I thought I would start writing this at 35 weeks, before I forget everything because I forget everything at the moment, mostly how to speak. I can’t even find the simplest of words!
Anyway I am going to write this post slightly differently, in list format.
- I need to go to the toilet all of the time. Like sometimes twice within a ten minute period! This makes trips out more difficult and I always need to know where the nearest toilet is! I also wake several times in the night for a wee.
- My hair does not get greasy any more! I can go at least 5 days between washes!!! This has been a revelation as a previously every other day plus a healthy dose of dry shampoo in between girl … and an amazing time saver (shame it does not last). I asked on Insta and most said this lack of grease reverted back after birth with the best I heard, that it lasted 5 months post partum. I don’t remember this with either of my other pregnancies but I had cropped hair then so may not have noticed. I will enjoy it while I can!
- I went on holiday with the children and a week of doing very little was so good for me (in spite of rubbish weather). The midwife has said I should try not to work right up to the end and I am going to listen to her! The holo lilo was a godsend for lying on my front, and now I have a cover for it I am going to use it in labour too. I also loved my Seafolly bikini (in a bigger size than usual) and cover up both from Coco Bay, which will fit me way beyond pregnancy. https://www.cocobay.co.uk/manufacturers/seafolly#swimwearhttps://www.cocobay.co.uk/beachwear/women-kaftans.html
- The baby kicks are severe now. I can literally see little points sticking out of my tummy (hands or feet) when I get a big kick at the side.
- Braxton Hicks have started and I am getting them most days. Sometimes just a tightening feeling, other times more cramp like. Update at 39 weeks these are very regular and much more like real contractions/ surges.
- My heartburn is really bad. I am on Omeprozole, which is on prescription from the GP but it hasn’t alleviated it completely and I have been sick from it a few time.
- Also related to the above… burping is off the scale. Sipping drinks seem to be better than just drinking water.
- There is definitely less room in my tummy and my appetite is less. When I have eaten too much (ie a normal sized meal) I have felt sick, heartburn is bad etc etc Smaller more frequent meals are better.
- I am biiiiiig. Everyone keeps saying so. It is getting a bit annoying now. “Really you have 5 weeks left?”, “But you are so big”, “But you are so low!” etc etc. Grrrrrrr. Also was told I would have to get to extra gym sessions after this baby comes by one person! No one (apart from friends and fam) has touched my bump though, which I am pleased about. Midwife says being bigger is normal with the third baby.
- I did the Baby Show for a long weekend (top pic). Even though I had lots of help and left early every day it was too much at 37 weeks and after that I have really been taking it easy work wise. Listen to your body!
- My pelvis has mostly been ok and I have not needed to wear the support belt constantly (ie round the house) but I do to walk to school. The walk to school, though only 10 mins can be a killer (especially the hill) and I am puffing and panting by the time I get to the top of it.
- I have reduced the amount of exercise to only a couple of times a week as I noticed more aches on days I had done it. Update by week 37/38 I have stopped exercising and walking to school (10 mins) is about my limit. A long walk at the weekend wiped me out. Def feeling my age this time as last time I exercised right up to birth date.
- The cot has been built, the nursery has been plastered and painted and I have been loving creating a space for my baby. Definitely my favourite room in the house and I like to go and faff in there!
- The midwife came round for a birth prep talk with me and the boyf and he is reading the Positive Birth Company Hypnobirthing book. We are almost ready for you baby!
- I am going to pack a baby bag this week and get my Tiba and Marl out. Even though I am planning a home birth, it is recommended to have a bag packed a) for ease and b) just in case you end up transferring to hospital.
- Update: I am now 39 weeks and have had 3 false starts where I had regular contractions for 2-3 hours that then tailed off and went nowhere. My body is definitely getting prepared and I was not aware that false labours are a thing but loads of you have had similar.
- I have had fresh pineapple, curry (was sick from the heartburn afterwards), rasberry leaf tea and done a labour dance (google it!!). In fact the two occassions I did the labour dance I ended up having the false labour so my body was clearly not quite ready!