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37 Weeks Pregnant...Bump Diary.

on Monday, 28 January 2013.


Due to the fact that I have got so behind with my bump diaries, in the eyes of this blog I am already due another one.  I turned 37 weeks at the end of last week.  I am now officially classed as full term, which is incredibly exciting and nerve wracking at the same time. In just a few short weeks we will meet our new little lady.

Things have been quiet in terms of pregnancy the last week or so, especially since my all important consultants appointment where I decided on a planned c-section.  I feel like a weight has been lifted of my mind since that appointment.  I had a routine midwife appointment on Friday, where she took my bloods again to check whether I am still low in my iron levels.  I still hate having bloods done, and although she managed to get some this time, I didn't realise I had literally bled all over my top.  I had a little bit of protein in my wee, and some white blood cells, but then I am currently in the midst of a cold, so they weren't too concerned.  My blood pressure is always low, something I am grateful for, considering I was born six weeks prematurely due to pre-eclampsia.

We have finally started to get organised for Bug.  Mads is moving into a new big girls room, although there is no hurry as obviously the baby will be in with us for a while, and we have been enjoying getting that ready slowly.  I moved all of her clothes into her new wardrobe and actually put some new baby clothes away- I still need to wash them all though.  I also need to sort out Mads new born clothes and decide what we are keeping and what we will give to a charity shop.  I have way too many newborn babygrows so she will have to live in baby grows for the first eight weeks!  We still need to sort out the moses basket, hospital bag, car seat and wash the bouncy chair cover etc, so there is still quite a lot left to do.

I have been feeling very tired, I am a lot more achy than I was in my last pregnancy, but it is nothing I can't handle.  Although I do feel run down, overall I feel really good and am still getting out and about and enjoying my last few weeks with Mads, although we have stayed in a bit more due to the snow.

We are relishing these last few weeks but also are extremely excited to meet our new little one.  Only potentially one more bump diary to go!

35 Weeks Pregnant....Bump Diary.

on Wednesday, 23 January 2013.


I am behind in my bump diary posts yet again, I am now 36 and a bit weeks. I can't believe that the next entry I write will mean that I am full term- the 30's have definitely gone so much quicker than the 20's have.

I am feeling pretty good overall, but am just constantly tired, I think I could fall asleep anywhere.  I don't know if this is down to the anaemia, or just to the fact that I am heavily pregnant and looking after a highly energetic toddler, but I literally constantly feel tired.    

I am starting to ache if I walk too far or over do it, and I am still pretty uncomfortable with my ribs and back, Mr E has been so fabulous, perhaps even more so than normal, and has been getting in from work and letting me have hour long baths to relax and soak my tired muscles.  Still in terms of pregnancy it is just the general late on aches, I feel really lucky to generally quite suit pregnancy.  I am still loving my bump, but have started looking at clothes I can buy once it has disappeared!  

I am also very pale with dark circles under my eyes, again I don't know whether this is the anaemia, but I look at myself in the mirror and get a shock every time about how pale I am.  I look like a ghost!

Last week I had my very important meeting that I have been nervous about since the beginning of my pregnancy- the VBAC v C-Section choice.  I was terrified going in there as I didn't want to have my decision analysed- but in actual fact the consultant was fine, and I am scheduled to have an elective c-section at some point between 40-41 weeks.  I don't know what will happen if I go into natural labour before hand, but I am happy with the decision of the c-section- it feels like a massive weight off my mind.

I will admit that I went into the appointment and started to cry because I was nervous of the reaction, it is funny that all went according to plan.  

I have my serious nerves about having a c-section, not less the recovery with a toddler but ultimately I know what to expect with one, my c-section last time was a really lovely experience, I just hope this one will be the same.  I don't feel like one of these women who needs to have a natural birth or I will feel like I have missed out or been cheated.

I am starting to wonder what on earth my body will be like after this baby.  I 'bounced' back quite well after Mads birth and while my tummy will never quite be the same again, I managed to get back into my jeans within a few weeks.  This time because my tummy is so much bigger and the skin is so much more stretched, I do wonder what it will be.  Last time I didn't exercise at all, whereas this time myself and a pregnant friend have already said we will try and do buggy bootcamp or go running.  Obviously not for the first couple of months but that is our long term plan!

I have a routine midwife appointment this week but other than that, all is pretty quiet.  We are trying to enjoy our time together as a three before our lives get turned upside down with our new arrival.  While I cannot wait to have our new addition here now, I am relishing every hug, every bedtime ritual and every play date just the three of us before we become a four.



33 Weeks Pregnant...Bump Diary.

on Wednesday, 09 January 2013.


Due to the lateness of my last bump diary post, I am already due another one and am behind in posting again as I am actually nearly 35 weeks now.  I will catch up soon and be on time I hope!  This past couple of weeks have been quiet in terms of pregnancy, as we have had a busy period of time what with our wedding anniversary, Mads birthday and of course Christmas.

I woke up on our wedding anniversary and felt so awful, it turns out I had that norovirus bug that has been doing the rounds.  Being pregnant, plus being sick and tired as it is, completely wiped me out and I had to do something I have never done before- call Mr E and get him home from work to look after Mads so I could go to bed.  I felt awful but it was only for 48 hours, unfortunately we missed our anniversary meal out- typical!

I have started to get the good old pregnancy insomnia, I find some nights I just can't sleep at all, and I have been willing it to get to morning.  The exact same thing happened with Mads around this time, and I find myself awake most days at 4am.  It is frustrating, but it is just an acccumulation of lots of things going on, hormones and of course uncomfiness.

I find if I overdo it now I get very achy.  On Christmas Eve we stayed at my Mums and I had been running around all day and all night because of Mads birthday- I ended up feeling so sore, my bump went all hard and my back ached all evening.  I think when this happens it is a reminder to slow down a little bit, although of course this is hard with a toddler.  I am lucky however that Mads does nap for a couple of hours in the afternoons so I can relax on the sofa, or have a little sleep.

I also have a weird pain in my ribs on my right hand side and also in my back on my right hand side too.  It can get really painful, especially at night, I presume it is just where baby is lying.  I seem to remember getting it with Mads but not quite so badly.  When I saw the midwife she said that my uterus is pushing up against my ribs.  But again it is nothing I can't handle- really in terms of pregnancy symptoms I am really quite lucky.

My linea negra line has appeared and it is exactly the same as it was with Mads- starts above my belly button and is wonky (annoying) and then goes straight from my belly button down to my pubic bone.  I think it will get darker and then will hopefully fade again a few months after giving birth.  Do not get me started on my belly button- it is the freakiest thing I have ever seen, it hasn't popped- its just disappeared.  Weird.

We have nothing ready for Bug at all, have bought a few new clothes but apart from that all her hand me down clothes from Mads need washing, the moses basket is still in the loft, we haven't bought anything else we need, and Mads new big girl room is still empty with no furniture.  I want to try and pack my hospital bag in the next couple of weeks but apart from that I haven't really got the nesting thing yet.  I didn't pack my hospital bag until the night before my c-section with Mads!

Other than that there is nothing much to report- pregnancy is hopefully going well, and we are very soon going to be meet our little Bug- we can't wait!


31 Weeks Pregnant...Bump Diary.

on Thursday, 27 December 2012.


I am a little bit behind with my bump diary as Christmas and fun have made me be lazy at uploading the photos- I am 33 weeks this week so in a few days time it will be time for a new entry- but still it is nice to make sure I include it every 2 weeks.

So I have reached the 30's, I can't quite believe that I am now in single figures until we meet our new little person.  The first 20 weeks seemed to go so slowly but now it is going quite quickly, which is good because as much as I love my bump and feeling her kick, I can't wait to have her here with us.

This week has been quiet in terms of pregnancy.  I had a midwife appointment where I was told I am now measuring exactly according to my dates, whereas the last one I had I was measuring 2 weeks ahead.  However it was a different midwife this time, so you can never be sure as obviously ideally you would have the same one each time.  

I am still unsure about my birth choice, but ultimately I think I would like a c-section.  I have fears for it because I know what to expect this time, and I also know how I felt afterwards, the first few days were just awful- but I think that you want to recreate the birth you had last time if it was perfect- and our c-section was wonderful.  However I won't say I am not scared about the thought of going through a major operation- I guess time will tell on what I decide.  I know that natural birth is 'natural' and that women are geared up to birthing babies, but there are lots of things to consider if I decide to go for a VBAC, and I still just don't know what to do.

We haven't bought anything else for Bug the last two weeks, bar an adorable swaddling blanket from the Gro Company, as we had a couple with Mads and they worked wonders.  We have just started to decorate Mads new big girl room- we have cleared everything out and Mr E has painted it- just waiting for the furniture now which may not arrive until February.

I feel quite achy and tired at the moment, especially after a day running around after Mads, but I have found out at my last midwife appointment that I am anaemic and my iron levels are slightly low- this could explain it.  I am now on iron tablets to hopefully build up my levels- I didn't have this with Mads, but it could explain why I am a lot more tired than I was.


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