Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Labour watch

39+5: Really don't know if this is the start of anything or not, but i'll note it down anyway in the same way i did with my last pregnancy. Today i've almost constantly had Braxton Hicks. I think my belly has been rock hard more often today than not. Yesterday i had 2 cups of raspberry leaf tea, but i've done that most days so can't think that it can only be caused by that. Also, around 10pm i had discomfort like a cramp, but that went away fairly quickly.

Throughout that night, i had a stomach-ache level discomfort, no contractions. It stopped as soon as i got up the next morning.

39+6: Lots of BH and lightning crotch.

40: Nothing. Even the BH have eased up.

40+1: Just BH and lightning crotch. Feeling very heavy and as though my stomach is lower. However while driving home from daycare in the evening i was hit with very bad lightning crotch, sharp pains in my cervix and symphysis pubis, for the half hour drive home. Could barely answer the toddler's chattering at times. Thankfully as soon as i got home and was able to pull myself to a standing position the pain disappeared, but left me feeling really weak and tired all evening while i got him his dinner and put him in the shower.

40+2: Woke to find my show :) A small amount of clear mucus with very fine pinkish veins. I think some of the pain from yesterday has started my cervix dilating. Still feeling heavy in my pelvis but thankfully only a few sharp twinges. Just a general very mild discomfort low down which i barely notice except when thinking about it. Emailed my birth team, who have been checking in with me recently, to let them know i expect things to start happening within the next 2-3 days.

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Week 40

Week 40 pregnant belly side view

Week 40 pregnant belly side viewWeek 40 pregnant belly front view

STATS:

How far along: 40 weeks - the big 4-0! Wonder how much longer now?

How big is baby: a small pumpkin.

What is baby doing this week: After months of anticipation, your due date has been and gone, and... you're still pregnant. It's frustrating, but lots of women find themselves in this situation.

Rest assured your baby is quite cosy where she is. She is getting a little heavier and may grow a bit more in length. The average baby is about 51cm long from head to toe and weighs about 3.4kg at birth. But if your baby is anywhere between 2.5kg and 3.8kg, that's a healthy weight.

Your baby continues to shed the greasy, white substance (vernix caseosa) which has been protecting her skin. If she shows no sign of making an appearance after another week, she may have slightly dry skin when she arrives.

Your baby has mastered all the skills she'll need after she's born. She can instinctively search for her thumb and suck it, just as she will search for your breast for a feed soon after birth.

In TV dramas, labour always begins with the waters breaking – in the middle of a crowded room, of course – just before contractions start. The reality is that, even if your membranes do rupture, your baby's head will tend to act like a cork at the opening of your uterus (womb). If you lie down, however, you may notice fluid leaking. Your body will continue to produce amniotic fluid until your baby is born.

Try to stay calm if your waters break or you start to feel contractions, but do call your doctor or midwife straight away. You may be advised to wait at home until contractions are really under way. Find out how to tell when you're in labour.

http://www.babycentre.co.uk/40-weeks-pregnant

Total weight gain: 57.9kg, 300g more than last week and 11kg since the start of pregnancy.

Maternity clothes: Pretty much all maternity.

Sleep: Fairly good this week. I'm well aware of the fact that labour could start any night so am making sure i'm not too tired.

Best moment of the week: 

Food cravings/aversions: None.

Symptoms: 

Nausea: None.

Fatigue: Taking Ferro Grad-C every weekday.

Other: Very strong Braxton Hicks the last two days - i think i have one more often than not now. Sudden sharp pains down low, which i've heard called 'lightning crotch' are becoming more and more frequent.

Movement: Head down, left occiput lateral (LOL/LOT), 3/5ths above brim and non-ballotable (slightly engaged). Lots of kicks and stretches - more stretches now as he starts to get quite cramped in there.

Gender: Boy.

What i'm looking forward to: a peaceful, quick, healing home waterbirth!

What i miss: Being able to walk easily. Also my patience! I've got quite a short temper lately.

Next appt: 27 November.

What else i've done this week: 

Friday, 21 November 2014

Salted pistachio Nutella cookies

Salted Nutella pistachio cookies

Saw these on Pinterest and they looked so good i pinned them into my future baking board. It's taken me a few months to get around to making them though, but happily they use ingredients i always have in my cupboard so i didn't need to make a special trip out to the shops to get anything. I like recipes like that.

