Friday, 19 September 2014

Week 30

week 30 pregnant belly side view

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And a shot of my belly progression from weeks 27 to 30. Can really see it filling out above my navel.

STATS:

How far along: 30 weeks.

How big is baby: a cabbage.

What is baby doing this week: Your baby now measures a little more than 39cm from crown to toe. Her growth in terms of her length will soon slow down but she will continue to gain weight until she's born. She probably weighs about 1.3kg at this stage.

Your baby's lungs and digestive tract are almost fully developed. She continues to open and shut her eyes. She can probably see what's going on inside your uterus (womb), tell light from dark and even track a light source. If you shine a light on your stomach, your baby may move her head to follow the light or even reach out to touch the moving glow.

Some researchers think baring your stomach to light stimulates visual development. But your baby won't be able to see much when she's born. Newborns can see a distance of only between 20cm and 30cm. Children with normal vision don't reach 20/20 vision (the same as an adult) until the age of about eight. To complete the picture, your baby now has eyebrows and can bat her eyelashes!

About a litre of amniotic fluid now surrounds your baby, but that volume decreases as she gets bigger and has less room in your uterus. As you and your baby continue to grow, don't be alarmed if you feel breathless, as if you can't get enough air. It's just your uterus pressing against your diaphragm.

There is a light at the end of the tunnel, though. At about 34 weeks (or just before birth, if this is your second or third pregnancy), your baby's head will move down into your pelvis as she gets into the right position for birth. That will make breathing and eating a lot easier.

http://www.babycentre.co.uk/30-weeks-pregnant

Total weight gain: 55.4kg, 100g more than last week and 8.6kg since the start of pregnancy.

Maternity clothes: Pretty much all maternity or very stretchy clothes.

Sleep: Need to keep trying for earlier.

Best moment of the week: 

Food cravings/aversions: None.

Symptoms: 

Nausea: None.

Fatigue: Taking Ferro Grad-C every weekday. Haven't had any side effects other than, ahem, black poo!

Other: I'm officially 3/4 of the way through this pregnancy!

Had my booking in appointment at the hospital, all went well except for baby was transverse when the OB examined me. She wasn't worried, said it wasn't a concern at this stage, but showed more concern that i was measuring 2cm below the expected i.e. my fundus was 28 cm from my pubic bone instead of 30cm... but i'm barely 5"2 so hardly expected to have an average size baby. I had the same thing with my previous pregnancy. My midwife wasn't concerned when i told her, and as they both agreed that a transverse baby would make the measurement smaller than a longitudinal lie i'm not going to go for a growth scan at this point. In fact i'd be unlikely to go at all unless there was no growth over a few appointments and, more importantly, baby's movements changed.

I've also started producing colostrum :) Not much yet. Started on the right then a few days later the left followed suit.

Movement: Transverse at my OB appointment, still very active. Loads of kicks, mostly to the right of my belly when he's transverse or up into my right rib when he's head down. Occasionally he'll flip to breech for a day and stomp on my bladder, but happily he moves out of that position by night (as i had a footling breech before, i tend to worry unnecessarily about breech - even though it's much safer than transverse at term!)

Gender: Boy.

What i'm looking forward to: our family photoshoot on Thursday!

What i miss: Being able to bend over easily.

Next appt: 15 September.

What else i've done this week: 

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Week 29

week 29 pregnant belly side view

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STATS:

How far along: 29 weeks.

How big is baby: a butternut pumpkin.

What is baby doing this week: Your baby now weighs a little over 1kg and measures about 39cm from head to toe. On his head, hair is growing well. If you're having a boy, his testicles will have descended from near the kidneys through the groin en route to the scrotum. If your baby is a girl, her clitoris is prominent, because it's not yet covered by the still-small labia. These will grow to cover it in the last few weeks before birth.

Your baby's head is getting bigger to make room for his developing brain. Nearly all babies react to sound and light by the end of this week.

Your baby's nutritional needs reach their peak during the third trimester. You'll need plenty of protein, vitamin C, folic acid, iron, and calcium (about 200mg is deposited in your baby's skeleton every day), so eat foods rich in these nutrients. His skeleton hardens even more and his brain, muscles, and lungs are maturing all the time. Take a look at our eating well guide to make sure you are getting the right minerals and vitamins.

