At my midwife appointment yesterday, I got a little lecture for not eating and drinking enough.
Say what?! I’m a hungry pregnant lady who feels like she is eating non-stop and growing like a weed!
According to my midwife, I’ve only gained 2# in the past 4 weeks (which isn’t bad for goodness sakes, I’m still up 17#, just 1# under what I was with Stella at this point!), but based on my urine test I’m “throwing keytones” – which basically means I’m dehydrated and not getting enough nutrients in my body lately.
Well dammit – I’m running out of room!
Apparently I’ve officially reached that part of pregnancy where I’m hungry but I’m full, so even though I feel like I’m constantly grazing, I’m not actually getting enough calories/nutrients in my body. *sigh* I’m now concentrating extra hard on drinking more water and eating more nutrient dense snacks throughout the day, but man it’s hard!
Other than that, things are looking great. My belly is measuring right on track (around 104 cm circumference if I remember right, and between 30-31 fundal height), and for some reason everyone says I’m “glowing” this week. I’ll let you in on a secret – I definitely don’t feel like I’m glowing lately. In fact, I’ve been super tired, which I’ve been blaming on traveling to MN and then the daylight savings time change, but really, I’m getting 9-10 hours of sleep a night (8pm-6am, kinda ridiculous), so I’m thinking I really do just need to get more fuel into my body to give me more energy. That and exercise. GAH. Why can I not get re-motivated to work out? Flabbiness galore lately.
Oh! One other fun pregnancy development since my 29 week update is the recurrence of my pregnancy induced carpal tunnel.
I just looked back at my records from Stella, and apparently this happened at almost exactly the same time when I was pregnant with her. Carpal tunnel & heartburn were my biggest complaints at 31 weeks, and that’s holding true for this pregnancy as well. I know, it’s not the worst thing in the world, but it’s definitely uncomfortable. I think the heartburn is part of the reason I haven’t been eating enough (especially at night – I’m just afraid of the pain if I eat anywhere close to bed time!), and I’m wearing braces on both wrists every night and all day on the weekends.
Also odd to realize is that this was my last day of work with Stella. I was bartending & waitressing, and the restaurants I was working at were going into off season so I got laid off at this point (rightly so). So weird to think I’ll hopefully be working until the kid comes this time! Speaking of work, my boss gave me an exception for my PTO (I have 1 week banked right now). Normally we have to use it in the year in which it’s accrued, but because I have no idea if this kid will make his appearance in 2013 or 2014, he nicely said that I won’t lose my time if I don’t use it in 2013, and instead I can use those 40 paid hours during my first week of unpaid maternity leave instead. Thank God for small blessings!