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36 weeks pregnant

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Really feeling it now. Sleep is becoming so disturbed now due to lower back pain and I wake up each morning with such sore hips! I think this is probably what it feels like to be really old. Even the muscles at the top of my inside legs are hurting – I feel like I am holding a bowling ball between my legs! One week until the baby is classed as ‘full term’ and then I shall be writing him an eviction notice and willing him to come out!

I have started to get a bit of an itchy rash on the bottom of my bump. During the last few weeks of my last pregnancy, I developed an itchy rash called PUPPS. It was absolutely awful and spread all over my belly and down my legs. The itchiness was unbearable! All I could do was spread camomile lotion on it and try not to scratch. I am REALLY hoping that this isn’t the start of that again.

My husband spent Saturday working on his old crib which he found in his mum’s loft. I was pessimistic at first as it looked so dreary when he first pulled it down, however, after a day of sanding, priming and painting, it has come up lovely! (see pic) I have ordered a mattress and can’t wait for it to arrive so that I can get it all ready and see it all complete.

It’s my last week at work this week. Although I shall miss it, I am glad to be leaving this week, as by 3pm, I struggle to stay awake now and feel I need some time to relax before the baby arrives. I’m not one of these woman who feel content spending all day, everyday at home with the kids – last time I went on maternity leave, I really missed the buzz of work and find working three days a week a perfect balance of being ‘mum’ and being ‘Kelly’, so I’m a little apprehensive about leaving if I’m honest. I am planning to take nine months off but I reckon I’ll be gagging to get back after six! Kids are fantastic, but it’s nice to have a little slice of life which doesn’t involve baby wipes and kids TV.

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35 weeks pregnant

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Wow, check out this picture I have put together! The first is of me at 35 weeks pregnant with my son in 2009, and the second is of me this week… I think I look pretty much the same shape and size as before? I wonder if my bump would look any different if I was carrying a girl? (Something which I am not planning on finding out by the way!)

This week I have had the munchies again – I have been eating for England! Today for breakfast I had cereal, followed by a fruit and grain bar at 10, a huge scone with cream and jam at 12, a sandwich and an apple at 2, a yogurt at 4, sausage casserole with a jacket potato for dinner and a box of Malteasers before bed! My daily intake usually consists of cereal, a sandwich, (occasionally a sneaky chocolate bar) and my dinner. I am going to have to blame the baby and insist that he must be putting on lots of much needed weight this week!

The baby demanded I ate the huge scone with lashings of cream and jam, and the family sized box of Malteasers, honest!

We have finally bought the last remaining items which we needed this week – a baby bouncer chair, a play mat with things which hang down for baby to grab at, a mattress for the crib and a baby bath. The crib, I must add, still needs work. Nathan found it in his mum’s loft and it happens to be the one which him and his siblings slept in as babies. It’s a lovely crib but needs a good clean and fresh coat of white paint. Will look lovely once it’s finished – a task for my husband at the weekend I think! The baby bath was a bargain. Found it on ebay and won the auction at an amazing price of 99p! (I say won, but I was actually the only bidder!) Am off to pick that up at the weekend from a seller who lives 10 minutes away from me. So glad I checked on ebay as I was going to buy an identical one from Mothercare for £15.99! (I could spend the £15 which I saved on chocolate perhaps? Hmmmm…)

Been feeling ok this week but I will certainly be happy to have my body back to myself in a few weeks time. Sleeping is becoming so uncomfortable – I keep waking up with a sore back or hips and whenever I roll over, I wake myself up because of the extra weight I’m trying to pull over with me. Only five weeks left but I am secretly hoping that it is only going to be two or three. My hospital bag is packed so I’m all prepared now… I think!

30 weeks pregnant

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Well, the lower back pain has certainly kicked in this week! I feel like a bit of an invalid actually – every time I try to do too much (and when I say ‘too much’, I mean, not a lot at all), I get awful back pain and have to sit down. At the weekend I had a small list of household jobs to do – clean the bathroom, vacuum the upstairs, load the washing into the machine and do some dusting. I finished the bathroom and collapsed on the sofa exhausted! It’s so frustrating, especially as we are moving house next week and so all I want to do is get stuck into the packing! I have been getting little bouts of feeling nauseous this week too. They do say that you start to feel bad in the last trimester again and they weren’t joking! I feel like an over-inflated beach ball!

Starting to get a little nervous about the impending birth now too. I think, now I have hit 30 weeks, it is feeling really close – realistically, the baby could come at anytime from 37 weeks so I may not have long at all. Memories of my son’s birth are starting to come back to me and I’m starting to remember just how painful those contractions were! I still have the option of a planned c-section of course and this option is looking more attractive every day! Got a ‘Birth Choices Clinic’ appointment to attend in a couple of weeks where I will sit down and discuss all my concerns with a midwife and get some advice – hopefully this will help me make up my mind.

