Pregnancy Update: Weeks 32 – 34

Bump Pic Week 34

Symptoms

Its been a fun few weeks filled with yet more Braxton hicks, period type pains and a dose of lightning crotch here and there for good measure. Baby has had a massive and quite noticeable growth spurt which has led to lots of regular comments at work about how big I’m getting (always lovely to hear) and the feeling that baby is running out of space. Given that we have around another six weeks to go, I really hope that isn’t the case as I really don’t think that either baby or I can get much bigger than we already are. Despite that, baby is still moving around a lot, and pretty much throughout the day. The movements are quite big and uncomfortable at times and I can definitely feel and make out various limbs and body parts a lot of the time. Baby is also quite low at times which has made walking uncomfortable and there have definitely been a couple of waddle moments in the last week or two which make me chuckle to myself as I’ve realised just how heavily pregnant I am now.

Food Aversions

None.

Emotions

Emotions are still very up down and all over the place. So much so that whilst I feel generally ok, I did query it with my GP at our 34 week check just because I am a little concerned that if my hormones are fluctuating so much now, they may be all over the place post baby. It’s definitely one to watch and keep an eye on, but I’m hoping that once I finish work things may become a little more balanced and less stressful which should hopefully help.

What I’m Enjoying The Most So Far

I really enjoyed the sunny weekends we had over the last few weeks. It’s amazing how much happier I feel when the sun is shining and I’ve had a good dose of vitamin D from sitting in the garden. It also meant that I have a few more maternity clothes that I can wear now that I havent been able to wear previously because they were too light for the colder winter and spring days that we’ve had. Its been such a relief to have a few more things to wear in the last few weeks of work, I just hope these sunnier days stick around for a little while longer.

What I’m Missing The Most So Far

A decent nights sleep! By the time I get to 9pm each evening I feel pretty uncomfortable. Baby is super active at this time of night and is usually quite low too which means lots of lightning crotch moments (ouchie) and late night trips to the toilet (yawn). Even with my DreamGenii pillow its difficult to get comfortable and in the last week I’ve taken to sitting on my birthing ball in our bedroom to get comfortable before I get into bed.

What I’m Looking Forward To

Maternity leave which starts in two weeks time (eeeks!). I can’t wait to finally relax and have some time to catch up with myself and get organised. So much so that I even wrote a post about my maternity leave plans. It’ll be so nice not to have to do the commute in and out of London each day which has definitely been taking it out of me. I tend to have a 50/50 chance of getting offered a seat as most days the trains are so packed that people can’t see me, my bump or my baby on board badge. It’ll also be nice to spend some one on one time with the little lady before baby arrives. We’ve decided to drop her nursery days down from five to two days a week when im on maternity leave so that I can spend some time with her both before and after baby arrives. I cant wait to have some proper quality time with her as I’ve really missed that since I went back to work. I’m hoping that we can pack a few days of mini adventures in together before baby arrives if I still have the energy to. I also cant wait to start properly getting prepared for baby and do things like pack our hospital bags, set up our lovely new SnuzPod and wash all babies clothes before he arrives. I finally feel like I can start to get excited about baby arriving soon!

Bump Developments

Bump has definitely got bigger and it seems, a bit pointy! I had quite a few comments at work around weeks 32 and 33 about how much bump had suddenly grown. One of my colleagues looked visibly surprised and quite shocked at just how much we had grown after the long bank holiday weekend. It also looks like bump may be starting to drop a little. Although I could just be imagining things as it is still relatively early days and apparently second babies don’t tend to engage until towards the end of pregnancy.

Week 32 – 34 Highlights

The hospital that we’ve chosen which is different from the one that we had our first baby in (purely for distance reasons), has a shared care arrangement which means that some of our midwife appointments, mostly the latter ones are with our GP rather than with the midwife at hospital. Our 34 week check was the first of these and was pretty brief, but to be fair so are most of our midwife ones. That said, we covered all the usual things and she confirmed that baby still seems to be head down, but is not engaged yet. Is measuring spot on, although I know that doesn’t necessarily mean anything in terms of size and has a lovely healthy heart beat. Our next appointment will be at 36 weeks and then every two weeks until we get to 40 weeks which makes it feel like baby’s arrival is more imminent now!

