don't think that I would be able to run anyways since when I do exercise, it aggravates the pain and often lasts the rest of the day. I have tried to run half a block or a block with the kids and it feels bad in that region. I am listening to my body and exercising less.

I try to do something most days. I walk Adalyn to school with my mom about 2 days a week which is a three mile walk. I do about 1 prenatal workout a week including lifting weights and do smaller walks the other days. I just do what I am able to at this point instead of hurting myself and causing pain for the rest of the day and often the day after.

-Siblings- Adalyn is so, so, so excited for the baby and talks to my belly no less than 10 times a day. She tells her baby sister good morning, hugs my belly, sings to her, pretends to feed my belly food, says I love you and more. She is so, so pumped for another sibling. I feel so happy that we can give her another sibling because she is the best sister.

I would still say that Oliver has no idea what is coming. He gets jealous if I hold another kid so I'm a little worried and he is still like a baby himself in a lot of ways. He needs to be held and loved on often and is quite sensitive. He does say baby and points at my belly and can say his new sisters name. We will see! I am trying to prepare him by reading sibling books but he doesn't like sitting for those.

-Braxton Hicks contractions happen frequently and are uncomfortable but not painful.

Overall, things are going really well and we are all so excited to meet baby girl! We are just so thankful that things are going well despite some scares and can't wait until July.

Most of the photos (the ones with me in the pink dress) are done by Dana Rose Photography who is located in the Metro Detroit area and I would highly recommend for maternity photos!

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