Original recipe is from Food Mouth, but their recipe is gluten free. As i don't have an intolerance (and also don't have all the flours they use) i've made mine full of gluten.

Ingredients:

115g butter, melted
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar (i used raw caster)
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla essence
1 cup Nutella
2 1/2 cups self-raising flour
1/4 tsp salt
220g dark chocolate
1/3 cup pistachios, shelled (about 3 handfuls unshelled)
Salt to sprinkle

Method:

Mix butter and sugars together in a large bowl, then beat in the eggs and vanilla (using a spoon is fine). Melt Nutella in a bowl in the microwave for about 20 seconds then pour into the bowl and mix thoroughly. Add the flour and salt and stir until fully combined (will be a fairly stiff dough). Place the bowl in the fridge for about 20-30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 175C and line your trays with baking paper. When the dough is cooled place scoops onto the trays and flatten slightly with your hand. The recipe says to use a 2 tablespoon cookie scoop, so i used a soup spoon and scooped up what i thought was about 2 tablespoons. As you can see from the pictures i think it was much more than that! My cookies turned out huge. But, that's an option if you want large Subway-size cookies.

Salted Nutella pistachio cookies

Bake the cookies for 8-10 minutes until the edges begin to firm up, don't worry if the centres are still underdone. I found the giant cookies needed about 15 minutes. Cool on the tray for a minute or two then remove to a cooling rack to cool completely.

Grind pistachios using a food processor - not too much, some large chunks should remain. Melt the chocolate and let it cool slightly, then dip each cookie halfway into the chocolate. Remove any excess off the bottom and place the cookie on some waxed or coated baking paper.

Salted Nutella pistachio cookies

Immediately sprinkle a pinch of salt over each chocolate half, followed by the pistachios. Let chocolate cool and set completely before serving.

Makes 17 giant cookies.

I found that the chocolate wasn't enough to cover all the giant cookies - it covered about 13 of the 17. It also stayed quite soft for some reason... was a new brand i was using, so that may have contributed.

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Week 39

Week 39 pregnant belly side view

Week 39 pregnant belly side viewWeek 39 pregnant belly front view

It looks like my belly is all mottled around the navel from the front view photo here - but doesn't look like it in the mirror or looking down. What it mostly is is the lines from my elastic Tubigrip, darkened by the more obvious veins on my belly.

And, here's the comparison pic from 9 months pregnant, last pregnancy on the left and current on the right.

pregnant belly comparison pregnancy 1 2 9 months


STATS:

How far along: 39 weeks.

How big is baby: mini watermelon (eep!)

What is baby doing this week: It's all about watching and waiting now, as your baby could arrive any day. Your baby could be up to 50cm long, and weigh about 3kg. But that's only an average figure. As soon as your baby is born, your midwife will weigh him, and it's only then you'll know for sure how much he weighs.

Your baby is shedding the greasy, white substance (vernix caseosa) which has been protecting his skin. This turns the amniotic fluid, which was once clear, pale and milky. The outer layers of your baby's skin are also sloughing off as new skin forms underneath.

The hair on your baby's head may now be thick, and his fingernails extend beyond his fingertips. They may look long when he's born. Your baby's skull bones are not yet fused, which allows them to overlap as he passes through the birth canal during labour. This is the reason your baby's head may look cone-shaped after birth.

And if the week passes and there's still no baby? Try not to worry – babies have a habit of not arriving on their scheduled due date. Most doctors wait another two weeks before considering a pregnancy overdue. Check out how to cope with being overdue.

http://www.babycentre.co.uk/39-weeks-pregnant

Total weight gain: 57.6kg, 900g more than last week (eep!) and 10.7kg since the start of pregnancy.

Maternity clothes: Pretty much all maternity.

Sleep: I'm well aware of the fact that labour could start any night so am making sure i'm not too tired.

Best moment of the week: I've been on maternity leave all week! Also, my aunt and uncle are coming to visit today. My aunt gave me a huge amount of support after our toddler was born, checking in on me by phone each day to see how i was going in my recovery. She had both her babies vaginally (and very quickly) and fully believes in my ability to do so also :)

Food cravings/aversions: None.

Symptoms: 

Nausea: None.

Fatigue: Taking Ferro Grad-C every weekday.

Other: Lot of pinching/pushing sort of feeling down in my pelvis, towards the front, that only seems to happen in the evening. Makes it difficult to walk. The only thing that relieves it is laying down (temporary) and a heat pack on the back of my hips (fixes it). I think it's my symphysis pubis stretching to fit bub's head, which is getting lower each week.