As your bump gets bigger you may find it harder to get a good night's sleep. Many mums-to-be find they have vivid dreams about their baby in the third trimester.

http://www.babycentre.co.uk/29-weeks-pregnant#ixzz3C1sZ0uBl

Total weight gain: 55.3kg, 600g more than last week and 8.5kg since the start of pregnancy. I read somewhere that the average weight gain in the third trimester is 5kg. I hope mine is not that much.

Maternity clothes: My largest maternity bras, maternity trousers for work and leggings at home, mostly maternity shirts - my longest tshirts are only just hanging in there.

Sleep: Need to keep trying for earlier.

Best moment of the week: 

Food cravings/aversions: None.

Symptoms: 

Nausea: None.

Fatigue: Taking Ferro Grad-C every second day.

Other: Had my first lot of Anti-D. My midwife put my referral in to the hospital last week and i've already received my first appointment. It's very early in the morning - i don't know that i'm going to manage to get E into daycare in time to make it there. I'll have to drive to the hospital and hope to get parking.

Movement: Head down!!! Yay!!!

Active, for longer periods during the day now, and longer sleep periods. Baby likes to flip between transverse (mostly at night or if i've been sitting for a long time) and cephalic, although seems to be spending longer and longer head-down :) He was ROL (right occiput lateral - ROT in the US) at last appointment. This is fine as a second time mum - there's a lot more room in there and weaker stomach muscles. My midwife said if he's still ROL when i go into labour she will give me exercises to help rotate him to LOA (the easiest position to give birth to as the narrowest diameter of baby's head is presented).

Gender: Boy.

What i'm looking forward to: a non-eventful third trimester of my pregnancy (fingers crossed) and a homebirth with a head down baby.

What i miss: Being able to bend over easily.

Next appt: 10 September.

What else i've done this week: 

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Week 28

week 28 pregnant belly side view

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Belly has definitely overtaken the boobs! Such an outie belly button too. I hope it doesn't get stretched so much it goes huge and completely flat by full term like last pregnancy.

STATS:

How far along: 28 weeks.

How big is baby: a chinese cabbage.

What is baby doing this week: Your baby weighs a little more than 1kg and may measure up to 38cm from top to toe. At about this time, she can open her eyes and turn her head in your uterus (womb) if she notices a continuous, bright light shining from the outside. She's getting used to blinking her eyes, which now have eyelashes.

Her fat layers are continuing to form and her bones are nearly developed, though they are still soft and pliable. Her bones won’t harden properly until after she's born.

You're in the home stretch. The third trimester typically starts this week and lasts until the end of week 39 and sometimes even beyond. (Don't worry – 42 weeks is the maximum! After that, a mum-to-be is usually is induced to give birth.) <-- I personally disagree with this advice - some mothers and babies just gestate longer. An induction before mother's body and baby are ready can often lead to it failing and a CS being called for. I know of several women who naturally gestate to 43 or 44 weeks. Their babies were born healthy. Remember, you won't be pregnant forever. Inductions carry risk and should only be used when the risk of continuing the pregnancy outweighs the risk of induction - and this is not just based on dates, which can be very inaccurate. Do your research before agreeing to interventions!! Most women gain an average of 5kg during this trimester.

http://www.babycentre.co.uk/28-weeks-pregnant#ixzz3BbC5xD3E

Total weight gain: 54.7kg, same as last week and 7.9kg since the start of pregnancy. I read somewhere that the average weight gain in the third trimester is 5kg. I hope mine is not that much.

Maternity clothes: My largest maternity bras, maternity trousers for work and leggings at home, my longest tshirts/maternity shirts.

Sleep: Need to keep trying for earlier.

Best moment of the week: 

Food cravings/aversions: None.

Symptoms: 

Nausea: None.

Fatigue: My blood test came back showing my ferritin levels were low, enough for pathology to mark it as slight anaemia. Iron levels themselves are still normal (ferritin is a measure of the iron stores in the body). I've started on Ferro-Grad C, which contains 105mg iron and 500mg Vitamin C. Hopefully this will help my energy levels.

Other: Picked up my Anti-D and midwife will inject the first lot tomorrow at my appointment.

