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.

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Week 35



STATS:

How far along: 35 weeks.

How big is baby: a honeydew melon (yep, we've definitely moved into melon comparison territory now... just wait for the watermelon!)

What is baby doing this week: Your baby now weighs about 2.4kg and measures around 46cm from head to toe. His elbows, feet or head may protrude from your stomach when he stretches and squirms about. Soon, as the wall of your uterus (womb) and your belly stretch thinner and let in more light, your baby will begin to develop daily activity cycles.

This week, your little one is sporting full-length fingernails and toenails and has a fully developed pair of kidneys. His liver can also process some waste products.

There's much less amniotic fluid and much more baby in your uterus. You've probably put on between 11kg and 13.6kg and your weight gain has hit its peak. Even your belly button has got bigger and has popped outward. You may be feeling breathless and get indigestion now that the top of your uterus is up under your ribs.

Try getting down on all fours to take deeper breaths. See our photo gallery for how to ease late pregnancy aches. Although the pressure on your bladder will make the bathroom your second home, don't drink any less water – your baby needs the fluids. But you may like to cut down on drinks that make you wee more frequently, because they are diuretics. These include tea and coffee.

http://www.babycentre.co.uk/35-weeks-pregnant

Total weight gain: 56.6kg, 400g more than last week and 9.8kg since the start of pregnancy.

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

Sleep: Need to keep trying for earlier. I don't feel tired at night but feeling it midway through the work day, which is not great.

Best moment of the week: 

Food cravings/aversions: None.

Symptoms: 

Nausea: None.

Fatigue: Taking Ferro Grad-C every weekday.

Other: Met with my doula on Thursday. She tried to get my preferences for the birth written down and we very quickly realised I hadn't thought much beyond encouraging baby into a good position! So I now have a lot of homework before our next appointment, to try to get more into my birth space. Things like music during the birth, snacks to have on hand, active birthing techniques and positions, hypnobirthing techniques, homeopathics/essential oils etc.

She also brought up an issue that's been playing on my mind since - what do we do if our toddler is disturbed/bored by the labour and birth and it's a weekend day? We have no-one to look after him here, my parents are 3 hours away. He is a fairly easy-going boy and doesn't get scared easily by loud noises, so I'm not so worried about that. If anything I could tell him Mummy has to roar like a tiger to bring baby into the world, he'd probably join in for a while. My concern is more that I am so used to responding to him when he needs me that I will be distracted to the point where labour slows or stops entirely. Then again - is that really a big problem? Labour generally picks up again at night, and from reading stories of births where there's already children, it tends to slow/stop during the day and picks up as soon as the kids are in bed. Of course if I go into labour at night or during the week this won't be a problem - he sleeps well and is in daycare full time.

Hubby's a bit worried that he'll go to pick our toddler up from daycare and I'll push out a baby while he's gone! Reassured him that it was most likely that my body would slow down the labour until he'd returned.

Movement: Head down! He turned LOL (left occiput lateral/transverse) on Saturday night just before I turned 34 weeks, and had stayed that way until the night before my midwife appointment on Thursday, where he turned ROP (right occiput posterior). He was then LOP today and has turned to direct OP this evening. Obviously heaps of room to move, hopefully he soon picks a good position to be born in and settles in.

Gender: Boy.

What i'm looking forward to: a straightforward cephalic birth!

What i miss: Being able to bend over easily.

Next appt: 29 October.

What else i've done this week: 

Week 34

Week 34 pregnant belly side view

Week 34 pregnant belly side viewWeek 34 pregnant belly front view

Oops forgot to post my pregnancy progression photo - weeks 31-34.

Pregnancy progression series week 31-34

Nice steady belly growth, but quite a difference between the first and fourth photo.

STATS:

How far along: 34 weeks.

How big is baby: a cantaloupe.

What is baby doing this week: Your baby now weighs more than 2.2kg and is 45cm from top to toe. She's filling out and getting rounder – she’ll need her fat layers later to regulate her body temperature once she's born.

If you don't already talk to your baby, this is a good time to start – at 35 weeks her hearing is fully developed. Don't feel ridiculous if you're already chatting in baby talk. Some evidence shows that newborns pay closer attention to high-pitched tones.

