Growing a rainbow baby: 33 & 34 weeks pregnant

Growing a rainbow baby: 33 & 34 weeks pregnant

How big is Baby Button-Nose this week?

At 34 weeks Baby Button-Nose is about the size of an average cantaloupe melon, weighing 2.1kg. (Length: 45cm, head to heel.)

Mood: 

Honestly? I’ve been feeling massively fed up. I’m in so much pain almost constantly that I’m struggling to do ANYTHING. My due date still seems so far away (even though it isn’t, not really) but the thought of being in agony for the next 6+ weeks makes me miserable. I hate moaning about pregnancy aches and pains and usually I just grin and bear it but the last few weeks have been a real struggle.

Aside from from the pain I’m generally feeling a bit ‘meh’. I think I look like a big, fat frump. I’m still waiting for my soddin’ ‘glow’ to arrive.

I also keep having mini panic attacks when I think about giving birth. I’ve started getting super, super nervous about going into labour and y’know, pushing a baby out. I was sat in the waiting room before my midwife appointment and I suddenly thought “Oh crap, I’m going to have a baby”- which was then followed by heart palpitations. I used my Daisy Birthing breathing techniques to calm myself down.

Symptoms: 

Stretching/burning sensation around my rib cage (below my breasts)

Acid reflux

Backache/SPD pain

Bloody nose

Bleeding gums

Occasional cramp in feet

Boobs have been leaking colostrum every single day. I also keep feeling the ‘let down’ sensation.

Skin breakouts.

Highlight of the week(s): 

We booked a last minute Air BnB trip to Norfolk at the weekend. It will almost certainly be our last weekend getaway, just the three of us, before Baby BN arrives. Although it was only two nights away, it was lovely to have a change of scene and spend some quality family time together. We took Jasmine to Dinosaur Adventure Land which she LOVED.

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Baby movements: 

I still can’t quite work out what position baby is in most of the time. I’m pretty sure I’ve felt some little feet sticking high up out at my sides over the last few days which hopefully means baby is head down. Baby BN seems to be most active late morning around 10/11am and in the evenings.

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Fundal measurement: 

At 34+3 my fundal measurement was 32.5cms – right on track. :)

Appointments:

34 week midwife appointment – 

I always really look forward to my midwife appointments because Claire, my midwife,  is so lovely and she always seems to make me laugh and feel relaxed about everything. Blood pressure, pee and bump measurement were all fine. Because I’ve noticed an improvement in my energy levels (finally) she said I wouldn’t need to bother having another blood test to check my iron levels. She was happy for me to just continue taking my tablets. Oh and I am now booked in for a homebirth – eek!

My midwife asked if she could have a feel of baby’s position because she “cannot resist having a prod” even though she said she probably shouldn’t be checking the presentation until my 36 week appointment (I think this is only the case for subsequent babies, not your first one). She said she couldn’t tell if baby was head down or not as my stomach muscles are too tight (I can assure you, they don’t look it).

She also arranged my home visit for my 36 week appointment, unfortunately I don’t think it will be Claire that is coming to see me even though she tried to make sure it was. It will be an hour long appointment to go through all of the practicalities of having a homebirth. (Claire told me that the most important thing to have ready for a homebirth is biscuits for the midwives!)

Things I’m missing: 

Actually quite fancied some pâté this week!

Sleep: 

Not too bad – but I seem to wake up a lot feeling uncomfortable or laying on my back which I know isn’t very good for me and baby at this late stage of my pregnancy. Even though I have always preferred to sleep on my left side, I seem to really struggle to do so at the moment. A big baby lump sticks out into the mattress and it makes me feel queasy so I end up turning over.

Pregnancy/baby related purchases: 

I’m coming to the end of my shopping list now (although I’m convinced I’ve forgotten something important) but my only baby purchase over the last couple of weeks was a Close Caboo baby carrier.

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Doesn’t it look gorgeous?

I didn’t wear Jasmine much when she was a newborn – I found my wrap too fiddly. Obviously with a toddler to wrangle, I’m gonna need my hands free as much as possible when baby arrives so I’m hoping this will be the answer.

The last things on my shopping list are: muslins, our chicco next to me (which I will probably order in the next two weeks), bottles and a steriliser.

 

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Growing a rainbow baby: 31 & 32 weeks pregnant

Growing a rainbow baby: 31 & 32 weeks pregnant

How big is Baby Button-Nose this week?

At 32 weeks  Baby Button-Nose is taking up more and more space in my uterus, weighs about 1.7kg and is as long as a kale. Length: 42.4cm, head to heel.

