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.

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