33 Weeks update & Baby dropping

I am 33 weeks and three days today and apart from feeling heavy and clumsy as before the biggest change over the past week was the feeling that my baby has dropped.

It happened Monday/Tuesday last week, maybe even started Sunday night. I just felt like she was lower down all of a sudden, putting even more pressure on my bladder, which is quite painful at times now. There’s also more pressure and some pain and discomfort in my lower back.

Although my husband is saying that nothing’s changed, I think that even visually you can tell that my bump is a bit lower now than last week, and two of my work colleagues agreed, so it cannot just be me imagining things. I’m sure you cannot really imagine this increasing pressure and more frequent toilet breaks anyway!

I can still run although the stiffness in my right leg was worse last Monday. Normally I get it a few times during the run, but the first time I felt it was only one minute after starting and it didn’t ease off for about 30 seconds, which is a bit unusual. It normally doesn’t last that long. Then from 19th minute to 23rd minute I was having one every minute. I think it must be the baby pressing on some nerves in my spine or something like that. It’s always only the right leg, the same one that gave me the horrible cramp one morning a few weeks back. It’s not just the calf, it’s the whole leg that feels stiff and numb. It’s very uncomfortable and annoying, but hasn’t stopped me from running as yet. I will mention this to my midwife next time I see her, which is in two weeks. I haven’t had any other symptoms that would be alarming, like redness or swelling, and I also get the same stiffness if I’m stationery for a longer period (like when I’m sitting in the office at work all day), not just during running. I read that this could be sciatica, so the growing uterus presses on the sciatic nerve.

Today I had the best day running-wise since a very long time.  Not only did I manage to run for 5 minutes longer, so 35 minutes rather than 30, but I also ran 5.6k instead of my usual 4.8k, and I didn’t feel nearly as fatigued or breathless as I did every time I ran for the past two months or so. I don’t know what the reason for this sudden change was, but I was grateful for it. On a day like today I remember why I love running and why I stack with it for so long, regardless of my growing bump 🙂

I have a very busy last month at work ahead, and I’m really not looking forward to it. I’ve noticed that I get tired quicker now, and at the end of each day in the office I feel exhausted. My eyes hurt more now too. I should be taking some breaks, but I have so much to do still before my maternity leave, that I simply cannot afford those. Especially that I only work 3 days per week now until November, which means even less time to deal with everything.

I feel more energized when I don’t have to be at work all day though. I can get so much done in my days at home! All baby’s clothes, towels, muslin squares and blankets are now washed and ironed. My hospital bag is also packed now, and I feel better prepared overall. I’ve been still listening to my hypnobirthing CDs and I think they’ve helped me a lot not just with a mental preparation for the labour and my fear of it, but also with my sleep.

Baby size:  – Weight-wise: Pineapple (weight about 1.9kg, length about 43.7cm crown to heel) – according to BabyCentre App

Bump: I think it’s still growing, but it seems like a steady grow now.

My Weight: 52.3kg on Friday, which meant a drop of 0.5kg from last week 😦 But I did make up for it over the weekend!

Running: usually 30 minutes for 3 days per week, but today 35 minutes! 🙂

Cravings: nothing really

Aversions: no aversions

Maternity Clothes: I bought two maternity skirts and a jumper. I’m getting tired of the same clothes now.

Baby Kicks:  Still more movements than kicks, although she’s had a day last week when she was painfully active, kicking in the same spot on my bump for the whole day! She’s still hiccuping, It was mostly 2-3 times last week, with an exception yesterday when she’s had 6! Last one was when I got upset so I’m starting to think that my stress levels could have some influence on this as well.

Favourite moments: Every time I feel her moving. There’s no better feeling in the world than feeling my little girl. Especially when she moves or kicks in response to my touch or me talking to her.

Insomnia: Similar to last week, some days I don’t get much sleep, some it’s better and I only wake up once and manage to get back to sleep quite quickly.

Difficulties: My bladder has been quite painful today. I woke up with a feeling that I’ve got an infection, but it must have been her just pressing on it because it disappeared after my run… Mentally I feel very unstable and lost, but that’s because of my doubts about the sense of my relationship with my husband. I’ve been thinking about counselling, but individually, not as a couple, just to see if it would help me to make a decision or at least cleared my head. I just don’t know what to do with it all…







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