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2nd pregnancy: weeks 38-40

by Heather

Happy due date to me, happy due date to meeeeeee! No surprise, I’m still pregnant. At least at this current moment.  It is just the afternoon but I’m sure nothing will change by Wednesday. Let’s take a look at what’s new and been happening these past few weeks.


Midwife appointments

We had our 40 week check up yesterday and everything is looking good and normal. She sounded good and my belly is still growing, but like it’s always been, on the smaller end (38 cm yesterday). I wonder if part of the small measurements is because she is so low. At every appointment the midwives have to ask me if I’ve been checked to make sure she’s head down because she’s that low they can’t really feel her head. Luckily at my 36 week appointment they did a quick ultrasound and made sure she was. I have yet to be checked for dilation this pregnancy, so it’s a surprise for everyone whether I’m dilated at all. The midwives are fine not knowing (so far) and I kind I don’t want to know yet. Even if I was dilated a few cm, it wouldn’t necessarily mean baby would come right away so keeping it a mystery keeps me more relaxed. However, if/when I hit 41 weeks maybe they would want to check??


One thing that’s steadily been climbing these past few weeks is my blood pressure. Not anywhere near a concerning number, but it’s been high for me. My typical BP throughout the majority of this pregnancy was around 105-110/60. Nice and low. And it’s normally a tad lower when I’m not pregnant. Starting a few weeks ago it began creeping into the 120s/70s, then yesterday is was 136/80. The midwife said it was totally normal, but still, in my mind that’s high for me! I’ve noticed I feel a bit more swelling some evenings in my hands and feet, so maybe that has something to do with it too. Total weight gain is around 35 pounds so far.


My sleep’s been okay. I wake up about 3-4 times a night to pee. I’m having less trouble falling asleep than I had been, but I’ve had more mornings where I wake up at 4-5am and just can’t go back to sleep. My brain starts going and just won’t turn off.

I find every night before going to bed I have to take a couple tums. Even if I don’t have heartburn going on, the instant I lay down the burning feeling begins, then it’s tums to the rescue!



Of course, I’ve been loving sweets daily, but also veggies! I can’t remember the last time I ate so many salads. We had salmon caesar salads for dinner one time last week, and I even picked up a big container of baby spinach and have been eating salads almost daily. I think the yummy poppyseed dressing I have helps too. Toss on some fresh strawberries and I’m in heaven.



I taught my last body pump class (and class in general yesterday). I actually felt really good the entire class, although my lower back was pretty sore from it yesterday. Like I mentioned yesterday, I’ve loved teaching this whole time, but am looking forward to some easier exercise. I still plan to keep moving everyday, but now with walking, water aerobics and swimming. But who knows, maybe I’ll miss lifting and classes and actually go to another instructors class for fun!

Signs of labor?

I was telling Jacob this yesterday, I feel like most evenings when I go to bed, I’m a bit more uncomfortable, my lower back is aching and I wonder, will this be the night? Then, I wake up in the morning feeling better and am still pregnant. I’ve had maybe 2-3 kind of uncomfortable contractions, but nothing that makes me actually think I’m going to go into labor. I’m feeling lots of pelvic pressure with her being so low. I’ve also been feeling what I describe as ‘cervical scratching’ these past couple weeks. Sounds bad, but just feels like she’s scratching me a bit down there. I remember having the same feeling with Hunter. [cover your eyes if you get grossed out easily] Also, more discharge since Sunday so that’s a good sign of change happening!

We attended the water birth class for the hospital last week so now we’re all set for that when the time comes. I didn’t do water birth with Hunter, although I had planned to, but hope I get the chance to this time. The class was great and really has me looking forward to it.


{{ 40 weeks today! }}

Relaxed and ready

I’m in a total state of relaxation about this sweet little baby coming. I feel 100% okay still being pregnant, and kind of anticipate being pregnant a little while longer. I know that at most I’ve got 2 more weeks to go now and am just going to enjoy these last couple days or weeks of extra home and Hunter time while I can.  Today we went the story time at the library, played there a bit, then had a hot cocoa date with friend.  So fun.


I’m looking forward to not much of an agenda – although I’ve already filled most of this week up with a get together, planned a water aerobics class to go to, massage + chiropractic and a day of errands. Clearly I’m thinking baby won’t make an arrival yet. :). I even have things I want Jacob to finish up around the nursery on Saturday if nothing has happened. He doesn’t know it yet. 🙂

Because of the snow storm last weekend my baby shower got postponed until March so baby girl will actually get to be there for that. I’ve made lots of little baby pants and scored 10 onesies for $10 yesterday. We didn’t have many newborn and 0-3 month long sleeve onesies (probably because Hunter was more of a summer baby) so now I’m set. I’m totally cool with gently used clothes for a deal like that! Plus baby clothes (especially newborn size) are barely worn.  And I love all the neutral colors.  There’s an awesome moose print, skull and cross bone and embroidered fox and bird onesie hiding in there too. 🙂


Alrighty, enough for now. Clearly I’m a bit wordy when I wake up at 5am (when I started writing this) and can’t go back to sleep. :). Hopefully my next update will be with a baby in my arms, but if I go past 41 weeks, I’ll be sure to share more!

Was there a point in your pregnancy you just felt done and ready for baby to come out? Hunter was just 3 days late so thankfully I never got to that point, but I wonder if I will this time since she’s dropped lower a lot sooner?

What’s you’re guess on weight? The midwife yesterday guessed she wasn’t going to be bigger than 6.5-7 lb, but I’m thinking she’ll be bigger than 7lb only because Hunter was 7 lb 12 oz.


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Erica February 18, 2014 - 6:09 pm

SOOOOOO exciting. I wish I was never checked for dilation…I think women get a centimeter or two and think, “ok, this is it” and then can end up waiting. I still am placing my bet on Thursday…I just have a feeling. SO excited for you <3 <3

Fit Mama February 19, 2014 - 1:51 pm

I would be fine with Thursday!

Sarah L February 18, 2014 - 11:37 pm

Good luck with the next few days! I’m wishing you all the best.

Fit Mama February 19, 2014 - 1:51 pm

Thanks Sarah!


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