Disclosure: I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Chicco. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for my participation.
Well friends, as of last Friday, I am 37 weeks pregnant which means I am officially full term! Wahoo! While I will tell you that I am more than ready for Baby Girl to make her arrival now, I also feel very grateful and blessed that we’ve made it full term and that our little girl is looking healthy so far. Let’s take a look back at weeks 35-36 of my pregnancy!
Note: You can read my previous pregnancy updates on my Pregnancy page!
Pregnancy Update on Weeks 35-36
What our little girl is up to at 36 weeks (according to The Bump):
- She’s about 17.5 – 18.5 inches long and weighs about 4.5 – 5.5 pounds.
- She’s getting closer & closer to breathing on her own.
- Her skin is getting smooth & soft and her gums are rigid.
- Her liver and kidneys are in working order.
- Circulation and immune systems are basically good to go.
How far along? This update is covering weeks 35-36, but I am currently about 37.5 weeks.
Baby’s size? Coconut at 35 weeks; honeydew at 36 weeks.
Total weight gain/loss: +27 pounds
Sleep: Sleep continues to be all over the place. One night I’ll sleep terrible, and the next night I’ll sleep great. I’ve come to accept it and just roll with it. One morning I woke up at 4:30 AM and couldn’t go back to sleep, so I just got up and started working rather than getting frustrated. I was pretty impressed with how much work I was able to get done before anyone else woke up! Of course I was exhausted by mid afternoon, but then I slept amazing that following night!
Best moment of the week: Putting the final touches on the nursery during these two weeks was exciting and also just a relief to get it done.
Miss anything? Sleeping on my stomach, wearing non-maternity clothes, not getting full so fast, and my pre-pregnancy body. Adding on to that last one… While I feel so incredibly blessed to be pregnant and carry my baby to full term, I’m also very much ready to have my pre-pregnancy body back. Of course I know I still have some time to go on this one, but just being honest … I miss it!
Maternity clothes? Yep! In fact, even some of my maternity clothes are getting tight, short, and/or uncomfortable, so I’ve been rotating among a handful of items and outfits.
Movement? Her movements are still very noticeable, but it’s less poking and jabbing and more big movements. Towards the end of my 36th week, I noticed her movements slowing down a bit. Still plenty to be felt and nothing to be concerned about, but she doesn’t seem to be quite as active as she was before. Oh! And I keep forgetting to mention that this little girl has been getting hiccups fairly regularly. It’s so fun because I never experienced that with Hunter. It’s just a consistent little “poke” feeling on the inside of my stomach. It’s fun because I can figure out right where her head is!
Food cravings? Nothing major. My appetite continues to be just kind of “blah”, and food is less exciting to me as time goes on. I think it’s just because I end up getting full super fast, and heartburn and/or nausea are a regular thing post eating these days.
Anything making you feel queasy or sick? Just randomly sometimes I feel nauseous, more so after I eat. It’s not TOO bad though, thank goodness.
Symptoms: Heartburn, a little nausea, shortness of breath, higher body temperature (aka I’m ALWAYS hot!), lower back pain, sore feet, peeing nonstop, pelvic pressure, cramping, Braxton Hicks contractions, not sleeping well, low in energy… I think that covers everything. Not fun, but it is what it is, and I know there’s an end in sight!
Happy or moody most of the time? Mostly happy with some moody moments thanks to feeling tired, hot, and uncomfortable.
Looking forward to: Meeting our little girl and seeing Hunter with her. He absolutely ADORES babies, so I’m really excited to see him with her.
Fitness update: I officially called it quits with teaching my classes at the end of my 36th week of pregnancy. I was experiencing lots of contractions while teaching, and I didn’t feel like I could give my best since I was huffing and puffing so much and low in energy. I’d rather be well rested when she decides to make her arrival, so I decided to hand things over to my long term subs until I come back postpartum. I already miss it, but I know it’s for the best for now.
Chicco NaturalFit Bottles
One of the many questions I’ve been asked is if I plan to breastfeed this baby. My answer is most definitely YES! But, I also am aware of the fact that things don’t always go according to plan. I had a rough go with breastfeeding Hunter at the beginning, and looking back, I put way too much pressure on myself to make it work. I’m thankful I was able to nurse him until he was almost 14 months old and that it all worked out the way it did, but I hope to go about it a little differently this time.
With Hunter, I was exclusively pumping and bottle feeding him for his first three months of life, so I quickly became aware of the importance of a quality bottle. Sadly, the set of bottles we got from our registry didn’t do as well as I had hoped, but I just stuck with them because I didn’t want to purchase more. While I plan on breastfeeding our next little one, I knew that I wanted better bottles this time around for when I need/want to pump and bottle feed her (for various reasons). A better, higher quality bottle means less mess, less gas, and a happier baby and mama.
I got the opportunity to try out Chicco’s NaturalFit bottles, and I couldn’t pass it up. Chicco is a high quality, reputable brand among baby equipment, so I figured their bottles have to be legit. I only want the best for my sweet girl, so I am hoping they work well for her! The great part is that Chicco is now offering a 100% satisfaction guarantee for all NaturalFit bottles. If you purchase the bottles and you’re unhappy with them, you have the opportunity to return the bottles for a full refund plus the cost of shipping.
The fact that Chicco makes the bottles to grow and change with the baby really appealed to me. They have three distinct nipple shapes to adapt to the specific needs of growing babies and how their feeding styles change as they get older.
Stage 1 – Newborn flow
- Angled nipple with wider, rounded base to help newborn latch and encourages proper neck positioning
- Angle stays full of milk which reduces air ingestion
- Twin anti-colic valves help prevent ingestion, gas, and spit-up
- Available as 5 oz. or 8 oz. bottles
Stage 2 – Adjustable flow (slow, medium, or fast)
- Angled nipple is replaced with a straight nipple and rounded base to adapt to more advanced feeding skills
- Adjustable flow nipple allows you to adjust the flow rate for baby’s growing appetite
- Available as 8 oz. bottles
Stage 3 – Fast flow
- Designed to accommodate older babies’ increased suction strength
- Smaller and less rounded base for tighter lip support
- Elongated nipple encourages correct swallowing as baby’s sucking becomes more efficient
- Available as 11 oz. bottles
Hunter and I spotted these bottles at Babies ‘R Us if you’re wanting to check out these bottles in person!
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