Speaking of my midwife, she emailed me last night to say she was incorrect when she advised me that i would need a referral for ante and postnatal care with her from my GP. She now says it needs to be from a GP obstetrician. That made me read the Health Dept guidelines on Medicare accredited midwives, and what i read i was not easy with. It appears she is supposed to be working collaboratively with an OB or hospital doctor, and should inform me by writing in my notes the name(s) of these specialists. This i feel would put me at risk of being shunted into the hospital system, purely because i'm a VBAC mum and therefore no longer considered 'low-risk'. I don't think that risk is worth saving a few hundred dollars of her $5k fee. At this time, as long as everything with my and baby's health stays as it is we are well on track for a HBAC. The only reasons that she would transfer my care to the hospital is positioning - if baby is breech when i go into labour. Fingers crossed he's cephalic, because i really would love a homebirth. So we've decided not to apply for any of the Medicare rebates, which means she doesn't have to follow their more stringent rules, just the ones of the ACM (Australian College of Midwives), which are strict enough as they are.

Movement: Active, for longer periods during the day now, and longer sleep periods. Baby likes to flip between transverse (mostly at night or if i've been sitting for a long time) and a vertical lie. Will find out at my appointment if that vertical lie is cephalic or breech.

Gender: Boy.

What i'm looking forward to: a non-eventful third trimester of my pregnancy (fingers crossed) and a homebirth with a head down baby.

What i miss: Brie and champagne. Polony! (we bought some for The Toddler).

Next appt: 1 September

What else i've done this week: Still using the Spinning Babies move: May I add, Dip the Hip as a rising hopeful? every time i feel bub in a transverse lie. It also helps when i get SI joint discomfort. Be interesting to see what my chiro thinks next appointment - i suspect it's evening out the uneven tension in the ligaments.

I've also booked in a final family-of-three shoot with my maternity and newborn photographer. Should take place in the next month or two, as she waits for the spring wildflowers to be at their best (i asked for the shoot to be in a flower field).

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Toilet training a toddler - part 1

Familiarisation with the toilet:


Our story started some time after his first birthday, probably around 14 months. I had read about Elimination Communication, and how mums successfully had their babies without nappies because they were able to see from baby's cues when baby needed to go. I didn't think i'd be much good at that, but the idea made sense to me, and i thought it would be worth a go, albeit with nappies on. I started putting him on the toilet, just to familiarise him with it, each morning after he woke up and each evening before his bath. We were so excited when we got the timing right one day and he did a wee on the toilet! Big fuss was made, but it was quite a while before we got another.

At one point his Number 2s coincided with him getting off our bed in the morning, after we'd got him up out of his cot, and running around - within a minute or two. So we timed it to take him immediately when he tried to get off our bed, and this worked well - we had quite a long period of several weeks that we could catch Number 2s on the toilet. We made a huge fuss here too and he was pleased, but then his timing changed again and we no longer managed to catch them. By the time i could read his signal that he needed to go, it was too late - and if i rushed to grab him and pop him on, the shock would make him hold it for another half hour or so, at which point he'd go in his nappy. So we gave up on that and just continued with the placing him on the toilet at set times. We'd read a book or sing songs while he was sitting there, so that he didn't get bored and found it a fun place to sit (and it gave us a longer time to possible catch one!)

Fast forward to him turning two. We had by now stepped up the times we placed him on the toilet, so we put him on before each nappy change, when he woke, and before his bath in the evening. Success was still mixed. Daycare by now had also started asking the children if they wanted to use the potty or toilet, and he would quite often happily sit on the potty, but only occasionally would he do anything. The fact that he would head to the potty or toilet when asked was a positive step though.

Number 2s on the toilet:


Each time i got him off the toilet, i would look into the bowl and say, sounding disappointed, "No wee? Oh well. Maybe next time you can do a wee?" He would look at me and sometimes respond. I never pressed beyond that. All of a sudden, one day morning there was a number 2. I made a huge fuss and then had the idea that maybe this needed a super special reward... a square of chocolate was what popped into my head. I was to regret this later! (more on that further down - next time round, i'll use stickers.)

However, the chocolate seemed to work. He was so excited about getting a chocolate that he started performing regularly - his habit went from once every two days to twice a day! But that was more than ok by us, as it was much easier to clean up :)

We then started introducing chocolate for wees as well - one square of chocolate for a wee, two squares for a poo. The adults had a giggle about the numbering i.e. one for Number 1 etc! This worked so well, hubby decided it was time for big boy undies.

Introducing underpants:


I wasn't sure about starting toilet training - most of the articles i had read seemed to indicate you needed at least three days of solid training, and we couldn't do that without taking a day off work and daycare. But, i eventually thought, part-time training should be better than none at all, and there's an obvious distinction between home and daycare so it shouldn't confuse him. Also, the fact that hubby was ready to start and help out would make it a lot easier than me doing it on my own! And as a bonus, if he learned before the new bub was born that would make it a lot easier on me, with just one set of nappies to change and wash and fold.

