The Pregnancy Diaries – 26 weeks

Mama to 2 little ones with a new baby on the way. Just reaching the 3rd trimester discusses the mounting things she needs to do and the the pregnancy symptoms she is starting to suffer from.

Vi blogs at Goriami Family and talks about family life, thrifty living and fashion.

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Huge excitement this morning after a night of horrible heartburn and reflux, I realised I had made it into the third trimester! This feels like a huge milestone, and I’m part delighted, part terrified to be 26 weeks pregnant!! Suddenly I realise I am going to need to start thinking about buying some things for baby, you’d think as this is going to be baby number 3 I’d easily decide on where baby should sleep, but suddenly I find myself indecisive between Moses basket and crib! Still, by the time baby arrives I’m sure I will have made up my mind..(I hope!). I’ve recovered the breast pump from the baby stuff I’d put away, but I confess I’ve already found myself looking at it with some confusion and struggling to remember how to put it all together..I think I need to re-read the manual! 

As I’ve already explained, I am suffering with reflux and heartburn, I’ve also been told to increase the dose of my iron tablets, so I think between now and the end of pregnancy I will be found armed with a hip flask full of Gaviscon and a bag of spinach to help my iron levels! The best thing my midwife said to me at the last appointment was “dark chocolate is great for low iron levels..” I don’t know whether she was just saying that but I’m not going to check if she was joking as who needs a better excuse for eating chocolate (and I do love plain chocolate!). Other pregnancy woes include waking up at 2am with sore hips and then rolling from side to side trying to get comfortable! I do find keeping as mobile as I can during the day does help a little – though then i find I’m really stiff in the morning and struggle to get out of bed!

Physically my bump is now obvious to anyone, and people have started to ask when baby is due – not sure if they think I suddenly look huge or just suddenly look pregnant?! My breasts have changed hugely, they’re darker in colour, with prominent nipples and are very full, I think I might be giving Dolly Parton a run for her money when the milk comes in after baby arrives! I’ve been picking T-J @bras4mums brains to ensure I’m wearing the right sized bra and also the right style for me, and suddenly realising that it isn’t as simple as just picking out a maternity bra off the rail! Different styles/fabrics of bras do suit me better than others, and writing it sounds so obvious I’m cringing but without someone to help me decide which works I have been (in honesty) wearing completely the wrong bras, but it’s OK we’re rectifying that!

Vita x

The Pregnancy Diaries – Vita has reached 19 weeks

Time is flying, I can’t believe I have made it to 19 weeks and am so close to the 20 week scan! I have a mixture of excitement and nerves over the scan, will everything be ok? Should we try to find out if it’s a boy or a girl – how will we feel either way? Having already had two boys the thought of a possibly having girl is both exciting and terrifying at the same time!!
 So, I’m trying to concentrate on the positive fact that I’ve got to 19 weeks fairly easily, yes there has been the odd blip, a bleed, a consultant appointment, iron tablets (which are horrid by the way..) but generally with the exception of the horrid cold I’m still trying to shake I’m well, if I could just relax I would be enjoying pregnancy! I’m trying to focus on keeping relaxed and trying not to worry about pregnancy or day to day things like..bills! For the last week I’ve been taking an hour each evening just for myself, where I will read, listen to my favourite music or simply soak in a bubble bath, I think it’s helping – I certainly look forward to the hour to myself!
 OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI’m in my maternity wardrobe well and truly, the bump is big already and I discovered yesterday that I am seriously off balance..trying to stand on one leg to tie a shoe lace whilst pregnant is not the best idea.. thankfully I did not actually fall over, though that was more by luck than judgement!! I’ve treated myself to a new maternity jumper which I’m excitedly waiting for the postman to deliver, and although you could argue a cream lace decorated jumper with a chocolate mad 3 year old in the house is not the most sensible option I could have chosen, I am really excited as it’ll look fabulous with my maternity jeans! It’s all about the simple pleasures :)
Vita x

Jo’s pregnancy Diary – 40 weeks

I am exactly 40 weeks pregnant today. I have never been this pregnant before. I gave birth to Thomas at 38 weeks and four days so this is a whole new world for me. I was convinced the baby was going to come before Christmas or in between Christmas and New Year. However, he is still in there and seems to be fairly comfortable!!

jo 40 weeksOne advantage of going to full term is that I have been signed off from consultant led care at my local hospital, meaning I can go to midwife led care when I go into labour. I was was in the high risk area when I gave birth to Thomas so am hoping for a slightly more relaxed birthing experience this time. The baby’s weight is estimated to be about 7lbs, so will probably be born a similar weight to Thomas (he was 6lbs 10oz).

Everything in the house is ready to go for the baby and Thomas has even said ‘I want the baby now mummy’ (if only it was that simple) so I think we are mentally ready to become a family of four. I have a sweep booked in with my midwife tomorrow so am really hoping that works and we have our new addition before the weekend is over. If it does not work, I have another sweep booked in for Tuesday before the word ‘induction’ looms on the horizon. I was induced with Thomas (my waters broke and then nothing happened) so I really want to avoid it at all costs.

I hope you have enjoyed reading my pregnancy diary and I really hope to update you with birth news soon! :-)

Jo’s Pregnancy Diary – 36 weeks

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Sorry for the lack of pregnancy diary updates over the last few weeks. It has flown by! I have now finished work and have been busy preparing for Christmas and the new baby at the same time. The last few weeks have had a few ups & downs pregnancy wise too.

