This week in my diary of a mum to be, week 32, our little man is roughly the size of a butternut squash.
His tiny little finger and toe nails are fully formed and he will give himself a little scratch if he gets an itch.
His testicles may have moved into his scrotum. I’ve mentioned this before, but the growth spurt is happening now. A third to half his weight is gained now in the last 7 weeks. He’s growing up too fast already!
This makes perfect sense as a pregnancy symptom especially in the 3rd trimester. Due to your body just making space for the baby’s development my vital organs are taking a bit of a back seat. I was perfectly expecting to get breathless climbing up stairs or if i do any kind of walking/exercise but it seems to be a little bit more than this.
I sometimes find when I’m just sitting, I’m getting really uncomfortable, due to not being to get my breath.
Because the baby is pushing the uterus against my diaphragm which then pushes on my lungs it’s obviously causing me short breath. It’s harmless and a small price to pay I suppose.
Did you know that your nipples get darker so it’s easier for the baby to find? Well, that’s happened and I continue to be amazed by the female body.
You may remember a good few weeks back that I needed to be referred for a growth scan. My midwife measured me to be way above average on the chart. Quite scarily so. Well, after a lost referral and a few phone calls later we eventually got to see the little man again.
And good news, I’m not brewing up a 10lb baby… well not yet anyway! Everything was absolutely fine and ‘normal’. She told us he’s estimated at about 4lbs right now. Let’s see what this growth spurt really does bring in the next 7 weeks.
I’ve heard so many contradictions when it comes to growth scans. I think the midwife can measure incorrectly, maybe due to where the baby is sitting that day. Also, I’ve heard lots of stories that scans can show up differently to what you end up having anyway.
If your now wondering, what’s the point and where’s the reassurance in having them… well, something I’ve learnt this weekend is that we must have faith in our bodies. There will be exceptions, but trust that your body will grow and nurture a baby that you can give birth too.
So, this weekend we have had an intense course in hypnobirthing. What would normally be delivered over 5 weeks we’ve gone through in 2.5 days. I’m surprised I’m managing to write this as I’m actually proper exhausted. What an experience though!
There is no way I can go through it properly in a paragraph in the weekly update. I will be doing a separate post about the top 5 things I’ve learnt, but I just wanted to share how much I have loved it.
What is hypnobirthing? It’s an alternative birth method that embraces natural birth. It’s about YOU as the mother taking control and allowing yourself to listen to your body and baby for a gentle birth.
When you think of labour/giving birth, you automatically think of pain, panic and stress. Why? Because that’s what has been installed in us.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not in this dream land that I think it’s now going to be easy and pain free, however, I do think the state of mind and the way you go into something can have a big effect on the outcome.
I don’t judge anyone on their birth choices. I think you have to go with what your heart tells you. I’ve had people say ‘have a c section’ or ‘make sure your in hospital to get proper care’ but I’m trusting my instincts that my body wants a natural birth, in the birth centre, in water and that I can work on putting myself in a deep state for relaxation for a gentler birth.
Hypnobirthing is meant to help shorten birthing and recovery time and will lead to a happy and comfortable pregnancy.
More to follow on this…
So diary of a mum to be and week 32 is over. 5o days to go.
Have any of you lovely lot done hypnobirthing? Have you any stories to share that are similar or is your pregnancy taking a different road? I would love to hear from you xx