Mood: 

Pretty good. :) I’ve definitely started nesting and I’m on a complete mission to declutter our house. I’ve also sorted through all of Jasmine’s newborn clothes and washed all of the unisex stuff (I had more than I thought).

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Symptoms: 

Leg cramps

Braxton hicks – albeit not very frequently.

‘Fanny daggers’ – soz.

Really bad lower back pain – and my hips have been clicky too! Ouchie.

Stretching/burning sensation around my ribcage (below my breasts) – it’s pretty much constant and so uncomfortable.

Highlight of the week(s): 

I’ve booked a deep clean of our house for when I’m 36 weeks pregnant and I am so, so excited about this. Because I’m planning a homebirth it was important to me that I don’t feel like the house is dirty and at the moment I always feel like it is because I find it hard to keep on top of the housework. If I do ultimately end up having baby in hospital then I’ll still be glad we have a nice clean home to come back to.

Baby movements: 

I’ve had some big movements over the last couple of weeks, ones that have made me go “ooof” out loud. But generally this baby doesn’t move around all that much. There’s a hard lump that sticks out just to the right of my belly button and I’m not sure if it’s a bum or a head! I feel hiccups quite low down so I’m thinking it’s probably baby’s bottom. My midwife hasn’t felt for baby’s position so I think I’ll ask at my next appointment. I’m paranoid about having a breech baby!

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Fundal measurement: 

At 31+3 my fundal measurement was 30cms. My midwife was a little worried I was measuring small at first but once she plotted it on my growth chart she realised that I’d actually had quite a big growth spurt over the last few weeks.

Appointments:

31 week midwife appointment 

All OK at this appointment except that I was told that my 28 week bloods showed that I was anaemic. Why it took 3 weeks to tell me, I’ll never know. Luckily I managed to get my prescription for iron tablets then and there (a doctor just so happened to be loitering behind the reception desk which saved me another trip back to the surgery later that day).

I have been feeling tired for weeks but had just put it down to being pregnant and being a mummy to a boisterous 2-year-old! I’ve been taking the tablets for a week and a bit now and I can’t say I’ve noticed much of an improvement in my energy levels but my blood will need retesting again soon so hopefully my iron levels have gone up.

Things I’m missing: 

Energy!

Sleep: 

It takes me ages to get comfortable and fall asleep – I’ve ditched all of my pregnancy pillows because they weren’t really helping and were just making me hot! Once I’m asleep I’m soundo until the morning but I do wake up busting for a wee!

Pregnancy/baby related purchases: 

After a lot of umm-ing and ahh-ing, we finally decided on and purchased a travel system – I’m planning to write about which one we chose in a separate blog post but so far I’m really pleased with it.

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I’ve bought quite a lot of bits and pieces over the last few weeks and there’s not much left on our list to get now. My latest purchases include: some gorgeous unisex baby bits from La Redoute, Ewan the dream sheep and protective floor mats (for my homebirth).

 

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Growing a rainbow baby: 29 & 30 weeks pregnant

Growing a rainbow baby: 29 & 30 weeks pregnant

How big is Baby Button-Nose this week?

At 30 weeks Baby Button-Nose is about as big as good-sized cabbage!

Weighing in at 1.3kg and is about 39.9cm long, head to heel.

Mood: 

On the whole, my mood has been pretty good – there have been a few days when I’ve felt a bit grumpy but at 30 weeks pregnant (during a heatwave), I think that’s allowed?! ;)

Symptoms: 

My newest symptom is an achey/burning sensation around my rib cage (right under my boobs). It’s really uncomfortable – I think it’s due to everything being shifted upwards in order to make room for baby. It’s almost as if my skin is being stretched to it’s limits. Oh well, only 8-10 weeks of this pregnancy left to go… *gulp*

Acid reflux

Leg cramps – I’m trying out a magnesium spray as recommended by my Daisy Birthing teacher so I’m hoping that will lessen/stop the leg cramps. I’ve only been using it a couple of days but I will update on this at a later stage, I’m sure.

Backache

Needing to wee lots… like, constantly!

Leaky (and tender) boobs

Braxton Hicks – I think?! My tummy definitely went mega hard whilst I was walking quickly the other day.

Stabby/shooting pains in my abdomen and boobs.

A dodgy stomach… I’ll leave it at that.

