Darlene’s Prego Log – Week 37

Only two more weeks to go, yikes! It’s now a waiting game for when Maui is ready to come out. According to babycenter.com she is probably about the length of a bunch of Swiss chard—about 19 inches, and weighs about 6 1/3 pounds. The site also says Braxton Hicks contractions may be coming more frequently and I may notice an increase in vaginal discharge. Apparently the site knows what they are talking about because it is spot on! (Sorry for the TMI, and pardon the pun!)

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Ending 37 weeks of pregnancy at home in Long Beach.

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I did actually experienced some Braxton Hicks contraction for the first time three times this week, which means it’s false labor since it was not consistent. Those maternity classes that we took really helped us be prepared for what to expect. On Thursday around midnight I had my first intense contraction in bed. It lasted for several minutes, which seemed like a long time, and it was painful. My husband was awesome at keeping me calm and relaxed, which I am grateful for because I know on the BIG DAY he will be a huge help. Saturday around noon we went for a walk to the laundromat just one block away, and I had another intense contraction so I had to walk extremely slow and take a couple of deep breaths. Once we got to the laundromat it went away. Sunday around 10:00am on Mother’s day I had a small contraction, followed by another one four minutes later, but it was small so I’m not sure if it counts. This was definitely a preview of what to expect when it’s time and I know it will feel a lot worse, so I am scared because those hurt. My husband thinks I am strong and said I handled those really well. He thinks I will do well when it’s time, which was really nice to hear because I thought it was horrible.

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The biggest news of the week was that I had my first Mother’s Day! Even though Maui isn’t born yet, she has been baking in the oven for the last nine months. I felt so special. My husband surprised me with roses and a sweet note, and made me a special Sunday breakfast. Also, his mom got me a massage gift certificate, which I am so excited to use after Maui is born. Also, that same day we went grocery shopping and this stranger was so sweet and told me Happy Mother’s Day, gave me a big hug, and told me I was the cutest pregnant woman she had ever seen. She made me teary and made my day.

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I worked out six days in a row this week at Xtend Barre in Seal Beach, and OMG that place makes me sweat, makes my legs burn, makes my arms burn, and is perfect cardio for me. The people are super nice and so inspired that I am working out pregnant. They tell me I am their role model and motivation. The class is hard for them and them seeing me keep pushing through the pain, they are blown away. It’s super nice to get compliments, especially since I think it’s challenging. I definitely modify certain parts like the jumping, ab work, and when needed I slow down my pace. My main focus is breathing to take the pain away and prevent my heart rate from going up, which is great practice for the labor process. Breathing is also a great distraction from the leg burn. I am grateful that I can still work out all the way to the end of my pregnancy because it makes me happy and I need to take advantage of this time since I won’t be able to work out for at least for a month or two after Maui is born.

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On my last day of my 37th week of pregnancy I had my doctor appointment and she measured my belly and checked my dilation. She said the baby dropped and I am 1cm dilated, and in her words she said it would be, “Any day now…” It was pretty exciting to hear that we are on the right track. We also know that anytime can mean next week, a couple days, two more weeks, or who knows. Everyone is different, so we can’t predict. Next week my doctor will check my dilation again to see if I have progressed, so I am looking forward to that.

She also told me to start walking more and if I feel comfortable to have more intercourse to make my cervix thinner, since it’s thick at the moment. Also I got my Strep B results back (that I mentioned on my 35th week Prego Log) and the results were negative. That was good to hear.

I had some blood spotting a couple hours after the doctor checked my dilation. But I think it was just from that, so I looked it up online just in case and read that it can happen from the doctor visit, so I am not worried. It’s so crazy that at this point it’s just a waiting game. We are not sure when she will decide to make an appearance, whether two weeks early, one week early, on time, or a week late. What do you guys think?

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My Mother’s Day flowers and note from Fat.

I also had a dentist appointment this week… If you read my 27 week Prego Log my second premolar shattered while I was in Krakow, Poland. Well, at the the time my tooth was not bothering me and I didn’t think I could get anything done to it until after the baby is born. Well, one day my cracked tooth was bothering me so decided to make an appointment to see what can be done about it. They said I had to have a root canal and a crown put on. The dentist said I can have it done while pregnant and my doctor said it was okay too. So I got my root canal done and got an impression of my mouth to have the crown made. The root canal did not hurt. I was scared it was going to be painful, but I felt nothing. It didn’t take long either. They took lot of breaks, which was nice for me to be able to relax my jaw and swallow. After the procedure my mouth felt fine and was okay to eat. I am glad I got that over with and don’t have to worry about it when Maui is born. In two weeks I have an appointment to have my crown put in. My appointment is the day before her due date, so I am curious if she will come before or after. Again, this is a waiting and guessing game.

My vegan meal plan this week was delicious! For lunch I had my happy vegan tuna wrap, and for dinner I had my Mediterranean salad with a side of garlic potatoes. We were 90% perfect on our meal plan. The 10% was getting vegan doughnuts at Doughnuttery, but we shared them with our friends. Also, it was our friends Sia’s birthday, so we went to Cafe Gratitude and had some amazing meals. It was awesome to go there because the last time we were there was on our wedding rehearsal dinner on December 10, 2016.

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Sia’s birthday dinner at Cafe Gratitude in Newport Beach.

Well that is a wrap! To check out my meals and workouts look below.

Vegan Prenatal Workout Routine

My workouts this week were all classes at Xtend Barre in Seal Beach.


Prenatal Vegan Meals for 37 Weeks Pregnant

Check out how we do our vegan meal prep for the week!

Morning: USANA brand prenatal vitamins, DHA, B12

Meal 1: Oats, peanut butter, flax seeds, chia seeds, hemp seeds, and banana.

Meal 2: Apple and homemade Lara Bar.

Meal 3: Happy vegan tuna wrap with a side of garlic potatoes.

Meal 4: Apple, strawberries, dried mangos, or my pineapple, mango, banana smoothie with a rice cake and peanut butter.

Meal 5: Mediterranean style salad with mixed greens, quinoa, tofu, sun-dried tomatoes, hummus, cherry tomatoes, sprouts, avocado, cucumber, carrots, falafel, lemon juice, and olive oil.

Meal 6: Mangoes or homemade Lara Bar.

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This week’s lunch!

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My dinner from Cafe Gratitude. Quinoa shell pasta. Delicious!

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My yummy Mother’s Day breakfast (and lunch). Everything bagel with tofu, Follow Your Heart cheese, and Gimme Lean sausage.

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This week’s big cheat! Vegan doughnuts from Doughnuttery in Huntington Beach!