37 weeks pregnant

Looking warm and shiny as I had just got out of the bath.

Today we are 37 weeks and one day pregnant. 

A quiet week in preggerland this week. I was absolutely knackered after the baby shower last week and it took me until Wednesday to feel back to normal again. A few days of watching films and crappy telly in bed was just what I needed!

On Wednesday I had my 36 week check with the midwife, and all is on track. The bump is growing to the chart and my BP and the baby’s heartbeat are fine. Next check up will be at 38 weeks.

In exciting news, the first two of our NCT group babies have arrived! The first came 3 days after her due date and the other came this morning, 16 days early! Eeeek! It is getting very real now! 

How pregnant: 37 weeks.

How feeling: Having a few mild cramps and quite a bit of back ache. I think that the baby has engaged further and so the pressure has increased. I’m having a lot of hot baths!

Any signs of labour? Not sure. The cramps and back ache could be a sign, or it could be wind! 🙂 UPDATE- they were early labour!


Any cravings: Ice water… And crunching the ice cubes is good!

Weight gain: Up 1 stone 8lbs from start weight. 10 stone exactly… Eeeek! Fatty boom boom. 

Waist measurement: 36.5″.

Bump measurement: 42″. 1.5 up on last week! 

Belly button: Outie. Still very lucky on the stretchmark front!

Looking forward to: The health visitor is coming to the house to introduce herself on Wednesday, so it will be nice to meet her. I had better tidy the house and hide the baby murdering equipment. 

36 Weeks Pregnant

Today we are 36 weeks and 1 day pregnant.

All has been quiet on the pregger front this week. No appointments or weird rashes. I did finish packing my hospital bag this week though, so everything is now ready for the go, go, go! We just need to get to 37 weeks and we can have the baby at the low risk birth centre and I can hopefully get my waterbirth.

We received two wonderful parcels all the way from NZ (my OH is a kiwi) this week.one was from my lovely Mother in Law, who sent us a beautiful sheepskin in shades of cream and brown, some really cool baby clothes and a book about Piwi, the lonely kiwi. The other parcel was from my Sister in Law. She is an unbelievably  knitter and had sent us a box of beautiful things. An amazing cable knit blanket, a tiny jumper, a hat, a pair of gloves for me and possibly the cutest bootees the world has ever seen! We also got a tiny All Blacks onesie and a Slinky Malinky book.

We had our ‘non’ baby shower yesterday!

I call it the ‘non’ baby shower as I hate the idea of traditional baby showers with the baby pink and blue, the hideous games and the gifts. Eugh. We decided to just get everyone over for a BBQ and have great food and drink. A last get together before the baby comes.

It was a great day (although exhausting) and we managed not to kill anyone with our food. Result! 

This morning the clean up bagan and I will need a nap in a bit!

How pregnant: 36 weeks.

How feeling: Still struggling to get comfy at night and so I’m still sleeping on the floor. The cat certainly enjoys having an extra sleeping spot. 

Any symptoms: The cub has taken to sticking its big bottom out on the right hand side of my belly first thing in the morning. It is quite painful and I have to almost push it back into the middle. Naughty nugget.

Any cravings: Carbs and sugar. 

Weight gain: Up 1 stone 7lbs from start weight.

Waist measurement: 36.5″.

Bump measurement: 40.5″.

Belly button: Outie. Still no stretchmarks at the moment. 

Looking forward to: A quiet week this week. Midwife appointment on Wednesday. 

35 Weeks Pregnant

Today we are 35 weeks and 2 days pregnant.

In my last post, I wrote about a rash that appeared on my belly. A few hours after posting that, the rash got considerably worse, so I decided to call NHS direct to see what they thought. They went through their list of questions… ‘Does it cover your entire bump? Does it look like you have been scalded? Does it itch?’ Having answered yes to all of the above, the lady said that I needed to be seen within the next 6 hours and that I would get a call back within an hour. This was at 9pm and I received a call back within 15 minutes with an appointment at 10.15pm at the local out of hours hospital centre. We arrived at 10pm and got seen straight away. The doctor checked my BP and urine and did a visual check of the rash, and he wasn’t overly concerned. He said to just keep an eye on it and if it was still there 24hrs later to get a blood test done. We were home and in bed by 10.30pm. What a wonderful service the NHS is! 

Luckily the rash eased off overnight and has now gone completely. Hopefully it was just a heat related thing, but I am glad we got it checked out.

