36 weeks. Wow. How am I 36 weeks already?! It seems like only yesterday I took that test to confirm what I’d suspected for a few weeks but never really thought was true. I am now one day away from officially being “full term” and knowing the baby can come at any point. I have left work and am on maternity leave, ready to finish the prep for the new arrival. My best friend had her first baby last week, which has just made everything a lot more exciting! She was week earlier though, so I’m slightly in panic mode about how much I have left to do…
Here’s how I’ve been getting on since my last update.
How Many Weeks Am I?
Days Till Due Date
22 days to go!
Estimated Size of Baby
Baby is as big as a papaya! He is 18.7 inches long and weighs on average 5.73 pounds.
My Weight Gain
I did have a sneaky weigh yesterday and have put on 10lbs since my last weigh a few months ago – exactly 2 stone in total! I’d put on almost 3 stone with Alfie by this point so I’m happy with that (although looking back now, my weight gain with Alfie was definitely water weight where I was so swollen – I still have my wedding rings on now which I’d removed weeks ago with Alfie!)
Symptoms So Far
Well if nesting is a symptom, that has well and truly hit!
I had my final growth scan today. Little man is growing very well – a little too well it seems! After a bit of a worrying scan last time, where I was told they had concerns that he hadn’t grown enough, it seems he has made up for it and is well ahead if where he should be. Although some people would worry about having a big baby, as I expect it more worrying if I had a small baby! So I am very pleased with the results today. I also saw the consultant was happy with the scan and happy with my decision about delivery. Delivery method is still up in the air and I am just going to see what happens. A c-section is looking likely, but I’m also open to a vaginal birth if I should go into labour before the date the c-section is booked.
Still nothing! Been a bit disappointed this pregnancy to not have any weird and wonderful cravings!
I think I’ve finally slowed down! I’m not measuring big anymore and have settled in to a nice round bump – albeit extremely low! I never had that feeling of the baby stopping with Alfie, but I’ve definitely had it this time – just very bizarre is all I can say!
Any Stretch Marks?
Bump is well and truly stretched now!! I’ve been having very dry skin so have been moisturising more but I know that actually it’s probably more important to get that bio oil on the belly after the baby is here to reduce the scaring from the stretching. I can a few new ones at the top of the bump that are a bit itchy which has been annoying.
Definitely! They’re more full on body movements rather than little kicks now so he’s definitely taking up lots of space in there. I have no idea which way round he is as I can feel digs in hip and ribs at the same time! So it’s hard to figure out what’s what. Also been having lots of Braxton hicks which are fun…
What I’ve Been Struggling With
Not much now – it’s surprising how much happier I am since I’ve left work. The commuting got to me a lot more than I thought it would, and I struggled so bad to stay focused at work. I have to admit that pregnancy definitely plays with my brain and I’m not as efficient as I usually am – not good for a PA! But I feel like a weight has been lifted and I can now concentrate on my family for the next year without the worry of work.
What I’ve Been Surprised About
That I have 3 weeks to go and it’s only now I’m finally enjoying being pregnant!! Which is a real shame, but that’s what happens when you have so much going on. Second pregnancies are definitely harder than first pregnancy – not necessarily physically, but for me it’s been more mentally challenging.
This may be my last bump update! I will do one at 38 weeks if I get that far, but I’m pretty sure I’m not going to make it to 40 weeks this time. Hopefully the next time I write, it will be with a baby in my arms and not in my belly. I am looking forward to relaxing a bit more in these last few days/weeks and then embracing the chaos of life with a toddler and a newborn!