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I'm following a first-time pregnant mom, Brittany (bam61907), on her exciting journey from bump to baby. Check back every Wednesday for the latest developments!
What's Happening with Mom: This week was my baby shower! My mom and mother-in-law threw it for me. I hate being the center of attention, but it was easier than I thought it would be. Once family and friends started piling in, I got comfortable.
Everyone was all over my belly but it didn't bother me. And many people asked before touching, which I thought was very polite.
We had lots of food, punch, and Mimosas and we played four baby shower games. Four games seemed sufficient -- not too overboard.
Everyone was so thoughtful! I was so excited about all of the adorable clothes and items that finished her nursery -- the bed spread, a mobile, and wall art. We also got our video monitor. Justin insisted we add one to the registry.
My belly has popped out a little more -- everyone at the shower kept telling me I'm all belly. My pelvis has been really sore, which my midwife says is normal, and I'm still having back pain, Braxton Hicks contractions, leg cramps, frequent urination, and trouble sleeping.
I don't think I'm going to be able to take childbirth education classes. With my school work, it's just too much. But I've been reading up on it and talking to other moms. The closer labor gets, the more worried I am about my water breaking out in public!
This week I didn't feel down like I did last week -- I was just very busy after the shower. My mom and sister stayed the night at my place and we were up late unpacking gifts and getting everything put away. There are still some small things that Justin and I will have to do, but we have nine more weeks to finish them.
I'm so excited about her room being finished, with everything in its place, just waiting for her arrival!
What's Happening with Baby: I'm about 16 inches long, weigh a little over three pounds, and am still building up my fat stores. I can open and close my eyes and move my head from side to side. My reproductive organs are moving into place and my lungs, while not officially ready for unassisted prime-time breathing, are better developed.
Question of the week from Answers:
I'm having a lot of pelvic pain -- to the point that it's difficult to move. Someone, please help! -- Anonymous
Try to take it easy, and lie down as much as possible. A warm bath might help and so might swimming -- it takes the gravity away. -- Butterflysky_24
When I got to that point with my second, I took warm baths as much as I could. -- wifey334
Are you in your third trimester? What symptoms are you experiencing most now?