Quite looking forward to the move next week now. Although I am still very nervous about the thought of moving into somebody else’s home, I am eager to get all of our stuff in and settle down before the new arrival. My husband is going over there to decorate our room this weekend so that it’s nice and fresh for us. My ‘nesting’ is still at large and so the thought of a good clear out and then placing all of our stuff into a nice clean, newly decorated room, is lovely. I am cleaning a lot at the moment – I just hope my mother-in-law doesn’t get offended when I start vacuuming under the sofas and scrubbing the kitchen cupboards! It’s nothing I wouldn’t be doing in my own home, I’m just a bit OCD at the moment!

29 weeks pregnant

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Spring is officially here! Goodbye retched Winter, hello happy, sunny Spring! I already feel a lot brighter as I wake to the sound of wood pigeons cooing (one of my favourite sounds) and bright sunlight pouring in through the binds. It’s amazing what a little sunlight can do for your spirits isn’t it.

This week the baby has been a right wriggler! I am not sure if he’s moved position or has fallen a little lower, but he seems to be constantly pushing on my my bladder which is sending me into regular desperation for the toilet! I really don’t remember my son being this active last time – I mean, to the point where I am being woken up every morning at 4.30am because of the jabs to my ribs! Reckon I’m going to have another big, strong baby!

I had to have a day off of work this week actually; I must have rolled over too violently in the middle of the night because I woke myself up doing it with the most awful ripping pain along my hip and bump. I can only describe it as a hot tearing sensation! The next morning it was so painful – the baby was still as active as ever, so I knew I hadn’t done him any damage. I think I must have pulled a ligament. I spent that day with my feet up, watching terrible TV and adding rows to my crochet baby blanket and all seems to be ok now. Not the most pleasant experience and still a bit sore!

I had a call from the doctor yesterday and apparently according to my latest blood and water tests, not only I am quite badly anaemic again, I have a water infection too – just marvellous. So back on the old antibiotics and iron tablets I go. Jeeze, I am going to be rattling as I walk soon! The joys of pregnancy. I am finding it so hard to just be healthy – if I’m not anaemic, I have some kind of infection, if I don’t have that, I’m full of cold, if it’s not that, it’s something else! Is it actually possible to be pregnant and totally A-OK in the health department?!

My bump is certainly getting bigger now. I look at it and think, ‘you still have eleven weeks to go, how much bigger can you possibly get?!‘ then out comes the Bio Oil or Body Butter (I’m paranoid about stretch marks!!)

28 weeks pregnant

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Wow, this week has been an emotional roller-coaster for me! I feel like a bag of hormones which is busting at the seams, ready to explode! There are a lot of changes going on in my life at the moment – the baby’s arrival is approaching obviously, but also, next month we are moving from our little rented house, into my mother-in-law’s house with her, so that we can save a deposit for a house of our own. I am feeling very anxious about this indeed. It’s nothing to do with the fact that it’s my mother-in-law as I happen to get on with her very well, it’s just the fact that I am moving my family into somebody else’s house. It’s going to be strange adjusting to this. Simple things which everyone takes for granted such as, walking across the landing with no clothes on or having your pick of the TV channels, will be gone. It is only for a year and the outcome will be worth it, but this change mixed with my overactive hormones is making me feel so stressed. I have developed sore, flakey eczema on my elbows and my IBS was playing up a bit yesterday – all signs that I need to chill! But that’s easier said than done.

I can tell that my hormones are raging at the moment because quite uncharacteristically at the weekend, I completely snapped at a neighbour! I was on our driveway, vacuuming the car (yes, I am still obsessively cleaning!). I had all the doors open and was just giving the dash a final wipe over after spending 45 minutes vacuuming and dusting, when along came a dog. Now, I am not what you would call a ‘dog person’, in fact, I hate the smelly creatures. This dog was pretty mean looking (a ‘Staffordshire Bull Terrier’ I think?) and decided that he would jump up on me. I got pushed back into the car and covered with mud and slobber (Yuck, this is what I hate most about dogs) I managed to push the dog away and suddenly its owner appeared at the end of our driveway (a strange reclusive lady who lives opposite and spends most of her time in her dressing gown). I expected her to come running over and grab the dog which had just invaded my space, but instead she just stood at the end of the drive and feebly called it back. Well, it then decided to jump into my car! Mud went everywhere! There were muddy paw prints all over my freshly-cleaned car seats! I managed to grab it by the neck and pull it out, still expecting the owner to rush over and apologise, but she didn’t. Still, she stood at the end of the driveway and quietly attempted to call it back. The filthy beast then jumped up at me again and hopped straight back into my car. This is when I flipped! I think I screamed something along the lines of,

For f**** sake! I’ve just cleaned this f****** car! Get your f****** dog away from me! If you can’t control it then put it on a lead!!

