38 Week Bumpdate! Warning: Bare Belly

Or more specifically, 38 weeks…and 2 days. And getting very excited!

38 weeks pregnant

Exercise

I’ve skipped the gym lately and instead have been enjoying neighborhood walks with Koda, plus my yoga.  My walk pace is slow, but it always feels good to get out and move.  I stretch at home, bounce on my ‘birthing’ ball and will do arm weights, too.

Food

I’m sad to say that I don’t have any fun cravings. I’m eating pretty normally and trying to fit as many fabulous nutrients in as possible.  Carbs (pancakes, pasta) sound better to me than other options, so perhaps my body is trying to carb loading for the big event?

This doesn’t mean I haven’t been eating some yummy things.  Like I posted on facebook, I loved Jen’s version of Eggplant Parm!

Healthy Eggplant Parmesan

Movement

I still feels wiggles, hiccups and pokes all the time and still love them as much as ever. Well.. the hiccups can get a bit annoying, but I won’t complain because I love feeling my baby saying hello.

Progress towards Labor

As of last Friday, I’m still 50% effaced and 1cm dilated, meaning… nothing.  Could be tomorrow; could be 2 weeks.  Two days ago I was feeling great, then had about 20 minutes of what felt like extreme menstrual cramps.  I got so giddy!…then they went away and I was bummed. Bottom line… I think Baby D is quite comfy for the time being.

38 weeks pregnant bare belly

Weight Gained

30.5 lbs total.  It’s so funny to me how much I thought about this number in the beginning and now, it doesn’t phase me in the slightest.  I still very much look forward to getting my body back post baby, but the number on the scale doesn’t mean so much anymore.

Sleep

My sleep is all over the place.  Sometimes I’ll wake up every hour for no reason, other times I’ll sleep 4-5 hours until a bathroom break is needed.  I’m sneaking in an afternoon nap here and there, which always feels great.

Symptoms

The biggest symptom I have to complain about right now is great, because I think it means Baby D is getting into labor position, but… how do I describe this? …

After a walk or being on my feet for a while, I feel like Baby D almost rolls onto a nerve and I get a pain that feels like a leg cramp on the inside of my thighs, way up high.  It’s kind of a shooting pain that stops me in my tracks, but subsides quickly.  It’s so odd.

Also, my belly feels really heavy, especially in the mornings.  When I get up I waddle, somewhat bent over, until I feel like it stretches out again.

Looking forward to…

The thrilling feeling of ‘This Is IT!”.  Meeting Baby D. Introducing YOU to Baby D. Pumpkin beer. Laying on my belly. Taking pictures of my sweet newborn wearing the adorable outfit I bought on Etsy! Wogging. Sushi. Long stroller walks in the cool weather.

And…

Unleashing my inner bad@$$ again… it’s hard to pull off when I’m sporting a watermelon under my shirt ;)

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You know, the usual ;)

And, oh yes, that’s a crooked linea negra… don’t hate.

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Comments

  1. says

    You look so amazing, Brittany! I hope I look half as good as you do in 14 more weeks. I really hope Baby D comes soon; that nerve discomfort you described does not sound fun at all. I can’t imagine the anticipation you must be feeling every day. It’s going to drive me crazy! :)

  2. says

    Haha, that last picture cracked me up!! You still look wonderful and seem to be in such good spirits! I have to say, I love bare belly pics!

  3. Kelly says

    Love the update! I feel like I am waiting for a close friend to delivery, I turn to you blog every AM :) You look great and I think you are almost there!!

  4. Jenny says

    so soon!!! I just can’t wait and am so excited for you! Love your positive energy and can’t wait for fall stroller walks too!!

  5. says

    I am 37 weeks today and I know the feeling…I think the anticipation of knowing this baby could come at any time is what gets to me the most, but I am just really excited to meet her. I am still working, not really sure when to take my last day because I’ve been feeling good and well I figure it keeps me busy!

  6. says

    Oh period pain … I swear it felt like I was going to get my period any moment before I went into labor! Yeah!!! Baby D needs to come out and play! … Baby D – please make your appearance before Labor day weekend so I can snuggle you before vacay :) … Love, Susan

  7. says

    Haha. I love it. Baby D’s mama is hip!

    For the next two weeks, I’m going to be stalking your Twitter feed for updates. In friendly stalkerish kind of way, of course :)

  8. says

    LOVE that last shot!! You are a SERIOUS Bad a*& Mumma to be! Word! (ok…I’m SOOOO not “street” so the fact I wrote “word” is really silly…hope it made you laugh. It made me laugh)

  9. says

    Your bare belly is awesome! It must be so strange but also so thrilling to know baby D could come tomorrow or in a couple of weeks :) I am so impressed that you’re continuing to make such delicious looking meals – I feel like I could be all over the place, but you seem to be so calm and in control!

  10. says

    Hi Brittany! You look great! I love all of the food postings and baby postings! I just had my baby on the 19th at 38 weeks. Best of luck to you and the rest of your pregnancy!

  11. Paulina says

    Hahaha! Love the Bada$$ pic! Oh, and at my last checkup, my doctor said waddling is a good thing because it means the babies head is basically in your pelvis and getting ready to say hello! I waddle a lot lately too :)

  12. Todd says

    WOW,what a FABULOUS pregnant belly and what looks to be a rather large jutting outie bellybutton isn’t so bad either!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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