Category: THIRD TRIMESTER

Bunnies for Babies – Fundraising for Kicks Count at Easter

Bunnies for Babies – Fundraising for Kicks Count at Easter

A few weeks ago, Kicks Count launched their Bunnies for Babies campaign to encourage followers to help raise money and awareness for their amazing work over Easter by taking on a virtual run or walk. It’s exactly a year ago today that I completed the […]

Arvossa Baby Box Review

Arvossa Baby Box Review

I’ve written before about the importance of creating places in our home for our baby to sleep safely, safe sleep has been a priority for us from the very start of this pregnancy journey and I’ve taken great care to invest in high quality products […]

33 Weeks Pregnant

33 Weeks Pregnant

Maternity PhotoshootWe’ve had a really really busy few weeks hence this little update being over a week and a half late! Since hitting the thirty week mark and the big wedding weekend, I’ve managed to squeeze in a two day trip to Brighton with work, two midwife appointments, three mammoth shopping trips for our Easter Fundraising weekend for Kicks Count, a day of labelling 200 Easter Eggs ready for the tombola, days of clearing out and decorating our house, a maternity photoshoot, my baby shower and… well, the list goes on. All while still at work. Honestly, I think this is the first time I’ve sat down in the last three and a bit weeks without a huge list of things I have to do looming over me. Granted, there is still a list, but I’m almost through it. Also, between now and the last update one of my bump buddies gave birth to her beautiful twin boys!

I’ve felt better throughout the third trimester than I have for the the entirety of this pregnancy – I’ve been so much more active and had a whole load of energy (until this week that is!). I did have a bit of a funny turn last Monday with strange pains spreading across the top of my bump and middle of my back every five minutes and lasting about 20 seconds and a stupidly fast heart rate. It passed by dinner time though so we’ve put it down to Braxton Hicks or baby sitting on a nerve. The only other things I’ve really struggled with is getting comfortable at night so I’ve been making extra use of my Dreamgenii pregnancy pillow from Apples & Pips. I’ve also had a real slump in appetite and have been getting full really really quickly – probably something to do with the lack of room in there. My feet have been swelling up after busy days and I have to go to the loo about 1000000 times a day (okay slight exaggeration there). Bump has definitely taken growing to a whole new level over the last few weeks and I feel as though I’ve almost doubled in size. 33 weeks pregnant

I mentioned above that I’ve had two midwife appointments since the thirty week update, and they couldn’t have been more different. At 31 weeks + 2, my midwife showed concerns for baby’s heartbeat (she could not find it for some time and when she did, it was slow and nowhere near as clear as at previous appointments) and bump had not grown as much as my chart suggested it should. I was also showing signs of a UTI in my urine sample but after a few pokes a prods though, she seemed to almost forget all about it and we were back in the chairs talking about where I would be having the baby.

I have made it very clear from the start that I plan to give birth at our local maternity unit rather than the birthing centre. They are about a 20 minute drive from eachother, and with our genetic history, my recent surgery and my blood type I want to be where the doctors are in case anything should go awry. Not to mention my Mum’s history of placental abruption when she had me.  I know the hospital well, I was there on the maternity ward for my operation and we went there for both early scans. It just seems like it’s the right thing for us. Sadly, it seems my midwife did not agree. There was a lot of pressure from her to choose the midwife led birthing center, despite all of the above, she considered my pregnancy low risk… that was until I reminded her of all of the above and she suddenly panicked and flicked back through my notes. It turns out I should have been seeing a consultant every four weeks throughout my pregnancy, and not just whichever midwife showed up at my sporadic appointments. Credit to her, she called the consultants office straight away for a referral and said I’d hear in the next couple of days when my appointment would be, after that we would discuss further where I should have the baby. I heard a week and a half later, by letter, that my first and only appointment with the consultant will be at 36 weeks.

I was hoping for a little more consistency and a bit of reassurance at my appointment this Monday just gone. Truthfully, in the four minutes I was in the room, my midwife showed little to no interest in my wellbeing. She measured bump who is now measuring a week ahead, took my urine sample & found baby’s heartbeat quickly this time. When I asked about making more solid plans for birth, she told me I had to wait to see the consultant before even considering thinking about it. And that was the end of the appointment. Off home I was sent. I had not been given a chance to tell her about my funny turn, swelling or anything else for that matter. I can’t help but feel a little let down by the care provided throughout this pregnancy. I just hope that they are more on top of things when it comes to delivery!

Aside from appointments, the rest of the bits we’ve been up to have been rather lovely. We’ve been doing lots of preparing for baby’s homecoming including making the finishing touches to baby’s nursery, decorating our bedroom, another baby clothing haul and a wonderful maternity photoshoot. My friends also threw me a really lovely baby shower at the weekend which I will tell you all about soon.

