Pregnancy Update: Weeks 29 – 31

Bump Pic Week 30

Symptoms

Almost as soon as I went into the third trimester I noticed that my energy levels started to dip again. Just like the first trimester, I’ve started to feel quite tired and fatigued and have felt like I’ve been dragging myself around just trying to get through the days. I’m really hoping this is a temporary dip as opposed to what’s in store over the next 10 weeks.

However, what has been quite exciting, although very uncomfortable, is the development of braxton hicks over the last few weeks. I’ve started to get them on and off every so often and whilst they can be quite horrible at times, I’ve tried to remind myself that they are a good thing and use them as an opportunity to practice some breathing and try out different positions that might help when its the real thing.

Food Aversions

Still nothing to report.

Emotions

I’ve been feeling rather grumpy and down over the last week. A combination I think of feeling stressed, overwhelmed and exhausted. I’ve been feeling it but worryingly, so too have those around me with the husband commenting on my frequent bad moods and my sister saying more or less the same, although in a much less indirect and more sensitive way. My patience hasn’t been great and I’ve been really conscious of how I am being with the little lady, trying my hardest not to be short or snappy with her. It feels like now would be a good time for us to take a mini break, perhaps a long weekend away somewhere in the countryside or by the coast just to get away from it all.

What I’m Enjoying The Most So Far

Long hot showers every morning and every evening. It probably doesn’t sound like anything special, but I’m finding that they’re really helping me to relax and unwind, especially at the end of each day before bed.

I’ve also started reading my hypnobirthing books and materials again, and even invested in a new one called Mindful Hynobirthing after reading about it on one of The Mummy Stylists recent bump updates. Even after the traumatic birth experience we had the first time around despite hypnobirthing, I really do believe that we can still have a positive and different birth experience second time round so am throwing myself back into it. I know quite a few family members that have positive hypnobirthing stories so I know it works!

What I’m Missing The Most So Far

The clothes situation has gone from bad to worse. I literally have NO clothes! Due to baby’s sudden growth spurt in the last few weeks, I’ve gone from having two pairs of trousers and at least a weeks worth of dresses for work to pick from, to one pair of trousers and two dresses. Despite looking online for a few additional bits that could see me through the last few weeks in the office, I only managed to find one dress and I still have another 6 weeks to go so I’m not quite sure what I am going to do.

What I’m Looking Forward To

Starting maternity leave in six weeks! I was luckily able to bring my maternity leave forwards by a week, so rather than starting maternity leave in early June I’ll finish work at the end of May which will give me  three weeks before baby arrives (if he decides to come on time that is). I had always intended to work as far into my pregnancy as I could, originally planning to work up to a week or two before my due date. But the further along I have got the more tired I have felt and the harder I have found it. It hasn’t helped that work has been consistently demanding and fast paced since January, and balancing that with already having a little family at home has meant that life has constantly been non stop and leaving me feeling like I at least need a few weeks to catch up with myself before baby arrives.

I’m also looking forward to starting to get prepared for the birth of this little one and doing really practical little things like packing my hospital bag and washing all the new baby clothes. Thinking about doing little things like these and knowing that my body is starting to get prepared with the onset of braxton hicks creates a nervous kind of excitement within me that I havent really felt in this pregnancy yet. I really cant wait to meet this little one now!

Bump Developments

As you can see from my latest bump picture, baby has definitely had a bit of a growth spurt in the last couple of weeks, with colleagues, family and friends commenting on my rapidly growing bump. I’ve definitely started to feel heavier and more uncomfortable when I am walking, and generally getting comfortable in the evenings is really difficult now. I know that baby is supposed to potentially triple in weight during the third trimester so I’m starting to get worried about just how big I’ll be in another 10 weeks. I definitely feel bigger compared to my first pregnancy and keep wondering how on earth I can get any bigger than I already am.

Movements have stepped up another notch with yet bigger, more noticeable and sometimes rather uncomfortable twists, turns and kicks. I’ve noticed that I seem to get a particularly hefty kick to the ribs if I try to lie on my left side at bedtime, which I suspect may be because this little one doesn’t like that position very much. They clearly disagree with the advice that this is the optimal position for mummy to lie in!

