Pregnancy Weeks 38 to the End

This is my very last recap of my pregnancy — I wanted to do one last post on this so I can look back on this special time in my life! Click here for his birth story!

How far along: 
Fletcher was born at 40 weeks and 4 days, which was the same “age” I was when I was born since my due date was on St. Patrick’s day and my birthday is the 21st!


Size of Baby: 

6 pounds 8 ounces and 18.5 inches at birth!

Gender: 
He’s a sweet little boy!


Movement: 

He definitely ran out of room towards the end and most of his movements only involved kicking his legs and waving his arms as opposed to tumbling around. It was crazy because I could totally tell what body part was where towards the end — his little heels kept kicking my ribs and sometimes his little feet would get kind of stuck under my ribs if I tried to lean forward / get out of a chair while his legs were in that position.

Sleep:
I’m no longer waking up at 2:30am for a snack, but I am up multiple times each night to flip from one side to the other since my hips are killing me. Around 38 weeks, my hips started getting SO sore after laying on them while trying to sleep. I keep waking up around 3:30 / 4am, and usually toss and turn until 5 or 6ish then fall back asleep for a couple more hours. All I can say is, I am SO looking forward to sleeping on my stomach again!


Symptoms:
Lower back is really sore and the top of my belly hurts — almost like the muscles are just really tender in that area. I’ve also had such a hard time breathing and have had some bouts of dizziness / headaches (my doctor has been monitoring this and all is well!).


Bump / Body:

I feel just really puffy everywhere — legs, face, feet, and wrists. I’m hoping that all of this flushes out in the days that follow his birth because it’s such an odd sensation. If I crouch down to pick something up, I can feel how extremely tight my calves are due to the excess blood / fluids in them — so strange! My bump feels huge but also some days I find myself questioning how a full size baby can actually fit in there


Maternity Clothes: 

Since I’m home now and really haven’t been going out a ton, I usually just wear shorts or my maternity joggers. My black skinnies are kind of falling apart, so jeans are usually what I wear whenever I leave the house.

Cravings:

Green smoothies have been on heavy rotation for me! Spinach, dates, almond milk, frozen banana, greek yogurt, and peanut butter all whipped up in the blender. I wake up looking forward to this each morning, ha ha.

Supplements:

Still on my prenatal, folic acid, prenatal fish oil, and vitamin D. I’ve also added in this magnesium supplement to help with calf cramping and a probiotic as well.

Fitness:

Daily walks on my treadmill — I try to go for at least 35 minutes but usually end up doing closer to 50 minutes.

Missing Most:

A lot of people look forward to having a glass of wine after they have their baby; I, on the other hand, have a whole list of foods I’m looking forward to eating after he is born. Some of those items include: soft cheeses, deli sandwiches, and a smoothie from our local smoothie shop.

Nursery:

Still need a few decorations but otherwise everything is basically done for now! I’m hoping to illustrate or handletter a print or two for him while I’m home on maternity leave.

Favorite Products:

I shared these the other day!

Favorite Moments:
Knowing we are SO CLOSE to meeting our little dude!

Can't Wait For:

Our new life together as little trio!

Favorite smoothie ingredients?
What did you most look forward to post-pregnancy?