Pregnancy, Uncategorized PREGNANCY WEEK 24 – 37 5 January 2011

size of a honeydew

Week 34 (8 – 14 December):
I’m a pee monster! I keep having to run to the bathroom every hour or so, and I wake up once (sometimes twice) every night to pee, thanks to little one’s head bonking on my bladder. He also loves to drag his fists across my bladder, which really makes me RUN to the bathroom!

Had our Prenatal class as well which was very informative. We’ve been reading up lots about labour/birth and also newborn care – so we’re ready. Exciting 🙂

I’m back to my 3x/week exercise and feeling really fab about that 🙂 So far, the accuracy of people here guessing “It’s a boy!” is 100% – which is quite astounding considering that’s around 10 people or more that have guessed correctly. He’s still ultra-active, and he can hurt me even more than before now since he’s packed on bone density and body fat. It literally feels like he’s struggling to break out of my belly – furious, purposeful strokes and whacks that make me *gasp*.

size of a honeydew

Week 35 (15 – 21 December):
I noticed bleeding one night, and again in the morning, so doc asked us to go immediately to the hospital when we called. Was hooked up to the machine for awhile and was determined to have “very regular, and very frequent Braxton Hicks contractions”. I don’t feel the contractions at all, though I’ve been having them for the past few weeks almost 24/7 (I can tell when I put my hand on my belly and it’s super hard). I’m also already 1cm dilated, effacement (thinness of cervix) is 70%.

Been asked to cut down on exercise for the next 2 weeks until I’m at “full term”. Arghhhh!!!!

size of a honeydew

Week 36 (22 – 28 December):
Getting a lot of downwards pressure on my pelvic bone, as he’s dropped so far down. It’s similar to the sensation that you get a day after an intense horse-riding session. I feel like if I sneeze too hard, he’ll fall out! He packs a real *PUNCH* too, with his movements being really forceful. Methinks we have one pretty hyper lil boy…

During our Doc appointment this week, discovered I am 1.5cm dialated, 80% effaced, -1 station. Everything’s progressing smoothly and my body is behaving itself so far, and doing everything it’s supposed to do. However, it’s still not a guarantee he’ll come out on time.

For the past month or so, I’ve discovered he has very specific habits, likes and dislikes. I find it rather fascinating, learning everything about him as each day passes. He specifically likes me either lying on my side or standing up. If I sit down, he wriggles and kicks hard and refuses to sleep! He also settles and dozes when I talk, because whenever I’m out for dinner and yakking with friends, he goes quiet/sleeps even though I’m sitting down. Cute 🙂

size of a watermelon

Week 37 (29 December – 4 January):
Full term this week 🙂
My little treat for myself in my final few weeks is pampering – getting my hair washed at the hairdressers, manicures, pedicures, spa facials and massages. Most of all, hitting the gym again! HALLELUJAH!!!!! After a 2-week hiatus, I was itching. This week, I did 20-30 min yoga sessions, 2x a day, every day. In addition, 30 mins cardio sessions at the gym, 4x a week. I know it seems like a lot for a heavily pregnant full-term woman, but my body insists on it… If I don’t, I get super irritable with all the excess energy in me. I just feel so good after doing exercise, and I know it’s good for me, plus can kickstart labour – so it’s a win-win 😛 I’m just so giant in the past week that I can’t get comfortable sitting on the couch, and the only thing that makes me feel good/normal is exercise… so I crave it constantly, to the point where I actually fantasize about it and dream about it! Weird!

At this week’s Doc appointment, I am now 1.5cm dilated, 90% effaced, -1 station. He’s measuring big (!!) at 3.5KG already, and during our 4D ultrasound they kept commenting on his “really chubby cheeks”. He’s facing posterior though, so fingers crossed he spins a bit before/during labour. His movements are still super active and frequent, despite running out of room since he’s so big now. Since I’m full term and doc has declared him as very healthy and active, and me as also very healthy and active, we need him to come out asap!! We can’t wait to meet our little boy 🙂

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70 Comments

  • tiffanyx posted on January 5, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    its really *any time now*!!!!!!!!!

    gosh! cant wait to get news of the little one’s arrival!

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    • beverly posted on January 6, 2011 at 3:00 am

      It’s getting exciting but annoying playing the waiting game, heh. Trying to enjoy all our peace and quiet time, but really, we just want him!

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  • tyra8 posted on January 5, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    Thanks for sharing, Beverly. I always love reading your updates on your pregnancy (amongst other things, of course)!

    Just wondering, what kind of cardio do you do @ the gym whilst you’re full term? Cycling or perhaps brisk walking?

    I’m wishing you well for your labour! You’re gonna be a great Mama!

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    • beverly posted on January 6, 2011 at 3:02 am

      For most of my pregnancy I did 10mins treadmill (either jogging or fast walking at a high incline), 10 mins cycle, 15 mins elliptical, 10 mins stretching.

