Posts tagged ‘3rd trimester’

June 21, 2012

Healthy + Hapai–38 Weeks

Life has been cuh-razy lately between packing, moving, cleaning, and being nine and a half months hapai – hence the reason I haven’t written a blog post in weeks.  The baby is fully developed now [baby was considered full-term at 37 weeks] and as such my family and friends are all on Baby Watch 2012. 

Because we didn’t need an ultrasound and don’t care to know the sex, our family and friends have bets going on the baby’s birthday and sex.  I’m taking bribes but honestly have as little control over the whole situation as anyone else, so I’m excited to see who ends up winning. Winking smile


“Your baby has really plumped up. She weighs about 6.8 pounds and she’s over 19 1/2 inches long.  She has a firm grasp, which you’ll soon be able to test when you hold her hand for the first time! Her organs have matured and are ready for life outside the womb.

Wondering what color your baby’s eyes will be? You may not be able to tell right away. If she’s born with brown eyes, they’ll likely stay brown. If she’s born with steel gray or dark blue eyes, they may stay gray or blue or turn green, hazel, or brown by the time she’s 9 months old. That’s because a child’s irises (the colored part of the eye) may gain more pigment in the months after she’s born, but they usually won’t get "lighter" or more blue.” [Source.]

The little one sure has been feeling heavier and more active lately… squirming, stretching, and hiccuping.  I’ve been getting more and more excited to meet and get to know the baby’s personality outside of the womb. 

Speaking of the womb, I thought I’d show you all what’s happening inside again, since I got some really fun comments the last time I posted an internal view.


[Before Pregnancy vs. 36 Weeks Pregnant]


I have had such an incredible pregnancy – full of light and love, naps, adventure, and even regular massages – and am so fortunate to have had very few stressors or scares.  In fact, I’m grateful that the past few weeks have been the most emotionally stressful for me, first with finals, then Ben leaving for vacation, and finally the moving process.  Truly, it could be way worse. 

Nonetheless, I just have to be completely honest and say it: I’m exhausted. 


[Ben + I spent 8 full hours scrubbing and cleaning our old home this week]

Packing, cleaning and unloading a houseful of stuff is physically demanding.  Add in the hormonal changes and big life events – like creating an intergenerational home and becoming a mother – and you’ve got pure exhaustion. 

The new home is wonderful [it’s an old home, but it has tons of space and feels really good], and you’d think that with all the physical work I’ve been doing I’d be able to get some really good rest, but I’m still getting used to the new house and haven’t slept well in a week [which is probably a combination of being in a new space, being so physically uncomfortable, and having to pee every hour]. 

There’s so much to do every single day, which has really helped with the nesting urges, but I’ve definitely been feeling scattered and a bit overwhelmed with it all. For example, I’d love to post photos of the new place for you all to see, but I honestly have no clue where my camera is [hence the droid shots]. 

The new house has more than enough space for all the baby stuff, so Ben and I have been having fun putting together a space just for the little one.  And I definitely feel comfortable and safe enough to birth here [I was a bit worried when I first found out we’d be moving so close to the due date], which is great. 

Week 19 - sideIMAG0430

[19 Weeks / 38 Weeks]

Physically, I’ve been feeling very pregnant lately. The baby has finally dropped a few centimeters in preparation for his/her arrival, which means less heartburn and pressure in the ribcage but much more pelvic and bladder pressure – I am waddling up a storm!  Working out has been much more difficult as of late, but swimming and yoga still feel really good for me.

I’m also at the point where I stand naked in front of the mirror every day and just awe at what my body is doing.  I’ve found a whole new respect and love for my physical body through this pregnancy journey that I hope stays with me for the rest of my life.

Week 38 Tidbits:

  • Preparations: We’ve got everything set up here for the homebirth, including the blow-up pool, our birthing kit [in case baby comes before the midwife gets here], and snacks/coconut water.  The car seat has successfully been installed, and the breast pump I was gifted is ready for me to figure out [seriously, it looks pretty daunting]. 
  • Group B Strep update: Negative!  Smile  Which means that if I do need to go to the hospital, I won’t need to do the whole antibiotic treatment thing.  In case you’re interested, I heeded the advice of my midwife and douched with hydrogen peroxide before being tested [I’m not sure whether I had it, but a large percentage of women have GBS and don’t realize that it can be treated this way]. 
  • Signs of labor: I’m still not sure what contractions feel like, but I have been having more menstrual-like cramps, pressure, and feeling like my pelvis is opening up.   Nothing too intense yet, though.
  • Cravings: Lots of carbs being devoured over here lately [my midwife says it’s probably my body getting the sustenance it’ll need for the marathon of labor].  Cold fruit (especially watermelon and papaya), ice water, eggs (yes, STILL), and hot sauce.  Also, being in the water and Ben Time – it may sound ridiculously needy, but I love being able to spend every waking moment with him. 
  • Aversions: Being hot.  Foodwise, nothing really.  I’ll eat just about anything. 
  • Weight gained thus far: 18-20ish pounds… depending on the day. 
  • Things I’m excited for: Meeting the baby, sleeping on my back, having family visit, eating smoked salmon again [if anyone wants to give me a post-natal gift…], laying on my belly to get massaged.
  • Things I’ll miss: Having a constant sidekick, feeling hiccups and kicks, and being irresponsible. 