Week 29 – 31 Highlights

It feels so good to be able to say that we’ve finally started to get ourselves and the house organised for baby number two! Our lack of organisation was actually one of the things that was starting to make me feel really overwhelmed, so it’s been a relief to finally get started. Over the last few weeks we bought our first big baby purchase – a 4Moms mamaRoo (look out for an unboxing video soon) and got lots of the little lady’s bits down from the loft like the car seat and my change bag. But the most exciting of all was making space in the little lady’s room for all the new baby clothes we’ve bought (look out for a fairly large haul video coming your way!). One of the best things of all though, is finally feeling like I can start to breathe and relax a little. 10 weeks to go and counting!

 

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  1. April 18, 2016 / 5:49 am

    I remember when I first approached 3rd trimester, right at the start of summer, she was due in August, and things just got heavy and sweaty! I was just starting to look forward to meeting her, I was starting to feel ready by that point! It was a long time ago now though! #MarvMondays
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    • April 18, 2016 / 9:09 pm

      Oh I can completely relate. My first baby was born at the end of July and it wasnt much fun towards the end with all the really warm weather. Hoping that it isnt too warm in June, but I think that is probably wishful thinking!

  2. April 18, 2016 / 6:33 am

    Aw now I miss being pregnant (I never intend to be again as I didn’t really enjoy it with either of mine) – the clothes not fitting, the sleepless nights from discomfort etc etc etc! But long hot showers every morning sounds wonderful! And it’s good that you’re feeling more relaxed now – not long to go! Good luck with it all and thanks for hosting #marvmondays πŸ™‚

    • April 18, 2016 / 9:06 pm

      Aww such a shame you didnt enjoy it, but I can see why some people dont. It is pretty hard and tiring work and those things you’ve mentioned are definitely a lot of the things that I’ve found challenging second time round. But like you say, theres not long to go now, and we all know how worth it all is in the end πŸ™‚

  3. April 18, 2016 / 6:37 am

    Oh I used to love taking hot showers when I was pregnant too, it seemed to be the only thing that helped with the aches. Only 6 weeks to go until mat leave starts – yaaaaay! :- )#marvmonday
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    • April 18, 2016 / 9:02 pm

      Oh you have no idea how much I am looking forward to counting down those 6 weeks now πŸ˜‰

  4. April 18, 2016 / 10:18 am

    Your posts always make me so broody! You have such a gorgeous bump and although pregnancy is hard work, it’s also so exciting isn’t it? You have such an adventure ahead, enjoy those hot showers and try and rest when you can! #MarvMondays
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    • April 18, 2016 / 8:59 pm

      Aww thanks Laura πŸ™‚ Totally agree, pregnancy is hard work, but completely amazing and so magical. Even though the last few weeks have been particularly hard, I really want to enjoy and make the most of it πŸ™‚ x

  5. April 18, 2016 / 11:03 am

    Really enjoying your baby bump updates. Always so magical to see the progression of a baby.
    #MarvMondays
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    • April 18, 2016 / 8:57 pm

      Thanks, its so lovely to read that. I love being able to look and read back over the weeks, its amazing how quickly things progress πŸ™‚

  6. April 18, 2016 / 11:12 am

    You got a Mamaroo, how awesome! I love the look of them and have them on my wishlist but we just keep umm’ing and ahh’ing over whether to get one, you’ll have to let me know how you all get on with it! I feel you with the movements, mine are getting quite intense too, and it feels so strange when I lie on my side at night and it’s almost as if baby is stamping and standing upright. Getting closer, lovely. Kaye xo

    • April 18, 2016 / 8:56 pm

      I know! So, so excited about it and cant wait to try it out with baby when he finally arrives πŸ™‚ The movements are getting quite intense, nice to know its not just my little one that is making theirselves known at bedtime!