My single stretch mark along the skin that marks my belly piercing has reappeared. You can see it's slightly red above my navel. No sign at all of the linea nigra i got last pregnancy, and the rest of my pigmentation (face, arms etc) has got darker in the last few months, but nothing like what it was the first pregnancy when it got bad enough to form brown patches on my face.

Movement: Head down, left occiput lateral (LOL/LOT), 3-4/5ths above brim and non-ballotable (slightly engaged). Lots of kicks and stretches - more stretches now as he starts to get quite cramped in there.

Gender: Boy.

What i'm looking forward to: an ecstatic, healing home waterbirth!

What i miss: Being able to bend over easily.

Next appt: 21 November.

What else i've done this week: Lots of cleaning of the house in preparation for the birth and photos. Except, it doesn't seem to last long with a toddler about! Particularly on the weekend as he's home with us. I've also packed my labour box and we've got the fittings for the hose so we can fill the pool.

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Week 38

Week 38 pregnant belly side view

Week 38 pregnant belly side viewWeek 38 pregnant belly front view

Edit: forgot to add the weekly montage!

pregnant belly side view weeks 35-38

STATS:

How far along: 38 weeks

How big is baby: a leek.

What is baby doing this week: If you don't know already, can you tell if you're carrying a boy or a girl? One hint may come from the size of your baby – boys tend to be slightly heavier than girls. Babies at week 39 weigh between 3kg and 3.2kg and continue to build the fat stores that will help regulate body temperature after birth.

Your baby's organ systems are fully developed and in place, but his lungs will be last to reach maturity. Even after your baby is born, it may take a few hours before he establishes a normal breathing pattern. After he's born, he'll have a series of brief tests which will measure his health on what's called the Apgar scale.

Wondering what colour your baby's eyes will be? Most white European babies are born with dark blue eyes and their true eye colour – be it brown, green, grey or blue – may not reveal itself for weeks or months. The colour of your baby's eyes in the first minutes after birth won't last – exposure to light changes a baby's initial eye colour. Most babies of African and Asian descent have dark grey or brown eyes at birth, but it won't be clear what precise shade their eyes will be until after the first six months or year.

If you go into labour this week, find out how to cope in the early stages. Have a look at our newborn section to learn all about the precious load you are carrying.

http://www.babycentre.co.uk/38-weeks-pregnant

Total weight gain: 56.7kg, 400g less than last week and 9.8kg since the start of pregnancy.

Maternity clothes: Pretty much all maternity.

Sleep: Fairly good this week.

Best moment of the week: I've finished up work on Friday! Still have to drive there each day to drop out toddler off at daycare, but i get the rest of the day to myself :)

Food cravings/aversions: Waiting patiently for double brie on water thins, champagne and sashimi salmon after the birth.

Symptoms: 

Nausea: None.

Fatigue: Taking Ferro Grad-C every weekday. Don't feel excessively tired.

Other: Red raspberry leaf tea twice a day. It strengthens and tones the muscles of the uterus, to help with an effective faster labour. I'm getting almost constant Braxton Hicks contractions, but that happens whether or not i drink the tea.

Movement: Head down, left occiput lateral (LOL/LOT), 4/5ths above brim (not yet engaged but getting there). Lots of kicks and stretches - more stretches now as he starts to get quite cramped in there.

Gender: Boy.

What i'm looking forward to: birthing my baby at home! And my birth photographer just emailed me to say she's now on call for me - this is getting real! I feel so much more positive and relaxed than this stage last pregnancy with my focus being on trying to turn my breechling and the birth being up in the air as to how it would proceed... now i have a head-down baby and a homebirth plan :)

Still waiting though for my midwife to bring over the birth pool. She was supposed to bring it to my appointment yesterday, but forgot, so then said she'd drop it by that afternoon (she's only two suburbs away, about 10 mins at most). She didn't show, so around 8pm i messaged her and suggested it was too late to drop it by that day and would she be able to do it the next day (today)? She said yes, in the afternoon - i'm still waiting and i've just messaged her again. She says she'll be here before 5pm. Plan is once it's here, to test the hose connections, fill it a little way so as to estimate how long it will take to be full, and then empty it and dry it ready for labour.

Edit: have the pool now! So excited!