Maternity Photoshoot 1
A sneak peek from my Maternity Photoshoot with Alison Lewis Photography
Check out baby's latest clothing haul!
Check out baby’s latest clothing haul!

Baby is now roughly the size of a pineapple! A pineapple! She weighs between 3&4lb and is head down. According to Bounty.com she could already have a full head of hair and her bones are a lot more solid now. The amount of amniotic fluid is at a whole new low as baby continues to grow and take up more room which would explain the sharper stabs when it comes to her moving! She’s also taken quite a shine to poking my bladder!

I’ve a few lovely review posts coming up for you this week so keep your eyes peeled for these a long with some more on our Baby Shower, recent purchases and my photoshoot with Alison Lewis Photography. 

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Counting Baby Kicks – Review & Giveaway

Counting Baby Kicks – Review & Giveaway

Today I am 31 + 4 weeks pregnant, and if you have been following my pregnancy updates you will have noticed that I talk about our baby’s movements A LOT. In fact, if you were a reader here before I fell pregnant, you’ll know I’ve […]

Baby Girl Clothing Haul #2

Baby Girl Clothing Haul #2

So, a few weeks back, after splurging at The Baby Show, I put myself on a baby buying ban. We had the nursery to decorate, a list of to-do’s for around the house and some saving to do in time for my maternity leave to start and […]

30 Weeks Pregnant

30 Weeks Pregnant

Here we are then, 30 weeks pregnant and finally past a milestone I’ve been working to in my head for weeks! Since around 24 weeks I’ve split my pregnancy up into little chunks to try and avoid that feeling of having forever to go and it’s definitely working. Between now and our due date, I have planned something for every fortnight to work to so that the focus isn’t solely on waiting for that all important 40 week mark and our baby’s impending arrival.

Week 29 was pretty much jam packed with appointments. From meeting my actual (completely uninterested) named midwife, physio and a trip to the hospital to talk about my blood type and get the Anti D injection. This last appointment was quite daunting and as we left we decided we are just going to wrap bump up in bubble wrap until she’s ready to come out. Because of my blood type being rhesus negative, the hospital midwife has recommended that we call the hospital after any knock, nudge or bash to the bump as even the slightest trauma could potentially cause an internal bleed and the baby’s blood could get into my blood stream. This is fine if the baby is also rhesus negative, but if she’s not it poses a risk to both me & any future children we have. Anyone who knows me will appreciate how clumsy I am and how often I just walk into things so if you need me I will just be sitting over here in the corner surrounded by cushions. 

Our excitement as a couple really seemed to take to a new level in week 30 as we continued to make preparations for her arrival. The nursery is very nearly finished (Full tour coming soon) and we’ve been talking a lot about how much our life will change when baby comes. Making that connection between the wriggling in my tummy and the person she will be when she arrives is still something my brain is struggling to digest! We have had a few funny moments this week where I’ve been woken up in the middle of the night by cramp in my legs and shouted out in shock where Sean has thought baby was on her way so I’ve packed a mini hospital bag filled with the bare essentials just in case, which I will look to pack properly in the next couple of weeks. Other than that, a lot of the week was taken up by the final preparations for the family wedding of the year at which I was a bridesmaid on Saturday. Being a bridesmaid at 30 weeks pregnant with a giant bump was so lovely. pregnant bridesmaid 2

Symptoms wise, aside from being super tired by the end of the day and it getting more difficult to get up without looking like a turtle stuck its back I’m feeling pretty good. The only thing I could really do without is the vivid nightmares I seem to be having. So far though, I’ve found the third trimester suits me much better than the first & second. Of course, that could all change but for now I am enjoying it. I’ve found myself wanting to really make the most of these last few weeks of pregnancy. 30 weeks pregnant

Baby is now roughly the size of a butternut squash. For her, it’s now all about the fine tuning and getting ready for life outside my tummy. Her lungs are still maturing and her brain is growing and changing to make way for important brain tisue to develop. Mostly though, it’s all about her taking as much nutrients from me as she can in order to obtain the fat she needs to regulate her body temperature when she arrives. She moves ALL THE TIME. It’s as though there is a constant rave going on in my stomach and it’s just the best feeling in the world. I’ve even managed to catch it on camera a few times, and while before she would stop as soon as anyone’s hand came near, she seems to now quite enjoy having a bit of an audience.

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5 Tips for the Pregnant Bridesmaid

5 Tips for the Pregnant Bridesmaid

As you may or may not have seen on social media, I was a bridesmaid at my Uncle & new Aunty’s wedding at the weekend. It was so lovely to get glammed up and spend the day celebrating as a family and I was honoured […]

Introducing My Expert Midwife and finally starting to think about birth

Introducing My Expert Midwife and finally starting to think about birth

As you know, a couple of weeks ago I visited the Baby Show at London Excel with my friend Jennie. I talked about my highlights of the show in my 28 week Pregnancy Update, but I missed out one very exciting part of our day that […]