We’ve also made a few new purchases for baby and I that I’m relieved to have, like my birthing ball which is was so needed and a lovely new Bravado Nursing Bra because I loved the Seamless Body Silk one that I reviewed so much. We’ve also had lots of exciting deliveries and have been sent an amazing Medela Breastfeeding kit as part of my role as a Medela Mum, a gorgeous SnuzPod as part of my role as a Snuz Momma, an exciting Fit Bump Box from Dr Joanna Helcke that is the ultimate pregnancy and post pregnancy fitness kit, and a beautiful Whisbear that I cant wait to introduce to baby. We are feeling very spoilt and excited in equal amounts and cant wait to meet baby next month. Only 6(ish) weeks and counting to go now!

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38 Comments

  1. May 15, 2016 / 8:43 pm

    Such a lovely bump! Eek, 6 weeks to go, not long now! In a way I’m shocked that you only get a seat on your commute 50% of the time, but part of me isn’t really surprised, people just tend to be so wrapped up in whatever they’re doing they just don’t notice people around them. I think it would annoy me though! I drive to work so pretty much always get a seat on my commute πŸ˜‰ Xx

    • May 18, 2016 / 7:44 am

      Im always so jealous of people that get to drive into work! I hate having to take the train and tube into the office, it really is exhausting, especially at this stage. But your right, people are sometimes really wrapped up in what they are doing they dont even notice anything or anyone around them!

  2. May 16, 2016 / 5:59 am

    Looking great and don’t know how you’re still managing the commute! Lots of lovely things to get testing out soon too! Thanks for hosting #marvmondays as always! X
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    • May 17, 2016 / 9:50 pm

      Thanks lovely! Im just about managing it, its very draining and definitely the worst part of the day. So pleased it wont be for much longer πŸ™‚

  3. May 16, 2016 / 6:10 am

    You look amazing So far so good all the best #MarvMondays

  4. May 16, 2016 / 7:02 am

    Oh exciting! Not long to go now! Your bump is looking great. I know what you mean about bedtime, I start wanting to be in bed from about 8pm as I just feel so heavy and achy.
    Enjoy your last bit of time at work and then roll on maternity leave! xx #MarvMondays
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    • May 17, 2016 / 9:45 pm

      Thanks lovely! Night time is so hard isnt it. I just cant get comfortable or relax properly. Comforting to know its not just me! x

    • May 17, 2016 / 9:44 pm

      What an exciting thought! I didnt get to do any bump posts the first time round so im really enjoying doing them now and would definitely recommend it if you do decide to extend your family πŸ˜‰

  5. May 16, 2016 / 8:51 am

    It’s going so fast!! We are doing the same with nursery when I go off – cept will be 3 to 2 days. Be nice for you and the new baby to have a couple of days alone and keep your daughter in her routine. You don’t look too big but can imagine starting to feel very pregnant. I have forgotten this. Only seem to remember braxton hicks all the time. Sounds like you are really getting ready. Hope you feel a bit more settled when you finish and can relax. xx Thanks for hosting x
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    • May 17, 2016 / 9:40 pm

      Agree, it’ll be nice to have some time as a three, but then also just with baby like the first time round. I’m hoping it wont be too full on those days when there are three of us, being out numbered is a scary thought! We’re definitely on a countdown now and I’m really starting to feel the urge to get organised now πŸ™‚

    • May 17, 2016 / 9:28 pm

      Thank you Fiona! Its definitely getting harder as I get bigger, but not long to go now at all so I really want to try and enjoy these last few weeks if I can πŸ™‚

  6. May 16, 2016 / 6:10 pm

    Aww gorgeous! I have loved reading your pregnancy updates, I’m really going to miss them! At least there will be squidgy baby updates in their place!! Try and take it easy when you can, I know that’s impossible but still, maybe just a little!! #MarvMondays
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    • May 17, 2016 / 9:16 pm

      Aww thanks lovely, so glad you have. I was actually thinking the other day that I’ll quite miss writing them! Looking forward to some down time finally. Definitely going to be making the most of it as who know when they next opportunity will be πŸ˜‰

