Category: PREGNANCY

37 + 4  Weeks Pregnant – I’m not sure I’m ready!

37 + 4 Weeks Pregnant – I’m not sure I’m ready!

Today I am 37+4 weeks pregnant. Despite her antics this weekend (reduced movements & mild contractions all day Sunday)  and the fact that I am constantly reminded that baby really could come at any time now, I am convinced that she will keep us waiting as […]

To push or not to push? (writing my birth plan)

To push or not to push? (writing my birth plan)

So, with D Day being a mere 3 weeks away and after last weeks scare, it’s time to really sit down and think about my Birth Plan. I think I’ve said before that as well as we can plan things, at the end of the […]

Reduced Fetal Movements at 36+5 Weeks Pregnant

Reduced Fetal Movements at 36+5 Weeks Pregnant

Well there really is never a dull moment around here and our little drama baby is definitely living up to her name! After a stressful few days, we ended up on the antenatal ward at the hospital yesterday after our normally super active baby decided she didn’t really feel up to too much wriggling.

I’d been really busy & distracted for most of the day, so when at around 4ish Sean came home from work and I had a lay down while he had a bath I realised that I couldn’t really remember the last time I’d felt her moving around. I could feel where she was – her bum was sticking out of my side, but there were none of the normal pokes and wriggles.

I tried all the normal things that would normally prompt her to move – poked &I prodded, drank a cold drink, laid on my side and once none of those had worked I had a bath. She goes crazy when I have a bath so that was sure to get her going.

Nothing.

As you’ve probably gathered by now if you stop by here regularly, I am a huge supporter & follower of Kicks Count. Having run a campaign to support their work last year, the importance of monitoring a baby’s movements and reporting any changes has been at the forefront of my mind throughout this pregnancy and so I have been pretty hot on tracking our baby’s movement pattern from the moment those first flutters started. Even still, despite everything I know, everything I say to other Mama’s who experience a drop or change in movements, I hesitated when it came to calling the maternity unit. I knew they were flat out – my friend is currently there having been induced – and I didn’t want to make a fuss, she was probably just in a different position or hiding behind my anterior placenta. And then I gave myself a bloody good talking to. I would never forgive myself if anything were to be wrong.

So after speaking to two really lovely midwives, who were only to pleased that I’d called we jumped in the car and made our way in. Of course, having not felt her at all through the day, as we sat in the waiting room baby gave the most gigantic kick. They were still keen to get us in and pop me on the monitor to check everything was as it should be, and thankfully after 40 minutes we were assured that baby was doing okay and told we could go home, however I was told to keep an eye out for any developments as the monitor had shown I was having early contractions!

Well, here we are nearly 24 hours later and this little one is back to her bladder jumping, tummy morphing self and still seemingly staying firmly put. I’ve had some dull period pain-like cramps and back ache but so far nothing else to report on the labour front.

Like I said, never a dull moment, and as we turn 37 weeks tomorrow, I have to wonder if baby might surprise us all and come a little bit early. Only time will tell.

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It’s not just me anymore

It’s not just me anymore

In just a few weeks, this tiny little wriggler living in my tummy will join us in the outside world. I will have a daughter who relies on me and her Daddy for everything. For food, drink, a home. For love, guidance and protection. From […]

The Final Countdown

The Final Countdown

Today marks the beginning of two weeks annual leave from work that lead to the official start of my maternity leave. It also means that we are only one month away from our due date! I feel like it has taken both a life time and next to […]

35 Weeks Pregnant

35 Weeks Pregnant

So, here we are then. Today I am 35 + 2 weeks pregnant and while the weeks really are flying by the days feel like they last forever! The extra energy I mentioned in my last update seems to be long gone. I am super tired most of the tie and and that nausea from the first trimester is threatening to rear its head again… thankfully this time I’m ready with more capri suns than Tesco can stock and a bag full of maoams for when I need an instant sugar hit.

This week is my last week at work ahead of maternity leave, so I am hoping that a break from the early mornings and some time at home will ease the tiredness a little before the baby induced sleepless nights start – not that sleep is that easy to come by at the moment anyway. Over the last fortnight, I’ve finally accepted that I really need to slow down the pace a little and so I’ve cleared my diary pretty much until the baby comes.

The lasst to weeks have seen some exciting deliveries arrive at our house including our pushchair – the Joolz Geo Mono -, a snuzpod (thank you Jennie!) and the last few bits for baby’s room. Not to mention the 300 photos from my maternity shoot and baby shower  landing in my inbox that Alison suprised me with early!

The rate at which my tummy is growing blows my mind a little bit. Each morning I wake up and wonder if it’s really possible to get any bigger! I am rapidly outgrowing my current maternity wardrobe and suddenly cannot stand anything tight over my bump. Taking advice from some lovely tweeps, I headed to Primark after work today to stock up on a load of oversized, loose fitting basics. Nothing particularly pretty, but right now I just want to be comfortable. 35 weeks pregnant

I had a bit of a panic that I would never be able to lose the baby weight I’ve gained during pregnancy once baby arrives and ended up googling post natal weightloss tips at 3am one morning last week. Completely ridiculous I know. You’ll be pleased to know I have myself a telling off and have thought very little on the matter since… now pass me the ice cream would you? Aside from this minor lapse, pregnancy had made me so much more body confident. I really do love having a bump. This body has been growing a whole human being over the last 8 moths or so, I need to give it a bit more credit.

The only other thing to report about me this week is that I finally got to see my consultant today! We talked through everything that had been concerning us and it’s been agreed that I can head straight to the maternity unit at Pembury to have the baby rather than going to the birthing centre in Maidstone.

As for baby, she is measuring roughly the size of a honeydew melon (my eyes are starting to water as the fruit comparisons continue to get bigger!) and she is wriggling like a trouper as ever. As we near the end of my pregnancy, she is starting to move further down your pelvis ready for D-day. Over the next few weeks, her main task is to simply put on weight & increase her fat to 30%.

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A Must Have Wardrobe Essential for your Maternity Photo Shoot

A Must Have Wardrobe Essential for your Maternity Photo Shoot

When I booked my pregnancy photo shoot, I knew straight away the kind of looks & feel I wanted to achieve. I’d chosen three different settings for each different look – our home for intimate bare bump shots, my baby shower to capture the family celebrations […]

My Maternity Photo Shoot with Alison Lewis Photography

My Maternity Photo Shoot with Alison Lewis Photography

One of the things I knew I always wanted to do during my pregnancy was to have a professional maternity photo shoot. I have swooned over beautiful bump photos of friends and fellow bloggers over the years and have spent many an hour flicking through […]