What i miss: Being able to bend over easily - it takes me a long time now to reach the floor.

Next appt: 14 November

What else i've done this week: Had my hospital appointment where i saw a doctor to sign off on my VBAC plan (which involved declining pretty much all their usual procedures of IV, CFM, no food/drink except clear liquids and VEs every 3 hours). (I'm planning an HBAC but the hospital is my backup and they believe i'm having a VBAC there). She said she'd have to get the consultant (who i usually see) to sign off on the plan. I wasn't worried - none of what i'd declined was putting me or baby in danger, and even if they don't sign off, i know the magic phrase - "I do not consent".

The doctor was concerned about my fundal height. They seem to think it should be exactly the same on all women, regardless of their weight or height. I measured 34cm at 37+3, with a baby that was now 4/5 above the pelvic brim (where i had measured 35 with my midwife the week before with a 'free' head). Probably at least a cm of baby's head was now below their measurements. I'm currently measuring again at 35cm with my midwife - exactly the same as my previous pregnancy at this gestation (and fits with about a cm of growth since last visit, if you keep in mind his lower head position). However, the hospital wanted to book me in for a growth ultrasound, and added a check of placental location onto the form. I allowed them to book it with the proviso that i would discuss with my midwife on Saturday and decide whether to proceed with it.

I then saw the consultant who said she signed off on all my requests, but added, "until mother changes her mind". Fine by me. I've had 2 1/2 years to decide what i really want - i'm unlikely to change my mind at the last minute! She also mentioned she called my midwife to discuss my appointment.

So at my midwife appointment on Saturday, almost the first thing she said was to ask how i felt about getting a growth ultrasound. She said that the consultant had called her and stated that she'd be happy if baby was as low as the 10th percentile, as that was what my toddler was on when he was born (funnily enough a scan at 35 weeks showed him on 50th percentile for AC and HC - but he was quite thin at birth 6 weeks later (weighed just over 3kg)). Clearly not IUGR, just thin with an average size head and tummy. I explained that i wanted to discuss the fh measurement with her first, but i felt he was not at risk of IUGR, because the fh was the same as with my first baby who was born healthy, but small, and because he did not show any signs of placental insufficiency such as decreased movement. I measure small on fundal height because my babies are small, i am small, and i carry very little fat on my stomach (i tend to put it on my thighs). She was able to see just how active he was when she was measuring as he kicked to the side several times, as though to reassure her, 'i'm fine!'. You can almost make out the shape of a foot when he does this! And so based on continued activity from baby and only measuring -3cm from the average fh, and my research, i told her i planned to cancel the u/s. I think she'd have preferred me to do it, but it's my call. And i've seen so many mums pushed into interventions past 37 weeks (and i do consider an unwanted u/s an intervention), it's almost like the medical profession has to find something out of the thin line of 'normal' to look into and act upon, often starting the birth process too early because of it... can't they just wait til baby is ready like the rest of us do?

The consultant was more concerned about my refusal of vaginal exams, and asked my midwife to talk to me about considering one every 3 hours as they worry about obstruction of labour in the scarred lower uterine segment. Right, cos a baby kicking and pushing with their head and hands on it during 9 months of pregnancy isn't nearly as intensive on it as being on the non-contracting part of the uterus during labour? And that i'm not planning on having any pain medication during labour (so warning signs of uterine rupture (pain between contractions, shoulder tip pain, or just generally a feeling of something not being right - or the later signs such as excessive bleeding, contractions stopping or changing drastically) would be quite clear to me before it showed with heart rate changes in baby) or induction (known to increase risk of UR) - and a baby doing absolutely fine, just a plateau or slower labour than their plotted 1cm an hour suddenly means increased risk of UR? None of the research i've read shows that. (http://www.bellybelly.com.au/birth/vbac-sabotage-is-your-doctor-really-vbac-friendly#.VF6vOL7lk20 - number 3 and number 6 state there is no evidence that long first and second stages cause an increased risk of uterine rupture. That's also what my looking for an article on it found - absolutely nothing). So, i do not consent. She also asked my midwife if i would be ok with the CTG monitor being put on if i lay down on the bed (i had asked for intermittent only) and then taken off when i got up (yeah right) - oh yes, i said with a smirk. 1) i'm not planning on being in hospital and 2) if i were i wouldn't be lying down! Active labour for me thank you very much! Probably out waddling round the gardens and leaning on benches, if i had my way! Although if i had to go in due to concerning symptoms at home and it was quite long, i'd have hubby and my doula supporting me and i'd be repeating, 'I do not consent'.

