The days are getting a little longer here in Ontario and the birds are out chirping in the mornings. I feel spring is on its way, which means we are down to the countdown until this little guy makes his arrival into the world.
My friends and family have identified that I look bigger every three days. I am also noticing this change. When I get dressed in the morning, I feel like I’m on a game show called, “Will it fit?”, where I will spin a wheel to determine if this is the week I retire a pair of pants or shirt. I don’t think I fully realized how big your body can get in pregnancy and thought I wouldn’t need maternity clothing. Well, majority of my Lululemon studio pants are now retired and I’m down to leggings, amazing thrift shop maternity pant finds, and old loose Lululemons that I had been hanging onto for this very moment. I have approximately seven weeks until estimated due date (Easter weekend).
I had a follow up with my Ob-Gyn at the high risk clinic (although I am lower risk compared to the high risk women at this clinic) last Monday. I saw the little guy again and he is growing well at an estimated 4lbs 8oz. However, I did mention to them that my energy levels returned for about a week after I saw them last and had been feeling tired no matter how much sleep I had. The shortness of breath also had returned. Blood work was recommended to analyze all my nutrient levels including my ferritin. On Friday I called the clinic for the results and my hemoglobin and iron were still low despite taking 300mg of iron a day.
I will return to the clinic on the 11th of this month and we will discuss what to do in terms of my low iron and hemoglobin. It is common for women who are pregnant post gastrectomy to require IV iron infusions so I am wondering if this is in my near future. As for now, I am going enjoy my extra sleep and view this constant fatigue as sleep deprivation training for when the little guy arrives.
In terms of my physical activity, I continue to go to Zumba once a week and prenatal yoga once a week. I have had to drop Zumba to once a week as it has a tendency to flare my hip up; however, the community is so strong and the classes are so much fun, I can’t stop! I think this baby may come out dancing. Once more of the ice clears around here, I will start walking more. I want to be as fit as I can be for labour.
I continue to be active at work but need to take some occasional breaks to sit as my hip and pelvis continue to be an issue. I decided to take the last month before due date off which leaves three more weeks of work until mat leave begins. It was a tough decision as I really enjoy my job, patients, and colleagues. What really hit it home was a nurse at the high risk clinic who mentioned to me that in my therapeutic relationship, I am supposed to be the strong one. I also have a sneaky suspicion that this little guy may come early because he will run out of room and just decide, “I’m outta here”. He’s always been sitting low and is just getting lower as the weeks progress. My weight gain is now at a whopping 15lbs. I’m hoping for a 20-25lbs weight gain total (Who says that?!).
The human body never ceases to amaze me. It is wild that women can grow a person inside of them. My pregnancy journey has been another adventure and it is interesting how everyone is so different with their pregnancy journeys. Despite the fatigue and hobbles, I remain in high spirits and we are looking forward to meeting this little guy next month.