36 Weeks Pregnancy Update – I’m giving an update on how I’m doing at 36 weeks of this pregnancy!
36 Weeks Pregnancy Update
Hi Everyone, it’s time for another pregnancy update. I’ve gotten behind in these, but I feel like it’s important to continue to do them since I am so close to the end!
I want record these moments and feelings because one forgets so easily over time how one feels in the moment – I want to be able to look back or let my children look back to see what I was going though at this time. 36 weeks feels like a milestone to reach. I wish I had recorded my previous pregnancies better with photos.
I have to go back and get caught up on 33, 34 & 35 weeks. It’s just been so tough with keeping up because I’m homeschooling my daughter and son since the schools are closed down during the pandemic and I’ve been cooking and doing house chores/cleaning way more than I usually do (and I always cooked a lot before!) since we are home all the time.
At the original time of posting this post, my last pregnancy update was: 3rd Baby 30 Weeks Pregnant Update
I am feeling well, in general, I don’t have any major health issues or concerns during this pregnancy for for the baby.
My baby bump is no longer this cute little bump, it’s getting bigger and bigger. I think this week, it seems like it’s dropping a little bit. I know that she’s been head down
I do, however, have dry skin, especially on my hands, it’s almost like eczema which is probably exacerbated by the dish washing and hand washing during the pandemic. The dry skin is brought on also by the pregnancy hormones and since I know that I have less than 1 month until I give birth to her, I know I can wait and just lotion up!
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Pampering/TLC/Mani & Pedi/Mother’s Day
On Mother’s Day, this past Sunday, I gave myself a manicure and pedicure and it was so nice. I chose the color light pink for the baby girl. Hopefully, this mani/pedi will last for the birth! I tend to avoid doing my nails too much during pregnancy and if I do, I use low chemical nail polish like Ella + Mila nail polish – just to avoid chemicals as much as possible. I’m extra sensitive to my surroundings right now, though, so having groomed nails feels really nice and reduces my stress level, so that’s something I just have to weigh the importance of.
I think with my previous pregnancies, I did my nails, right before the births, I guess, as a way to get ready or also anticipating not really having much time after to do manicures on myself!
With all my pregnancies, the varicose veins have been such a trouble maker for me. I’m just prone to them and it’s just something that has to be managed. I will probably have to go through the vein removal treatment again 6 months to a year after the birth recovery (all the pregnancy hormones have to clear your system). I am confident they will get better after the birth and that I can get most or all of them treated so that they won’t bother me having gone through this before with my 2 other pregnancies.
After I had my son, I had varicose vein treatment over a year and it reduced them so much that I wasn’t uncomfortable anymore and my legs looked normal. As of right now, in my last month of pregnancy, they look pretty bad and I have to wear compression socks during the day. With this 3rd pregnancy, I have been able to wear the less expensive, knee high ones because the lower leg veins have been the ones that bother me. It’s better because, this pregnancy, I have just wanted to wear loose, flowing clothing, nothing tight, if I can help it.
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In the last month, my pregnancy brain has been pretty forgetful :/ I just need more rest than usual. I know I am in the home stretch though and after I can just focus on the baby and my recover (and my 2 other kiddos of course!).
I deal with it by making lots of lists so I don’t forget anything (which I do anyways, just more of it now).
Planning for Recovery
I am now thinking about how recovery will go. I have to wait 6 weeks before starting any real exercise. I want to do cycling again and get back to my normal-feeling body while not pushing it too far because I know my body will have to heal and it just takes time.
As far as diet goes, I’m not a dieter but chose to follow just more of a healthy lifestyle, I will probably cut out or reduce refined sugar and increase veggies and protein.
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Getting Ready for Baby Girl M
We have mostly everything we need at this point. There are still a few items that are in “it would be nice” category but not totally necessary and we can always get stuff after the baby is born too. Since this is our 3rd child, I don’t have the same anxieties that I did with my first child or even my 2nd. Of course, we want to be ready… I’ve done most of the baby laundry. My awesome mom friend gave us baby girls clothes. There’s still a few baby clothes that we recently got that I have to wash too. A lot of this time is just waiting
Thanks for reading and following along!