So last Saturday we did the grocery shopping and while at the shops, took The Toddler to pick out a special set of Big Boy Undies. He picked out a pack of 6 which featured motorbikes. On Sunday morning, we asked if he wanted to wear his Big Boy Undies, and that was it. He didn't want to take them off all day!

We started out by putting him on the toilet every 20 minutes. This seemed to work pretty well, so we extended it to every 25. We kept exclaiming how good it was that he'd kept his undies dry, and he'd get the usual square of chocolate each time he went on the toilet. He had three accidents that day, and was in undies all day except for an hour and a half when we went to the shops (and he did not want his nappy put back on, poor boy!) We were really impressed with how well he'd done. However, tomorrow was Monday and that meant daycare, and i wasn't sure whether they'd be able to keep taking him to the toilet every 25 minutes, knowing that the ratio of carers to children is about 1:5 in his age group - it would mean a lot of extra work for them. I thought it worth asking though.

Toilet training at daycare:


I put him in nappies on the Monday morning and had a chat to one of his carers. I told her we'd started training him on the weekend, and he'd done really well, but we were doing it by the timing method and he wasn't yet at the stage where he could tell us before he needed to go, and i had thought that might be a bit much for the carers to be able to manage. She kind of nodded and asked had i brought undies that day, i said no. She said they would put him on the toilets there at each nappy change to see how he went.

We continued nappies from when we got home til shower time, which was about 1 1/2 hours. I did noticed we'd get a few accidents here, probably because he was tired from daycare. (By this time i'd had the bright idea to cut the squares in half, so he wasn't getting through quite so much chocolate in a day).

He did well with the toilet at daycare, very quickly increasing the number of times he'd go, to the point where on Wednesday when i went to pick him up one of the other carers was excited to tell me he'd done something on the toilet at every nappy change. I told her about the training on Sunday, and she said, "We can do that! I did it last year with several kids when i was in the younger toddlers' room, that's no problem at all!"

So on Thursday a nervous mumma put her baby in his Big Boy Undies and put him in the car to take to daycare. It's a 45 min drive, so i put a nappy underneath him in the car seat and hoped for good traffic. I was stunned and really pleased to find dry undies when we got to daycare! I rushed him straight to his room and the little toilets there, and he went right away :) He got a little sticker for doing so well and keeping his undies dry, and i told the carer i'd spoken to the evening before that we'd brought four changes of underwear (would have been five but he'd wet a pair that morning) and three extra changes of trackie pants, to see how he went and if he went through them all just to pop him back in a nappy.

They were happy to do that, asked if i wanted him in a nappy for his nap (usually 2 hours so i thought that was a good idea), and decided they'd take him every 30 minutes (easier for them to work out without an actual timer going off).

So after work i headed back to daycare wondering what news they'd give me.

By this time the early shift carers had left, but the ones on late shift told me he'd done well and had a few accidents that day. He'd only wet through 3 pairs though, so i was really pleased. We washed and ran them through the dryer that night ready for Friday.

Taking himself to the toilet:


Friday morning and afternoon i was able to talk to the carers who'd had him for most of the day, two of them told me that the two accidents he'd had (the third pair of undies was only slightly wet and that was when i picked him up, so they hadn't seen that), one was an accident and the other was that he had taken himself to the toilet, but hadn't quite pulled his clothes down far enough and had wet them on the toilet. They were both super proud of him and delighted to tell me that all day he'd taken himself to the toilet and they hadn't had to do the 30 minute timing, other than to ask if he needed to go. (His carers in this room and his previous one are an absolute delight, they really do form an attachment to the kids, i could see they were actually proud of how well he'd done). In fact he took himself to the toilet while i was there talking!

So Friday evening i stopped worrying about the timer (which was great, it had introduced a level of stress for me) and just asked him every half hour if he needed to go. Quite often he'd say no, but then five minutes later would say, "Wee." I'd ask, "Do you need to go to the toilet?" "Yes," and so i'd take him in there, ask him to step onto his step and pull down his own trousers and pants, and then i'd lift him on to his toilet seat (as ours are adult toilets obviously but the ones at daycare are much lower, he can get on himself). He did really well with only one accident that evening.

Today is Saturday and he's been dry all morning! I've managed to get him down for a nap, but he wanted to wear his underwear for the nap, so we'll see how he goes. We'll also head to the shops this afternoon, with his toilet seat in a plastic bag, so we can take him at the shops (and probably a change of clothes in case). Although it would be easier for me to pop a nappy on him, i think it's important for his development that he has his undies on all the time (except for night).