Over the last few weeks I have been finalising my birth preferences. Our NCT teacher recommended that we print it 3 times (one for the maternity notes, one for my OH to carry and a spare for the hospital bag) on bright coloured paper so that it won’t be ignored. It reads as follows:

  • WATER BIRTH PLEASE
  • OH to be my birth partner.
  • Dim lighting.
  • Active labour – please allow me to move around and change position as desired.
  • Labour to be as natural as possible. Breathing, massage and visualisation to be used.
  • Internal examinations to be performed only when necessary – minimal time on my back.
  • Monitoring of baby only when necessary. 
  • DO NOT OFFER ME PAIN RELIEF – I WILL ASK FOR IT IF I NEED IT.
  • Minimal intervention.
  • Student midwife OK.
  • Allow maximum time for the perineum to expand.
  • Support the perineum during crowning with a warm compress if out of water.
  • Avoid episiotomy if possible – allow natural stretching and tearing preferable.
  • OH TO ANNOUNCE THE GENDER.
  • Delayed cord clamping.
  • Skin to skin contact straight after birth.
  • Natural 3rd stage if possible.
  • OH TO CUT THE CORD.
  • Breastfeeding to occur as soon as possible after birth.
  • Vitamin K injection for the baby.

IN THE EVENT OF AN EMERGENCY CAESAREAN:

  • Lower the screen to allow us to see our baby being born.
  • OH to cut the cord.
  • OH to announce the gender.
  • Skin to skin as soon as possible after birth.

We are under no illusions that things will go to completely to plan as things change all the time. However, if we don’t write down our preferences, we might not get any of them. 

How pregnant: 35 weeks.

How feeling: Struggling to sleep as my hips are hurning at night. I am sleeping on the floor on the sofa cushions now as they are much softer. The midwife said that the head is now engaged so that might be putting pressure on my pelvis. 

Any symptoms: The cub’s movements are getting so big they are almost painful now. I feel like my belly is at capacity! 

Any cravings: Still everything terrible for me.

Weight gain: Up 1 stone 6lbs from start weight.

Waist measurement: 36.5″.

Bump measurement: 40″.

Belly button: Outie. Still no stretchmarks…

Looking forward to: The BBQ this weekend. It will be fantastic to have everyone we love in the same place at the same time! 

34 weeks pregnant

Today we are 34 weeks and 2 days pregnant. 

On Monday my Mum and I drove down to Devon to spend a few days in the countryside with my Nan. On a good day, the drive should be about 4.5hours. It was a boiling hot day and just when we felt like we were getting somewhere, the A303 was closed due to a fatal crash. We ended up sitting on the side of the road in the shade, unable to move for 2 hours. That delay, combined with both of us only being able to drive for 30mins to an hour at a time (mum’s new knee and my achey ribs) resulted in the journey taking over 8 hours. Errrgh.

However, once we got there, it was lovely to spend time with my Nan. We went to the beach at Westward Ho! (yes, a real place, exclamation mark included) and paddled in the sea, found a brilliant country pub with a secure childs play area (in the brain bank for future reference) and went to a spa for the day. It was lovely to relax in the pool and have a pedicure. I haven’t been able to reach my feet properly for a while.

On Sunday we had our 3rd and final NCT class. We covered Caesarean sections, looked and inductions, postnatal depression and how to care for the cubs when they arrive. Apparently we now know everything we need to know about labour and keeping a cub alive. Eeeeeek! 

In the last few days I have noticed a rash starting to develop on my bump, chest and arms. See photo of my bump below:

From what I can tell, it is called PUPPPs (pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy.) Sounds delightful doesn’t it. About 1 in 160 preggers get it, usually in the 3rd trimester, and although they don’t know why it appears, they know it is harmless to both mother and baby. One interesting stat though: 70% of PUPPPs ladies are carrying boys…

I have an appointment with my midwife on Wednesday, so I will get her to check it, but hopefully that is what it is. 

How pregnant: 34 weeks.


How feeling: The rib ache is always there. My back is starting to ache and I wake up every time I heave my corpse over in bed. Feeling tired.

Any symptoms: The cub still has hiccups, maybe slightly less often than last week. 


Any cravings: Anything naughty and highly calorific still. 

Weight gain: Up 1 stone 5lbs from start weight. Creeping close to the 10stone mark. Eeeek! 

