Prenatal Preparations.

Yesterday was a fun day for me and the bump.  We headed out in the afternoon for our first prenatal massage! 

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I’ve mentioned it here before, but I’m having a lot of back pain and muscle tightness.  By the time I lay down to go to bed, sometimes it is so bad that I can’t sleep.  I toss and turn all night wishing that there was some way to relieve it.  I used to be a big back cracker (probably not good), but now that I’m pregnant I can’t crack my back anymore.  I think all that tension is just building and building!

So yesterday I shopped around and found what seemed like a good price for a 60 minute prenatal massage.  I’m funny about money and have a hard time splurging on things that seem like luxuries instead of necessities.  I have only have two other massages in my life – one after my first marathon, and the other using a Groupon!  I am so glad I went though, because it was more than worth the price!

I was taken back into a little room with yummy smelling candles and lotions, dim lighting, and soothing music. 

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I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect since I knew I wouldn’t be able to lay face down or flat on my back.  My massage therapist had the table all set up with pillows for propping myself up on my side on top of a heated table.  Heaven. 

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She did thirty minutes on one side and thirty minutes on the other.  One of the major areas that has been bothering me the most is my tailbone, and after I told this to the masseuse, she ended up giving me a hard core butt muscle rub.  I never would have been brave enough to ask anyone to rub my bum, but she totally did, and I absolutely loved it.  I told her I wanted lots of pressure on my back, and at certain points she pushed so hard it was painful – in a good way.

Sixty minutes of pure heaven, and I slept so much better last night.  I’m hoping to go at least one or two more times before Baby C arrives!

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After the massage ended, I felt like I needed a nap.  Instead, I continued my afternoon of prenatal preparations and headed to Target.

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Like I said in my last update, as I get bigger and bigger I’m starting to run out of comfortable clothes.  I figured I’d see what was on sale at Target, and ended up getting a few more things that were on sale – score!  First up, this new grey top.  It’s really lightweight and comfortable – a new favorite.

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This dress would probably not have been my first pick, but it was SIX dollars, so I bought it anyways.  It fits, it’s comfortable, and it was cheap.  All that really matters at this point, right?

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The other thing I really needed was more clothes for my – ahem – expanding bottom-half.  Another clearance find, some denim-ish shorts that will look nice for either dressing up or down.  It’s also really hard to find shorts with the full panel, which is totally essential this late in pregnancy. 

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Beyond maternity clothes, my main mission for the trip to Target was to get some things I will need in the hospital.  First up, a new sports bra.  My others are all too small at this point, and I have decided I don’t want to wear a big dumpy hospital gown while I’m in labor. 

My sister told me that she wore a sports bra and loose skirt in the hospital, and it was one of her best decisions for being more comfortable.  Also, she said that seeing her belly exposed made her feel more connected to what was going on during contractions and pushing.  Makes sense to me!  So, I picked up a new sports bra to wear while giving birth.  Totally weird. 

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I also knew I would need some nursing supplies and comfortable bras/tops for afterwards while I am figuring out this whole breastfeeding thing.  I have NO idea what I will like, what will fit, etc – so I just bought a range of options and kept the receipt.  Hopefully at least one thing works!  Nursing tanks, which came highly recommended from many moms…

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And nursing bras, both sleep style and traditional.  Yes, I am posting pictures of my bras.  Pregnancy has ruined my filter. 

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Last weekend I dug out our big duffle bag that will be our hospital bag when the time comes.  Now I actually have something to put in it!  So far we’ve got nursing tanks/bras and comfy slippers.  Seems like a good start to me.  :)

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There are still a few more personal items I probably need to go buy, but I’m taking it one step at a time.  More and more, I’m feeling relatively ready and prepared.  Hoping to spend our holiday weekend finishing up some nursery details and starting to wash all the baby clothes and linens!

Sorry for all the girl talk about butt rubs and bra photos today.  You can always click away and make lasagna if it is too much.

I hope everyone has a safe and happy Labor Day celebration!