  7. April 18, 2016 / 12:32 pm

    How exciting. Love reading your pregnancy updates. I am not looking forward to the time when my energy levels dip down again, I was terrible in the 1st trimester.
    Good luck! x

    • April 18, 2016 / 8:54 pm

      Thanks lovely. Hopefully it doesnt get as hard as it was in the first trimester for us both! I cant believe we’re both as far along as we are now, exciting times πŸ™‚

  8. April 18, 2016 / 3:47 pm

    Not long to go now! It seems to have come round quickly reading the updates each week, but probably hasn’t for you!! #marvmondays

    • April 18, 2016 / 8:52 pm

      I know, its so exciting! It feels like its so close and yet so far at the same time now πŸ™‚

  9. April 18, 2016 / 5:14 pm

    Eek this has gone so quickly! I remember gettimg short tempered and moody aroumd this time – it was very hot during the last few weeks of my pregnancy which didn’t help! But you’re pregnant, you’re entitled to the odd cross word here or there #marvmondays
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    • April 18, 2016 / 8:52 pm

      Oh its so terrible isnt it! Really hoping things improve soon as it would be nice to enjoy it a bit more again, especially as this could be our last baby. I really want to try and make the most of these last few weeks now πŸ™‚

  10. April 18, 2016 / 6:41 pm

    Ah bless hope the energy levels do re-peak again for you. I hated it when all my clothes stopped fitting. I lived in stretchy stresses as it was summer. It’s rubbish feeling snappy – i was the same in the 1st trimester. I just found having breaks from my daughter, looking away and breathing; just having a little think and coming back helped. It has got much better thank goodness. Glad you are feeling organised and planning for th birth Hope all is better than your first. I shall have a read. Thanks for hosting xx
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    • April 18, 2016 / 8:50 pm

      Oh so do I! I cant wait to finish work just so that I dont have the stress of getting dressed every morning. My last pregnancy was in the summmer too so maxi dresses were a godsend. Cant wait for it to get warmer so I can do the same again πŸ˜‰ Hoping that I get some energy back soon as I cant imagine feeling like this for the rest of the 3rd trimester! x

  11. April 19, 2016 / 6:48 am

    Not long to go now, how exciting :). Glad you are feeling better now you have got organised a bit. Bump looks lovely πŸ™‚ xx #TwinklyTuesday

    • April 25, 2016 / 8:36 pm

      I know, its so nice knowing we’re almost on the home straight now! πŸ™‚

  12. April 19, 2016 / 4:55 pm

    I had the same desire as you to keep working as far into my pregnancy with number one as possible and the very next week after finishing she arrived. I look forward to seeing more from you and am loving haul videos at the moment. #marvmondays

    • April 25, 2016 / 8:33 pm

      I hear that is often the case when women work so far into pregnancy! There are definitely pros and cons of both approaches πŸ™‚ Great to hear you are enjoying the hauls too, I need to get another one up soon!

  13. April 19, 2016 / 7:49 pm

    You look fab hun! I am looking into hypnobirthing at the moment, I feel so nervous about it all so I think it might help. xx

    • April 25, 2016 / 8:32 pm

      Thanks lovely! Starting to feel slightly elephantesque these days! Hypnobirthing is definitely worth checking out, although im sure you’ll be fine having done it twice already πŸ™‚

  14. April 22, 2016 / 11:09 pm

    I really disliked the third trimesters (not that I love any of pregnancy) and really feel for you. Not long now though! Both of mine kicked my ribs a lot & I really hated that feeling. Never had Braxton Hicks – always wondered what that was like. #marvmondays
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    • April 25, 2016 / 8:12 pm

      Sounds like a really similar experience to mine! Its such a fine balance, knowing how much I missed my bump afterwards the first time round im trying to make the most of it and enjoy these last few weeks, but its definitely getting harder now!

  15. April 22, 2016 / 11:19 pm

    Congratulations, sounds like you’re progressing well #twinklytuesday

    • April 25, 2016 / 8:10 pm

      Thanks, getting there slowly but surely now πŸ™‚

  16. Tori
    April 26, 2016 / 6:15 pm

    Aw, your belly is so adorable! I had a ton of braxton hicks with my two pregnancies, so much that I had to be assessed for pre-term labour. Luckily there was no concern, but they’re are still uncomfortable. I feel your pain. Not much longer, mama!
    Thanks so much for linking with #KCACOLS! I hope you come back next Sunday!
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    • April 27, 2016 / 6:22 pm

      Aww thank you! I really dont feel very adorable at the moment, more elephantesque I would say πŸ˜‰ I definitely feel like I’ve had more braxton hicks second time round. Good to know that im not the only one thats found them a little intense and verging on early labour pains!!