Waist measurement: 35.5″. No change.

Bump measurement: 39.5″. No change.

Belly button: Outie. Still no stretchmarks, but this rash is making my belly skin feel hot and tight. 

Looking forward to: Our not really baby shower BBQ on the 3rd September. I am busy making decorations and planning food. We also need to buy a BBQ! 

33 weeks pregnant

Today we are 33 weeks and 1 day pregnant. 

I have been off again this week, and it has been filled with yoga, aqua aerobics, walks, naps and general relaxation. Lovely! 

We had our second NCT class yesterday, which was dedicated to breast feeding. We learnt a lot, and I think both the OH and I feel a bit more confident about it now. We are under no illusions that it will be easy, but at least we have a few tricks up our sleeves now. We all went out for lunch afterwards and got on really well, so I am hopeful that we will stay in contact once the cubs arrive.

How pregnant: 33 weeks.


How feeling: The rib ache continues. I can’t wait to not have to deal with this any more! Only 7 more weeks ish. The bump is feeling really heavy now; the cub weighs about 4.5lbs now and it is a struggle to turn over in bed. I need one of those slings they use to move whales and dolphins between tanks. 

Any symptoms: The cub has been very active again, but the hiccups are really consistant now. 2-3 times a day it will have a little bout of the hiccups. It is a good sign that it is exercising its chest muscles and getting ready to use its lungs to screech at us!


Any cravings: Anything naughty and highly calorific. 

Weight gain: Up 1 stone 3lbs from starting weight. 1lb up from last week. 

Waist measurement: 35.5″. No change.

Bump measurement: 39.5″. No change.

Maternity clothes: I am going to try not to buy anything else now. It may be only a few more weeks of pregnancy… worst case 9 weeks. I can cope until then with just a few outfits.

Belly button: Outie. No stretchmarks yet. I am using a combination of Palmers Belly Butter and coconut oil. Fingers crossed!

Looking forward to: A quick trip to Devon next week with my Mum to visit my Nan. I will take a basic hospital bag and my notes, just in case. However, if I feel weird or twingy at any time, we will head back home. 

32 Weeks Pregnant.

Today we are 32 weeks and 2 days pregnant. I am a bit behind in posting this weeks update, but here it is.

Last week was my first week off work, and it was fantastic! I caught up on some reading, went to antinatal yoga, did a swim fit class, ran loads of errands, did some gardening and spent lots of time with my lovely Mum. The yoga class was really good. I was worried that it would be a bit too gentle, but it was a really good workout, focusing on opening the hips and breathing into relaxation. I will be going again. The swim fit class isn’t tailored specifically for pregger types, so I had a chat with the instructor beforehand and I just had to take it easy, and not do any jumping. It was good fun, especially as the average age of the class was about 75. My mum came with me to that one as she is currently recovering from a total knee replacement, so the water is really good for her too.

Most excitingly, yesterday was our first NCT session. The National Childbirth Trust run really informative, in depth, much more natural birth focused antinatal classes than the National Health Service (which have up to 80 people in a room!). We had 6 couples in our group,  all a similar age and with similar lifestyles. It felt really personal, and many NCT classes stay in contact for years after their babies arrive, supporting each other through similar experiences. I am organising our first social for after our next session, so hopefully we all start to get to know each other really well.

The class was really useful, for me but really more for Harlyn. He would not have had the confidence to question the medical professionals before, but I think he knows enough to do so now. He also understands why I want a waterbirth now, and will fight for it when the time comes. 

The next session is focussed on breastfeeding, so that will hopefully give us the knowledge and confidence to support each other through what will be a very challenging time.

How pregnant: 32 weeks.


How feeling: Bloody rib ache! I have to sit on the birthball or on the floor now as the sofa is just unbearably uncomfortable after 2 minutes. Fewer braxton hicks this week, but the cub is active all the time. (Saying that, I am Braxton hicking as I type this!)

Any symptoms: Feeling huge now. Getting out of breath really easily.


Any cravings: Still nothing of note!

Weight gain: Up 1 stone 2lbs from starting weight. I am hungry all the time now…no change there.

Waist measurement: 35.5″.

Bump measurement: 39.5″.

Maternity clothes: My maternity swimsuit was great! 

Belly button: Outie.

Looking forward to: Continuing with our NCT classes. Getting near to the end now! Eeeeek! 

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!