I wouldn't call this the final stretch just yet, but this week marks a big milestone - only 10 weeks to go (and grow)!
Let's see where I was with my first pregnancy and where I am with this one at 30 weeks.
Let's talk about pregnancy weight gain. In the picture on the left, I weighed 161 lbs, whereas in the picture on the right, I weigh 163. My starting weights were different: first time around, I weighed 140 when I got pregnant. This time, I weighed 144. So that might explain why I look smaller in the picture on the left than on the right. While starting weight doesn't matter much, the weekly weight gain does and I am happy that (for now) I seem to be within the normal range, whereas last time I got the "what are you eating" talk at every. single. appointment.
With the weight gain inevitably comes strain in the abdomen and back. If you've never been pregnant, the only way I can describe it is that it feels like something is literally pulling you forward by the stomach all day (abdomen strain), and you have to fight against it to keep upright all day (back strain). Sounds pleasant, huh?
Luckily, some genius people heard our pregnant cries and came up with special braces to help the 'pulling' feeling, which in turn helps with the back problems. My mom bought me one, and it was not cheap, even with a 20% off coupon from BuyBuyBaby. It's called the Upsie Belly by Belly Bandit and I tried it on right there in the store (it comes in different sizes so you gotta be sure). Upon wearing it for literally 5 seconds, I felt immediate relief. When I took it off to go check out, I felt a distinct difference without it. Crazy, but this thing really does work! It even comes with a heating/cooling pad that fits into this little sleeve on the back part for backaches!
The only other thing I wanted to touch on for week 30 was that I am SO thankful that this time around I am not still experiencing morning sickness/all-day nausea. If you are one of those that has 9 months of that awfulness, I am so sorry. Please know that I have felt your pain, and hopefully your next pregnancy it will not last as long!
That wraps up my 30 week update and comparison. Can't believe how far we have come and yet still have to go! 10 more weeks!