More to come in this series next week!

Toilet training a toddler - part 1

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Week 27

week 27 pregnant belly side view

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6 months pregnant comparison pregnancy 1 2 side view
A definite difference in my belly shape from 6 months with pregnancy #1 (left) and 6 months with pregnancy #2. I believe this is all thanks to my pregnancy support belt.

STATS:

How far along: 27 weeks.

How big is baby: a cauliflower!

What is baby doing this week: Your baby now weighs nearly 875g and will probably measures more than 36cm from head to toe. His eyes open and close, he sleeps and wakes at regular intervals and he may suck a finger or thumb.

Sweet dreams, little baby! Some experts believe that babies begin to dream by week 27. What do they dream about? No one knows for sure but your baby's brain is certainly active now. The characteristic grooves on his brain's surface is starting to appear and more brain tissue is developing.

You may be detecting rhythmic movements, which is simply your baby having an attack of the hiccups. They are common this week and throughout your pregnancy. A spell of hiccups usually passes in moments. The sensation for you may be strange, but rather comforting.

Since your uterus (womb) is now up near your rib cage, you may now find yourself short of breath if you haven't already. Starting now and continuing through the last three months of pregnancy, you may be plagued by leg cramps, haemorrhoids, varicose veins and an itchy belly. Are pregnancy discomforts getting you down? Try some natural remedies to perk you up.

If a blood test for your rhesus status found you to be rhesus negative (RhD negative) earlier in pregnancy, you'll probably be tested for antibodies this week or next. These may be present in your blood if your baby is RhD positive, and you'll have what's called an anti-D injection to combat the incompatibility. You may be offered a repeat injection at 34 weeks.

http://www.babycentre.co.uk/27-weeks-pregnant#ixzz3BVsHqZJV

Total weight gain: 54.7kg, a gain of 700g since last week and 7.9kg since the start of pregnancy. Last pregnancy i only put on 8kg in total. Can't believe i'm at that already.

Maternity clothes: Maternity bras, maternity trousers, my longest tshirts/maternity shirts.

Sleep: Need to keep trying for earlier.

Best moment of the week: Baby still has heaps of room to move but right now is vertex! (can't tell if head up or down, hopefully down). A vertical lie however is better than transverse or oblique :)

Food cravings/aversions: None.

Symptoms: 

Nausea: None.

Fatigue: Have been falling asleep on the sofa in the evenings... must improve bedtimes!

Other: Got the order in for Anti-D, my doctor phoned it through to the Red Cross and will contact me when it's ready to pick up.

Reflux has been much better this week, especially when i drink enough.

Movement: Active, mostly morning and evening. Flips between transverse, oblique with i think a head in my hip, and beautifully vertex (again i think or hope head down... but will have to wait for my midwife to tell).

Gender: Boy.

What i'm looking forward to: a non-eventful second half of my pregnancy (fingers crossed)

What i miss: being able to bend over at the waist easily.

Next appt: 1 September

What else i've done this week: Found a new exercise on the Spinning Babies website, which seems to have helped in getting bub into a better position than oblique. There's a video of it: May I add, Dip the Hip as a rising hopeful?

Monday, 18 August 2014

Week 26

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 Getting a round tummy now!

pregnant belly progression

And the change in my belly over 4 weeks. Very gradual but you can see it.

STATS:

How far along: 26 weeks.

How big is baby: a continental cucumber.

What is baby doing this week: Measuring your baby from top to toe with her legs extended, she is probably about 36cm. She weighs a little more than 760g. Your baby's eyes begin to open around now. Her response to sound grows more consistent towards the end of the seventh month, when the network of nerves to her ears is complete. She may be able to hear you and your partner chatting. Your baby also continues to take small breaths, getting plenty of practice for when she's born. It's all preparation for when she takes that first gulp of air.

Since your baby is now growing so fast, and brain development is so intense at this stage, your nutrition is very important. Continue to eat a well-balanced diet that includes plenty of grains and vegetables. Fibre-rich foods, including whole-grain breads and cereals, lentils and brown rice are high in vitamin B and help fend off constipation.

http://www.babycentre.co.uk/26-weeks-pregnant#ixzz3AHWdzmqI

Total weight gain: 54kg, a gain of 500g since last week and 7.2kg since the start of pregnancy. Last pregnancy i only put on 8kg in total. I'm not sure what's causing the increased weight this time, but i blame my craving for chocolate ;)

Maternity clothes: Maternity bras, maternity trousers, my longest tshirts/maternity shirts.

