Hi D Ho and welcome to my week 34 pregnancy update (overdue but I’m catching up on my updates now – promise 🙂). At 34 weeks baby baby weighs about 4 3/4 pounds – about the size of a cantaloupe melon and is almost 18 inches long. The photos comparing my first and second pregnancy baby bumps are really starting to show the differences now. Would you believe I started this pregnancy slightly heavier than I did my first?
Everything changed during week 34. I’ve been complaining for some weeks now about my extreme tiredness (see updates from week 32 and week 33), on Thursday I went to my GP for a check up. She was concerned about my iron levels not picking up and how generally run down I am so she recommended that I finish work and get some more rest. I had hoped to continue my normal routines for as long as possible but I am really getting too run down and I need to start taking it a bit easier. It was very surreal packing up my desk at work so early and also very strange to finish work so early in the day 🙂 so once I had everything loaded up I headed into town for a treat to celebrate finishing work!
I went to 56 Central on Shop Street in Galway for lunch – I love this restaurant but rarely get to go as its the sort of place that you can’t really bring kids. Here I had a fab homemade chicken burger with sweet potato fries followed up with a slice of salted caramel and peanut pie – all to myself in complete peace! I also got to do a little shopping picking up some raspberry leaf tea (nearly time to start drinking this in preparation for the big day) and some fab new healthy cookbooks. I also got the new Roz Purcell book – Natural Born Feeder which I can’t wait to try out.
The tiredness has also taken its toll on my energy levels for exercise so I decided it was also time to finish up my bootcamp classes this week. I headed over to RBF fitness after my little shopping trip to get a final set of measurements done. I had been doing bootcamp classes 3 times a week up until January, I then moved to bootcamp twice a week along with adding a pregnancy pilates class.
Its amazing to see how my measurements have changed thought this time, since becoming pregnant in July I have lost 12 cm of each arm, 18 cm off each leg, 7.5cm off my midsection and 20cms off my hips. Overall I have put on just 17 Lbs so far compared to 33 Lbs at this stage with Little Man. I’m really going to miss bootcamp classes (never thought I’d actually say that) but unfortunately its time to listen to my body and take things easier. For my last few weeks Im planning to do Pilates twice a week and try and get out for a walk as often as the Irish weather will permit.
Overall I’m really excited about the changes that happened this week, it feels like I’m moving into the business end of this pregnancy now and its time to get my body prepared and rested for the big day. For the last few weeks its felt like all of my alert awake time has been spent at work. As soon as I would get home I’d just crash and burn with no energy left for anything else so I’m really looking forward to catching up on a lot of much needed sleep and spending some quality awake play time with Little Man!
So thats my pregnancy update for week 34, check back later this week for the week 35 update.