      But now I do 10 mins treadmill (fast walking at a high incline), 20 mins elliptical, 10 mins stretching.

      That’s what works for me, but every woman is different 🙂

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  • babyrussell posted on January 5, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    It really IS any time now – so exciting!! Can’t wait to hear of your adventures in mommyhood.

    Am totally, totally in awe of your work-out schedule. So very, very disciplined!!

    Btw, just to keep you updated (Beijing mom to Shanghai mom) we popped the day after NY’s – almost a month early!!

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    • beverly posted on January 6, 2011 at 3:05 am

      OMG congrats.. so happy for you!!! Are you going to be posting pics? I’d love to see 🙂 Hope everything went smoothly and man, I am envious you’ve popped already 😛

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  • azuredrifting posted on January 5, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    wow does everyone stare at u at the gym??! u’ve inspired me to exercise if i get pregnant again!

    hope your baby boy will let u post often after birth, im sure you’ll have lots of interesting stories to tell!

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    • beverly posted on January 6, 2011 at 3:06 am

      We have a membership at a hotel gym so thankfully we’re almost always the only 2 people there, but the staff do stare (though now they’ve pretty much gotten over it and only stare when the first see me come in)

      I’m hoping to keep exercising after giving birth (obviously after I feel ok to!) so fingers crossed…. 🙂

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  • Anonymous posted on January 5, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    I guess you are on maternity leave now or you got off work a few weeks ago?

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    • beverly posted on January 6, 2011 at 3:07 am

      Oo yes I am, started the week after Christmas!

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  • tiffanyx posted on January 5, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    its really *any time now*!!!!!!!!!

    gosh! cant wait to get news of the little one’s arrival!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on January 6, 2011 at 3:00 am

      It’s getting exciting but annoying playing the waiting game, heh. Trying to enjoy all our peace and quiet time, but really, we just want him!

      Reply
  • tyra8 posted on January 5, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    Thanks for sharing, Beverly. I always love reading your updates on your pregnancy (amongst other things, of course)!

    Just wondering, what kind of cardio do you do @ the gym whilst you’re full term? Cycling or perhaps brisk walking?

    I’m wishing you well for your labour! You’re gonna be a great Mama!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on January 6, 2011 at 3:02 am

      For most of my pregnancy I did 10mins treadmill (either jogging or fast walking at a high incline), 10 mins cycle, 15 mins elliptical, 10 mins stretching.

      But now I do 10 mins treadmill (fast walking at a high incline), 20 mins elliptical, 10 mins stretching.

      That’s what works for me, but every woman is different 🙂

      Reply
  • claypot posted on January 5, 2011 at 11:21 pm

    I always think it’s fascinating when pregnant ladies know what position their child is in, or what activities they’re doing. How do you know he’s standing or lying on his side? Can you see his head or feet imprint maybe?

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    • beverly posted on January 6, 2011 at 3:19 am

      It’s easy for me to tell cos he’s quite strong! I can feel his knees and shins distinctly (esp when they poke out against my belly), and also little fists. It’s very fascinating to feel.. but sometimes I wouldn’t mind if he sleeps a bit more so I can get some rest 😛

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  • babyrussell posted on January 5, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    It really IS any time now – so exciting!! Can’t wait to hear of your adventures in mommyhood.

    Am totally, totally in awe of your work-out schedule. So very, very disciplined!!

    Btw, just to keep you updated (Beijing mom to Shanghai mom) we popped the day after NY’s – almost a month early!!

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    • beverly posted on January 6, 2011 at 3:05 am

      OMG congrats.. so happy for you!!! Are you going to be posting pics? I’d love to see 🙂 Hope everything went smoothly and man, I am envious you’ve popped already 😛

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  • azuredrifting posted on January 5, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    wow does everyone stare at u at the gym??! u’ve inspired me to exercise if i get pregnant again!

    hope your baby boy will let u post often after birth, im sure you’ll have lots of interesting stories to tell!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on January 6, 2011 at 3:06 am

      We have a membership at a hotel gym so thankfully we’re almost always the only 2 people there, but the staff do stare (though now they’ve pretty much gotten over it and only stare when the first see me come in)

      I’m hoping to keep exercising after giving birth (obviously after I feel ok to!) so fingers crossed…. 🙂

      Reply
  • pikaluu posted on January 6, 2011 at 12:04 am

    Can’t wait for your little one to enter the world!! You and Chris will make awesome parents 🙂

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    • beverly posted on January 6, 2011 at 3:19 am

      Awww you are nice, thank you! I’m soooo hoping I don’t go overdue :X

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  • pei posted on January 6, 2011 at 2:13 am

    good luck Bev!! so excited to meet him as well…it’s been such a great journey to read about 🙂

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    • beverly posted on January 6, 2011 at 3:20 am

      Hope you can come visit from HK this year! I sooo wanna go HK again though, but doesn’t look like we will anytime soon, bah 🙁

      Reply
  • Anonymous posted on January 5, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    I guess you are on maternity leave now or you got off work a few weeks ago?

