Well the last 4 weeks have just flown by. The run up to Christmas has been manic, so the time has gone so quickly, hence why this post is sooo late! I only have a few weeks left at work (8 working days in fact!) and then I’ll be a lady of leisure until this one decides to make an appearance – I can’t wait! I have a million and one things to do before I finish work but I’m sure everything will get done and then I can relax.
Here’s how I’ve been getting on since my last update.
How Many Weeks Am I?
Days Till Due Date
Estimated Size of Baby
Baby is as big as a squash. They are on average 16.6 inches long and 3.75 pounds.
My Weight Gain
I’ve actually stopped weighing myself. I’m not as bothered this time how much I weigh. I would like to weigh myself just before I have the baby, but for now I’m going to avoid the scales. That has nothing at all to do with the fact Christmas is coming up!!
Symptoms So Far
I’ve not had any of your obvious symptoms in this pregnancy, which have been a blessing. I occasionally get sore hips if I’ve been sitting at my desk for too long, but other than that I’ve been pretty symptom free so I can’t complain!
Since my last update, I’ve had the usual midwife appointments. My GTT results came back clear which I was so, so pleased about! I had been really worrying about them.
I’ve also had two growth scans. At my first one, the baby was measuring above average, but still within centiles so everything was deemed fine. However, at my second growth scan, his measurements hadn’t actually changed much, meaning he had dropped 2 centiles. I was sent to the antenatal clinic straight away to talk to a midwife, and luckily the consultant was in that day so he reviewed the results as well. I have been told that whilst it’s slightly concerning as they would have expected him to grow a bit more since the last scan, he’s still a good size and they will just keep an eye on it. As I have a midwife appointment next week, and another growth scan booked in at 36 weeks, they are going to wait and see what happens then. However, if he hasn’t grown much again, they might need to look at getting him out a bit early to see why – although they said nothing would usually be done before 37 weeks anyway. I’m not too worried about this as I know that growth scans can be inaccurate (my sister was told similar with my nephew, they thought he had stopped growing so delivered him early. She was expecting a tiny 6lb baby and got a nearly 9lb whopper!)
No cravings at all! Still have a slight aversion to olives, and also found that I’m not a fan of Chinese, but I think that is due to the salt. I can just taste it so much more in pregnancy!
I’m not feeling as big as I was. I think I popped out quickly and now seem to have slowed down. I think my bump is really funny as it just sticks out and is kind of flat on the top. My belly button is almost a full outie, but not quite so does look a bit funny. It’s funny because I get a mix of comments from people about my size – some saying I am very big, some saying they’re surprised how far along I am as I’m not huge! I think it depends what I wear too as sometimes I’ll see people two days in a row and they say I look completely different! When I compare my bump now to my bump at the same stage with Alfie you can see I was a pretty similar size (I’m not sure if that is reassuring or not given how big he was!) The one thing I do notice is how low my bump is now – something else I often get told!
Any Stretch Marks?
No new ones, just my old ones are more obvious now. My skin has been really dry recently so I’ve been better at using my moisturiser, so hoping this keeps any new stretch marks at bay!
The movements with this baby are funny. He is so lazy! Rather than kicks, I seem to get moments where my belly will just go rigid and hard and I can tell he’s moving around. The scan showed he’s not breech anymore, but I have been getting kicks in my hips which is really strange!
What I’ve Been Struggling With
I have had an awful cough and cold for nearing 5 weeks now which has just been horrible – I also seem to have infected my whole office! It just sucks because I couldn’t take anything and it’s really been making me miserable!
What I’ve Been Surprised About
How negative I’ve been. I’ve really not enjoyed this pregnancy and haven’t stopped moaning the whole way through – I actually feel sorry for Craig! I hate feeling like this and it makes me sound so ungrateful but I just can’t wait for the baby to be here now.
I have 8 days left at work, and then my final growth scan. Once I’ve had that, I’ll be chatting with the consultant to discuss if I’m going ahead with a vbac or C-section (I still haven’t decided) and then I’ll be very busy trying to organise this house before the baby arrives. I’m convinced he’s going to come early, but I hope he gives me a few weeks at least to decorate the nursery and sort his clothes and cribs. I’m quite chilled about it all, newborns don’t need much – clothes can be bought easily and we have his car seat, I have boobs, so really we’re all set!