Week 28

How on earth are we at Week 28 already? The days seem to be whizzing by and it only feels like yesterday that I was at my first scan and saw a little 6week old blob on the screen, still too small to even see a heartbeat. It still shocks me to think that in just 11 weeks time we will have a new baby in our family! The older children break for Summer this week, and once they’re back to school we’ll have less than 4 weeks to go! Crazy!

In general I am feeling pretty well. Tired, but that’s part and parcel of pregnancy and having young children who run you ragged and a house that needs constant tidying. No weight gain again this week. With the Summer Holidays coming up, I suspect that not much weight will go on with all 3 children at home.

Baby wise, well he is very active! So much more active than what the girls were. J was pretty active, but I don’t feel as big and as uncomfortable as I did with J, which is a blessing. According to the app on my phone, baby is getting more snug in

(don’t I know it!!). He also weighs approx a kilo (2.2lbs) and measures around 38cm from head to heels. He can now blink, he has eyelashes and may even be able to see light that filters through the womb. His brain neurons are developing rapidly and he’s adding body fat in preparation of being born.

These last few weeks will more than likely be spent now just preparing the children for the arrival, and preparing the house. We have all of the big bits we need and I have been buying a few clothes here and there. We’re in the process of saving for our double pushchair too. So, just need to start buying the essentials nappies etc, although I am considering trying out re-usable ones this time. Written down it actually seems like I am more organised than I feel.

Update: 27 weeks

Today was the day of my Consultant appointment. I didn’t feel great yesterday and baby was kicking away really forcefully. I didn’t sleep well, and had to leave the house with A by 8am to make sure we got to the hospital in time for our 9:05 appointment time. Sods Law had it, that as we had left early, we were 30 mins early for our appointment. I know if we had left any later than we wouldn’t have made it!.

I checked in for my appointment and was given the compulsory urine sample pot. What is it with those pots! Why do they insist on them being so thin? Do they not know how hard it is to try to pee in to one of them things with a huge bump in the way?

Anyway, we sat waiting for a bit, then was called in by the Midwife. She checked my blood pressure and urine sample. All ok thankfully. Then she measured my tummy and listened to baby. She measured me at 29cm. I am only 27wks, so should be around the 27cm mark. She said it could be down to position of baby. I hope so, otherwise I might be growing a baby elephant! I don’t make big babies, so please don’t let me carry one!

Instead of seeing my Consultant, I saw his Registrar. It was the same Registrar as when I was pregnant with A. This lady is amazing, I really like her, so was happy to see her again. She went and spoke to the scanning department and got them to agree to a re-scan at 32wks to check the position of the placenta. The placenta isn’t low-lying, but it wasn’t shown as low at my 21wk scan with A, so the scan at 32wks should be able to just make sure that the placenta definitely isn’t low.

I’m still hoping that they will bring my Delivery Date forward, although deep down I know that they won’t. I just feel like a lard at the moment, and still have 12 more weeks until delivery. Just hope that the remaining weeks are problem free.

Week 27

I’m here. I’m at that gestation where everything started going wrong in my last pregnancy, and I am on edge. I know everything is different this time. The placenta is at the back, not the front and it’s not low-lying, but I can’t help but feel a little apprehensive that things could turn so quickly.

I am seeing my Consultant on Wednesday and will be asking for a re-assurance scan like my Midwife and the Birth Reflections Midwife agree I should have. I just need to make sure that the placenta isn’t moving down again like it did with A. I know it’s very rare to move down anyway, but it’s happened once, so what’s to say it won’t happen again. I also wish I didn’t have to wait until 39 weeks to deliver. I know the reasonings and know it’s better for baby, but I am so anxious and I worry that I won’t get that far. I know to go straight to hospital if my water’s break or I go in to labour so they can deliver me straight away. I just don’t like the thought of the C-Section being a semi-emergency. Oh well, not much I can do about it until it happens (if it does).

I am feeling well within myself. Bump is growing well, although no weight gain again this week. I really don’t know if I should start to be worried that I have only gained 2lbs so far? Maybe its something to bring up at my next Midwife appointment.

According to the App on my phone, baby should weigh around 900g (roughly 1lb 9oz). Well, we already know he’s probably a bit bigger than that already from the weight estimate at our 4d scan just over a week ago. It also says that he is sleeping and waking at regular intervals, which I have noticed, as well as opening and closing his eyes. Although his lungs are still immature, they would be capable of functioning if he were to be born now, although medical help would be needed.

As always, new bump picture taken. I feel like I’ve sprouted.

Week 26

Nothing much new to report this week. This pregnancy seems to be rather uneventful compared to the last pregnancy, which is good.

I’m feeling ok in myself, still tired, but then I don’t expect to have loads of energy with 3 other children to look after. No weight gain this week either.

I had an appointment with the Midwife on Thursday, although it wasn’t my usual Midwife. The whole reason she had booked me in for that particularly appointment was to see how we had got on at Birth Reflections, so it seemed a bit of a waste of an appointment really. However, everything was ok. Heard baby’s heartbeat again, and he was still breech, which I knew anyway.

We had a surprise for the children on Saturday, and took them along with us to a 4D scan. We wanted to show them the baby, get them involved, as well as confirm that he definitely is a little boy…which he is! Phew!

It was such an amazing experience. Even though we have had the scans done before with the older 2, it still amazes me that I can see my baby and what he looks like before he is even born. If you would like to see some of the pictures from our 4D scan, then head over to my Facebook page here.

Baby is estimated to weigh around 1lbs 14oz, and considering I have only gained about 2lbs so far this pregnancy, I would say that was pretty much all baby and a bit of water. The app on my phone tells me that baby is now as long as a cucumber and has a network of nerves in his ears and is better developed and more sensitive than before. He can now hear not only my voice, but other voices around me. It also says that he is inhaling and exhaling small amounts of amniotic fluid, which we witnessed on our 4D scan with him keep opening his mouth and trying to poke his tongue out at us.

As always, a new bump picture below. I don’t think I have grown that much. What do you think??

Week 25

Today see’s me reach 25 Weeks. The closer I get to the 27 week point, the more nervous I get. I think if I can get past 28 weeks with no problems then I’ll start to relax more.

I’m getting bigger as the weeks pass and my SPD is getting really bad at the moment. I’m seeing my midwife again on Thursday so I’m going to mention it and hopefully get a referral to Physio to help try and ease the weight of bump a little bit.

I have also gained another pound this week, bringing total weight gain to just 2lbs so far. Considering that probably all of baby and water, I don’t think it’s too bad?

With regards to baby this week, he weighs approx 660g and is 35cms long. He will soon start to plump out and look like a real baby. Oh, and apparently if we could see him now then would could see what colour hair he would have!

I’ve attached 2 pictures this week. My usual bump pic, along with a picture taken from the back. I don’t think you can tell I’m pregnant from the back. What do you think?

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