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    • beverly posted on January 6, 2011 at 3:07 am

      Oo yes I am, started the week after Christmas!

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  • xstardustedx posted on January 6, 2011 at 3:04 am

    Hands and knees! Hands and knees!

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    • beverly posted on January 6, 2011 at 3:20 am

      I heard that position helps rotate babies if they’re Posterior.. but so far he’s STUBBORN! He either faces out my belly, or faces left. Ahhhhhhhhh…

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      • xstardustedx posted on January 6, 2011 at 3:32 am

        You have to be on hands and knees for a long, long, looooong time to turn a posterior baby. Or knees to chest and then waggle your bum side to side. 🙂 I think he’ll turn. Many babies are posterior before labor and then do lots of turning during labor. Try not to sit on soft chairs where you end up sinking into it and leaning back. (No semi-reclining positions!)

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  • madmoneymonkey posted on January 6, 2011 at 3:56 am

    I AM SO EXCITED!!! Just waiting for the call to come in that you are in labour!!! AHHHHHHH!!!! 🙂

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    • beverly posted on January 6, 2011 at 7:27 am

      Heheh yeah Chris is gonna send out a txt, if he remembers 😛 Praying for within the next 2 wks!

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  • princesszhing posted on January 6, 2011 at 7:17 am

    didn’t hear from you in a few days and i was just thinking this morning that maybe you popped!! 🙂

    good luck! i can’t wait to see your chubby cheeked baby!

    xx

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    • beverly posted on January 6, 2011 at 7:28 am

      I WISH, haha! But he seems to be quite happy and snug in there and won’t come out 😉

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  • claypot posted on January 5, 2011 at 11:21 pm

    I always think it’s fascinating when pregnant ladies know what position their child is in, or what activities they’re doing. How do you know he’s standing or lying on his side? Can you see his head or feet imprint maybe?

    Reply
    • beverly posted on January 6, 2011 at 3:19 am

      It’s easy for me to tell cos he’s quite strong! I can feel his knees and shins distinctly (esp when they poke out against my belly), and also little fists. It’s very fascinating to feel.. but sometimes I wouldn’t mind if he sleeps a bit more so I can get some rest 😛

      Reply
  • pikaluu posted on January 6, 2011 at 12:04 am

    Can’t wait for your little one to enter the world!! You and Chris will make awesome parents 🙂

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    • beverly posted on January 6, 2011 at 3:19 am

      Awww you are nice, thank you! I’m soooo hoping I don’t go overdue :X

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  • pei posted on January 6, 2011 at 2:13 am

    good luck Bev!! so excited to meet him as well…it’s been such a great journey to read about 🙂

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    • beverly posted on January 6, 2011 at 3:20 am

      Hope you can come visit from HK this year! I sooo wanna go HK again though, but doesn’t look like we will anytime soon, bah 🙁

      Reply
  • xstardustedx posted on January 6, 2011 at 3:04 am

    Hands and knees! Hands and knees!

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    • beverly posted on January 6, 2011 at 3:20 am

      I heard that position helps rotate babies if they’re Posterior.. but so far he’s STUBBORN! He either faces out my belly, or faces left. Ahhhhhhhhh…

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      • xstardustedx posted on January 6, 2011 at 3:32 am

        You have to be on hands and knees for a long, long, looooong time to turn a posterior baby. Or knees to chest and then waggle your bum side to side. 🙂 I think he’ll turn. Many babies are posterior before labor and then do lots of turning during labor. Try not to sit on soft chairs where you end up sinking into it and leaning back. (No semi-reclining positions!)

        Reply
  • madmoneymonkey posted on January 6, 2011 at 3:56 am

    I AM SO EXCITED!!! Just waiting for the call to come in that you are in labour!!! AHHHHHHH!!!! 🙂

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    • beverly posted on January 6, 2011 at 7:27 am

      Heheh yeah Chris is gonna send out a txt, if he remembers 😛 Praying for within the next 2 wks!

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  • vamprila posted on January 6, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    wow, 1cm dilation can last so long without actual labour? hehe!
    Hope he engage soon, else you’re going to have a hard time in natural birth! He’s going to be a huge baby at 3.5kg!! You need all your strength, babe!!

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    • beverly posted on January 7, 2011 at 2:09 am

      Oh he engaged/dropped weeks ago! So basically all ready , just waiting for him to come out, lol….