Alright, back to getting everything set up, and then hopefully a nap is in my near future!  Smile 

Aloha Pumehana.
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June 6, 2012

Healthy + Hapai–36 Weeks

You do know what this means, right? 

I am now officially in my ninth month of pregnancy[One of the biggest misconceptions is that pregnancy is only nine months when, in fact, it’s TEN.]


It still amazes me to walk past a mirror and see my enlarged mid-section in the reflection.  And you’d think I’d be used to compensating for the belly by now, but I swear I accidentally swing at least one door or cabinet into it per day. 


“Your baby is still packing on the pounds — at the rate of about an ounce a day. She now weighs almost 6 pounds and is more than 18 1/2 inches long. She’s shedding most of the downy covering of hair that covered her body as well as the vernix caseosa, the waxy substance that covered and protected her skin during her nine-month amniotic bath. Your baby swallows both of these substances, along with other secretions, resulting in a blackish mixture, called meconium, will form the contents of her first bowel movement… At the end of this week, your baby will be considered full-term.” [Source.]

It seems obvious by how large I am that the baby is growing healthily and happily in there, and it definitely feels like there’s a 6 pound baby in there – the movements of the baby are big now and sometimes a bit uncomfortable.  But, as always, it’s reassuring to me to feel the baby move so much. 

The little one is still head-down [perfect] and gets hiccups all the time.  And from what I can tell, he/she loves: the beach and swimming, belly rubs, warm showers, story time, and yoga. 



Week 8 - sideIMG_8430

[ 8 Weeks / 36 Weeks ]

W.O.W!  I look at those photos and am absolutely amazed by what a woman’s body is capable of.  The belly is definitely here and there is no doubt that there is a healthy baby hanging out in there.  The crazy thing is that, because we take these update shots in the morning, I feel – and look – even bigger by the end of the day.  Although the scale says I’m not gaining a ridiculous amount of weight, I’ve been feeling extra large lately – taking longer to waddle through the day and experiencing some pelvic pressure come mid-day or so. 

I’m finding it ironic that all throughout my pregnancy people have told me how small I’ve looked because no one is saying that anymore.  Everywhere I go I get comments like, ”Wow, you are VERY pregnant” and “You could pop any day now, huh?”.  I try to take it all with a grain of salt because I know I’ve said things like that to pregnant Mamas before, but – especially for someone who has struggled with weight issues my whole life – it feels inconsiderate sometimes.  I realize now that pregnancy is such an emotional and sensitive time that being conscious about the things we say is very important.  I know that personally I’m going to make an effort to tell hapai mamas that they look radiant, healthy or perfect rather than small, big or ready to pop. 

I may also just be overly sensitive at the moment… with Ben gone for the past couple of weeks, I got a lot of well-needed time for myself and baby.  We also just found out that we’ll be moving in two weeks [yes, that would be just two weeks before my due date].  And as my due date approaches, there are so many emotions and questions surfacing:

  • When will the baby come?  Will we be in the middle of packing or moving?  Will we be settled in? 
  • Will having a home-birth in a brand new space hinder my ability to open up and birth this baby?
  • Should I plan to birth at my midwife’s house instead?
  • What does the baby look like? 
  • Have I eaten enough healthy food to ensure a healthy weight for the little one?
  • Is it a boy or a girl?
  • Have I done enough squats and cat/cows to help me through childbirth?
  • Can someone please explain to me again how a life-sized baby is going to fit through my vagina?

I keep reassuring myself that all of these questions are natural and that everything is happening just as it should.  Ultimately, I trust the process completely and know that in the end my intuition will always guide me in the right direction.  Ben has been excellent about being open to all of my random questions [even in the middle of the night] and giving me wonderfully reassuring feedback and love. 

Odds and ends for 36 weeks:

  • Next midwife appointment: This coming week we planned to do a home-visit [we’re not sure what’ll happen now that we’ll be moving] with everyone that’ll be attending the birth – our midwife Tina, her assistant Sonia, my Mom and Ben. 
  • Next medical center appointment: Tomorrow I have my Group B Strep test at Kaiser [in case we need to go to the hospital]. 
  • Signs of labor: None that I know of. 
  • Physical feelings: Walking has been getting slower [what used to take me 40 minutes now takes me almost 60], my pelvic bones feel like they’ve been stretching/opening, and the eczema on my finger is going crazy right now. 
  • Emotional feelings: I’ve been focusing mainly on getting prepared in this arena for the birth – writing, meditating, and talking with the baby more often. 

I have so much that I’d love to share with you all that it feels strange not to have the motivation to write out a few more posts.  I’m hoping to get around to it soon – because who knows what my motivation will look like once the little one gets here? – but I truly appreciate you all bearing with me as the blog takes a bit of a backseat to real life right now.  I love that I’ve been able to share this journey with you all and am still amazed that there are only a few more weeks left until we welcome the little one. 

Aloha Pumehana. Whether you’re here to find balance, wholesome recipes or inspiration, I hope you enjoy the posts.  Please subscribe to Green Plate Dinners to receive automatic updates and be the first to read new posts for free!


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