Pregnancy Update 35 Weeks
I’ve been doing A LOT of reading this week. You know the general pregnancy books such as What to Expect When You’re Expecting and Up the Duff plus I bought some post pregnancy books like What to Expect the First Year and Save Our Sleep, the last which came highly recommended to me by several peeps. You see, the reason why I have been doing the extra reading is that on Sunday, I thought I was either experiencing Braxton Hicks or that I was going into the early stages of labour. I was getting this tightening feeling in my tummy and then it would release. Plus there was this new-found pressure on my groin area, something I hadn’t felt before. To add to that, any time I squatted down, I was sure bub’s head was crowning. It lasted maybe an hour and then went. I called my parents, just to give them a heads up that there might be “movement at the station” (for you non Aussie readers out there, that’s a line from The Man from Snowy River, a great Aussie poem).
As I get closer to the pointy end of the pregnancy, I’ve got so much going on in my head. Just the other day I was out pushing the trolley around the supermarket and wondering what would happen if I was out and about and my water broke. I mean, I was mortified when I was once at the supermarket and, as I neared the end of my shopping expedition, one of the store workers called out to me and asked if I had a BBQ chicken. I said yes. She called out to someone else “I found it” and came up to advise me that there must be a rip in the bag that the BBQ chicken was in because it was leaking chicken juice and they had been following it up and down the aisles trying to find me. I had thoughts in my head of them calling over the loud-speaker ”clean up in aisle 1…and aisle 2…and aisle 3…” Needless to say I was mortified. So you can imagine how much more mortified I would be if it was my own bodily fluid spilling out all over the aisles for some poor person to clean up.
The one thing that has surprised me during my pregnancy is people’s response to pregnant women. I’ve always been taught to help elderly and pregnant women, you know stand up for them so they can have a seat on the bus and those kind of gestures. Because I am tall-ish (5ft 8″ to be exact), I often find short elderly ladies in the supermarket trying to reach something off a shelf so I always offer to grab it for them. When I have unpacked my trolley load into the car and am walking it back to the trolley stand and see a pregnant woman or elderly person doing the same, I offer to take there trolley as well and save them the trip. Maybe it was just the good ethics that were instilled in me but to be honest, I’ve seen no displays like that towards me during my pregnancy…aside from friends and family doing it. I remember being in Bunnings and grabbing a box of tiles. There were only two in it so I didn’t worry about a trolley but to my surprise, they were actually quite heavy. Not one Bunnings worker that saw me struggling with the box offered to help carry them. Even when I was in line at the register and they called me over to another one and I mentioned they were heavy, they just smiled and that was it.
How big is the baby: Officially, the books say she weighs 2.6kg (2,600 grams or 5 lbs 12 oz) and measures about 47 cm from head to toe (18 1/2 inches). But in reality, we know she is well over the 6 pound mark, probably getting closer to 7 pound point by now.
Sickness: Over my cold…tick! Niggling cough gone…tick! Fighting fit again…tick! I’ve been experiencing a pain at the front of my pelvis, which I have just found out today is called symphysis pubis pain and is the symphysis pubis joint loosening. It is usually felt low, in the middle at the front, just below the pubic hairline and can range from being an annoying twinge or ache to a sharp, shooting pain or a clicking sensation. Mine is a shooting pain. You can read more about it here.
Movement: Although it is getting pretty compact in there, she is still moving a lot and it feels like I am on a really big roller coaster ride with my tummy churning and going up and down. She is also pushing on my you know what sometimes which is a weird sensation.
Sleep: Mixed sleeping habits again. Some nights I sleep all the way through (aside from the 3-4 toilet pit stops during the night) and then other nights I wake up, have some fruit, play some games, watch some TV and then finally doze off again. I had one of those nights last night and am feeling completely whacked today because of it.
Cravings: No cravings as such but I feel like eating porridge with honey in it a lot of the time…well, at least its one of the food items I feel like when I wake up at an ungodly hour of the morning. Plus my sweet tooth has returned (bring on the cakes!!).
What did you buy this week: One of those cubby hole shelves for inside the bub’s wardrobe with little red canvas drawers. I’ve got her stuff organised better in there now. I also did some maternity bra for myself. I can’t believe how big in the breast area I have gotten and apparently the best is yet to come when my milk comes in. How will I ever go back to being small again!?! I bought a couple of maternity bras for day time and then some aah-ha type bras for sleeping in. While I was out maternity bra shopping, I met another prego who is two weeks ahead of me and having her first…a little boy. She tipped me off that I probably need a waterproof mattress protector incase my water breaks while I am sleeping. I hadn’t even thought of that and glad she mentioned it as our magnetic sheepskin mattress cover would be a nightmare to clean if I did wet it. She also recommended a towel to sit on in the car. I was reading that only 10% of pregnancies have their water break naturally which I thought was interesting, I imagined it to be way more than that.
Highlight of the Week: Being able to catch up with our families who live interstate. I had the chance to skype with my parents, brother and nieces so they can see my tummy in real-time. I set skype up on my parents computer years ago but when they got a new one it wasn’t added on. So dad loaded it up this week and we were able to catch up again (I even got a rendition of Katy Perry’s Fireworks from my nieces). We also had Clint’s mum in town this week and we haven’t seen her for months so it was great to spend some time with her again. Everyone is super excited about bub’s arrival and are just waiting for the phone call to say I am in labour.
What we’re looking forward to: Sharing with you pics of bub’s room. It’s almost finished…I just have to finalise some decorations that I have been making and get Clint to install a few shelves and we are done!
I’ve got a tonne of friends and family breeding right now. My dear friend Charlotte who lives in Christchurch just had her first baby. Erin, an old colleague of mine just had her second baby and another old colleague Jen is due to have her second the week before me (we’re actually having a race to see who goes first!). Then there are a whole bunch of friends and family due early next year. I know many of them, as well as other friends and family, have been following along with my weekly update posts, asking for advice as well as sharing advice with me in the backgrounds which has been awesome for a first time mum like me…believe me, I love all the help I can get! I’ve been very candid about my experiences during my pregnancy, as well as what I have been feeling. I always believe there is someone a few steps behind you wanting to learn what you know and it’s been great to get your messages and comments asking for recommendations or where did I get that maternity outfit etc. Just because I’m nearing the end of my pregnancy, it doesn’t mean these updates will stop. I know we set out with this blog as a way to share our renovation experience and that will continue as boy we still have a fair bit to go. But I’ve enjoyed sharing my pregnancy with you and I want to also continue to share with you the learnings I experience as a first time mum. So I hope you will continue to follow along and keep those comments with advice and questions coming!