Tuesday, 11 May 2010
Sunday, 18 April 2010
Friday, 16 April 2010
Thursday, 15 April 2010
I am not one for taking 'drugs' - but I have happily accepted antibiotics from my GP who came out to see me today because the last thing I want to feel like is death when I go into labour!...Any day now perhaps?
Sunday, 11 April 2010
Friday, 9 April 2010
So, here are my newborn sling stash photos!:
Thursday, 8 April 2010
Monday, 5 April 2010
Saturday, 3 April 2010
Friday, 2 April 2010
Of course this has no bearing on when I will go into labour at all - just another pregnancy fact to add to the archives!
With DS, his labour started with my waters breaking and I only lost my plug when a MW had a feel to see how 'far along' I was dilated at the time. I may have not even lost it then had it not been fiddled with but she took great pride in showing me my plug at the time ...and at the time I had no idea what she was on about - a lot of gross stuff was coming out of me at the time and I was in labour so I really didn't care! hehe
Sunday, 28 March 2010
Saturday, 27 March 2010
Monday, 22 March 2010
Oh and before the 'meeting' my MW did a quick antenatal appointment as usual (feel and measurment of my bump as well as checking my urine and blood pressure - all of which are great!). I am still measuring large though (41 weeks) so I did agree to a quick scan (and no - I did not peek) to check that - as in, to make sure there was only one in there cause thats all been a bit 'iffy' (which they are not actually jotting down a scan because my MW preformed it and she is not a sonographer and I gave her 10 seconds to work it out, no longer - Am really pleased she respected that! ...must be the shortest scan in the history of man! lol). Well - there really is only one baby in there, it is just measuring on the larger side! But I guess I just grow large babies!
Sunday, 21 March 2010
Duncan also really enjoyed the set up and didn't want the pool to go way (I certainly didn't want to get out - it was so comfy! Will be a huge help when I am actually in labour!). He was having fun in the pool as well until it got 'too deep' for him and then he wanted out but he enjoyed watching me float about in it! I really think he is looking forward to a new family member! (well - we shall see! hehe)
Just getting all the last things done around the house and any last baby items needed. Really not much longer now! I am getting very excited and trying not to stress myself out too much!
Saturday, 20 March 2010
Friday, 19 March 2010
But it's not looking that way. That is, this baby is not looking tiny. I am begining to believe that perhaps my body just grows big babies.
But if you have ever been in the position to suspect growing a large baby, you have probably also been faced with worries, fears and scaremongering for the impending birth because of this.
So I shall clear up a few facts. Well, I won't personally - but I found these links helpful, insightful and positive! (very important that last one!)
Heck - they could be wrong!...This baby may surprise everyone and come out a very average for their gestational age! I can only wait and see.
Either way - my body will not grow a baby larger than it can birth.
I need to listen to my body. I need to be in control. I need to let nature do its job. All of this is very important to remember. I need to face reality and let any of those 'medical' fears go (this includes not surrounding myself by others fears for me). Pregnancy is a natural body state for woman - for me...it is not an 'illness'. My body knows how to work and it does not need 'fixing'.
Thursday, 18 March 2010
First - I am suddenly measuring much more than I really am! 36 Weeks - measuring 41! Yikes!
Second - there was sugar in my urine.
So of course, the first worry is ...gestational diabetes! (especially considering my history with my son who was quite large himself)
I went back with a urine sample today though - and it is absolutly fine! Not a trace of anything out of the ordinary.
I have declined a glucose test. I only have a few weeks of pregnancy left and my diet is, on the whole, pretty great. The urine test itself does not rule out (or rule in!) gestational diabetes (GD) ...and a glucose test could be just as inaccurate. But either way, simply having a good diet seems to be working well for me - and if I did have GD, then that is all I could do anyhow!
You know - this could be one heck of a long blog post...but I really don't know where to start...or what to say! A lot of thought and research has gone into every decision I have made. I don't just do things on a whim!
I personaly feel, as much as I was hoping for a smaller baby this time around, that I perhaps just make big babies. I had a crap diet with my son and he was big...I am having a fanstic diet this time around and it appears that this baby is still going to be on the larger side!
Their concern with a big baby though is obviously that the baby might get stuck. I am confident in my bodies ability to 'sow what it reaps' - so to speak!
The good news is though - baby is not breech and are in a most ideal position! Thats a start I guess! hehe
Am seeing the head MW on Monday to do a 'risk assessment' and make up my birth plan (with them/their format - I already have one made of cours). I appreciate how organise they are. I hope they appreciate how much research I have done and how much trust and faith I have in my body and the job it has before it! I know that simply coming across confident and sure of myself will go a long way.
Of course - they are not actually sure there is one baby in there...and neither am I tbh! So I have agreed to a quick 10 second scan on Monday to confirm that there really is just one baby in there. The last thing I want (I know it is also the last thing the MWs want - but to heck with them! lol) is to go into labour, give birth...and find out I have more children then previously thought! (no one wants a surprise twin home birth after a c-section! lol)...Some people might be thrilled with the idea of twins, but I guess if that is the case for me, then I would like a few weeks to come to terms with that first! lol .... I think it is just one though...I hope its just one!
Not long now anyhow! :)
Sunday, 14 March 2010
Skin is pink and smooth. Baby begins to develop sleeping patterns. If baby is born now and is healthy, he or she would have an excellent chance of survival with special care and respiratory support. You may feel bulky but you are, literally, full of life. 33 weeks' gestation 35 weeks from your LMP. Foetus length: about 31cm crown to rump (42.5cm or 16½ inches head to toe). Weight: 2300g or 5lbs.
