The first week of my third trimester!
He is the size of a large aubergine. His eyes now have eyelashes and is growing fat to prepare himself for the outside world. He is sensitive to light and can sense light that filters through my womb.
So the week didn’t start out quite to plan.
I had a midwife appointment on Monday morning. I found out my glucose tolerance test was normal just that I was low in iron so I was given a prescription for more supplements.
She asked me about how things were and asked about his movements. I explained to her his movements from the previous week, very slow and minimal compared to what I was use too. She told me to go straight to the hospital to check him out once I had finished there. She listened to his heartbeat which sounded strong, but she said they do more extensive tests to check movements. She measured my belly and I was informed I was measuring bigger than average so I have also been referred for a growth scan. I was reassured that this could be a simple mistake from her part and how she’d measured him, but you still wonder what could be the cause. I held off from doing the usual googling tactic and worrying myself senseless……at first. Curiosity got the better of me. Was it my fault? Have I been eating too many cakes? Could it be a disorder? Am I further on than what they think… again!?
Deep down I knew everything was going to be okay, however, it’s hard to not worry in some way.
In a way I felt a little silly going to the hospital. Which, by the way, looking back, is ridiculous. This is your baby. You are responsible for this tiny little human and if you ever feel in doubt or want to get checked then that is absolutely acceptable. There were a few ladies waiting to be checked for reduced movement. You are never alone.
The midwife team were amazing. At first she asked me why I waited a week. Maybe because, I’d had some movement and you tell yourself you’d be wasting everyones time. She soon put me at ease and told me I had done the right thing though by going in.
She strapped me up to a monitor and the baby’s heart was scanned for about 30mins. I was left to sit and listen to him and I could have sat there all day hearing his pounding heart. And guess what, as soon as that was done he was more active in that afternoon then he had been the week before!! Typical. Needless to say, he was okay. I put it down to him having a lazy fat week!
I’ve just got to wait for the referral for the growth scan now. I am actually pretty excited to see him again. Going for a 20week scan to giving birth is a long bloody wait. I might not be as excited if I get told I’m potentially going to be pushing out a 9pounder! (I was 9lbs by the way, a chubby baby that my mum describes as a suma wrestler looking baby. Jet black hair and rolls of fat at the back of my neck. So there is definitely potential I’m brewing a big one too!
•I had my Anti D injection. Made my arm go dead and heavy.
•Found out you don’t have to queue in Primark with your baby on board badge. I found this out after waiting in line for 20minutes however! But still, what a result!
•Not knowing whether to laugh or cry or get angry with london commuters and their reactions to the baby on board badge. It really is a mix bag of pure ignorance, politeness, consideration and lack of courtesy.
•Eating constantly is now a thing. My sweet tooth is in full swing this week. I’m just putting it down to preparation for the Easter weekend and so healthier snacking is must next week. The baby has a rapid growth spurt in the third trimester so you feel the need to eat more. MUST KEEP THE CAKE AWAY.
We have finished the week with a lovely long weekend away. We were treated to a spa break in Buxton with my parents where I had a lovely Mum to be massage. And then for Easter Sunday/Monday we went over to Clitheroe to see Michaels family. They were all excited to meet the bump and a few birth stories were shared. I found out about birthing stools and not been able to bathe the baby until the umbilical cord has healed and fallen off!
Hope you have all had a lovely Easter Weekend with friends and family and of course indulging in chocolate! I hope it has been the #TheVery xx
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