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35 Week Pregnancy Lowdown

How my second pregnancy is going at 35 weeks.

I’ve been tummy-smuggling my second baby for 35 weeks now. Would you like to know how it is going? I know I’m kind of jumping into it, as I haven’t done any previous pregnancy-goings-on posts yet.  Have I even mentioned I’m pregnant? I think it might have come up once or twice, but only in passing.

How my second pregnancy is going at 35 weeks.How my second pregnancy is going at 35 weeks.

In order for any of it to mean much I’ll first do a very quick rundown of my first pregnancy.

  • I didn’t particularly want children
  • If I had a choice (haha!) I would want a boy
  • I did NOT want a girl
  • We decided to find out the gender
  • I had gestational diabetes (but didn’t need insulin or anything, just controlled my diet)
  • I gained 49lbs
  • I had the worst back pain through most of it
  • I had an unmedicated vaginal delivery

All right, we’re all up-to-date. So let’s start with how this second pregnancy is different (so far):

  • I want more children!
  • I’m nervous about how difficult a boy will be to handle
  • I would be perfectly happy with a second daughter
  • We did not find out the gender (although the sealed envelope containing that information is apparently floating around my house, unchaperoned)
  • I have Velamentous Cord Insertion
  • I’ve gained 30lbs so far
  • I have not suffered extra back pain
  • I hope to have another unmedicated vaginal delivery

When I was pregnant with Doll I was on the internet every night researching all kinds of pregnancy/birth/parenting things (that was when I first discovered Pinterest!). This time, just about the only thing I have Googled is the Velamentous Cord Insertion.

I have only the usual amount of back pain that I always have (thanks to a car accident in 2007) and have not had need of my special slippers that my Dad bought for me the first time (because I could not bear to be on my feet AT ALL without something on). My back only hurts when I go to bed and when I’m (attepting to) relax on the couch. Go figure. My two rest times of the day.

If I had to guess, I might say that my back just kind of got used to carrying weight around. You know, because Doll’s favourite place is my arms. Especially when I’m going up and down the stairs 4-6 times per day (no word of a lie) just to do laundry. Thanks, cloth diapers.

I was (pleasantly) surprised that I did not have gestational diabetes this time. I assumed it was something that if you had it once, you’ll have it every time. Don’t get me wrong, I liked eating so healthy the first time. But not being allowed any sugar makes it painfully obvious just how addictive sugar is.
Keyword: painfully.

Not to mention that I would almost not be able to eat at all if I couldn’t have sugar again because I spend so much time with Doll. I just don’t have time to dedicate to preparing healthy sugar-free snacks and meals.

I’m really glad we didn’t find out the gender. My doctor gave it to me in an envelope, in case we changed our minds. But we haven’t and I really don’t know where that envelope has gotten to. Of course, picking a name is more diffictul now. Not to mention middle names. But it’s worth it 🙂

Due to the Velamentous thing, my doctor plans to induce me a week early. Or so. We haven’t set a date yet. So besides the fact it will actually be a scheduled induction, it’ll be about the same as with Doll (with her my water broke but labour didn’t start so I was induced).

I was soooooo looking forward to nesting (I didn’t nest at all with Doll) but now I have to find ways to redirect my nesting because as it turns out, we will have to move one month after the birth. So instead of getting things ready for baby, I’m getting ready to move. With a newborn. Should be fun!

Overall, this pregnancy has been incredibly easy so far. No morning-sickness (didn’t have it the first time, either), no cankles (yet – fingers crossed!), no diabetes, no extra back pain, not even any weird food cravings (which is actually a little disappointing).

Literally my only complaints are a stuffy nose (which does suck, don’t get me wrong, but there are far worse things), momming a 20month old while carrying 30 extra pounds, and … um… I’m sure there’s something else … hmm, perhaps I’ll have to get back to you.

Don’t hate me!

How were you doing at 35 weeks? How is your pregnancy progressing?  I want to hear all about it!


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  • Reply Thecla Westerbeck February 22, 2017 at 11:00

    This is fun to read since I haven’t had kids yet! It’s fun to hear other peoples experiences throughout the process 😃

  • Reply The Sun Mama February 22, 2017 at 19:10

    I love reading your updates! I’m so happy for you!! My baby days are long past but I remember how much I loved being pregnant:)
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  • Reply Belle February 23, 2017 at 06:09

    It’s awesome that this pregnancy has been easy so far. Mine was different, my first was easy but my second one was harder. Congrats and I wish you safe delivery!

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  • Reply J. Ivy Boyter February 23, 2017 at 06:37

    My first pregnancy was kind of a breeze, even with a GD diagnosis. I didn’t eat much sugar before getting pregnant so my body went crazy when I had to take the test. Oddly though, when I ate the right things for GD, my blood sugar became dangerously low. I ended up being able to eat what I wanted, regardless 😁

    The second pregnancy was much more exhausting and turned me into a total B****.

    I decided two was enough and I used to want 4 😂

    • Reply Jaclyn February 23, 2017 at 11:51

      I wish my GD had been like that! I couldn’t even eat unsweetened cereal 🙁 and we were on the tightest budget ever at the time so eating healthy was really challenging! It took a lot more planning.

  • Reply Jessi February 23, 2017 at 07:15

    I love reading about other pregnancies. It kind of makes me miss being pregnant! My baby is 5 months old now already. I hope everything goes to plan for you!
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  • Reply Shann Eva February 23, 2017 at 07:40

    Congratulations! It sounds like the pregnancy is going really well, and you’re on the home stretch. One of my twins had the velamentous cord insertion, but we had other problems from them sharing the placenta too. Best of luck on the rest of your pregnancy, and I can’t wait to find out the gender!

  • Reply karla February 23, 2017 at 17:58

    I knew you were expecting, but I didn’t realize you were so far along. I am curious how Doll is taking this?
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    • Reply Jaclyn February 23, 2017 at 18:12

      Doll is completely unprepared! We’ve tried to tell her but … it’s going to be a serious shock to her! First, being babysat while we’re at the hospital (she’s almost never been yet) and then a baby (that isn’t going to go away). Poor girl!

  • Reply Natasha Mairs February 24, 2017 at 04:52

    Hope all goes well hun, not long now. I found having my second baby was easier because I knew what to expect. #ablogginggoodtime
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  • Reply Catie: An Imperfect Mum February 24, 2017 at 09:00

    Oh I am so glad your second pregnancy has been easier for you. Not long to go now! Thank you for linking up to #ablogginggoodtime 🎉

  • Reply The Graceful Mist March 2, 2017 at 05:09

    I hope you`re doing well with your second pregnancy. It was interesting to read your post since I don`t really know what it`s like to be pregnant. My older sister was abroad when she was pregnant. I hope you`ll have pleasant and enjoyable time while your baby is still inside you.

    ❀ Grace ❀

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