I’m almost to the 8 week countdown! It’s hard to believe. I haven’t blogged much pregnancy, so I thought an update of sorts might be fun.
How I’m feeling
My body feels great! I’m still energized and, aside from a touch of nausea this week, I’m surprised at how ‘normal’ I feel. I think I’ve gained about 26 pounds so far. That puts me right on track to gain my doctor’s maximum recommendation of 35 pounds. I thought carrying around that much weight would feel terrible, but I actually don’t feel that huge (unless I eat way too much too fast). Only about half of my maternity clothes still fit though:( I don’t have any cravings or aversions anymore, but I’m definitely eating more dessert, and cooked vegetables sound a whole lot better than anything raw.
My mind however, hasn’t felt so great. Between a listeria scare and living in constant fear of mosquitos, I’ve been feeling more anxious. I thought I’d worry less after the first trimester, but I’ve come so far and I’m soo close! I’m a little overwhelmed to be starting a new school year the week after next, but I’m also kind of ready to be off the couch and have a distraction. I just want her to be here!
I’ve been really lucky in that I’ve been able to stay active since about 7 weeks. I did easy jogs up to 27 weeks as well as a lot of Popsugar Fitness videos and barre workouts. I’m definitely slowing down a bit and doing more walking and prenatal yoga, as well as barre and a few Popsugar videos with lighter weights.
We have a crib and a changing table, but that’s about it. I’m waiting on curtains, a glider, a bookcase, and the carseat/stroller to be delivered. I’m pumped to be having a Dallas shower this weekend. After that, I’ll probably use my completion discount to buy anything I still need. I’m trying to be somewhat minimalistic, as I hear you don’t really know what you want/like until the baby is here. Any recommendations?
Preparing for Labor
I hired a doula! She was a labor and delivery nurse for 10+ years before becoming a doula, so that makes me less nervous about labor. We’ll meet next week to create a birth plan, which at this point consists of wanting everything as natural as possible until I beg for an epidural. My doula recommended a prenatal chiropractor, so I started getting adjustments to prepare the birth canal last week. I don’t really like them; but, apparently my pelvis isn’t in great shape, so I’m hoping it will be worth it. I’m also taking a breastfeeding class and a childbirth class.
I thought I would be more worried about life once the baby comes, but for some reason I’m not. I think Matt and I are just so excited and ready to be parents that we sometimes forget how tough it’s going to be when we’re not sleeping. For now, ignorance is bliss!
Did I miss anything? Any advice for me??