Baby Cope is now the size of a Cantaloupe (holy shit), is around 39 cm in length and weighs roughly around 3lb. I can’t believe I am 30 WEEKS pregnant already, it’s gone by so quickly which I really didn’t expect. Im sure it will slow down once I finish for maternity (6 weeks and counting!). I thought I would give an update of how i’ve found pregnancy so far and how i’m feeling now that we’re in the last stretch!
Baby Development: Baby Cope is now fully developed, their lungs just aren’t quite mature enough yet to support them in the outside world, although if I happened to into premature labour, Baby would have a extremely good chance of survival.
Pregnancy Symptoms: Third trimester insomnia..holy shit..I was NOT expecting it at all. For the past week I have been waking up every two hours in the night and by 5a.m, I am wide awake and just can’t get back to sleep. I honestly live for my afternoon naps.
Body Changes: My bump has suddenly come out of nowhere, I feel so big and I am loving it. The one thing however that I am not enjoying is the amount of comments I get everyday at work about whether my bump is small, neat, massive..I know you shouldn’t let people and their comments get to you but it’s just so hard to keep a straight face and not scream in their face. I have a WHOLE other blog post coming up on all the irritating and unwanted pregnancy comments I have had.
Baby’s Movements: My absolute favourite thing this whole pregnancy is definitely feeling our gorgeous baby move. They’ve gone from crazy little kicks (which started around 18-20 weeks) to full-on rolls, wriggles, punches and hiccups. Baby is most active at night when I first lay in bed and I just sit & watch them roll over & move around. I just love it.
Antenatal Appointments & Classes: We attended our first class a couple of weeks ago at the hospital and it was a Positive Birth Workshop. There were only four other couples there so it was lovely and intimate, the midwife was so nice and friendly. She talked us through the benefits of being relaxed during pregnancy, tips on how to take care of yourself, the different labours you might want to have, pain relief ect. It was really useful and helpful.
From day one I have wanted a water birth and I am still very much set on that idea (I know birth plans can go right out of the window and if that happens, that is absolutely fine) so the midwife was kind enough to take us on a tour of the birthing suite where there is a lovely big pool, bean bags, beds and a birthing ball. It was so relaxed, they had the lights turned right down, there were fairy lights on the ceiling, relaxing music playing. It was just a lovely, calm environment and really helped put my mind at ease being able to SEE the room where *hopefully* our baby will be born.
Planning Ahead: I will have four weeks of maternity before Baby will make an appearance (if they come on their due date, which I am not counting on) so I have decided to treat myself at the local spa and have booked in for a ‘Mummy To Be Package’ which includes a back massage, leg massage, facial and a face mask for your bump. I am having this on my first week of maternity as a little treat to myself before the madness of parenthood arrives. I can’t even explain how excited. Back ache and leg cramps in pregnancy are a real bitch so I can’t wait to have a pamper session.
Are any of you expecting a baby? I hope it isn’t just me that feels like they are going to wet themselves at least five times a day..