At this stage of pregnancy it's truly a mixed bag of emotions! I want time to speed up so they are out in the world but I also want it to slow down a little too. I am happy with my little bump and it finally feels like a real pregnant bump now. I just feel like I haven't had it for long enough. Today I am 38 weeks pregnant and two weeks away from my due date. I know due dates are a rough estimate of when they are have expected to arrived but I can't help but feel like this one will be late anyway. I've predicted myself the 3rd of July.
I've read in a few places that many pregnant ladies struggle getting enough sleep but I've honestly never slept better. At the moment I roughly sleep for around 10 hours each night which seems ridiculous because I probably haven't slept this good since I was 14 years old. Although, rolling over has become quite difficult and I feel like a human slug rolling around at night most of the time. More regularly, I have started to become slightly uncomfortable in my ribs from this little pip squeak burrowing its bum, feet, anything into them. And I often find myself pushing its bum back into a better position if they start to stick it out a little too far! Other than that I can't really complain. I feel like I have had such a good pregnancy and I am really thankful for that. I have managed to keep very active throughout each trimester. Doing little pregnancy work outs and enjoying long walks with Josh and Poppy our dog. I've felt almost like my normal-self which has been a real treat. We have started to add the final touches to the nursery too and it's all coming together. After scrolling through Pinterest we decided on a picture ledge style bookshelf to fill one of the gaps in the nursery and I am in love with it. Last week we started to collect some of our favourite books and we ended up spending over an hour in Waterstones just sitting and reading. It was lovely! So far we have picked out My Neighbor Totoro and Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls along with some other classic picks.
Oh hello the joys of sciatica! Until my 36 week midwife appointment I just kept referring to this little niggling thing as dead leg. The only way I can describe it to you is it feels similar to when you've lied on your leg for a while and it needs waking up. Half numbness. Half like pins and needles. I usually get it down my right bum cheek and sometimes in my right thigh. Most of the time it seems to be brought on when I walk too quickly or walk up stairs too fast. I really need to learn to slow it down a little bit. The second symptom that I have had for a while but has picked up with intensity this month are Braxton Hicks contractions. They are not painful but they are coming thick and fast throughout the day. My tummy tightens as hard as a rock and then releases after about 30 seconds. I guess this is just my body preparing for the big day!
I wouldn't like to call them cravings in this trimester but more things I've enjoyed eating more so than other things. Cereal, my go to meal when I don't know what to eat! No matter what time of day. My favourites have been good old cornflakes and bran flakes. I've also enjoyed eating berry smoothies every morning. I mean can a berry smoothie ever sound bad? But speaking of the bad things, I wouldn't say no to a bag of haribo tangtastics and a packet of jelly tots this trimester. Yum! Josh has described me as being back to my regular grazing self. My urge to eat everything and anything has definitely disappeared.
Looking Forward To
Labour oddly enough - It might be a different story after I have given birth but I'm just super excited to meet this little one now. It's funny because now every little twinge you are on edge like ooh maybe that could be the start or yep it could be anytime from now on. It's the waiting thats the hardest.
I'll be doing a labour and delivery story along with an introduction to the little one once bambino has arrived. Let me know if you would like that and I'll make a mental note of it. But for now, we wait.