Sleep: Not too bad... mostly midnight but i've managed a few 10:30/11:30pm bedtimes.

Best moment of the week: Have now moved from triple to double digit 'days to go' estimate. Currently at 98. Eeep!

Food cravings/aversions: None.

Symptoms: 

Nausea: None.

Fatigue: Have been falling asleep on the sofa in the evenings... must improve bedtimes!

Other: Need to visit my doctor to get a prescription for anti-D, which my midwife will inject for me. I could get it free at the hospital but that can take hours of waiting.

Reflux has been quite bad this week. Fruit tingles are not helping, cheese helps for a little while, a small glass of milk helps a little.

Movement: Active, mostly morning and evening. Baby was lying transverse, head on my left, at my last check with my midwife, which explains all the movement i could feel in my pelvis and down my right side. Most babies lie transverse between 24-26 weeks (http://spinningbabies.com/baby-positions/breech-bottoms-up/about-breech).

I've checked nearly every night since and at the moment he seems to be lying oblique, with a head in my left hip and bum under my right rib, kicking either into my ribs or my side. Keeping up with the 30 sec inversion and 20 cat-tabletops each night to try to help him into a good position. My chiro has also started the Webster technique, and i could really feel the ligament on the left twinging when she pressed on it! She said both were tight.

Gender: Boy.

What i'm looking forward to: a non-eventful second half of my pregnancy (fingers crossed)

What i miss: being able to bend over at the waist easily.

Next appt: 1 September

What else i've done this week: Scouted out a location for Father's Day photos of hubby and our toddler. It's a tunnel leading into a park which a local school group painted in bright rainbow colours. I've seen it photographed before and it looks great, and have been searching for it for a while. Took a bit of judicious googling! Took the photos yesterday and i'm really pleased with how they turned out.

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Week 25



STATS:

How far along: 25 weeks.

How big is baby: a swede.

What is baby doing this week: our baby now weighs nearly 660g and is about 35cm long from crown to heel. He's beginning to exchange his long, lean look for some baby fat. As he does, his wrinkled skin will begin to smooth out and he'll start to look more like a newborn. His senses are becoming more sophisticated, too. At 26 weeks, fetal brain scans show response to touch. If you shine a light on your belly, your baby will turn his head, which means his optic nerve is working.

At every antenatal visit, your midwife or doctor will take your blood pressure and do tests on a sample of your urine. In this way, pregnancy-related conditions such as pre-eclampsia and diabetes can be detected and treated.

Your fingers, wrists and hands may be feeling achy and numb. The passageway, or carpal tunnel, in your wrist that carries your nerve and tendons to your hand is swollen, as are many other tissues in your body. The nerve that runs through the tunnel is pinched, creating pressure that causes shooting or burning pain. Wearing a brace may help. Talk to your midwife or doctor about other ways to cope. Find out about natural remedies for numb or achy fingers.

http://www.babycentre.co.uk/25-weeks-pregnant#ixzz39KiFVeUU

Total weight gain: 53.5kg, a gain of 500g since last week and 6.7kg since the start of pregnancy.

Maternity clothes: Maternity bras, maternity trousers, my longest tshirts/maternity shirts. Have now had to go up to my largest size mat bra as my current mat bras are leaving marks on my skin.

Sleep: Not too bad... mostly midnight but i've managed a few 10:30/11:30pm bedtimes.

Best moment of the week: 

Food cravings/aversions: None.

Symptoms: 

Nausea: None.

Fatigue: Have been falling asleep on the sofa in the evenings... must improve bedtimes!

Other: Swelling in my feet and ankles constantly. I think it's mostly because the tight Tubigrip is slowing down circulation, although i'm certain drinking more water would help.

Movement: Active, mostly morning and evening. Seems to be a lot of thumps in my pelvis and less thumps up top... will have to ask my midwife this week which way he is laying.

In fact tonight i had a bath and there was strong thumps up top on the right, around belly button and slightly below it. They were strong enough to push my arm to the side. Not half an hour later, i can still feel a limb up top but all thumps are in my pelvis. What is this baby up to??!

Gender: Boy.

What i'm looking forward to: a non-eventful second half of my pregnancy (fingers crossed)

What i miss:

Next appt: 13 August.

What else i've done this week: