Pregnancy Update | 36 Weeks

It’s pregnancy update time! In my weekly update I share what’s happening in my pregnancy journey with you. This includes general stats such as how I’m feeling, any symptoms I’m experiencing, food cravings and aversions, weight gain, bump shots, etc., as well as what’s going on in my life that’s pregnancy-related and any baby things we’ve purchased or received as gifts. Here’s the scoop at 36 weeks:

bump update 36 weeks 2015

Here’s the current status:

 How Far Along – 36 weeks (9 months 😀 /3rd trimester)

Baby Size Comparison – Large Cantaloupe (19-20″ Head to Toe and 6 pounds)

❊ Movement  Baby Girl continues to be very active with lots of movement especially around mealtimes and in the evening when I’m off my feet.  She loves stretching her legs out and gets the hiccups a few times a day.

Symptoms – Shortness of breath continues, along with fatiguing quicker.  I also noticed that my feet get a bit sore now and I’ve begun to waddle from time to time.  All thanks to changes in my joints plus the added weight, I bet!  I felt especially tired over the weekend, which I think might be because Baby went through a visible growth spurt (you can see that belly change in the progression photo).  Fortunately, my energy returned this week and I’m generally feeling great.

 Physical Changes – Bump growth you can see in pictures at last!  It seemed to me like it happened overnight over the weekend.  Baby is still situated pretty high and hasn’t dropped yet.

Weight Gain – 1 pound (29 total)

 Mood – I’ve been feeling quite content focusing on my nesting efforts over the past week.  I did notice myself feeling a wee bit cranky at times over the weekend thanks to the fatigue I was experiencing, but luckily that didn’t last.

Sleep – Most nights I sleep about 8–9 hours.  I notice I get up about 3x a night now to relieve my ever shrinking bladder, but I always manage to go right back to sleep.

Food Cravings – Chicken everything!  It’s basically the only meat protein I’m interested in lately.  I’ve been especially fond of chicken egg rolls and Don’s homemade chicken soup.

Food Aversions – Fish and seafood.

Missing – Being able to power through long days on my feet, as there’s so much I want to do around the house, but I need to stop and rest occasionally and give my sore tootsies a break.  I still manage to be quite productive in a day, though, which makes me feel like my usual self.

Looking Forward To – Working on drawer and closet organization in the nursery.  Now that we have the furniture and I’ve washed everything, it’s time to sort and store.  This makes my organization loving heart sing!

 This Week’s Happenings – The biggest news of the week was that the nursery furniture arrived.  Huzzah!  It is absolutely perfect and we couldn’t be more thrilled with our choices.  I will share a full reveal and tour once everything is all set, which might not be for a few weeks yet.  Now it’s just about the details, like putting Baby Girl’s things away and small decor bits.  I’ve really enjoyed doing her wash and folding lots of itty bitty clothes, blankets, and bedding.

pregnancy happenings 36 weeks 2015

Don and I attended the first session of a newborn basics care class last week.  We learned how to hold, burp, diaper, swaddle, and bathe the baby, as well as attend to her general health during her first few weeks of life.  While much of this is common sense, it felt really good to practice in a class setting and be able to ask questions.  We’ll attend the second part of the workshop later this week as well as a class on breastfeeding.

I also had a doctor’s appointment last week, which are now weekly from here on out.  It was a standard appointment where they checked my urine, blood pressure, and weight, measured the fundal height (35 cm – right on track!) and listened to the baby’s heart beat (a steady 150).  All is well!  At this appointment they also took vaginal and rectum swabs for Group B Strep Infection, which apparently is a common thing that upwards of 25% of healthy women carry.  It’s not harmful to the mother, but can be passed onto the baby during delivery.  If you test positive for it they just make a note to give you antibiotics during delivery to protect your baby.  My test came back negative, so that’s good.

I talk more about my week in this video if you’re interested:

Thank you so much for your well wishes, kind words, and helpful advice.  I appreciate your support so much!

* This is not a sponsored post.  All opinions are genuinely my own. *


15 thoughts on “Pregnancy Update | 36 Weeks”

  1. Hi! I have been really enjoying your blog for some time now and have viewed quite a few of your pregnancy updates. I am very happy for you that you will get to meet your baby girl soon! I wish you and your husband the very best wishes for the delivery of your little one. =)

  2. Your bump looks to have dropped a bit. Like she is starting to settle head down for her journey. You still look radiant as ever. Hoping all is well.

  3. You’re so close!! So exciting,I know the feeling 🙂 Your hair is so long and thick. Being pregnant looks great on you! Loved the video as always. Take care Jen.

  4. It is so exciting ! Just a few more weeks. I can’t believe how fast the time has gone. It has been a lot of fun following your pregnancy this year. Merry Christmas Hugs to you and Don.

  5. So happy for you and Don. Can’t wait to find out what her name is going to be. Wishing you much love and joy. This is truly the best time of your lives. Merry Christmas.

  6. I am so happy that you are enjoying a smooth pregnancy! Soon your baby will be here and you can start enjoying parenthood. Your hearts will swell even more than you could have imagined with the love you both have to share with your sweet baby. Enjoy the ride!

  7. Hello, Jen!

    I know you work out daily, so do I. Even though I’m not pregnant it would be lovely to know what you do to keep fit when expecting.

    Have a happy holiday season!

  8. I’ve been a YouTube fan for quite a few years now but haven’t followed these blogs/videos as I’m a little envious (won’t ever have a child). However, that in no way means I wish you and Don anything but happiness. I think its wonderful to see both of you so happy and to see you looking so healthy. Perhaps I can appreciate your joy more because I know how much it means to have a baby when you are a little older as I know many couples who waited by choice or it just worked that way.

  9. I have followed your vlogs for years, and wanted to wish you a safe delivery and a very Merry Christmas to you, Don and babygirl.
    I am one week behind you in my own pregnancy, and have really enjoyed going through this with you!!

  10. Hi Jen,

    Are you going to film a “Winnie meets baby girl” video and share it? I’m sure we would all love to see that! Love your vlogs!

    1. I think it would be hard to film that since Don and I will want to pay special attention to Winnie at that particular moment and might not be able to hold a camera as well.

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