I saw my OB earlier this week and I am still measuring right on track. He did what always amazes me and put his hands on my belly to figure out the baby’s position. Baby Bo is head down. Although he’s getting nice and big, there still room in there for him to move around. His movements are getting super strong (sometimes I swear he’s going to bruise my insides!)
I told the doctor that I’ve been having a fair number of contractions recently. Dr. P actually noticed one while he was examining me. It happened a couple more times during the appointment. He said it’s likely Braxton Hicks but he wants me to pay more attention to them, especially if they start to get any more frequent. If any sort of pattern arises, I need to go to triage and get checked to make sure it isn’t preterm labour. Basically, he said I need to “take it easy”. Easier said than done with a three-year-old, but I definitely need to try.
Of course, that freaked me out a bit and I spent the rest of that evening not moving and tracking my contractions on my iPhone app. I definitely had more than usual (not painful at all) but they tapered off and I was able to go to sleep with no problem. I’m guessing the fact that I had spent the morning clearing junk out of our spare bedroom and doing trips up and down the stairs had something to do with it. I definitely won’t be doing that anymore!
Symptoms: As noted above, definitely more contractions these days. I’m hoping that it’s just my body preparing itself for the big day – and hoping that the big day is still a ways off!
I’m also starting to find that I can’t eat as much as before. I guess I’m finally running out of room in there. I’ve always been a snacker but I’ll need to make sure I have a good variety of healthy snacks around so I can eat little amounts more often since big meals are getting harder for me to tolerate.
And… leg cramps! Oh god, I had the worst leg cramps over the weekend. It happened on both sides, but one side lasted almost 24 hours. I woke up in the middle of the night in excruciating pain and had to jump around the room to try to get it to settle down. Luckily, D was working night shift so he didn’t have to witness my crazy cramp dance! I knew I had to stretch it out but flexing my foot was the worst feeling ever. I spent the whole next day limping. Ugh.
Sleep: Sleeping is officially hard now. I was awake for over an hour in the middle of the night last night because I couldn’t find a comfortable position. Even with my body pillow and my wedge, I find I can only lie on one side for a short period before I get super uncomfortable. The aforementioned leg cramps don’t help either.
Other: I spoke with Dr. P about the mumps scare from last week. He still isn’t convinced that I’m not immune to mumps. It was my family doctor who told me that but my Dr. P (my OB) can’t find any record of it, beyond the test results showing that I am immune to rubella (which is part of the same vaccine). Either way, he said that it’s highly unlikely that I caught it and, even if I did, it isn’t dangerous to the baby (just crappy for me!) So far, I have no sign of it so hopefully I’ll continue to stay healthy!