31 weeks pregnant

Today we are 31 weeks pregnant.

I have finished work now and I am so, so happy! I have 3 weeks worth of annual leave to use up, and then I start my maternity leave on the 22nd August at 34 weeks. I originally planned to work until 38 weeks, but work issues have led me to leave as soon as possible (see my previous posts for the full story).

Having finished work, it is now starting to feel like the final countdown. Everything I read is now saying ‘in the final few weeks’ and ‘now that you are nearing birth’, so I feel like I should start putting my hospital bag together. 

I have read a lot of different lists, some better and less ridiculous than others. I have thought about what will work for me, and come up with the following selections. I may still tweak the contents slightly over the next few weeks, but this is probably what I will be taking, with the assumption that I will stay in for one night:

For me:

  • Maternity notes and birth plan.
  • The Good Birth Companion by Nicole Croft. I cannot recommend this highly enough!
  • Snacks, drinks with straws and fruit (I will grab this on the day).
  • A vest top to give birth in.
  • A sports bra (possibly for birth if I get my water birth).
  • Warm socks.
  • Breast pads.
  • Hairbands and pins.
  • Phone charger.
  • Change for carpark.
  • Slippers.
  • Pyjamas.
  • Massive, granny style brief knickers that come up to my armpits.
  • Massive sanitary pads to go in said knickers.
  • An old towel.
  • A change of clothes.
  • A bag for dirty clothes.
  • A scarf that smells of me and home that I can hide under on the ward to get some privacy (if I can’t get a private room).

Toiletries:

  • Industrial strength face moisturiser for my stupidly dry skin.
  • Deodorant.
  • Belly butter.
  • Face scrub (microbead free!) for my stupidly dry face.
  • Toothbrush.
  • Dry shampoo. I hate washing my hair and don’t plan to to it in hospital if I can help it.
  • Shampoo and conditioner for if it is unavoidable.
  • Face powder and tinted lipgloss as my bare minimum make up bag.
  • Micellar water to cleanse my face. and cool me down in labour.
  • Toothpaste.
  • Lip balm as apparently you get really dry lips during labour.
  • Cotton wool pads.
  • Nipple cream for breastfeeding.
  • Body moisturiser in trial size sachets.

For the cub:

  • Cotton wool for cleaning.
  • Biodegradable nappy bags.
  • 2 x body suits.
  • Coming home outfit.
  • 3 x pairs of socks.
  • 2 x pairs of mittens.
  • 2 x hats.
  • Nappy barrier cream.
  • 1 x bib.
  • Eco babywipes for extreme poosplosions (Don’t worry, they won’t be flushed).
  • A little fluffy bunny rattle toy.
  • 2 x cellular blankets.
  • 1 x pack of biodegradable newborn nappies. I will use reusable nappies at home, but I can’t collect used nappies under the bed whilst in hospital, so needs must.
  • 4 x small and 1 x giant muslin.
  • Car seat, but this will stay in the car.

I’m sure there are bits I have missed. Let me know if you spot anything obvious! 

How pregnant: 31 weeks.

How feeling: Still feeling good. Starting to get more cramps and braxton hicks. Also more muscle aches, especially the bloody annoying ribcage aches.

Any symptoms: Cub rolling around a lot.

Any cravings: Still nothing of note!

Weight gain: Still static at 1 stone up from starting weight.

Waist measurement: 36″.

Bump measurement: 39.5″. An inch and a half bigger than last week!

Maternity clothes: Nothing new. I finally get to try out my new smimming costume on Wednesday! 

Belly button: Outie.

Looking forward to: Getting everything sorted now that I am a lady of leisure! 

30 weeks pregnant

Today we are 30 weeks and one day pregnant. I can’t believe that we are 3/4 of the way through already! 30 weeks feels like a great milestone. The cub now has a 95% chance of survival if it makes an early escape.

This week has been unbelievably hot in London. It was 34C in town on Tuesday, and about 28C every other day this week. It might not sound too bad to people living in places used to temperatures like that, but London is simply not used to it. Air conditioning is still a rarity in homes and offices here, and the tube becomes a fetid sweat box. It has been really uncomfortable being pregnant in this heat. I get home and strip down to my sports bra and pants and sit in front of the fan. I do feel really sorry for our cat, Buddy though. I can’t imagine having to wear a black fur coat in this heat. Poor little git. 

I have one more week at work before I go off on annual leave and maternity leave. It feels very odd and too early to be finishing work, but the news at work wasn’t looking good at all last week, so I need to get out ASAP.

How pregnant: 30 weeks. 75% of the way there! 

How feeling: Still feeling good. A little more exhausted when I get home from work, but no swolen feet or fingers. I seem to have got off quite lightly compared to other ladies in this heat.

Any symptoms: Being kicked rather painfully in the bladder, all the time. Not fun!  

Any cravings: Still nothing.

Weight gain: No change from last week, still a stone up from starting weight.

Waist measurement: 35″

Bump measurement: 38″

Maternity clothes: Nothing new. I have been struggling to find cool things to wear in this heat. The dress in the photo above isn’t a maternity dress, but it miraculously still fits!

Belly button: It is now officially an outie. It is weird! 

Looking forward to: Finishing work. Wooooo!

29 weeks pregnant

Today we are 29 weeks and 1 day pregnant.

I have had the week off this week and it has been lovely! I ordered the rest of the bits and bobs for my hospital bag and a new pregger swimming costume, which is actually quite nice! I can start going to aquafit when I am on maternity leave, wooo! I also got taken for lunch by my Mum, which was really nice.

On Friday it was our 5 year wedding anniversary, but my OH unfortunately had to work. So on Tuesday we decided to take a day trip to Brighton (where we got married) to celebrate and enjoy the sun. It was a great day and we had an amazing lunch at the North Laine Brewhouse. I had the biggest strip of babyback ribs the world has ever seen and I ate all of it! Plus fries and slaw. I feel no shame. At all.

It was really strange thinking that the next time we go there, we will have a cub. 

On Wednesday we had our 28 week appointment with the midwife. It all went really well; my BP is fine, all of my blood tests came back in a good range and the babies heartbeat was strong. The midwife also measured my fundal height, which when plotted on the chart, sat in the 75th percentile. She said that I look quite big because I have a short body and i’m quite small. 

How pregnant: 29 weeks.

How feeling: Pretty good, but a week of no working or commuting would do that.

Any symptoms: Massive amounts of movement from the cub. 

Any cravings: Nothing in particular.

Weight gain: No change from last week, still a stone up from starting weight.

Waist measurement: 34.5″

Bump measurement: 38″ An inch and a half bigger thsn last week!

Maternity clothes: My lovely new swimming costume.

Belly button: Borderline outie. Still.

Looking forward to: Only two weeks left at work! I had it confirmed by my boss that my maternity leave will begin on the 22nd August, after I use up three weeks of annual leave. This is getting quite real now! 

28 weeks pregnant.

Today we are 28 weeks and 1 day pregnant. We are now officially in the 3rd trimester of pregnancy. Eeeeeek!

This week has been quite a quiet week again in terms of pregger stuff. I went for my 28 week blood test on Friday afternoon which will recheck my bloodgroup, rhesus factor, iron levels and glucose levels. These results should hopefully be back in time for my appointment with the midwife next Wednesday. 

In other news, I have been looking into launching my own brand of baby clothes, made with fabrics printed with my own designs. I have found two possible printers to produce my fabric and whenever I have a spare minute I am print designing and pattern cutting. My first sample garment was a cute pair of baby leggings which are fully lined and have roll back cuffs. I will have to wait until I have a model for these before I can start working on the fit, but that should happen around the end of September, early October. 🙂 

Right, i’m off on the treadmill for 20 mins. 

How pregnant: 28 weeks. Third trimester, wooo!

How feeling: I feel like the glow may have passed now. I am feeling tired a lot of the time again and things like putting on socks and getting out of the bath are starting to get more taxing.

Any symptoms: I am still getting a few mornings of vomiting each week. On Thursday morning I had a return of the bile pukes, which exhausted me. Oh, and the wind! My God! I blame the cub. #sorrynotsorry

Any cravings: Mint water again.

Weight gain: I have finally hit the stone. It is suggested that for my pre pregger BMI of 20.1, I should gain between 25 and 35lbs, so hopefully I will be in this region by 40 weeks.

Waist measurement: 33″

Bump measurement: 36.5″

Maternity clothes: Nothing new.

Belly button: Borderline outie…

Looking forward to: A week off work this week! I am going to get things organised. I will pack a basic hospital bag and start washing the nappies and baby clothes and bedding. I also hope to do pregnancy yoga on Tuesday evening which I usually can’t get home in time for, and maybe some aqua fit. 

27 weeks pregnant

Today we are 27 weeks and 1 day pregnant. 

Not a lot has happened in pregger land this week. There have been no appointments or scans, and no more exciting deliveries. The cub has been incredibly active this week, constantly wriggling and kicking and flipping and turning. It is such a lovely feeling.

The morning vomit sessions have plagued me a few times in the last week. Not fun. I can’t wait until vomiting returns to a very occasional event. 

There is confusion as to when the 3rd trimester of pregnancy begins. Everything I read has a differing opinion, ranging from 25 weeks, up to 30 weeks. The general agreement however, seems to be at about 27-28 weeks. At week 27 our little cub has an 85% chance of survival if it should make an unexpected early arrival.

I mentioned in my last post that I was looking forward to going on maternity leave at the start of September. Unfortunately, my work is going through a very turbulent time and I am not convinced it will be able to continue for much longer. Although I have qualified for Statutory Maternity Allowance (the 1st 6 weeks at 90% pay and then £139 per week for 32 weeks), if my company goes into administration or receivership, I will not receive it. I will be able to claim Maternity Allowance from the government, which is also £139 per week, but I will miss out on the first 6 weeks at 90% pay. I have put in a request with work to go on maternity leave a month earlier, which will hopefully allow me to receive what I am entitled to before the business implodes. I will miss out on a month of wages, but I will hopefully get the 6 weeks 90%…. Eugh, it is a confusing gamble. I don’t need this stress.

How pregnant: 27 weeks.

How feeling: Good. I’m starting to feel tired again now though. The cub is getting heavier and my muscles are aching by the end of the day. 

Any symptoms: Puking and tiredness.

Any cravings: Mango chutney… Mmmmm.

Weight gain: Up 2lb on last week. 13lbs up from starting weight.

Waist measurement: 33.4″

Bump measurement: 37.5″

Maternity clothes: A lot of my pre pregnancy clothes are getting a bit snug now. I might need to get a few more tops to get me through the last few months.

Who knows: Everyone.

Looking forward to: Blood tests next Friday to check that everything is ok. I luckily don’t need to do the ‘Lucozade’ test for gestational diabetes as I have no family history of it, no cultural triggers or high BMI.