Saturday, June 23, 2012

33 Weeks

33 weeks, 2 days

Huge, semi-apocalyptic thunderstorms in the city yesterday and the weather kind of, sort of broke overnight.

This week, was chatting to some fellow mamas-to-be about all these crazy shifts in barometric pressure. There is some anecdotal evidence that full moons and hurricanes can both cause women who are near their due dates to go into labor (apparently labor and delivery wards were packed during Irene last fall.) Ask a doula or a labor and delivery nurse and most will confirm that this is a real phenomenon, though they are not exactly certain why that's so.

No signs of baby's imminent arrival here in Brooklyn, thank goodness, but I do think it will be interesting to see what happens in August, which can be quite hot and stormy on the East Coast. The full moons nearest my due date are August 1st and August 31st (um, please forces-of-the-universe do not let me get to 43+ weeks pregnant.)

Of course, there's plenty of more scientific evidence that most babies come when they are "ready," i.e. when their lungs are fully developed. But I am not beyond believing that other environmental factors may come into play, especially since humans' menstrual cycles are linked to the lunar cycle.

Anyway, 33 weeks and I mostly feel great, though the two days of 97 degree heat this week were pretty brutal. I have imbibed an insane amount of coconut water and Gatorade, since I don't want to overdo it on the water and dilute all of my electrolytes in the process.

Up about 14 pounds so far. I honestly don't know how much women can control how much weight they gain in pregnancy, but I do think my relatively easy ride so far comes from the fact that this amount hasn't put too much strain on my frame. That's not to say I don't have my very uncomfortable moments, but I usually know they're going to come on when I've been seated for a really long time or it's the end of the day and gravity is kind of taking its toll.

Now, off to do some pre-moving errands and DIY.

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