This week in the diary of a mum to be, the baby is the size of a coconut. I don’t really feel I need an app to tell me though that there is less room for him to move around. I can certainly feel that, especially with how much he pushes out on my stomach.
He still has about another 900g to put on though before the birth, which looking down at this bump is quite a scary concept. Where the hell is it going to go?
If I am being honest in this diary of a mum to be, I feel this week the hormones have been testing me. Pretty much all week I have wanted to cry.
When someone gave me their seat on the tube I felt like crying, when I saw a dog limping I wanted to cry, when I woke up with intense cramp in my leg I wanted to cry and just general everyday activities made me to want to cry. Pretty sure I have been a bundle of mixed emotions and not easy to be around. Sorry Michael!
I have felt weird at work all week, plans are fully in swing for my replacement and part of me was starting to feel I don’t fit in. I think we have the BBC drama ‘the replacement’ to thank for that!
Finally though, my body gave in to tears and stepping off the tube after a lovely afternoon out together, I grabbed Michael and wept. Think it was a relief for the both of us, and things felt better.
Moral of the story. Don’t be afraid to cry. Don’t feel you have to hide emotions, don’t fight the incredible hormones that are charging through your body during this time. It will do you no good.
Antenatal class this week was all about the stages of labour.
We were first split into two groups, the mothers and the dads. The dads were asked to make a list of all the things they could do to make us feel comfortable during the different stages. While we are at home, in the taxi and then finally when giving birth. The mothers were asked to write down the different stages of labour, the signs and what to do.
Fair to say, the mums knew very little. We came up with contractions and waters breaking.
The dads however, well, if they provide everything they came up with then we are a very lucky bunch of mums! One of the other mums, turned and said to me, ‘look at your partner go’. When I turned around, Michael was in full swing, getting answers and coming up with some amazing suggestions. I felt very proud.
I have heard of some labours taking hours, even days, but I kind of thought these were the exceptions. What we found out was that pretty much every birth has a long time span. From the first mild contraction through to the placenta dropping out, its a hefty process.
We talked about what the symptoms are when your going into labour; contractions, mucus plug (never heard of this, gross), back pain, waters breaking and having to report the colour of this incase the baby has already done its first poo. Nesting and Diarrhoea. I had heard of nesting before: where you go on a mad cleaning frenzy, and the unfortunate diarrhoea is just your body’s way of preparing. Your digestive system is basically going to take a back while in labour, so this is natures way of getting rid of it all. However, we did still chat about the eventuality of pooing yourself. Pregnancy really isn’t glamorous. Beyoncé really does glam the shit out of it!
Next weekend we are doing an intensive course of Hypnobirthing, and I cant wait actually. As I have said before, I feel positive about the birth and I think this will really help. I have only heard amazing things about it. Look out for it next week on the diary of a mum to be. I cant wait to share it with you.. I intend to breathe this baby out!!!