Week 34

How far along: 34 weeks

Genders: Boy & Girl!!

Weight gain: + 2 pounds (32 lbs so far)

New symptoms: Lots of pelvic pressure and pelvic girdle pain this week as the babies get bigger. With baby boy so low in my hips he hits my bladder and cervix a lot so I’ll get the odd shooting twinge down there whenever he’s awake and moving.

I tried out that 8 Sheep Organics lotion for my restless legs and while it smells amazing and makes my skin super soft I feel like it only works half the time or so. Oh well. I’m going to keep using it because feeling restless is no fun!

Queasy or sick: None this week.

Cravings: Still loving all the sweet stuff, especially cookies and ice cream.

Aversions: Nothing new

Sleep: Restless and way more challenging to get comfortable. Plus I’m up to pee every 1-2 hours.

Maternity clothes: Comfy, loose items. Basically whatever actually fits right now.

Stretch marks: nothing new since last week – have the cluster around my belly button which I’m applying my belly oil more liberally now. I have a basketball belly now and it seems that I grow forward like 2 inches every week!

Belly button in or out: still in but shallow

Miss anything: being less achy in my belly and pelvis and doing normal things that we would be doing if COVID-19 wasn’t running around. The first thing that we’re gonna do when this is all over is go out to eat together.

Movement: Lots of rolls and hiccups with the occasional kick. They’re running out of room in there to move a ton.

We did have another scare this week and we thought we were going to be having these babies! I started out Thursday morning with having some contractions and they seemed to pick up speed and intensity quickly to where I was feeling them like every 2-5 minutes. I called my OB office and they were able to get me in to be checked out. Turns out I was starting to dilate more and was at 2 cm with 60% effacement. So they sent me to the hospital to be observed further.

After getting a steroid shot for the babies to help improve their lungs they kept me on the monitor for 2 hours and the contractions were still present and frequent, they checked me again and I was 4 cm dilated, 70% effaced, and baby boy’s head was moving down further in my pelvis. It seemed like things were happening and they wanted to keep us overnight to see how everything went.

We got admitted and set up in a room and then it was just a waiting game. I was connected to the monitors continuously until bedtime when the contractions did seem to spread out further to 10-12 minutes apart. I was too wound up to get much sleep however and when they started to feel a bit stronger around midnight I wondered if everything would pick back up again but they didn’t. The contractions tapered off in frequency and intensity after an hour and I slept off and on for about 4 hours.

By morning we were still at the 4 cm dilated and 70% effaced but baby boy’s head had moved back up a bit. I also was only having like 1 contraction every hour or so and with that they decided to send us home after a second steroid shot. It almost felt like defeat that we had made some progress and were excited to meet them, however we both knew that they still needed some more time to grow and it really is what’s best for our little babes.

Our goal now is to try and keep them in for 2 more weeks when they’ll be full term and see how things go from there. I’ve officially started my maternity leave and am not fully on bed rest but have been instructed to take it easy and keep my feet up whenever possible. Andrew also started some time off work to help me around the house and be here in the event that our babies are ready to be here. Hopefully we’ll be writing our 35 week update next!

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