With that, I dragged the dog out, got in the car and slammed the doors shut, sealing myself in to calm down. If you know me, then you know that I’m not usually one for confrontation (in fact, I tend to let people walk all over me sometimes which I wish I could change), so this was definitely a case of hormone overload! I was quite impressed with myself actually – I do have the potential to be assertive afterall.

Apart from the hormones and stress, everything else is going well. Baby is kicking so much which is can be quite painful occasionally, but nice and reassuring at the same time. My appetite is HUGE – I got through a whole box of Lindor chocolates the other night and didn’t even feel sick! Only 12 weeks to go now… let’s hope I’m not as big as a bus by then!

25 weeks pregnant

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This week I finally went to the doctors about my cough which I have had for 5 weeks now. It turns out that I have a chest infection and so they have put me on antibiotics. Now I have a cold – just great! Fed up of feeling run down all of the time. I thought this was supposed to be the ‘blooming’ period of pregnancy?! I just feel blooming rubbish!

According to my iPhone app, my baby now has a 70% chance of survival if it were born today – the odds are rising each week! I watched a programme called ‘Maternity Ward’ Tuesday where a woman went into labour at 25 weeks. I was amazed at how big the baby actually was once it was delivered! I don’t know what I was expecting considering the size of my bump now? Anyhow, there’s a pretty fair sized baby inside of me now!

I had an antenatal appointment with my midwife today. All seems to be fine! My blood pressure is low (which is much better than high apparently, although explains the tiredness) and the baby’s heartbeat is regular and strong. It was lovely listening to the heartbeat again.

One topic which has had me thinking this week has been my birth choice: vaginal birth vs elected c-section. It started when I had an interesting conversation with a friend over the weekend. She told me that she thought I was being selfish by choosing to opt for a natural birth instead of electing to have a c-section based on my past experience (where I suffered severe pre-eclampsia during labour – see this post for details). I was quite shocked by this view and it has been bugging me ever since. She seemed to think that I should opt to have a c-section in order to eliminate any risk of pre eclampsia arising during this labour as she thought that I was risking my life and the life of my baby unnecessarily. This is kind of the same opinion that my husband takes and I strongly disagree! My consultant has advised me that there is absolutely nothing to say that I will suffer with pre eclampsia this time round and a c-section carries risks of its own (mainly being infection). Therefore, by choosing to have a section, I may be going through major abdominal surgery for nothing. They have assured me that I will be closely monitored at all times and so the minute I happen to experience higher blood pressure, I would be taken into theatre anyway. So where’s the risk? There are reasons (call them selfish if you wish) for me wanting to have a natural birth; for one, the recovery time is far quicker – it took me a couple of days to even get out of bed and walk when I had a c-section before, I was in pain for weeks and couldn’t drive for over a month. Now I have a toddler as well, this incapability would be a nightmare! Also, yes, as I have mentioned in a post before, I do want to experience a natural birth if there’s a safe chance. Call me strange, but until you have been pregnant, you can not pass judgement on this as you have not developed these feelings. I know of many women who have had c-sections and feel exactly the same – like they have missed out on something. Saying all this though, if my consultant were to sit me down and advise me to have a c-section for the safety of me or my baby, I’d do it in a flash! The safety of my baby is and always will be paramount.
What does anyone else think here? Is there anyone out there who has faced the same decision? What choice did/would you make?

Wow, only 15 weeks left now!

23 weeks pregnant

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Feeling a bit livelier this week although still shattered in the evenings. My husband has been working lots of overtime this week but actually managed to get home before 9pm last night – unfortunately I couldn’t keep my eyes open and so had to go to bed! Sorry hubby!

I have been experiencing weird heart palpitations quite a lot. They seem to happen if I am doing anything remotely energetic, such as climbing the stairs, and they take my breath away! They make me cough too which is strange. Will mention this to my midwife at my next appointment in a couple of weeks. It is a very stressful time for me at the moment with lots going on in my life so maybe my body is telling me to deeeee-stress. Maybe I should take up yoga or something?!

My hormones seem a bit uneven too at the moment. I have been getting sudden bursts of emotion which appear to come out of nowhere and leave me in floods of tears. This always seems to be in the evenings. Then I feel a bit silly and wonder what I was even crying about. Stupid hormones, I feel like a crazy woman!

On a plus note, my son’s potty training is going great! I think he is nearly there! My mum had him for the whole day yesterday and he stayed perfectly dry all day for her. I am very lucky to have such a bright boy – hopefully the next one will follow in his footsteps!

Oh, and I have to mention my skin and hair! It feels so good right now! My hair feels thicker and shinier and my skin is a lot clearer. Loving this part of pregnancy!