In my prenatal yoga class, when you reach 30 weeks you’re welcomed into the Big Mama club. When I first started going to yoga, women in the 30+ weeks seemed soooo far away. I cannot believe I’m here.
I’m still waiting for my stomach to really grow. I’m starting to think it’s just something in my genetics or frame that means I’ll look on the smaller side this whole time. Sometimes I think it looks huge, but I have had so many people tell me how small I am for 30 weeks. Just this weekend at the market two women commented. I’m not complaining – I’m glad to sport a smaller bump – it’s just so unexpected!
Similarly and somewhat in contrast, though, I feel like when I was 16-20 weeks I felt like my stomach was huge in real life, but when I looked in the mirror it was not nearly as big as it felt. But now, I barely notice my bump day-to-day and when I look in the mirror or in photos, I’m surprised at how big it really is! I was just telling Caitlin this week that I feel like my stomach is still basically flat – I can see my toes without really even noticing it – but then I came home from an hour at the gym looking in the mirrors and decided that it was bigger than it feels. Hunching over with poor posture is quite hard – my ribs meet that hard muscle (or little baby!) in there and I just can’t.bend.more.
I THINK I have felt both hiccups and Braxton Hicks contractions this week. I’m not entirely sure, but twice I have felt what feels like little thumps about every half second that go on way too long to be a random baby movement. They are way deep down in me, so I really hope that means he’s head down! He’s done a few episodes of crazy movements this week – a few that Matt was able to witness! I sure hope I can catch these on camera sometime!
Until recently, I wondered if I had felt any Braxton Hicks. I’ve heard that even though your uterus starts practicing them pretty early on, some women never notice them. But what I have noticed is that sometimes my uterus is harder than others. Sometimes it’s all soft and mushy and other times it’s much, much firmer. It’s often firm when I’m walking and I’ve wondered if that’s just my abs flexing or if I’m having some kind of contractions. A few times at night I have woken up to a really hard uterus too – perhaps that’s it? I’m still not really sure, but I am glad they are painless and not too frequent. I cannot wait to feel what a REAL contraction is like!!
My back is still doing great. Sleeping is OK. No signs of heartburn, leg cramps or anything else weird. In fact, I probably feel the best I’ve felt my whole pregnancy right now!
A small issue is that I’ve been stretching in weird ways when I wake up and am still half asleep – arching my back and really pushing out my abs, which already feel like they’re going to tear! My abs have cramped a few times and it’s very unpleasant, but I don’t know how to tell my sleeping self not to do this!
But I guess I’m thankful I’m still a sleeping self : )
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