Pregnancy Update: 31 Weeks!

Monday, February 10, 2014

A day for silly faces!
This past week has been a little crazy around here! My husband was working until almost 10pm early in the week, and I think the stress of it gave me a horrible headache. It was one of those lights off, sounds off, can't-handle-the-world type of headaches. But the next day, it was as if the heavens knew that I needed him, and a blanket of snow fell on Boston and granted him a snow day! Since then, I've felt much better. I am such a baby when I feel sick!

Speaking of health, one thing I got off my "to do" list this week was getting my Tdap shot. It was very important for me & my husband to get vaccinated to protect our little boy from whooping cough. I've talked about getting the pertussis vaccine in a previous post, particularly on how to deal with family members getting vaccinated. I am happy to report that my mother-in-law did get vaccinated! As for me, all that's left over is a sore arm, but nothing to complain about. I just feel good that I made time to protect my baby - just the job of a mom!

On Sunday, we packed up & headed north to Vermont! As soon as we arrived, I was filled with happiness & good memories of the place we used to call home (and honestly, still do!). We've already eaten at a couple of our favorite restaurants. Ahh...I can't wait to move back! I'm looking forward to updating you in the coming weeks on my adventures here! 

Week: 31 weeks along! Nine weeks to go!!  

Gender: Boy!!

Total Weight Gain:
ust under 19lbs! And I definitely feel it! The weight is coming on so fast now!

Exercise: Continuing with my prenatal yoga just a couple times this week. I had to take a break from the 4-5 day routine again, this time due to headaches. :/

Nutrition: Not much is new this week - lots of spinach, tomato, & garlic based dishes for dinner. I am getting a little concerned about my nutrition for the coming weeks when we'll be on the road though! Definitely keeping my yogurt routine but the other meals will be tough.

Food cravings/aversions:
Everything! So hungry! Loving garlic in my dinner meals lately.

Signs of Stretch Marks: Still using Burt's Bees Belly Butter! No changes since last week.

Maternity Clothes: I'm planning on doing some shopping in Vermont this week. It's tough to find things I like, especially when its still cold here and it will be warming up at the end of my pregnancy. I still appreciate any advice from my mommy friends! 

Sleep: Waking up a couple times a night - every night now. I've also been having vivid dreams, including one where I went into labor this week. I was crying and saying "too early, too early!" :( I think it's because I was talking to my sister-in-law who went into labor with her first at 33 weeks due to pre-eclampsia.  

Feeling: As I mentioned above, I had a horrible headache this week. :/ I've also upped my iron because my blood results showed I was still a little low (despite taking an iron supplement already), and I've been feeling a little lightheaded and faint on & off over the past couple weeks. Nothing too bad, but enough to make me slow down. 
I also think I might have experienced my first Braxton Hicks contractions yesterday! It felt like very mild cramps. The first time, I thought it was just the way I was sitting, but when it happened again several hours later, I knew it had to be my body preparing for the big day!

Baby Movement: Yes! As I mentioned last week, I can feel him getting bigger because those movements are so pronounced on my belly! I love when he "shark fins" across!

Belly Button In or Out? In still. I really don't know how.

Wedding Rings On or Off? On

What I miss most this week: Eggs benedict ;)

Best moment this week: My husband's snow day! 

Looking forward to: Spending the next couple weeks in Vermont! My favorite place :)

Hope you are still enjoying my updates! I love having a log of each week, because so much changes in my life & with my body every post I write. Pregnancy is amazing. 
I've been trying to be better about my other posts as well, turning my reading obsession into a new mini series where I review baby brain development & parenting books! Let me know what you think and if you have any book recommendations for me! :)

xo kristen genevieve


  1. I love your updates! Thanks for the reminder about the vaccinations, I need to talk to my doctor about them at our next appointment. I doubt our family will get vaccinated (awesome news about your mother in law!), but we will do it for sure!
    I always wondered what Braxton Hicks feel like, so that's good to know! I was worried that I would run to the hospital, thinking I'm in labor, the first time I feel them! :)
    Enjoy your time in Vermont! I'd love to go there someday, I heard it's beautiful!

    1. Thanks, Nadine! On vaccinations, I believe the Tdap shot is recommended between 27-36 weeks when you're pregnant, but its great that you plan to check with your doctor about it!
      I thought the Braxton Hicks would feel more like real contractions...but so far they're pretty mild, so don't worry! I'll definitely keep you posted if that changes in the coming weeks though! :)

  2. Lovely, lovely bump you have! Sounds like Vermont is beautiful. Sorry about your headaches. I hope you feel better soon. As far as iron, I take the supplement chewable and I hate the way it tastes. Good for you for following up on increasing your iron. Isn't it amazing how much happens in a week! So many changes! I love reading your updates. I love that you are sharing all your research with us. So helpful! I was going to wait post-baby to get my TDAP. Yes, I agree that being protected is best so I am glad you are taking care of yourself.

    1. Thanks, Carmen! What's kind of crazy is that my doctor doesn't bring this stuff up to me. I wish I didn't have to say it, but I've been pretty disappointed in the care & attention. I'm such a research fiend and have luckily had the time & ability to discover what I need to, but I'd be lost if I had to rely on my doctor alone. My iron levels came back low, and I had been feeling faint & know that I rarely eat meat, so I decided to up my iron (after consulting with my mom, who is an RN). Everything does change so quickly, and I'm trying to be aware and in tune with my body.
      I'm also just grateful that I found you and a few other blogger mamas-to-be to have as my community during this time. I don't have many mommy friends in my life, and it's so great to have conversations with women that are going through the same thing at the same time! So thanks for your posts and comments, too, friend!! :)


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