So here we are, week 40 and what will be my final bump update for this pregnancy. Over the last few weeks I have been convinced that we wouldn’t see week 40 and baby would arrive early. But after an overdue first baby, I’m not quite so sure why I have been so convinced that baby would arrive early. I guess the one nice thing about getting to week 40 is getting to write this final update and really reflect on my final three weeks of pregnancy knowing that baby really will be here imminently.
Over the last two weeks I’ve started to consistently get cramps, mostly in the evenings which feel like mild periods and Braxton Hicks that at times take my breath away a little. There was one day last week where I had really uncomfortable cramps all day and thought it might be the start of labour, but I went to sleep in the evening and by the time I had woken up in the morning they had disappeared. I have to admit I felt a bit disappointed but I’m hoping that its the gradual start of latent labour.
Physically I’ve had days where I’ve felt sprightly and full of energy, followed by days where I feel exhausted. So I’m definitely making the most of those days where I feel at my best getting out and about, doing activities with the little lady and getting the house organised, clean and tidy ready for baby. Nesting has definitely kicked in as I’ve found myself cleaning and re-cleaning the same areas of the house a lot more often than I usually do. The most extreme example so far has been cleaning our light switches and door handles last weekend!
Excited and willing this baby to come! I definitely have a nervous sense of excitement at the moment. I can’t help but constantly wonder when baby will arrive, when it will all start happening and how it’ll happen. Whilst I am a little bit nervous about having a similar experience to our first birth, I feel really positive and want to try to use the principles of hypnobirthing again to help me manage my breathing and state of mind better this time round.
What I’m Enjoying The Most So Far
Finally having lots of time on my hands! Its been nice to be able to spend time with the little lady, get the final few bits we need for baby and get organised. The first week or so of maternity leave were jam packed with days out, appointments, play dates and shopping. As the three weeks have progressed it’s started to slow down as the days have become quieter and quieter. I’m trying to make the most of it and relax but do find it really challenging to spend lots of time at home not doing very much. I’m sure I’ll regret saying that in a few weeks time when I’m sleep deprived and exhausted!
What I’m Missing The Most So Far
A decent nights sleep! The evenings are regularly like torture now. I am either really uncomfortable or really hot or both. Baby is also usually really active at night time and the movements are quite often really large and really uncomfortable, and even though he’s so low down I often get a few kicks in the ribs still. I often find myself still awake at 2am, sometimes 3am in the morning and then when I do finally get to sleep I’m in and out of bed making a few visits to the toilet through the night. The last few weeks of pregnancy are definitely the most challenging, although I’m grateful that this is the worst of my troubles this pregnancy as I know it could be so much worse.
What I’m Looking Forward To
Going into labour! Yes. I am actually looking forward to this, which is slightly insane given I know it is not the most pleasant or pleasurable experience. But I have just got to the stage where I really want to have this baby. It’s not so much that I’m fed up with being pregnant as on the whole, the last three weeks with the exception of the evenings have been fine. It’s just that I really, really want to meet this little one now! I also want to see whether I can manage this labour in a different way to the way that I did the first time round. I’m hoping that knowing what labour feels like and how it can progress stands me in good stead for managing it differently this time.
Bump has definitely dropped lower in the last week or two and I feel like baby is now as low as he can possibly go now without coming out. Whilst im not waddling there are times when it feels a little uncomfortable, like when I go to the toilet and it feels like he is sitting on my lap!
We’ve been having lots of bump hiccups, usually in the evenings. This baby only really started hiccupping in the last four or five weeks which felt later than with the little lady, although to be fair I can’t really remember that far back. They didn’t really bother me the first time round, and if anything I actually found them pretty amazing. This time round I havent really enjoyed the sensation as much, maybe because baby is so low down.
Week 38 – 40 Highlights
One of the most exciting things that happened over the last three weeks was our 38 week appointment where our GP confirmed that baby is now 4/5ths engaged, yay! The little lady also got to come with me and heard the baby’s heartbeat for the first time which was lovely. Baby is still measuring as he should be and everything seems to be progressing well.
Finally getting round to packing our hospital bags was a huge achievement. It wasnt something I’d been looking forward to doing as much as I had the first time around, I think because there was still a lot I needed to buy and wash for my bags and baby’s bags. So it was a bit of a slow process as I started packing them in tandem with buying and washing things but once it was done it was nice to put them by the door where they’ve now been sitting for the last two weeks. We should probably think about putting them in the car very soon!
I finally went on a tour of our hospital birthing suite at 39 weeks and was massively surprised by how popular it was. There were probably around 20 -30 of us all looking around at the same time and these tours are held weekly! It had been in the back of my mind to attend one of the tours for the last few weeks, possibly months even, but it kept falling off my priority list and randomly popped up in my mind on the day and I’m really glad it did. It was nice to have a look around and get a bit more familiar with the hospital as it’s not the same one that we had our first baby at. One of the funniest moments was when we were told that if we wanted to use the birthing suite we would have to bring our own little fishing nets to scope things out of the pool, definitely not quite what I was expecting to hear! But as far as birthing suites go, it pretty much looks the same as all birthing suites seem to, I’m just really hoping that we have more luck using and staying in one this time round!
I can’t believe we’re finally at week 40 of this pregnancy. Its been so nice to be able to write these updates to capture it all. In some ways it feels like it was such a long time ago that we discovered we were pregnant again, and in others it has just flown by and now we find ourselves at the end of one journey and the start of a new one. I cant wait to see how the next chapter of our lives unfold. At least one thing is for certain now, and that is that we’ll finally meet this little one in the next two weeks!