33 Weeks pregnant and embarking on week 34 – what a long week is appears to have been. I am starting to feel like I have been pregnant forever, but I have only started feeling that way this week because I am having a tough time with Braxton Hicks Contractions, I didn’t really get them when I was pregnant with E so it’s all very new and very uncomfortable, particularly on an evening when I finally get to put my feet up and rest. The other night they were so intense I was starting to wonder if they were heading towards the real thing.. thankfully not though.
This week the average baby weighs in at over 4 pounds and 17 inches long – the average size of a pineapple. The baby’s bones are also continuing to harden at this stage too, except for those in their skull, which stay soft and pliable to enable baby’s head to be born safely. My love for yoghurt this last week will be helping baby with plenty of calcium.
Their immune system will now also be fully developed with the antibodies they need for the outside world being passed from you to your little one in preparation for the birth.
The baby should be gaining around 1/2lb a week for the next few weeks and is running out of room in there, the levels of amniotic fluid are at there lowest now as the baby is growing and taking up all the space. This is meaning the kicks are even more noticeable than they were before.
And now, as I look down at my ever-growing baby bump, I can no longer see my toes. Yep. Gone. I also have a whole slew of uncomfortable symptoms that have decided to both pop up and stick around, but a lot of great things are going on too, so while a lot of things feel TERRIBLE… it’s all so worth it.
I decided to weigh myself today and I have gained a whole 25lbs since I found out I was expecting this little wriggler back in February. I actually like to see how much weight I am gaining as I normally find it really hard to gain or maintain weight. Apart from this wonderful pregnancy waddle I seem to have started with, people say from behind they couldn’t really tell that I am pregnant. This little bump is all out front which is great except for doing shoe laces, putting on socks and other daily tasks are now hard work.
I have found that I am aching a lot more this week, not just from the Braxton hicks contractions but I have also had some back ache and some strange aching pains in the rib area, probably caused by all the kicking that is going on. The tiredness I sometimes feel is debilitating at times, I find putting my feet up, drinking plenty of water and having something sweet seems to help.
The heartburn has crept back and is worse when I am in bed so I found by using an extra pillow it isn’t as bad. Sleep has improved, probably because I am so tired by the end of the day. I still wake a few times for the toilet but it doesn’t take me long to get back off. I really could sleep for England right now.
There are some good things about pregnancy at the moment too, both my hair and my nails are amazing and my skin feels so soft – maybe I am having some delayed pregnancy glow.
I am obviously still in maternity clothes but I have bought a few cheap items that are none maternity. I purchased a new hooded zip up top from Primark the other day and had to opt for a size 14 to get it to do up comfortably over the bump. Any clothing that is comfortable is my favourite right now. I can quite happily wear my pyjama bottoms most of the day if I don’t have to go out.
We are still busy trying to organise the house, E is now in her new room and I love it just as much as she does. The next task is turning the small room back into a nursery ready for the little wriggler, even though it will be sleeping in with us to start with. Hmm I am sure I mentioned last week that I need to buy a Moses basket, I still need to do that!
As well as being emotional I find myself being a little forgetful, I am sorry to all those on the receiving end of my forgetfulness and my crazy emotions.
This coming week I need to start thinking about washing some baby clothes and thinking about what I might need in my hospital bag, but the real excitement of this coming week is my final growth scan on Friday.
That’s all for bump watch this week, check back for the next instalment next week.