Highlight of the week(s): 

On Tuesday I started my Daisy Birthing classes. I signed up for the same 6 week course that I did whilst pregnant with Jasmine. It felt quite surreal when I arrived – walking into the exact same room, seeing the same teacher, the same music playing. It made it seem like I’d never been away… crazy to think I now have a 2.5 year old. I’m so glad I signed up to do it again and whilst I’m the only one who isn’t a first time mum (as I expected) – I know I will benefit from going. I will probably write a more detailed blog post about my Daisy Birthing classes at some point. :)

Baby movements: 

I’ve actually started feeling what I think are baby hiccups now! I find baby button-nose’s movements to be far more subtle than Jasmine’s ever was (her kicks would take my breath away) but that’s perhaps because I can only remember the movements from further along in my pregnancy with her. I’m not sure.

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Appointments:

I popped in to see the nurse on Thursday (at 30+3 weeks) to have my whooping cough vaccination. She told me the flu jabs had arrived at the surgery the day before and offered to do that too. So I had both done then and there in my left arm (in hindsight, I should’ve had them in my right arm as I sleep on my left side.) I’m glad that’s the jabs sorted though!

Things I’m missing: 

Good sleep and cool temperatures!

Sleep:

Rubbish!!

Jasmine was poorly for a few days last week so she was waking up during the night frequently (such fun changing puke-covered bedsheets at 3am!)

I’ve also got to the stage where I’m generally finding it harder to get comfortable at night – I’m tossing and turning a lot before I manage to fall asleep.

Oh and then to top it all off we had another heatwave… *sobs*

This mama is so ready for Autumnal weather!

Pregnancy/baby related purchases: 

I actually feel like I’ve bought quite a lot of stuff over the last couple of weeks, unfortunately most of it has not been anything that exciting. I’m aiming to have my hospital bags packed in the next few weeks (I’m planning a homebirth but I want to be prepared for all eventualities) so I’ve bought lots of glamorous things like maternity pads, breast pads and newborn nappies.

I also found this gorgeous hat for my Rainbow Baby on eBay – it’s even lovelier in the flesh. Can’t wait to see my little Button-Nose wearing it. :)

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We’ve (well, I have) been researching pushchairs/prams all week and I think we are a step closer to knowing which one we’re going to buy. We’re going over to the big Mothercare in Ipswich at the weekend to test it out and if we’re happy with it, we’ll probably order it online (it’s only available in the colour we want from another store).

Last but not least, I’ve ordered a TENS machine. As I’m renting it, it won’t arrive until I’m 36 weeks pregnant but I bet it will be here before I know it!

 

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Growing a rainbow baby: 27 & 28 weeks pregnant

Growing a rainbow baby: 27 & 28 weeks pregnant

How big is Baby Button-Nose this week?

At 28 weeks Baby Button-Nose is close to an aubergine in weight, just over 1kg. Length: 37.6cm, head to heel.

Mood: 

My mood has been 100x better than it has been in recent months – I haven’t cried since walking into the doctor’s office a couple of weeks ago and I generally feel like I’m on a much more even kilter. Whilst I’m sure the medication is probably helping, I think my visit back to Bristol to see my friends and family has boosted my mood. Not only that, Hubby’s job role is changing very soon which means we’ll be able to relocate back to Bristol in the New Year. It still seems like a long way off to me but there is at least a light at the end of the tunnel now.

Symptoms: 

Acid reflux (definitely getting this more frequently now) :(

Leg cramps

Backache

Needing to wee lots… like, constantly!

Leaky boobs

Night sweats (I think these are a side-effect of my antidepressants).

Highlight of the week(s): 

Going back to Bristol and spending a whole weekend with my best friends. Also catching up with my dad (I hadn’t seen him for two years).

I also loved taking Jasmine for an impromptu visit to the local garden centre/pet shop this week. I took her on her trike and we had such a lovely morning together. I’m trying to make the most of our ‘just us’ time as I know it won’t be long before there will be another little person joining us.

Baby movements: 

Wriggly as ever. Still very, very low down. Most active when I get into bed at night!

Fundal measurement: 

At 28+3 my fundal measurement was 27cms …. which plotted me just under the ‘average’ line on my chart.

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Appointments:

It’s been a busy week for appointments (3 of which happened on the same day!) so I thought I’d write about them all separately:

28 week midwife appointment – This week I finally met my midwife, Claire, (she’s been on holiday at my last two appointments so I’ve always seen the covering midwife). I’m pleased to say that she is just the loveliest woman you could ever hope to meet. I instantly felt comfortable in her presence and she was so supportive. I feel like me and Button-Nose are in very good hands. :) Wee, blood pressure and bump measurement were all fine.

