Now I’ve finally reached the third trimester of pregnancy I have kind of said to myself that I am going to do weekly pregnancy updates as this may very well be the last pregnancy I ever experience and I want to capture as much of it as possible.
Since my last update, when I wasn’t feeling so great, I have been to see the consultant, had my 28 week midwife appointment and experienced some new and rather unpleasant symptoms. My appointment with the consultant was to check my thyroid function and ensure I am still suitable for midwife led care. The lovely nurse took my bloods, my blood pressure and listened to baby. Everything was a-ok and, assuming my thyroid is still functioning as expected on my current dose of Thyroxine, the consultant is happy for me to have a low risk birth at the birth centre. I still need to call up and find out the results of that test but I think it will be fine.
The next day, I felt fuzzy headed and a bit under the weather. I took myself off to the midwife in the afternoon and my blood pressure was high (for me) at 145/72. In pregnancy they always compare your blood pressure to what it was at booking (i.e. your 8 week appointment). Everyone’s blood pressures vary greatly so comparing one against another isn’t really telling them anything of note. The midwife asked me a few questions and I explained I’d had loose bowels that morning. She felt my bump and it was a little tender at the top. Baby’s heartbeat was fine at around 144bpm and she was wriggling around. The midwife didn’t seem too concerned, especially as she could see I had suffered with high blood pressure and migraines a few weeks ago. I think they have just put it down to pregnancy rather than anything more sinister.
Having said that, the midwife has asked that I go back at 31 weeks instead of waiting until 34 weeks just to ensure my blood pressure doesn’t start creeping up further towards delivery. I do have a bad feeling that I may end up being induced which is the total opposite of what I want from this labour and delivery. However, as long as Baby M arrives safely, I’m not too fussed.
I feel huge now. And I know I have said that many times already throughout this pregnancy but my maternity jeans are uncomfortable now and so I am living in leggings if I have to leave the house or Primark black, wide leg lounge wear at home. My vest tops are stretched so far they’re becoming see through and I feel my bum spread out when I sit down. It’s hardly surprising I feel huge when all I want to eat are carbs and cake.
Along with all the skin stretching I appear to have developed quite dry skin in weird places; the sides of my knees, my elbows and patches on the backs of my upper arms. It’s a relief to get to the third trimester of pregnancy however I feel like a fat ball of dry crust.
On the plus side baby has been moving around, a lot. A few nights ago I was awoken with a sudden jolt against my bladder and for a moment I panicked my waters were going to break. I led in bed feeling her move for half an hour before drifting back to sleep. She’s going to be a night owl alright!
The nursery is almost finished and I am happy with how it’s looking. The main thing we need to complete it now is the moses basket and some decorative bits and bobs to brighten up the room and give me something to stare at during those night feeds.
Here are a few DIY shots of bump at 28+3 (yes, a little late), Matt thinks I’ve popped but I keep saying there’s a long way to go yet!
Catch up on my pregnancy here.