How the little bean has developed;
- I’m now as big as a squash
- I’m 38.6 cm long, I’m growing at a steady rate and I weigh 2.54lbs now
- My brain is coming to the end of the growth spurt and it now controls my body temperature and my breathing
- My organs are developing to make sure they can all work by themselves when I’m born
- I can even cough now inside your belly
- I’ve got lots of energy at the moment, have you been feeling me move? Sometimes I practice football kicks and sometimes ballet stretching my legs.
The last week has been a bit difficult, I’m starting to feel really tired and breathless even at the smallest of things, like packing the kids school bags. I think bubba has moved up out of my pelvis again which is making life a little bit more comfortable from a walking perspective, less so when trying to eat.
I haven’t had any more Braxton Hicks since last week which is a relief. I was slightly concerned by the timings and also that I may have been leaking a bit of fluid. I spoke to my midwife about this when I had my 28 week appointment and she sent me to the antenatal day assessment unit to just get checked out. They monitored the baby moving and made sure my water wasn’t leaking so all is good.
My weight is still staying pretty static at the moment so I’m expecting it to just balloon anytime in the next few weeks. I’m still using my stretch mark cream each day to try and prevent any more marks I wish that I’d done this in my first 2 pregnancies I think it is definitely making a difference this time round.
Day to Day life
I’ve spent a lot of time on my computer looking for things for Ben’s birthday. He really wants an animal themed bedroom as he’s mad on nature. We have a netflix subscription and he watches all the nature documentaries and a kids program called Wild Kratz which is amazing. He knows so much about animals, it’s just not that easy to find bits online for his bedroom that aren’t either babyish or too grown up. Plus with everything else going on in the house at the moment hubby doesn’t have a lot of time to redo his bedroom!
Building work has started to pick up and we’re going to have a busy 3 weeks with plumbers and electrician finishing the first fix. In 3-4 weeks time I should have a fitted kitchen though which is really exciting, I’m just hoping that everything runs to schedule and the deliveries turn up on time.
I’ve started to buy some bits for the baby now and think about what I need and what is on my wish list. I can only buy a few little bits though as I have nowhere to store anything at the moment.
I’ve had my flu and whooping cough vaccines this week so feeling a bit sore after these, not ill just got a sore neck and under the weather.
My pelvis was doing really well and I got a bit over confident. We took the boys out to McDonalds for tea as a treat and I left my crutches in the car, this was a big mistake as walking out I had a horrific pain and could barely walk. Definitely back on the crutches permanently now, even if I feel OK I have to remember that they prevent further injury.
I saw the midwife on Friday for the 28 week blood tests and she sent me for some monitoring at the hospital. The more pain I’m in the less the baby moves, typically as soon as they put me on the monitor she woke up and put on a little dance show in my belly! It was good to be reassured though that everything was OK and that I wasn’t loosing any fluid which I was concerned about.
The doctors have given me some Oramorph to help with the pain as well as the slow release morphine I’m taking. I was happier to take this than up the dosage of my daily medication as I can just take it when I really need it and hopefully it will have less impact on the baby.
I had an appointment with my physio as well this week who did some acupuncture to release some of the muscle tension in my mid back. This has really helped as I was starting to feel really sore from using the crutches and not walking properly. My lumber spine where I have had the fusion is feeling OK and so far I haven’t had any major problems or any neurological symptoms that would suggest that nerves are being pinched.
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