Friday, 30 October 2015

Pregnancy Blog: Week 38

Another week has gone by, and I can't believe that next week is my actual due date! Thoughts are definitely now turning to when baby will make an appearance.  Even though admittedly, most weeks I've thought I've been in labour, I think I might go over by a few days. We shall see! 

I really think the end of pregnancy is such a mixture of emotions. I'm sad that my pregnancy and the miracle that I've grown and carried a baby is coming to end. But then I'm excited to meet our new son or daughter.  I'm nervous for labour, but then I feel ready to take on the challenge(some days). It feels like normal time and the world around me is somehow suspended in these last few weeks, as I'm in my own pregnancy bubble. 

Baby feels really low down now, and sometimes it feels like baby is actually going to drop out if I move to quickly.  There is definitely alot of pressure down there!

I'm getting alot of Braxton Hicks too and I know when I'm overtired, as they get stronger and more frequent as they have done for the past month.  Last night I had alot of cramps, but after going to bed early I've felt fine this morning.  

I've really had trouble sleeping these last few nights.  I get to sleep OK, but if I wake in the night or early morning, I really struggle to get back to sleep.  My mind just starts racing about labour and things I need to do.  I vaguely remember this happening towards the end of my first pregnancy. 

I've been doing alot of batch cooking this week, to the point where my husband has told me to stop as there is no physical space in our quite big freezer!! It feels a bit like I'm cooking for the end of the world and that all shops and fresh produce will become extinct once baby is here, but I just know I won't feel up to cooking in a few weeks.  And I am obviously a bit obsessed with being over-prepared!

The jury is out as to whether its a boy or a girl, and I would say most people seem to be split.  This pregnancy has felt so different to my daughters though, and I don't know if that is because this could be a little boy, or just because every pregnancy is different. 

With my daughter I had really severe indigestion, and I must have guzzled about 6 big bottles of Gaviscon during the course of my pregnancy.  I've only had really mild indigestion this time round. And this pregnancy I would say I was much, much sicker with morning (!) sickness and it went on for much longer.  This baby also feels more wriggly and active than my daughter did.  We shall see what this all means! 

I seem to have read lots of labour books this week and my views of labour have changed quite dramatically.  I thought I would just go with the flow again, but I'm now leaning towards a water birth, just because I've read so many positive things about them.  I really want to try and stay in the moment more this time round.  With my daughter, I felt I got so overwhelmed around 5cm dilated and that's when I needed an epidural.  I've read alot about taking contractions one at a time, we shall see if I can put this into practice.  

I think part of me just wants to experience labour without being hooked up to the monitors and having to lie on my back with an epidural.  Not that it was terrible or horrific first time round because it wasn't.  But I think I just want to see if I can feel more in control and try and experience it differently.  Obviously, the most important thing is that me and baby are OK, and a safe delivery and healthy baby are the things that matter the most. 

My hormones have been all over the place this week.  I have had at least three break-downs, one involving talking about a water birth with my husband (don't ask), and my skin just feels terrible too. I've been applying serums and face masks galore, but it just doesn't look great at the moment.  

This morning at breakfast I asked my husband if I should get all of my hair chopped off, and he sat me down and said he really wouldn't be able to cope if I didn't like it and maybe to wait until after baby comes.  I think these are wise words.  I think I'm a woman on the edge people! As I said in my last pregnancy blog, I'm really in no rush for these last few moments of being pregnant to go quickly, but I have feeling my husband might now be thinking otherwise!

So could this be my last pregnancy blog as I head into my 39th week? In all honesty I think I will still be blogging next week, but I will be sure to keep my social media updated with any developments!

Have a great weekend and thanks for reading, 

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  1. Aw so close and exciting! Labour is the best thing try to look forward to it and enjoy it.. as much as you can :) xx

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