Oh...and I seem to be averaging out at about 1/2 inch of growth around my waist every week now! hehe
Tuesday, 9 March 2010
Sunday, 7 March 2010
Saturday, 6 March 2010
Thursday, 4 March 2010
Tuesday, 2 March 2010
So as the title says - homeoapthic kit ordered! Woop!
Sunday, 28 February 2010
Baby's brain and nerves are developing fast, and directing bodily functions.
Saturday, 27 February 2010
I get hungry, as we all do...I just don't feel like eating! And then when I think 'I should really eat something!' - I just don't know what to eat! Nothing takes my fancy. And then I do eat and just feel queazy. I think I have connected this queazy feeling to feeling tired as well so it must be 'm/s' ...again. Oh well.
This has to be a girl with all the trouble I am getting from this baby! hehe
Wednesday, 24 February 2010
Sunday, 21 February 2010
Saturday, 20 February 2010
Wednesday, 17 February 2010
I also have an official date to go and see the head of midwifery - to discuss my 'risk assessment' (as I have declined to see a consultant) and to go over my 'birth plan' so that all the MWs there are aware of it (what I would like to happen, and what I don't want to happen!). They sound really organised!
Sunday, 14 February 2010
What happened this week:
Skin is slightly wrinkled and eyes are wide open. Good head of hair often present at this point. 29 weeks' gestation 31 weeks from your LMP. Length: 27.5cm crown to rump (37.5cm or about 14¾ inches head to toe). Weight: about 1500g.
Sunday, 7 February 2010
And of course - for comparisons sake...10, 20, and 30 weeks pregnant photos compared!:
Wednesday, 3 February 2010
I never actually pictured me giving birth in water - 'land' was always the more appealing of the two. But for some reason there is something about water that is luring me to its soothing effects - now that I am actually here, pregnant, due 'soon'. I know it will be a great help in natural pain relief during labour and childbirth. It could also provide a little fun! hehe
And wow! - This 'home stretch' seems much closer to home now! It really is not long until I get to meet this little being of mine that has spent the last many months growing inside of me! It feels like such a powerful thing having this wonderful piece of birthing equipment in my house (a baby was born in that!!!) ! hehe
Oh I am getting all excited now! I love pregnancy but can not wait to meet my baby!
Sunday, 31 January 2010
Saturday, 30 January 2010
Grow baby grow! I can't wait to meet you!
Wednesday, 27 January 2010
Tuesday, 26 January 2010
I had terrible water retention with my sons pregnancy and whilst I have had no visable water retention as of yet, I would rather be prepared. There are many wonderful benefit of dandelion root that you can see here - espeically in pregnancy. Preventing/helping with water retention is just one of them!
Sunday, 24 January 2010
Saturday, 23 January 2010
I also did my 'trimseter' weigh in today and stand currently at 12 stone 6lbs. So that puts me at just over 2 stone weight gain so far (which is about right actually and still puts me at just under 3 stone weight gain total by the end of this pregnancy). That makes me sound fat and I feel kinda sad when I think of it that way...but when I look at the reality of it, I don't feel so bad. For example, I am still in size 10-12 maternity clothing (thats an American 4-6 ..so say the lables!). Size 12 being a bit loose on me. I have not really gained any weight in my arms or my face - though I have in my thighs and probably therefore my bum as well. So ...those facts do not make me feel too fat or sad!
This bump is pretty big though and sticking out much more so than my son did (instead of 'all around' growth) - so in that area of clothing, my clothes are getting a bit on the 'small' side - but I have discovered the wonderful bump band! Fabulous! Because I like to keep bump warm and snug and not exposed. They will help my tops last me longer as they fit me fine everywhere else! ...of course, I am still buying myself clothes on ebay - shame on me! hehe
Better be a pretty heavy placenta in there! lol
Friday, 22 January 2010
Tuesday, 19 January 2010
And just as predicted, as this bump is growing out more to the front (rather than 'all around' like my bump was with my sons pregnancy) - the stretchies are right out front and centre. Some new small ones right above my tummy buttom.
Womans bodies sure are maps! - They tell such wonderful stories!
Sunday, 17 January 2010
Wednesday, 13 January 2010
Its dark chocolate. 72% Cocoa! (dark is my most fav) ...and so therefore free of milk. It is also sugar free too! AND most importantly - 'fake' sugar free! It is naturally sweetened with Xylitol (some lovely stuff!). And to add a nut-free nutty flavour and crunch...riddle throughout with shelled hemp seeds! (so high in protein and omegas!) ...A chocolate bar suitable for pretty much everyone! The only downside is that it is £2 a bar! hehe (but I feel thats worth it anyhow!)
'Plamil' - apparently....and they do a variety of other chocolates as well! I am in love!!! hehe
Sunday, 10 January 2010
And OMG I am huge! lol
What happened this week:
(Growth...deffinately...but lets see what else hehe)
Baby's bowel contains meconium, a dark green, tar-like substance excreted during the first few days after birth. 24 weeks' gestation 26 weeks from your LMP. Foetus length: 23cm crown to rump (31cm or 12 inches head to toe). Weight: about 800g or 1 lb 12 oz.
Saturday, 9 January 2010
But it's something! I have come so far and I feel so great! :D