So on Monday i will call to cancel the u/s and the clinic follow-up appointment after the u/s. I will only see them again if i go past 41 weeks.

I still find it amazing that you have to fight for every aspect of the birth you want.

Sunday, 2 November 2014

Week 37

Week 37 pregnant belly side view

Week 37 pregnant belly side viewWeek 37 pregnant belly front view

STATS:

How far along: 37 weeks - full term!!

How big is baby: swiss chard.

What is baby doing this week: Your baby weighs close to 2.8kg and may be about 48.6cm long from head to toe. Your baby's head is now cradled in your pelvic cavity – surrounded and protected by your pelvic bones. This position clears some much-needed space for her growing legs and buttocks.

Many babies now have a full head of hair, with locks up to 3.5cm long. And then, of course, some babies don't have any hair at all. Speaking of hair, most of the downy coat of lanugo that covered your baby from 26 weeks has disappeared, and so has most of the vernix caseosa, the protective whitish substance that also covered her. Your baby will swallow her lanugo and exterior coating, along with other secretions, and store them in her bowels. These will become her first poo, a blackish waste called meconium.

http://www.babycentre.co.uk/37-weeks-pregnant

Total weight gain: 57kg, 400g more than last week and 10.2kg since the start of pregnancy.

Maternity clothes: Pretty much all maternity.

Sleep: Fairly good this week.

Best moment of the week: Having my maternity photoshoot done! We did it on the beach and have a few sneak previews already, they look good!

Food cravings/aversions: Waiting patiently for double brie on water thins, champagne and sashimi salmon after the birth.

Symptoms: 

Nausea: None.

Fatigue: Taking Ferro Grad-C every weekday.

Other: I'm officially full term! If baby comes out now he'll be able to breathe, eat etc without any problems. This time is known as early term, from 37-39 weeks.

My belly skin is feeling rather stretched. Thankfully no stretch marks and interestingly enough, no linea nigra this time.

Movement: Head down, left occiput lateral (LOL/LOT), free (head not engaged). Lots of kicks and stretches - more stretches now as he starts to get quite cramped in there.

Gender: Boy.

What i'm looking forward to: getting the final OB visit out of the way... hopefully without any issues.

What i miss: Being able to bend over easily - it takes me a long time now to reach the floor.

Next appt: 5 November with the hospital OB, who as far as i'm concerned thinks i'm going for a domino birth (birth at hospital with a private midwife present). This will be to check his position, and go over any non-standard items in my birth plan (which i probably should write up. At the moment it's just in my head, but i do know what i want and don't want). Will see how she goes with this but i won't budge on some things. Hopefully she doesn't mention the placenta location - she wasn't concerned last time but then i was 28 weeks and follow-up ultrasound is usually at 32-34.

What else i've done this week: Had my last meeting with my doula, and let my midwife know (after much research) that at this stage i would be declining an ultrasound at term to check placenta location.

My concern in having an ultrasound at this point would be the possibility they'd pick up something else 'wrong' (or a false positive) that would cause me to have to reevaluate my birth plan - where if the 'something else' had not been noticed would have allowed my birth to proceed without risk at home. Last pregnancy, i went in for a growth u/s to keep the midwife happy, even though i knew he was growing on track... and came out with a footling breech diagnosis and the knowledge that if he didn't turn it was most likely a CS for me instead of my planned homebirth. (and i suspect if i hadn't been so terrified, he'd have come out feet first vaginally with no problem - and no scar on his hip from the surgeon's knife.) If you're out looking for 'problems', or things other than the narrow band of normal, it's far more likely you'll find them and the worry and precautions can often cause more problems that the original 'problem'.

As far as i'm concerned i've had no bleeding or pain, and it was 15mm away from the cervix at 20 weeks with no mention of accreta, so i can't see why it wouldn't have moved even further away since then. Most OBs here like it to be 2.5cm, the RCOG recommend 2cm... so i was only half a centimetre off that 17 weeks ago, and my lower uterus has done a lot of developing since then. I suspect she'll ask me to consider it again if i am still pregnant at 41/42 weeks.