  17. April 26, 2016 / 7:55 pm

    I love reading your bump updates post, the time is really flying by and you will be on mat leave in no time at all! It’s so exciting when you start getting everything ready and organised for a new arrival, you must be super excited. I hope that we have some lovely warm weather when you off on mat leave, and have time to enjoy it before baby arrives. Claire x #KCACOLS
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    • April 27, 2016 / 6:25 pm

      Thanks lovely, its always nice to hear that other bloggers enjoy reading them πŸ™‚ It feels like we’ve gotten so far into our pregnancy now its exciting. But its also got to that point where it feels like its starting to slow down! I really am looking forward to mat leave now and being able to relax and get things properly ready at home, roll on June!

  18. April 27, 2016 / 7:25 am

    Oh dear, I remember it well. I think it’s a good decision to start your maternity leave a week early, you’ll feel a lot better , juggling a little one & a demanding job is hard enough without being in your third trimester.

    • April 27, 2016 / 6:30 pm

      Thanks, I completely agree! Time off is definitely needed now πŸ™‚

  19. April 27, 2016 / 1:31 pm

    Ahhh the long hot showers. I loved those in my 3rd trimester. Like you they relaxed me so much, I’m still obsessed with them now as they feel like a treat when Henrys gone to bed.

    I wish I’d done a little update like this as literally it flies by. lovely memory to look back on. #bestandworst Renee @peonieandme X

    • April 27, 2016 / 6:31 pm

      Oh they are simply the best thing ever, although I see our water bill going up, up, up! I didnt get to do any bump updates first time round as I started my blog after my first baby arrived so im really enjoying being able to document bits of it now πŸ™‚

  20. April 27, 2016 / 4:51 pm

    Reading this now just reminds me of myself! I have jsut written a post about how I am feeling recently and coping with pregnancy and two kids. I wrote saying I really need a break soon. I do think it really helps having a break from the kids doesn’t it. We all deserve that break to unwind. and I can relate with the shower! I love standing in the shower for ages and unwind and destress!
    Great update!
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    • April 27, 2016 / 6:33 pm

      Oh absolutely! I think I read that update of yours and remember feeling like I could have written it myself πŸ˜‰ Hopefully we both a mini break before these little ones arrive soon!

  21. April 27, 2016 / 9:06 pm

    Ahhh having some serious bump envy!! Sounds like things are going along brilliantly, baby is soon going to be here, it’s flying by. Eek! Thanks for linking up lovely #bestandworst
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    • April 28, 2016 / 5:48 am

      Thank you! Im starting to feel huge now, roll on June πŸ˜‰

  22. April 28, 2016 / 10:55 am

    Hope you’re emotions have started to calm down, I went through a similar spell at about 30weeks. You’re bump looks great and sounds like you have a good balance between looking after yourself and looking after family. Hope the last few weeks go smoothly for you, very exciting! #KCACOLS

  23. April 28, 2016 / 4:00 pm

    You look fab hon! Oh gosh your pregnancy updates sure make me miss being pregnant. Not to much longer now, I’m sure the time will fly by.xx #KCACOLS
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  24. April 28, 2016 / 4:25 pm

    Gosh it’s 9 years since my last birth! How time flies. I am a bit out of touch now. I’m intrigued as to what a 4mom MamaRoo is?!! I’ll have to check back. Plus I chuckled to myself as I read lady’s bits as lady bits and had to read back as I thought you had gone all ‘TMI’ πŸ˜‰

    And you look amazing, BTW. I hope things settle down for you emotionally and you enjoy the end of work and the beginning of this exciting next phase of your life. All the best! #KCACOLS

  25. April 28, 2016 / 6:41 pm

    It’s so true that other peoples pregnancies always go so quicker than your own – I can’t believe you only have 10 weeks left! Don’t worry about clothes, the Sun will be out soon and you can get some lovely light summer dresses – my advice is buy normal clothes that you can re use after!
    Thanks for linking up to #coolmumclub
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  26. April 30, 2016 / 4:50 pm

    I always like reading about others’ experience during pregnancy. That reminds me how similar yet different we feel and act during pregnancies. All the best for your remaining journey and for the coming one. πŸ™‚

  27. May 3, 2016 / 1:44 pm

    You have a beautiful bump! The third trimester can be frustrating & exhausting. I was quite emotional as well. It’s wonderful that you are organized, that is a huge help! Rest as much as you can lovely. Thanks so much for linking up with us at #bloggerclubuk
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