Today I am 35 weeks pregnant. And here is my beach ball belly to prove it.
People are asking me if this pregnancy is as easy as all of my previous pregnancies? The answer to that is yes…and no.
The baby? Yes, that part of the pregnancy is just like all the rest. He’s measuring “big” for my due date, he is just as active as all the rest, he has a good heart beat, etc.
My weight gain? Yes, that is the same as all the rest. I have always gained anywhere between 40 and 45 pounds for each pregnancy, even the ones in my early 20’s. That is just my normal pregnancy weight gain.
My weight? No! The difference with this pregnancy and all the others is that I’m much more tired, I do not have much energy, and I’m much more sore… and it’s all due to my weight. Not my weight gain – but my weight. I was at least 15-20 pounds heavier when I got pregnant than my normal non-pregnancy weight. (I was always planning on losing the weight, but I just never got around to it.) So that makes the typical 40 pound weight gain all that more difficult to deal with. Right now I weigh waaaay more than I ever have with a pregnancy. And as a result, I tire easily. I get winded walking up the stairs. My hips and pelvic bones hurt way earlier in this pregnancy, and I just don’t have the energy that I wish I had. It’s not all that comfortable, and I still have FIVE more weeks to go! Yikes!
Despite my aches and pains – and the fact that I cannot put on my own shoes unless they are flip-flops – I am still really enjoying this pregnancy. Everything about it is such a blessing, and I am so thankful that I get to do this one more time.
Last weekend was my baby shower. I was spoiled by so many friends and I got such nice things for the baby.
This is my favorite photo of the day,
just me and my girls.