  7. May 16, 2016 / 8:28 pm

    By the time I had a bump it was cold! I’m really envious you can rock your gorgeous belly in the sunshine! #MarvMondays

    • May 17, 2016 / 9:10 pm

      Just the other day I was commenting to my husband how envious I was of winter bumps because I thought it would be easier to dress a large bump in that weather πŸ˜‰

  8. May 17, 2016 / 7:19 am

    How lovely to have a summer baby & you look great! Hoping the next few weeks go quickly for you!
    #MarvMondays

    • May 17, 2016 / 8:52 pm

      Thank you! Lets hope that they do πŸ™‚ Thanks for joining Marvellous Mondays, lovely to have you!

  9. May 17, 2016 / 12:15 pm

    Oh gosh, I remember those days of doing the London commute while heavily pregnant, I really feel for you! Not long left to go now though, and the start of maternity leave is such an exciting time! You’re looking amazing too πŸ™‚ #KCACOLS
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    • May 17, 2016 / 8:49 pm

      Oh its just awful isnt it! Definitely counting down the days now, not long till I can say goodbye to the awful commute for a while πŸ™‚

  10. May 17, 2016 / 7:29 pm

    Oh you really have grown! Your bump is gorgeous! I love when people get to the end of their pregnancy and their bumps are right out there, I love trying to picture where baby is. Still fascinates me that they are all curled up inside, you know? x
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    • May 17, 2016 / 8:46 pm

      Aww thanks lovely! We’ve definitely had a massive spurt, I just hope it starts to slow down soon as I’m starting to worry about the inevitable getting him out bit (eek!). It is lovely to be able to feel body parts and what hes doing, I really cant wait to meet him now πŸ™‚ x

  11. Desanka @MommyBabyTime
    May 18, 2016 / 9:27 am

    Aww you look so lovely! The bump will be bigger with every week and the day will come sooner than you think. I had my little one in 41 week and it was completely normal delivering. Enjoy the sun and relax as much as you can! #BloggerClubUK

  12. May 18, 2016 / 2:59 pm

    What a beautiful bump and glad to hear that all is going well. Those movements are so wonderful (although the ‘lightning crotch’ moments less so!) Hope you enjoy going on maternity leave in 2 weeks’ time πŸ™‚ #bloggerclubuk

  13. May 19, 2016 / 6:42 am

    Ooooh this makes me broody! Sounds like all is well with little (or not so little) bump! 6 weeks will fly by and you’ll be a mum of two before you know it! ☺️ #BloggerClubUK

    • May 19, 2016 / 8:42 pm

      A scary but equally exciting thought! I seriously cant wait to meet this baby now, but juggling two should be interesting πŸ˜‰

    • May 28, 2016 / 10:22 pm

      Thanks lovely! I think I am just feeling bigger than I look, although we are definitely quite big now πŸ™‚

    • May 28, 2016 / 10:20 pm

      We are huge lol! I’m hoping we dont get too much bigger even though I know this is when they now just grow, and grow and grow!

  14. May 21, 2016 / 7:57 pm

    It sounds like you’re doing well, and brilliant with your commute, you must be counting the days and hours until you finish πŸ™‚
    Thanks for linking to #KCACOLS x
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    • May 28, 2016 / 10:20 pm

      Thanks lovely, its so hard but only two more journeys to do which is the best feeling ever! πŸ™‚

    • May 28, 2016 / 10:16 pm

      Not long at all, one more day to go! Lots of plans for our first week. Hopefully I’ll have enough time to get everything done before baby arrives. So many plans!

  15. May 23, 2016 / 9:21 am

    Your bump is gorgeous & you aren’t big at all! Yay for maternity leave in two weeks. This is such an exciting time for you. Rest & keep your feet up as much as you can pre-baby. I agree life is much nicer when the sun is shining! Thanks so much for joining us at #BloggerClubUK
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    • May 28, 2016 / 10:10 pm

      Thanks lovely! You know how it is, you always feel far larger than you look and it doesnt help when people at work keep commenting on how big you are but I’ve been assured by my midwives that I look about righ at each of our last few checks πŸ™‚ Only one more day of work left, so pleased mat leave finally here!

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