These last few weeks of pregnancy have to be the longest. I’m 35 weeks and 5 days. One week and 2 days until I’m 37 weeks and considered “full term” and can have my home birth! Yes, a home birth! I never would have imagined choosing a home birth, but here we are, and just about 2 weeks ago I made the final decision. Hopefully I’ll write more about that decision before baby arrives, but if not, I’ll share the birth story…eventually.
In the beginning of pregnancy, by the time you find out you’re expecting and you actually start telling people, you’re probably at least 4-5 weeks along, and some people wait until they’ve already completed one third of their pregnancy! Those weeks seem to fly by. But these last weeks. They feel like years. Yet I know I’ll look back in a month or so, and it will feel like just yesterday I was picking flowers in the summer sun with my two little girls, giant belly in tow. Even though I am considered full term at 37 weeks, I’m trying not to let myself anticipate delivering that early. That would be in an alternate reality. Zoe was 12 days late and Naomi was 7 days late. Pretty sure I’m destined to deliver late babies, like my grandma, who was 12 days late for every baby. Which puts us at mid-late September. Don’t dwell on that thought, Rebecca!
I don’t necessarily enjoy being pregnant (understatement of the year), but I’m trying to cherish this time. The life growing inside of me is really quite magical, despite the creepy crawly “monster” movements that keep me from relaxing on the couch (when I sit back in any chair, he must get uncomfortable, because he doesn’t allow it) and sleeping in comfortable positions. Cherish this time of being pregnant (it might be my last), and cherish this time with just two little girls. Spend time with them, slow down with them, cook with them, pick flowers with them, do nothing with them. Just give them more of me, because I am going to be so occupied with baby when he does arrive. They’re so eagerly anticipating having their own real live baby to take care of, and I’m eager to see them mother him!
At 35 weeks and 5 days, I’m finding myself wearing my 3 black Storq pieces on repeat, paired with various Elizabeth Suzann outerwear. I have their pencil skirt, tank dress, and t-shirt dress, all in black. At this point, I prefer to wear form-fitting pieces as my base layer, mostly because my usual loose go-tos make me look a *little* larger than I am, which I don’t need at this point. For nearly 3 months I’ve been getting the “how much longer” questions and stares from complete strangers, so anything to minimize the size of my growing belly is welcome! These form fitting Storq pieces not only do the trick, but they are comfortable, durable, and literally go with everything. And the tank dress is designed to work with nursing, too.
Pregnant or not, I usually always have on an Elizabeth Suzann layer (or two): Emma Kimono, Clyde Vest, Josephine Vented Tunic. I’m especially excited to style my Clyde Vest and Josephine Vented Tunic after baby since they’re newer and I’ve only had them while pregnant! That’s what I love most about Elizabeth Suzann: they’re made to be versatile and basically work regardless of your season of life or if you put on a few extra pounds or are growing a baby inside of you.
Other must-haves for this stage of pregnancy:
– Natural calm magnesium supplement to help with my intensely painful leg aches I randomly get at night that paralyze me for 1-5 minutes.
– King size pillow for between my legs while trying to sleep on my side.
– Heating pad for shoulder/neck pain. According to Zoe, it looks like a queen’s cape, haha. I love this one because it has a magnet closure to keep it from slipping off while sitting.
– Womb Wrap belly binder. I’ve tried like 5 different belly binders and wraps and this is BY FAR the best. It’s provided me so much protection and support, and really, I cannot imagine this pregnancy without it! I’ve been wearing it since my second trimester. It’s also apparently great for labor support (as a rebozo, which the student midwife brought to Naomi’s birth, and it was magical), postpartum healing, baby carrying, etc. SUCH a great purchase!
– Large exercise ball for sitting. Baby doesn’t mind if I sit on an exercise ball, and it’s better than sitting on the couch or in a chair. It comforts and strengthens your lower back, supports and opens your pelvis, and encourages upright sitting which encourages the baby to settle into an anterior position (so far my other babies were posterior, and Naomi flipped during labor thanks to rebozo!). You can read more about the exercise ball on Spinning Babies!
These are most of my daily go-tos for pregnancy at 35 weeks. I’m also amping up my probiotic intake to help combat the fact I’ve been GBS+ in the past. I’ll be tested for that soon, and I’m hoping things are different this time around. Oh, and naps as much as possible/my kids allow. I’ve been trying to nap while they nap, which doesn’t always work out. But I’ve been remembering how sleepless life with a newborn can be, so I’m trying to stock up a bit, haha!
Do you have any third trimester must-haves that I should try these last few weeks? I’d love to hear!!
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