Another week, another pregnancy update! It’s getting scarily close now and the labour anxiety has definitely set in.
I had my 36 week midwife appointment yesterday (Monday) and I was given the birth units telephone number, a pack of information about potential signs of labour and a ‘how to care for your stitches’ leaflet – talk about scaremongering! I had stitches with my first born and it’s not an experience I wish to repeat.
The appointment went well, she came to my house which is unusual and she carried out all the normal checks. My blood pressure seems to have come back down to a ‘normal’ level i.e. not 145/90 but more like 117/74. It’s been much better since finishing work – coincidence?? I think not! The bump is measuring 36cm so I guess baby girl is packing the weight on as expected – she should be around 6lbs now and continue to gain around 1/2lb a week until delivery. Baby’s heartbeat was around the 144bpm mark – similar to where it’s been throughout the pregnancy so I’m content she’s happy in there.
The ‘signs’ I was experiencing last week have all died down, baby is not engaged yet and I’ve certainly not had anything like my mucus plug yet so I guess I was just experiencing normal third trimester symptoms. I’ve actually been feeling pretty good this week – a little tired but generally a-ok!
My hospital bag is all packed and I feel quite ready for baby to come now albeit I’m starting to feel more patient for baby’s arrival then I have been…..I think the reality of life with a newborn is setting in and I’m thinking actually I quite like sleep!
My thoughts are definitely turning to getting fit and eating better. I am sooo ready to say goodbye to these thunder thighs and bingo wings. I bought Matt a Fitbit for his birthday and also treated myself to one too so we can spur each other on once the baby is here to get a little fitter. I also bought the Joe Wicks Lean in 15 book – the good intentions are there! I’m yet to make any of the recipes from it but that will change tomorrow as I am going to rustle up the kedgeree for myself as Matt is off horse racing for the evening. I’ll try and remember to Instagram the dish before I gobble it up.
If you missed my 35 week pregnancy update you can read it here.