GP appointment – I came straight out of my midwife appointment and went to my follow-up GP appointment which was to check how I’d been getting on with my medication. I now have a repeat prescription for Sertraline – the Doctor said I would take it for “up to 6 months to a year”. She’s going to phone me in a month’s time for another catch up.

28 week bloods – I had these taken at the drop-in centre on Thursday evening (1st Sept) and haven’t heard anything from the hospital so I’m assuming they were all good!

Health Visitor – I had been looking forward to my visit from the HV as  I was under the impression (from the letter I was sent about the appointment) that we would talk about ways in which I could get support leading up to and after baby is born. But she was here for less than 15 minutes, asked me a load of random questions like “how many bedrooms do you have in your house?” (!) And even said to me “Hmm, I don’t know what to suggest” (in regards to how she could support me). I felt even more hopeless than before she arrived. I don’t even know what happens next? I think that might be it from her until after baby arrives. Great.

Things I’m missing: 

The ability to go more than 30 minutes without feeling like I need a wee!

Sleep:

Pretty mixed – I either sleep really well or have a terrible night’s sleep, nothing in between. Most nights I wake up drenched in sweat which is gross! I also need to keep getting up in the middle of the night to go to the loo.

Pregnancy/baby related purchases: 

This….

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Need I say anymore?! :)

 

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Growing a rainbow baby: 25 & 26 weeks pregnant

Growing a rainbow baby: 25 & 26 weeks pregnant

How big is Baby Button-Nose this week?

At 26 weeks Baby Button-Nose weighs about 760g, as much as a red cabbage. (Length: 35.6cm, head to heel.) Oh my goodness – that seems big all of a sudden!

Symptoms: 

Acid reflux

Awful backache – I think I pulled a muscle or trapped a nerve because it was especially bad for a few days.

Leg cramps

Needing to wee lots.

Leaky boobs (that hasn’t happened for a couple of weeks)

IBS :(

I’ve started medication this week (more on that in a minute) so I’m not entirely sure if some of my latest symptoms are a side effect of that or whether it’s more pregnancy related:

Headaches

Heart palpatations

Hot flushes

Nausea

Insomnia

Mood: 

Very low mood most of the time. I had my 25 week midwife appointment the other day and I told the her that I thought I was suffering with antenatal depression. I’ve since seen a GP and have now been prescribed antidepressants. I’ve got a heath visitor coming to see me in a couple of week’s time to talk about how she can support me when baby arrives. I’m feeling very well looked after and as a result, more positive. Things are going to get better now.

Highlight of the week(s): 

I won Nuna’s #NEWBABYGIVEAWAY Instagram competition. I’ve been eyeing up the Nuna Leaf ever since I found out I was pregnant but I don’t think we could’ve justified buying one. I’ve also got some other gorgeous baby bits winging their way to me as part of my prize. I feel so lucky and it was a great pick-me-up after an exhausting and emotional week.

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The following week I also found out that I’ve won a trip to Finland. I honestly don’t enter all that many competitions but I seem to have struck lucky over the last two weeks. (Maybe I should buy a lottery ticket?!) A visit to Finland has been high on my bucket list for quite a while so you can imagine how happy the news made me. I’m hoping we’ll be able to squeeze it in as a ‘babymoon’ trip before Button Nose makes an appearance.

Baby movements: 

Baby BN has been a right pickle this week. I don’t know what they’re doing in there but holy moly, I’ve been very uncomfortable at times. I imagine them laying horizontally and stretching out their limbs as far as they can. I’ve felt movement above my belly button for the first time. Baby BN is normally so low down and I usually only tend to feel kicks and movement below my navel.

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Food cravings: 

Nothing.

Food aversions: 

None. Thankfully, I seem to have my appetite back too which is great as we’ve been trying out the HelloFresh boxes over the last couple of weeks. Lots of scrummy food – lucky Button-Nose!

Things I’m missing: 

My friends, as always. But I have at least booked a trip back to Bristol for later this month – I cannot wait. :)

Sleep:

In a word, terrible. I seem to be waking up loads for wee and then I struggle to get back to sleep. Jasmine no longer naps now either so I haven’t been able to catch up on sleep during the day. I’ve been ruddy exhausted.

Pregnancy/baby related purchases: 

Stephen bought me an exercise/birthing ball this week. It’s a ‘Natural Pearlescent Colour’ which basically matches the colour of my skin! When I walked into the spare room (where we’re storing it when not in use) I freaked out because I thought there was a person in there – it was just the birthing ball on the sofa.

 

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