Bye Bye Mr/Mrs Bump.

Bye Bye Mr/Mrs Bump.
Seeing as Mr or Mrs Bump is being vacated in the very near future thanks to an induction, I thought I’d post my last gratuitous bump picture. I haven’t been the greatest at taking pictures of my ever-changing body, and have been frantically taking pictures recently so I have some actual memories of my pregnancy.
This is at 41 weeks exactly (and yes, it is edited, thanks to Photo Enhancer on my HTC – the original was just horrid!)
I think I’m going to miss lugging that big old lump around, you know.

Pregnancy Update: Weeks 39 & 40

Well as we finally hit week 40, baby should be making an appearance soon!
Baby should:
Weigh an average of 7 1/2 pounds
Have unfused skull bones as of yet – to make sure baby is able to ‘come out’ easier – this is normal and temporary
Baby is now full term!
A sweep or induction could be done if the baby decides not to make an appearance on time
As this post is scheduled due to my due date being the 24th, I have no clue of whether I have given birth or not (if you’re interested, check my Twitter for updates!) so I could be having a sweep or induction anytime soon if the baby isn’t here!
I’m going to miss writing these pregnancy update posts, but I now have plenty of baby updates to look forward to! Would you be interested in these?

Pregnancy Update: Week 38

I know, I know.
By the time you read this, I’ll be onto week 39 and I’ll actually be two days before my due date.
Anything could have happened in the time since I’ve written this to when it gets posted… if you’re interested to know how I’m getting on, check my Twitter here.
Now I’m at week 38, what exactly is happening with my baby in the final few weeks?
  • My baby is ready to meet the world, although still building a layer of fat to help control body temperature after birth.
  • All my baby’s organs are fully developed, the lungs being the last to reach maturity.
  • I’m apparently meant to be suffering with feeling huge and uncomfortable in these final weeks – this is definitely true!
  • My hospital bag should be packed and I should have a birth plan ready, should I go into labour, (Be proud of me, I actually got this done!!)
  • I should have discussed pain relief and my birth plan with my community midwife – this has also been done.
Not much happening now really, is there? Seems just like a waiting game to me!
Now that it’s all so near, I can’t wait to meet them – although the prospect of me being a mother is still quite daunting in itself. However, I have a great support network – having such a large family certainly helps. I’ve also got friends with childrens, friends who’ve not only had children but work as or have worked as midwives, friends who are nursery nurses, friends who have plenty of experience with children. I also know that there’s a few bloggers that I can ask for advice if needs be, too.
Not much left to say, except…wish me luck!
& I will let you all know very soon 🙂

Pregnancy Update: Week 37

Pregnancy Update: Week 37
Finally in the home stretch. Only three weeks left to go until the little one makes his or her arrival into the big, wide world.
It’s quite daunting, really, to think of it – how fast this has all come around. I am looking forward to being able to buy gender specific baby clothes so much – I keep fawning over cute little dresses or little three-quarter length shorts and it’s agony not being able to buy them!
As you may know if you read my most recent Like, Love, Loathe post, my baby finally turned around and is no longer breech! You have no idea how happy I am – I was really dreading the prospect of having the procedure to maneouvre the baby if he or she had remained in the breech position.
I spent the shortest amount of time that I ever have during my pregnancy at my last scan – once they’d found out it had turned around, I had a little chat with the consultant and was sent on my way – it was definitely a relief not to be waiting around for hours for once!
{20 week scan picture}
Little one has grown so much since this above scan was taken – and is apparently now going to spend the last couple of weeks putting on weight.
At 37 weeks, baby:
  • should weigh close to 2.8kg and be about 48.6cm long from head to toe.
  • could have a full head of hair with locks of it up to 3.5cm long – or simply have none at all
  • is now considered full-term and could appear at any time
As soon as I got home from hospital the other day, I wrote my birth plan (I had been advised to leave it late in case the baby did turn around; thankfully I did leave it otherwise I’d have had to rewrite my birth plan anyway). I detailed everything that I wanted – I’m hoping to deliver in the midwifery led unit with little or no pain relief – however, if pain relief is needed (which I think it will be!), I am opting for pethidine. Epidurals are not available in the midwifery led unit, so unless the pethidine doesn’t work, I won’t be having an epidural. If I do decide I want one, I shall have to be transferred to the main delivery unit.
The one thing I really need to do is pack my hospital bag; I keep leaving it and leaving it. I don’t want anyone to be rushing around in a panic, trying to pack it for me if I suddenly go into labour – so I suppose I’d better crack on – help motivate me! If you see me on Twitter, nag me and make sure I’ve done it!
It’s scary thinking how close it is, to be honest.
But I can’t wait.
He or she is going to be the best little thing to ever happen to me.

Pregnancy Update: Week 35…almost 36

Pregnancy Update: Week 35…almost 36
Yes guys and girls, we’re nearly there!
I hit 36 weeks tomorrow(this is a scheduled post, tomorrow actually means Thursday 27th October!) –  (where has the time gone?) –  and the little munchkin is definitely making its presence known more & more as the days go by.
My bump has ballooned over the past couple of weeks as the baby tries to engage in the position it will stay in until birth.
I’m actually hoping that the baby doesn’t engage just yet, or if it does decide to, it turns around! That would be because the baby is still breech and I would love to have a natural birth in the midwifery led unit at my local hospital, however if the baby is still breech, I have to go into the main maternity area, and possibly even have a caesarean. It is possible to have a breech birth naturally, however a breech baby cannot be delivered in the midwifery led unit in case of complications.
I am going for another scan at 37 weeks to see if the baby is still breech, and if it is, me and Steve will be visiting the consultant to discuss our further options – he is talking about a certain procedure they can do to try and turn the baby around – however, my midwife has said that this can sometimes be uncomfortable and if this proves to be the case, and they cannot complete the procedure, I will most likely have to have a caesarean..
Keep your fingers crossed for me that I don’t have to!
Here’s my bump (clothed in its favourite maternity top, Mr Bump!). I have developed even more stretch marks over the past few weeks as my bump has ballooned and my baby brain gets worse and worse. I do apply my stretch mark cream, but being the complete bird-brain I am, I also often forget to do so until Steve tells me off!
At 35 weeks, the baby is said to not have much room to maneouvre – although him or her won’t be turning somersaults inside me, I can still expect the level of kicking to stay the same. Most of the basic development is complete – the kidneys are fully formed and the liver can process some waste products (How lovely!). The baby will spend the next couple of weeks putting on weight.
At 36 weeks (which I hit tomorrow!), the baby is still ‘packing on the pounds’, putting on an average of an ounce a day. The baby is considered full-term (eek!) at the end of this week, and should be engaged in the head-down position. If not, an external cephalic version may be scheduled to try and coax the baby to turn head-first from the outside (basically what I may need to have, and apparently involves a midwife or consultant trying to turn the baby around by slightly pushing my bump!)
I can’t believe its getting so close now! I can’t wait to meet my little boy or girl now – although we still don’t have a definite name for a girl! I’m going to pack my hospital bag tomorrow, better to be prepared.
Are you pregnant and writing updates as your pregnancy progresses? I’d love to read them! Leave your links below!