So that’s me crossed off the 35th week of pregnancy, and with just a week and a half left of work it’s getting really exciting to think that this little man is nearly here.
I arrived home on Saturday, after taking our 4 year old to a birthday party, to find all my lovely girlfriends standing waiting for me on the driveway. They’d only gone and thrown me a surprise baby shower!! And it really was a surprise – I’ve never had one before, and everyone had kept it really secret. Even Hubs, who let me have a bit of a bratty (I blame the hormones) moan earlier in the week after the green eyed monster bit me – another friend is having a shower thrown for her in a few weeks and I was feeling left out. Little did I know they’d been planning mine since February!
We played some games, ate a lot of food and just spent a few hours chatting. It was lovely to have all my favourite people in one room, as some of my friends hadn’t met one another and I got to introduce them to my step-daughter, mum-in-law and my mum. I was so touched at the effort made, and I was reminded just how lucky I am to know such a wonderful group of women.
That’s a nice head-space to be in as I drag myself through the last few weeks of pregnancy. So how have things progressed since I last updated at 30 weeks?
Body at 35 weeks
- I swing from thinking I’ve not grown much, to feeling bloody enormous! My H&M maternity trousers are uncomfortable around my bump now and leave an unflattering muffin-top look halfway up, and I certainly feel heavier when trying to get comfy in bed or on the sofa! But when I look down, or when I’m in my workout gear, I don’t see a big change. I’m still “all bump” and can still see my waist, which is a new thing for me because I usually just swell out in all directions!
- I’ve put on 5.5lbs since 30 weeks, and I’m hoping most of that is baby…but I have a feeling that’s wishful thinking!
- I’m still pretty symptom-free, but I did have one episode of heartburn that I literally thought was going to kill me from the oesophagus out. It woke me up and left me coughing and struggling to breathe because the stinging and burning was so bad. And I have the most wickedbad trapped wind, I’ve been in agony most nights this week…who knew a lost fart could cause so much pain?!
Mind at 35 weeks
- In general I’m feeling pretty positive, though I could feel myself starting to get a bit defeated now that discomfort and pain are getting to me. It was amazing to have the lift of the baby shower yesterday to catch me before I sank, and put me back on a positive wave length.
- I do have a constant nagging feeling though. We still have a lot of things to get ready, and at times I panic that this will be my first baby to come early and we’ll be caught off-guard! But then I rationalise with myself that my babies always come late, so I do still have time to play with. Hopefully this week I can get the essentials dealt with, and then have time to focus on getting myself prepared!
- Our birth plans are coming together. I already blogged about our plans for a home birth and hopefully will be blogging this week about our water birth plans too. I’m doing a hypnobirth course, so that will probably get it’s own blog post as well! I know plans don’t always come off the way you want (trust me, with one induction and one car park birth under my belt, I know), but I’m planning for the best case scenario this time around. The midwife is coming out for a home visit this week to stake out our joint – fingers crossed my house keeping meets her approval!
Baby at 35 weeks
- With a previous 9lb 7oz baby followed by his 8lb 1oz brother (and daddy being 9lbs 11oz!), a small baby was never on the cards. I was sent for a growth scan last week, and we’re hovering around that 90th centile again. I’m not that bothered with any of that though, as I’ve never heard of anyone whose growth scan got it right, and whatever his size it will be the right size for him, and that will be perfect.
- We have one or two crazy busy periods of movement a day, with other ones in between. He’s head down, but obviously spinning around on it like a breakdancer as at times he’s all limbs to the front, jabbing away at me.
- Still no name. Shortened long-list, but no finalists.
Fuel, Fitness & Rest
- After keeping a good handle on my diet and weight gain between 17 and 30 weeks, I’ve really struggled recently. I’ve not been motivated to keep a food diary, which always signals trouble. I had a craving for a burger this week so had a big indulgent meal, and then there were a lot of cakes (still are, my house is full of them!) at the baby shower which I just didn’t control myself around. And that’s just been this week. I think I’m on track for another big gain, but I’ll make peace with that and just try to be more health-conscious in the weeks I have left.
- My energy levels are pretty good though, even with my less than perfect nutrition. I managed to stay up to 4am at a party a few weeks ago, though I don’t think that’s something I’ll be doing again! But I don’t feel as tired as I did at the start of the 3rd trimester, so I’m enjoying it while it lasts.
- I think a lot of this is because my sleep is still generally as good as it was before pregnancy. I’m usually only up once for the loo, and getting back to sleep isn’t usually an issue either. What a difference to my last pregnancy, and I owe it all to my body pillow.
- I went to my last Clubbercise class at 29 weeks, so I’ve been swimming instead. I’m also keeping up with my strength workouts and yoga too. I’m finding them a little tougher, but besides struggling to motivate myself a bit I’m still pretty regular with my sessions.
So, ticking along nicely. And it makes me feel all warm inside to know that next time I do a recap like this…I’ll be on maternity leave!!