Family Friday: 30 Weeks

Warning: Family Friday posts are an open and honest update of our pregnancy.  There will be references to lady parts, internal organs, and bodily functions.  There will also be photos of baby bumps and ultrasounds.  If any of this bothers you, please stop reading now.

30 Weeks

 -  weighs over 3 pounds now
 -  can now better regulate her own body temperature
 -  is beginning to shed her lanugo (the fine hair covering her body) 
 -  is now strong enough to grasp things!
 -  has skin that is smoothing out and a brain that is getting more wrinkled

WEIGHT:  +15 pounds total.  This week I actually lost a pound.  Since my belly did grow this week and Baby G is still very active, I'm not worried about it.   I'm sure I'll gain some by next week.  For many women, weight gain tends to slow down in the third trimester.  

BODY:  My waist is still at +6 inches, my lower belly has increased to +5.5 inches, and my hips are still at +2 inches.  I've been having more days of bad lower back pain thanks to my growing belly so I went to a chiropractor for some relief this week.  I found a doctor who is certified in the Webster Technique and experienced in the chiropractic care of pregnant women.  The main issue he found was that my right hip was locked up and thus throwing off everything else.  The adjustments he did helped tremendously so I'll be going back once a week until Baby G is born to help my body better handle the added strain of this third trimester.

THE GOOD:  1) Movement.  Baby G has her active days and lazy days.  She likes to be comfortable and shifts around until she finds a good position.  Every time I roll over at night, I feel her repositioning herself as well.  2) Energy.  I generally feel really good for most of the day, but I definitely slow down in the evenings.

THE BAD:  1) Headache.  I had one really bad headache this week.  2) Back pain.  A few days were really painful until I went to the chiropractor.  3) "Lightning Crotch"  Baby G has given me a few powerful and painful kicks to my lady parts from the inside!  It literally feels like she is giving my cervix with a quick jab with a sharp knife.  Enough women have experienced this to give it the unofficial name of Lightning Crotch.  It's #8 on the "Top 10 Things They Really Should Tell You Before You Get Pregnant" list on :)

FOOD:  Week 30 and I still have never had any real "pregnancy cravings" yet!  The only thing I can say is that I crave sweeter things in general as opposed to sour/salty things and I still have an aversion to green salads.  I've never experienced an "I have to have it" moment with food.  No pickles and ice cream stories here :)

EXERCISE:  The headaches and back pain really put a damper on my exercise!  I did go walking/jogging with Dulce a few times but I keep having to miss my Power Pump class :(

OTHER NOTES:  I haven't heard anything about the Glucose test I had done last week, which means I passed!  However, another test I had done showed that I'm anemic which means my body is low in iron right now.  This is actually a common thing among pregnant women and an easy fix with an iron supplement.  In other news, we have house guests again!  My parents came and brought two of my nieces and one nephew with them.  This is their first time to Hawaii and they're staying for two weeks.  We're having a great time doing some touristy things and hanging out at some beaches!  Dulce loves the attention and amazes me daily of just how patient and tolerant she is with kids :)

"If I had my life to live over, instead of wishing away nine months of pregnancy,
I'd have cherished every moment and realized that the wonderment growing inside me
was the only chance in life to assist God in a miracle."
~Erma Bombeck

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