 

On the Thursday I was 35 weeks pregnant exactly, I thought that my waters had broken prematurely. Thomas made me laugh and there was a ‘burst’ and I thought I had wet myself. I went to the toilet and discovered the liquid was not urine. My waters broke early on in my labour with Thomas last time so I know what they smell like. We put Thomas to bed, got my sister to babysit then went up to the hospital to be checked out. ‘Baba’ was monitored for 40 minutes or so and then a doctor checked me to see if my waters had broken. Unfortunately, they could not find any evidence of waters breaking and as I was not leaking, they sent me home and told me to come back in if I was worried about baby’s movements. I do not know whether it was my waters or not but immediately after it happened, the baby started to engage and my bump has noticeably dropped. The picture above was taken in hospital in case it was the last bump picture we were going to get.

Thomas was only engaged for a week before I went into labour so I have been quite uncomfortable for the last week or so as the baby slowly engages further. It has been quite a challenge on some days as I keep on having Braxton Hicks whenever the baby engages more.

Due to concerns over the baby’s size, I have now been moved onto consultant led care at my local hospital. The baby’s weight has dipped below the 50th centile but is above the 10th centile. I have had both growth scans and a Doppler scan to make sure the placenta is doing its job properly. I have another growth scan this coming Thursday when I am 37 weeks exactly. We are seeing the consultant on Friday morning. If the baby is still small on Thursday and they want to get the baby out and do not do this straight away, then they may put our Christmas into chaos which I really do not want. Thomas is really aware of Christmas for the first time and I do not want to miss a second of it unless the baby decides to make a natural appearance of course!!

 

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On a more positive note, I had a bump cast done at 36

weeks. It was done by my friend and doula Manie of Opal Aura. It was a really relaxing experience and I would highly recommend it. The baby kicked throughout and seemed to have a great time too. Last weekend, we took Thomas to see Santa and his elves at Kiddicare Merry Hill. I wore my new ‘Santa Baby’ t shirt from New Look and very cheekily asked Santa if ‘Baba’ could have his picture taken with him. Santa said ‘Baba’ was the youngest child they had seen so far and very kindly gave him a Christmas present. I would like to thank the staff at Kiddicare for a wonderful time and going the extra mile as always.

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On Sunday evening, my friend Manie very kindly hosted a baby shower for me. We played lots of games including ‘guess the celebrity mum’, ‘guess the chocolate poo’, had to put a nappy on a teddy bear with one hand behind our back and drink orange squash as fast as we could out of a baby bottle. We were served a lovely afternoon tea by Mom N Co Cakes in Stourbridge where it was held. The mince pie cupcake was my favourite. I am definitely going back there again once the baby has arrived. The cupcakes above were kindly given to me by my friend Vandana who has a cake business herself.

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I will update you with the next growth scan/consultant news as soon as I can.

Have you had your waters break prematurely or thought they had. What was your experience like?

Place your bets now folks! Will ‘Baba’ arrive before or after Christmas??

Pregnancy Diary: Jo hits 31 weeks

How is Jo feeling in that final trimester? Here she is to tell us how her second pregnancy is progressing.Jo bump 30 weeks

I am now 31 weeks pregnant. I cannot believe where the time is going. The second trimester has gone by in a bit of blur and I cannot believe in less than three months I will be a mummy of two children! Anyone who has already started the Christmas countdown is in my bad books, as I do not need a daily update of how many days approximately I have left!

The second trimester has had it fair share of difficulties hence the lack of updates on my pregnancy diary. My husband has been in and out of hospital a few times with a kidney stone. It has been removed now but it gave us both stress that we did not need. He is on the mend now thankfully. I am finally seeing someone in the NHS about my knee problem. They think it is a leg alignment problem made worse by the extra weight added by the bump. I have some exercises to do and have been referred to orthopaedics to see if a heel support would help too. We found out at the 20 week scan that we are having another boy so Thomas will have a playmate and we do not need to get anything new which is an added bonus. I was convinced it was a girl before the scan as my pregnancy was so different to before. I am used to the idea of having two boys now!

The third trimester has started with an emergency growth scan as my midwife measured my bump as small. This was probably positional because until last week, the baby has been mostly lying in a transverse position. We had the scan and everything was fine thankfully. It did cause a night of worry for us both though. I had henna on my bump for the second time from my friend Manie who is a doula and runs a company called Opal Aura. Manie put ‘Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star’ on my bump as Thomas has been singing it a lot recently and I wanted to give him more connection to my bump and his little brother.Jo henna 30 weeks

I am hoping that the next nine weeks pass by without any complication. I know I am going to be exhausted but have been exhausted all the way through this time. I am looking forward to maternity leave at 34 weeks and am really hoping we do not get too much snow in November, December and January. I would still like to get around as much as I can.

Introducing our Breastfeeding Diaries

Our pregnancy diary seems to be a draw for you lovely lot and we think it’s a fabulous read too so we decided to look for a diary from a mama on the other side of the bump. Kara writes a blog over at Chelsea Mama and has agreed to share her experience of breastfeeding for the next few months.

Welcome Kara! Continue reading