Pregnancy Update: 37 Weeks!

Monday, March 24, 2014

I'm 37 weeks today, now considered "early term," and I've officially crossed into very pregnant territory! It's been a pretty tough week for me, physically. I've done yoga almost everyday this week, along with a bit of walking and hours upon hours of stretching to relieve my lower back pain. I was in so much pain at the beginning of the week and I couldn't figure out what to do to get comfortable. Then towards the end of the week, the pain began to diminish. I'm not sure if it was baby's position, if I pulled a muscle during yoga, or if all this weight is causing the discomfort. If the pain intensifies again, I'm not sure how I'm going to get through the next 3-4 weeks with so much wearing on me before labor even begins! 

I've also been experiencing lots of Braxton Hicks contractions this week, more so than the previous weeks. It's most noticeable in the evening and during the night time. I've been waking up several times a night - nature's way of preparing me for the lack of sleep to come! There is no way I can get out of bed without doing the belly rock these days! But I don't mind. :) 

Now that virtually everything is ordered, completed, and ready to go and I've stopped creating projects for myself in case he decides to come early, I find myself not having much to do for the first time in my pregnancy! I planned it this way so I would have time to just relax, but it's an odd feeling for me! As my husband will attest to, I am the queen of "to do" lists and have trouble not keeping myself constantly busy. So what did I decide to do? Go shopping! Ah! I am usually very frugal, but this week I can't peel myself away from all the adorable things I've found on Etsy! There are so many unique, handmade clothes, blankets & toys for baby, I just love it! I admit it - I have an Etsy problem. 

Week: 37 weeks 

Gender: Boy!!

Total Weight Gain:
Still right around 26lbs most days. Today I was only up 25lbs though! 

Exercise: I've been exercising like crazy this past week doing lots of yoga, walking & hours of stretching. I have to! My back hurts too much to stay stiff.

Nutrition: Fruit! I've been eating lots and lots of fruit. I've also been eating a ton of cheese this week. Calcium, right? ;)

Food cravings/aversions:
Craving mango & watermelon this week! I'm craving green grapes even more intensely, but Trader Joes didn't have any yesterday! :( Anyway, it must be a spring thing, craving fresh fruit. Last week I made a little smoothie from organic mango.Yum!

Signs of Stretch Marks: No changes for several weeks. Still using Burt's Bees Belly Butter!

Maternity Clothes: No new ones! Just doing lots of laundry!

Sleep: Phew! It's been a tough week for sleep. Since baby has dropped, I am constantly getting up to go to the bathroom. The backache doesn't help matters either. :/

Feeling: Heavy! I'm beginning to waddle because of the weight and the backache. I'm sure it's funny to look at, but it doesn't feel too great! My spirits are still high though!  

Baby Movement: Definitely still moving and he still has hiccups at least twice a day, but he is a lot more cramped now. Unfortunately that means he kicks way out to the side, which is so sensitive! What a stinker!

Belly Button In or Out? In - but looking crazy!

Wedding Rings On or Off? On

What I miss most this week: Feeling normal and pain free!

Best moment this week: Seeing our baby's face on the ultrasound and finding out that he's about 5lbs 13 oz and is in position, ready to go for the big day!

Looking forward to: Meeting this little nugget already!! As soon as pregnancy got a little difficult, I started getting impatient. ;)

The top photo is from a mini maternity photo session I did with my husband as my photographer about a week ago! I'm so grateful to have such a patient & talented husband! :)

xo kristen genevieve


  1. I love the first photo, so beautiful! Baby will be here before you know it. Although... when you are pregnant it feels like eternity!

  2. The first picture is just stunning!!! I really love it, you look beautiful! Makes me miss my long hair! :)
    I hear you on the backaches. I've had them for the last 4 weeks and lost all hope that it will get better, so I'm just dealing with it. I hope they go away for you though!
    Sounds like we're pretty similar, I always have to-do lists and I wouldn't know what to do with myself if there was nothing on them...haha. I do hope though, that I can get mine tackled a few weeks before the birth as well!
    You're getting so close...exciting!!!

    1. Thank you!! I know, I thought of you when my backaches started up! I have read that it's a good idea to get PT or see a chiropractor that specializes in pregnancy. I've debated doing that, but I'm so close to the end and my insurance coverage isn't great. :/ I don't know you you've done it, girl!

      Hope you're feeling well this week! :)

  3. We're almost there! What a beautiful maternity photo. Glowing for sure! Sorry to hear about the back pain. I've had a hard time with my back on and off. However, I do get really, really tired at night. I'm still on the many projects list these days. I guess that's just how I am last minute. Keeps me on my toes! Before we know it, we'll be holding our baby boys in our hands. Etsy is a scary place because there is just too much cuteness. We received so much clothes from our shower that I can't rationally buy one more thing for little boy just yet. However, I look and swoon over all the stuff. Enjoy your next few weeks of rest!

    1. Thank you!! I can't believe how fast time is going by now!! Wishing you good luck with all your projects! It can definitely be never ending but it's all done with lots of love. :)


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