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  • princesszhing posted on January 6, 2011 at 7:17 am

    didn’t hear from you in a few days and i was just thinking this morning that maybe you popped!! 🙂

    good luck! i can’t wait to see your chubby cheeked baby!

    xx

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    • beverly posted on January 6, 2011 at 7:28 am

      I WISH, haha! But he seems to be quite happy and snug in there and won’t come out 😉

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  • vamprila posted on January 6, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    wow, 1cm dilation can last so long without actual labour? hehe!
    Hope he engage soon, else you’re going to have a hard time in natural birth! He’s going to be a huge baby at 3.5kg!! You need all your strength, babe!!

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    • beverly posted on January 7, 2011 at 2:09 am

      Oh he engaged/dropped weeks ago! So basically all ready , just waiting for him to come out, lol….

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  • fifilalala posted on January 6, 2011 at 10:10 pm

    I hope everything goes as smoothly in labour as it seems to have gone in your pregnancy, Bev. Best of luck.

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    • beverly posted on January 7, 2011 at 2:10 am

      Thanks so much for the well wishes 🙂

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  • fifilalala posted on January 6, 2011 at 10:10 pm

    I hope everything goes as smoothly in labour as it seems to have gone in your pregnancy, Bev. Best of luck.

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    • beverly posted on January 7, 2011 at 2:10 am

      Thanks so much for the well wishes 🙂

      Reply
  • ze_succubus posted on January 7, 2011 at 6:36 am

    omygawd, you’re tiny and he’s 3.5kg… ohmygawd. That being said, the doctor said my kiddo was 4kg but she was 3.46kg at 40wk and 4 days.

    Enjoy sleep for now!

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    • beverly posted on January 7, 2011 at 2:04 pm

      I know.. FREAKOUT! But yeah, it’s an estimate so he could be smaller or *guulp* bigger…

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  • squarenails posted on January 7, 2011 at 7:43 am

    I had an overdue posterior baby naturally sans epidural and just wanted to tell you, some “physical adjustments” may be done by your gynae during labour as the position tends to make labour more prolonged. My doula did a lot of hip squeezes during labour which helped ease the sacrum aches. Get your husband to place hot water bags or bean bags on your sacrum too to ease the aches.

    This was a good read for me, hope it’ll be for you too! http://www.spinningbabies.com/baby-positions

    All the best for your natural birth- you can do it!

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    • beverly posted on January 7, 2011 at 2:22 pm

      That’s a fab site, thanks so much! The back labor is freaking me out… I hope I can do it like you 🙂

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  • beverly posted on January 7, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    His knees are much bigger/stronger and also I can see and feel a long shin bone.. plus I know for sure he’s engaged (head down) so the legs are up the top of my belly and arms at the bottom. Quite fun to feel 😛

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  • ze_succubus posted on January 7, 2011 at 6:36 am

    omygawd, you’re tiny and he’s 3.5kg… ohmygawd. That being said, the doctor said my kiddo was 4kg but she was 3.46kg at 40wk and 4 days.

    Enjoy sleep for now!

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    • beverly posted on January 7, 2011 at 2:04 pm

      I know.. FREAKOUT! But yeah, it’s an estimate so he could be smaller or *guulp* bigger…

      Reply
  • squarenails posted on January 7, 2011 at 7:43 am

    I had an overdue posterior baby naturally sans epidural and just wanted to tell you, some “physical adjustments” may be done by your gynae during labour as the position tends to make labour more prolonged. My doula did a lot of hip squeezes during labour which helped ease the sacrum aches. Get your husband to place hot water bags or bean bags on your sacrum too to ease the aches.

    This was a good read for me, hope it’ll be for you too! http://www.spinningbabies.com/baby-positions

    All the best for your natural birth- you can do it!

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    • beverly posted on January 7, 2011 at 2:22 pm

      That’s a fab site, thanks so much! The back labor is freaking me out… I hope I can do it like you 🙂

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  • beverly posted on January 7, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    His knees are much bigger/stronger and also I can see and feel a long shin bone.. plus I know for sure he’s engaged (head down) so the legs are up the top of my belly and arms at the bottom. Quite fun to feel 😛

    Reply
  • exhileration posted on January 10, 2011 at 1:27 am

    Any baby yet??

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    • beverly posted on January 10, 2011 at 2:11 am

      Nope he’s still merrily in there. Counting the days to the 19th now!

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  • beverly posted on January 10, 2011 at 2:10 am

    Man I super hope so!!! Maybe it’ll just be 2 mins and I won’t even notice, teehee

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  • exhileration posted on January 10, 2011 at 1:27 am

    Any baby yet??

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    • beverly posted on January 10, 2011 at 2:11 am

      Nope he’s still merrily in there. Counting the days to the 19th now!

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  • beverly posted on January 10, 2011 at 2:10 am

    Man I super hope so!!! Maybe it’ll just be 2 mins and I won’t even notice, teehee

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