35-36 WEEK PREGNANCY | epi-no, cervical & hip pain [tmi alert]

Screen Shot 2014-08-21 at 3.08.55 PM36 weeks marks “full term” in regards to survival of baby outside the womb.

36-37 weeks is when it’s regarded safe to have your baby at home/outside hospital as baby will most likely not require any additional help.

 

 

—baby Chamberlain—

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At 35 weeks, baby is the size of a honeydew melon, 18 inches long and 5.25 pounds

At 36 weeks, baby is the size of a crenshaw melon, 18.75 inches long, 5.75 pounds

That is a huge amount of growth in just one week… and baby is MASSIVE 😉

Not really… but I don’t feel like I’m on the edge of going into labour anytime soon, so I’m a little nervous how big he will be by the time he’s born.

—life update—

Our lives haven’t been too eventful these past 2 weeks. We had a maternity photo session a couple weeks ago. We made a video of that and also a couple blog posts about it. Here’s the more recent one with the entire photo shoot pictures.

We even attended a couple’s birth preparation class at a local yoga studio. It was so great! I feel like Tom and I connected really well and were able to practice and find out what labouring positions and techniques worked best for us.

I’ve been enjoying the free time to get all of baby Chamberlain’s clothes and cloth diapers washed and organised. I have a few nursery DIY projects that I plan to start soon… just waiting to get all the supplies. I will be doing tutorials on those.

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—-supplements—-

Screen Shot 2014-08-22 at 9.46.20 AMI’ve added in Evening Primrose Oil (EPO) to my normal routine of supplements. EPO can be used to help ripen and soften your cervix in preparation for labour and softens ligaments and joints. Those little boosts sounds good to me.

DISCLAIMER: Some do not recommend using EPO in pregnancy!

TMI ALERT below!

I’ve also started using my Epi-No. The Epi-no is a device that helps stretch and prepare your perineum and tissue for birth.
It’s made in Germany and is not FDA approved (but I personally don’t trust the FDA-approved ratings). Watch my 35-36 week pregnancy vlog video (posted below) for more info on the epi-no.

—-symptoms—-

I have been experiencing some cervical and hip pressure and pains the past week or so…

I started having sharp twinges in my cervix about a week ago. I had no idea what the sensation was or what it meant. My midwife said it could indicate some cervical changes (dilation, effacement, softening, etc), but is probably just the baby hitting on a nerve in the cervix.

And then about 5 days ago, I started having some pulsing/stretching/opening sensations in my lower back and hips.

Although these feelings weren’t comfortable, they put a smile on my face. I am just excited that my body is preparing for labour.

I’ve also been extremely, extremely hungry ALL THE TIME. I can’t seem to eat enough food! My midwives have said to make sure I’m eating every 2-3 hours and I don’t think that I have been. I get hungry at about the 2 hour mark throughout the day, but usually try and hold off eating as long as I can stand it because I simply feel that I shouldn’t be hungry yet. But I’ll keep trying…

—-movement—-

Yes and lots down below. His hands are all up in my pelvis. I think he’s definitely moved further down into my pelvis as I don’t feel his bum up so high.

I had my 36 week midwife appointment two days ago and she was quite surprised at how far down he was. She even mentioned she thinks I’ll go into labour “soon”. I had to brush off those words as I don’t want to assume them to be true and be disappointed and even more impatient if/when I go “overdue”.

—-cravings—-

Water. Coffee. Ice Cream. All the time… can’t stop thinking about all 3

—-baby’s position—-

Baby continues to move from posterior to my sides. Who knows what position he will be in when I go into labour. I am continuing to sit on my birth ball and try to maintain forward or side-lying positioning to encourage him to be anterior.

—-stretch marks—-

I’ve started getting a few on my inner thighs. They are small and light, but they are there. Still none on my belly [yet]!

—-feelings & emotions—-

I’ve been feeling very excited and anxious about the birth! I have been welcoming all the changes my body is going through to prepare for labour and will be so excited when things start progressing to early labour.

I’m not holding out any hope that he will be any time soon although many think he will come early. We shall see… 😉

—-da bump—-

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Watch my 35-36 WEEK PREGNANCY VLOG below!

 

Andrea xoxo

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