Less than 6 weeks to go now, it is definitely getting close! The last couple of weeks have been full of exhaustion, painful Braxton Hicks contractions, pelvic pain and feeling increasingly like a turtle that is on its back and can’t get up!
I’ve got 2 weeks left of work (well after today it will be 1 week and 3 days!) and I cannot wait to just rest a little and be able to wear yoga (or pj) pants all day. Putting stockings on is necessary to be able to wear dresses at the moment (being so cold here) and it just takes sooo long right now as I can barely reach my feet!
I’ve definitely made it to that part of the pregnancy where everything feels like it’s a thousand times harder than it used to be and I’m really looking forward to it all being over!
I know I really shouldn’t complain, it’s not all bad. I get to feel my little girl moving around lots and I’m really excited to meet her and get to cuddle her and I know my husband is really looking forward to holding our little girl. I think he feels a bit left out sometimes because I can always feel her moving around and he doesn’t get to be a part of that.
I started having horrible Braxton Hicks contractions week before last. I’ve been having the usual BH ‘tightening’ but this was just something else! I had to hop in the shower for some pain relief and just go to bed and hope they would stop so I could get some sleep.
One night was particularly bad and I had definite (very painful!) contractions. I kind of just assumed they were bad BH contractions but talking to some friends who have had babies recently made me realise it was probably pre-labour contractions and I probably should have called the midwives! Whoops! Ah well, at least I know now.
My other third trimester symptoms are as persistent as ever – the heartburn, the pelvic pain, the insomnia, the shortness of breath! I’ve actually started becoming really breathless if I talk for too long!! Fun times.
I’m really looking forward to finishing up at work, not because I don’t love work but because I’m so tired and so busy at work that it’s getting to be a little bit much. I’m quite looking forward to those couple of weeks at home to nest and rest and just relax before bubba arrives. Hopefully she is cooperative and gives me at least a little bit of time at home before she decides to join us.
I’ve got a little list of things to do while I’m on leave as I’ve been warned about the pre-baby boredom that can come from the waiting around for labour. That list does include a whole lot of Netflix though as I’m sure I will enjoy just sitting on the couch and binge watching some shows and who knows how long it will be before I can watch a tv show interrupted again!
I may also end up binge watching shows due to my inability to get up once I’m on the couch. I seriously feel like a turtle on its back sometimes. It’s a super graceful sight to behold watching me try to get up from the couch, or any kind of lowered surface really.
Craving: peanut butter! So weird. I’m all about the peanut butter sandwiches right now.
Eating: a lot of lasagna. Yummy, yummy lasagna. I will definitely be making it in bulk to freeze while I’m pre-baby leave.
Drinking: more Gaviscon! I have officially finished a whole bottle so I will now need to buy another one!
Feeling: so big and heavy!
Dreaming: I had a really bizarre dream that I went to give birth and midwives took me into the ‘birth suite’ which was a huge hotel room with two double beds – one to give birth in and one to sleep in. I then went into the bathroom and there was a huge block of ice behind the toilet to keep me cool. So bizarre!!
Loving: having almost everything finished in the nursery! I promise I will show you how it looks soon.
Over it: the pelvic pain, oh my goodness, the pelvic pain! It feels like someone kicked me between the legs sometimes. So unpleasant!
Did you feel like a turtle on its back towards the end of your pregnancy? Any tips for the pre-baby maternity leave period?
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