This was actually a fairly big decision that had worried me since my appointment with her on Wednesday. I'm feeling OK about it now. Her reasoning was that she didn't know if baby's head was going to fit past the placenta, if it were low, although she didn't expect him to engage until labour as it's my second pregnancy. But, if a baby can't fit past a soft tissue - how would they navigate through a bony pelvis? Yet they can and do. Doesn't make sense to me. I was more concerned about abruption of the part nearest the cervix if it hadn't moved, but that would appear as heavy bleeding in labour (and could appear even if a scan showed the placenta to be many cm away). I'm hoping he will engage somewhat before labour.

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Week 36

Week 36 pregnant belly side view

Week 36 pregnant belly side viewWeek 36 pregnant belly front view

 And, a comparison photo between my last pregnancy - breech, diastasis recti, no belly support, and this pregnancy (right) - cephalic, diastasis recti, wearing Tubigrip 24/7 (except for showers, obviously). My belly measurements are similar both pregnancies so i expect baby #2 to be about the same size as #1. I've also been going to the chiro throughout this pregnancy, and you can see the improvement in my posture.

Week 36 pregnant belly side view comparison

STATS:

How far along: 36 weeks.

How big is baby: a crenshaw melon (don't think we get these).

What is baby doing this week: Your baby is still gaining weight – about 28g a day. She weighs nearly 2.7kg and is about 47cm long from head to toe. You may begin to feel an increased pressure in your lower belly and notice that your baby is gradually dropping. This is called lightening or engagement, and your lungs and stomach will finally get a chance to stretch out a little – breathing and eating should become easier.

However, walking may become increasingly uncomfortable. Some women say it feels as if their baby is going to fall out. Also, you may still feel as if you need to go to the loo all the time. Check out our eating well guide and stock up on those last-minute nutrients.

The good news is that by the end of this week, your pregnancy will be full-term and you could give birth any day. Babies between 37 weeks and 42 weeks are considered full-term. A baby born before 37 weeks is premature and after 42 weeks is post-term.

Your may have noticed that your breasts are leaking a little. This is quite normal. They are producing the rich, first milk called colostrum that will give your baby a great start in life. If you feel like you're going into labour, your doctor or midwife will check to see if the neck of your womb (cervix) is starting to open. They'll look to see if your cervix is dilating, or widening, and effacing, or thinning.

Your midwife will be keeping an eye on what position your baby is in, to estimate how far your baby has dropped into your pelvis. This information will be entered into your maternity notes so that your midwife will know the position of your baby when you go into labour.

http://www.babycentre.co.uk/36-weeks-pregnant

Total weight gain: 56.6kg, same as last week and 9.8kg since the start of pregnancy.

Maternity clothes: Pretty much all maternity.

Sleep: Need to keep trying for earlier.

Best moment of the week: Bub turning from ROP to LOP.

Food cravings/aversions: Keep wanting to eat chocolate, usually a sign of magnesium deficiency. Come to think of it, i've been getting leg cramps as well, so looks like i'll need to look up foods high in magnesium.

Symptoms: 

Nausea: None.

Fatigue: Taking Ferro Grad-C every weekday. Getting very tired though and i've slowed down a lot. However i've realised how much i have to do before baby is here - because we're having a home birth, i need to clean and tidy the house and keep it tidy (this is easier said than done when working full time and having a toddler!).

Other: Four weeks to go til my EDD! Have had a lot of Braxton Hicks last week and this. Some days it's almost constant and bub pokes his feet out my front or sides, obviously trying to stretch against them. I've also been getting twinges or pinches in my cervix the last few weeks, as though he's grinding his head against it when he moves his head. Beats a foot kicking it though - that used to make me yelp last pregnancy!

I also struggled through a DIY Brazilian wax, surprising painless but man is it difficult to do when you can't see over your belly at all - and can't bend forward into a crunch! I used a mirror but still got wax all over the towel i was using underneath me, and it took ages. Like an hour - but i did get interrupted a few times by the toddler who wasn't sleeping soundly that nap. Hopefully i don't have to attempt another one before birth.

Movement: Very active, occasionally feel a head move in my pelvis, but mostly feel feet pushing out my right size or up into the middle of my ribs, and a bum often pushes out my left side when the feet push out the right.

Gender: Boy.

What i'm looking forward to: my maternity shoot on Wednesday.

What i miss: Being able to bend over easily.

Next appt: 29 October.

What else i've done this week: Washed the blankets, wraps and newborn size clothes that we had in storage from our toddler's babyhood, ready for little man.