What It's Like To Be 36 Weeks Pregnant
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Anyone who has done this before knows that 36 weeks and beyond is the point in time where you start to get all of your business in order and really start to prepare for what is around the corner. I hear it can be chaotic adjusting to having a newborn and a toddler, but I guess I will get to experience this for myself in just a few short weeks!
While I do know that this baby could come at any moment, I am still banking on making it up until my due date. I just RSVPed to my company's Holiday Party, which is a week before my due date, and I fully intend to make it! Now that I have almost completed my entire second pregnancy, I can say that it has been quite different from my first.
How so? Well, for starters, I am still edema-free. In fact, I haven't swelled AT ALL! Here are just a few photos of my feet in Pregnancy 1 vs. Pregnancy 2. This alone has greatly improved my comfort left, outlook on life, and overall positive spirit. It's been a game changer!
I feel spoiled rotten because of the fact that I can still see the veins in my feet, and because I can still fit into my shoes and maternity pants. It not easy carrying around a 36-week belly, but it sure is EASIER when your legs and feet are not a puffy, water-logged, mushy, soft tissue mess!
Weight Gain: At 30 weeks, I had gained 24 lbs. At 32 weeks, I was up 27 lbs. At 34 weeks, I was up 30 lbs. At 36 weeks, I am up 32 lbs. This time with my first pregnancy, I was already up 42 lbs.
Cravings: Everything sweet. I need to CUT BACK just a bit! I am lucky and surprised to only have gained 32 pounds at this point.
Baby's Movement: Movement is still there on the daily, but has slowed down a bit. The baby is still in the head-down position and is ready to go!
Workouts: Still going strong at Barre at 36 weeks. I have been consistent with three workouts per week.
Stretch Marks: None yet! Still oiling away! I have definitely destroyed bed sheets and several pairs of pants and tanks with this routine.
Sleep: My restless leg syndrome has subsided a bit. However, at 36 weeks, I have been hit with a cold that is making sleep not fun at all because I am not taking anything. Kind of miserable, but I know this will pass soon!
Coffee: I have been drinking coffee during this pregnancy (about 8 oz per day), but I am stopping from now until the birth of the baby. I just have this theory that maybe my baby will sleep a little better if I cut the caffeine now. With this new no-coffee routine, I passed out on the couch at 2 pm today....which is rare!
My hubby has been working SO hard on the house. He is over there every workday from 5 pm - 8 pm and then from 7 am to 9 pm on the weekends. And he doesn't complain one bit. So I try not to complain as well about being very pregnant. Honestly, though, there is not much to complain about (hello, see above, I have ankles this time!) And for that, and many other reasons, I am so very grateful!