Wait, hold up. Did someone say 33 weeks? How did that happen? The last three weeks have zoomed by. Here’s to hoping the rest of the pregnancy follows suit because I am so ready to meet the little lady.
How I feel:
Can we talk about leg cramps for a second?
Mother effing leg cramps.
Those things are brutal. And they’re Sneaky McSneaksters because they like to come at night and wake you up out of a peaceful sleep.
About a week and a half ago I got a killer calf cramp. I woke up screaming like a crazy person, successfully freaking out Tim and the dogs. I tried to flex my foot, but couldn’t move it for about 30 seconds. It was scary. And painful.
And then it hurt for four days afterwards. It hurt so long afterwards that I called the midwife to make sure it was normal for me to still be limping around. She said that, no, it wasn’t normal and that I needed to go to the hospital to make sure I didn’t have a blood clot. I didn’t have one, thank God, but damn. Those cramps mean business.
I’ve been eating two bananas daily since then for potassium. And taking a calcium-magnesium supplement. And doing yoga positions to improve circulation. And stretching like crazy. And requesting a foot and calf massage from Tim every night. So hopefully one of those things will do the trick (please, please, please).
I did find out at the hospital that my placenta is in front of the baby, which is why I don’t feel her move that much. I generally have to be lying down and concentrating to feel her. So that information made me feel so much better.
In other news, my sleeping has improved. Want to know why? Drugs. Yep, I’ve been taking a half a dose of Unisom every night. After I got that first leg cramp, I started having trouble falling asleep because I was so worried about getting another one. Previously, I only had trouble staying asleep. But since I couldn’t fall asleep anymore either that meant I was getting, well, no sleep at all. So drugs it is. The midwife said it’s safe for the baby, but then I read online that antihistamines in the third trimester can cause seizures in newborns. Ummmm, so I’m going to have to look into that one a little more and possibly stop said drugs. Yikes.
Basically, I’m not a fan of the ole third trimester, but I’m trying to suck it up because I still have six plus weeks to go!
How I look:
I had my second and final shower a couple of weekends ago. Here’s a few pics from the event.