I am officially in my third trimester and 6 months pregnant – and boy am I feeling it! Tiredness, winter colds and an increase in antenatal appointments – plus that ever growing bump – are making it hard to forget that I’m pregnant anymore. Here’s how I’ve been getting on since my last update.
I am 28 weeks and officially in the third trimester!
Days Till Due Date
Estimated Size of Baby
Baby is the size of an an eggplant! They are on average 14.8 inches long and 2.2 pounds.
My Weight Gain
I haven’t actually weighed myself in ages, so weighed myself for this update and have gained 18lbs. I think I was the same when I was pregnant with Alfie, the majority of my weight gain happened in the last few weeks of pregnancy.
Symptoms So Far
So last time I spoke about being told I have possible sciatica. Well it seems a trip to the doctors was the cure – it has completely disappeared on it’s own with no physio or treatment required. It’s very strange as it was so painful for so many weeks and then as soon as I spoke to someone about it, it’s gone! I’m not complaining and am pleased not to have to have any extra appointments to go to!
I’ve had a fair few appointments since my last update. I’ve had a standard midwife check-up at 26 weeks for the usual checks which all went ok. This was the first appointment where they measure your bump to see how it’s growing. I was warned that the first measurement is usually smaller than it should be, but I wasn’t at all surprised when it actually showed I was 30cm, so measuring 2 weeks ahead of where I should be. I think these should be taken with a pinch of salt, as everyone seems to measure differently. I was also measuring on point with Alfie, and look how big he turned out to be! I also have had my flu jab, whooping cough and Anti-D injections. For anyone who hasn’t heard of Anti-D, it’s basically a jab you need if you have a negative blood group. There is a risk that if you have a baby with positive blood, your body thinks they are not meant to be there, so can start attacking the baby! The way I understand it is that it’s more important for prevention of miscarriages with subsequent pregnancies. If your baby does have positive blood when they’re born, you will be given a second jab. More information can be found on the NHS website here.
I also had a Glucose Tolerance Test (GTT) to test if I may have gestational diabetes. I was sent for this due to Alfie being a big baby. The test was ok – I basically had to fast for 12 hours before hand, then had a blood test. Then I was given a sugary drink to take and had to sit for 2 hours doing nothing. Then I had a second blood test. Now I’m just awaiting my results. It will be horrible if I do have it, so I have everything crossed that I don’t – it’s horrible waiting for an update though! After this, I had another midwife check up with my Anti-D injection. I am still measuring ahead according to bump size, but everything else was fine. I booked in for an appointment with my consultant after my growth scans.
Still nothing to report by way of cravings or Aversions – I have to admit I’ve been eating lots of sugary things but not sure if that’s a craving or just Christmas!!
I am still feeling pretty big for how far along I am, although lots of people tell me I’m not! I am bigger than my friend who is 4 weeks ahead of me, but it’s her first pregnancy and she’s tiny anyway so I always knew I’d be bigger than her! The bump is very low, and hard and my kicks are all very low down. The midwife thinks the baby might be breech at the moment which is why the kicks are so low!
Any Stretch Marks?
Thankfully no new ones, just my old ones are more obvious now.
Yes, loads! This baby is definitely not as active as I remember Alfie being, but it may be that my placenta is cushioning the blow, or the position he’s in means the kicks are not as hard. Definitely a kicker though and I love the little prods and pokes I get.
What I’ve Been Struggling With
I’ve generally been feeling a bit “off” these past few weeks. A constant cold and tiredness is hard, plus we’ve just been so busy I don’t rest as much as I probably should. However, it definitely could be a lot worse so I’m happy that I’ve not been feeling too awful.
What I’ve Been Surprised About
How disorganised I am. I am the queen of organisation yet I haven’t sorted anything for this baby yet – no nursery has been decorated yet, no crib set up, no clothes washed and put away. I think because we have everything somewhere in the house, I’m not stressing about it…yet!
There seem to be lots of appointments coming up – now we’ve got the third trimester, it seems to be constant check ups! If I’m diagnosed with GD, there will be more, but as it is, there’s midwife appointments every 3 weeks now and growth scans every 4, plus anything else that crops up in between! I’m counting down the weeks to maternity leave (just 8 working weeks left) and with Christmas on it’s way, it’s going to be here before we know it!!