If you've been nervous about going into premature labour, you'll be happy to know that 99 per cent of babies born at week 35 can survive outside the uterus (womb) – and most have no major problems. Although your baby's central nervous system is still maturing, her lungs are nearly fully developed by now.

Many women start to notice a tingling sensation or numbness in the pelvic region or pain as they walk. This may be caused by the pelvic joints loosening, ready for labour. If you're in pain or hips are sore, mention it to your midwife or doctor and check out our self-help tips.

http://www.babycentre.co.uk/34-weeks-pregnant

Total weight gain: 56.2kg, 600g more than last week (not surprised after the fantastic lunches at my course for work this past week!) and 9.4kg since the start of pregnancy.

Maternity clothes: Pretty much all maternity.

Sleep: Fairly good. I'm getting tired these days so either falling asleep on the sofa or falling into bed by 11pm after i've done a tiny bit of housework (too tired to keep up with the full lot).

Best moment of the week: Got our family photos back! Now for the hard part - to choose our favourites :)

Food cravings/aversions: None.

Symptoms: 

Nausea: None.

Fatigue: Taking Ferro Grad-C every weekday. Starting to get tired by nighttime now.

Other: I have no linea nigra this time round. I don't remember at what point it started last pregnancy, and i don't seem to have noted it down. I am getting increased pigmentation on my face (freckles are quite evident now) and... ahem... areola, but not as strong as last time. So i think that i may actually skip it this pregnancy. We'll see in the next few weeks for sure.

Movement: Baby boy seems to have a thing for turning on Mondays! This time though (unlike last week) it's a good move - he seems to have turned from ROL to LOL (or LOP). Feet are now pushing either up between my ribs or to the right of my belly. I can also feel pushes inside my hips - hands i think. He stayed like that for two days, then turned to ROL. Friday he turned LOL, by Saturday he was ROL again, and back to LOL Sunday. He's having fun in there! Hopefully he picks a good LOA position soon and starts to engage, ready to be born.

Gender: Boy.

What i'm looking forward to: a straightforward cephalic home birth!

What i miss: Being able to bend over easily.

Next appt: 16 October.

What else i've done this week: Contacted our doula and booked the first appointment with her. Need to make a lot of payments in the next two months.

Monday, 6 October 2014

Week 33

Week 33 pregnant belly side view

Week 33 pregnant belly side viewWeek 33 pregnant belly front view

STATS:

How far along: 33 weeks.

How big is baby: a pineapple.

What is baby doing this week: Your baby now weighs about 2kg and measures up to 44cm from head to toe. She may already be getting ready for birth by turning upside-down. Her head should be pointing down, ready for her journey into the world.

Your doctor or midwife will be paying careful attention to your baby's position in the coming weeks. Some babies do decide to turn back round again.

Your baby's skull is still quite pliable. The plates of bone that make up her skull have not completely fused. This is so she can ease out of the relatively narrow birth canal, the passage between your cervix and the opening of your vagina. But the bones in the rest of her body are hardening. Your baby's skin is also gradually becoming less red and wrinkled as fat builds up underneath.

If you're a first-time mum, your baby's head may move into your pelvis this week and press firmly against your cervix. This happens for about half of all first-time mums. If you're a second-time mum, you can expect this to happen a week before labour. For some, this won't happen until the start of labour. Hoping to manage your labour naturally? Here's all you need to know about natural pain relief.

You may notice that your feet and ankles are quite swollen by the end of the day. Water retention, also known as oedema, is often worse in warm weather and late in the day. Surprisingly, keeping hydrated helps reduce water retention. Your body, particularly your kidneys, and your baby need plenty of fluids, so drink up. If you suddenly feel swollen or puffy in your hands or face, however, call your doctor – it may be a sign of pre-eclampsia.

http://www.babycentre.co.uk/33-weeks-pregnant

Total weight gain: 55.6kg, 700g less than last week (thank goodness!) and 8.8kg since the start of pregnancy.

Maternity clothes: Pretty much all maternity or very stretchy clothes, although my stretchy shirts are getting too short.

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.

Other: 

Movement: Cheeky baby decided to turn breech the night before my midwife appointment at 32 weeks! Kicks down into my bladder and cervix... what fun. Interestingly his head is on my right, where usually it's on the left when he goes transverse. She's not worried at this point. I am a little, because i had a breech before, but my breechling before wasn't able to turn at all past 30 weeks, whereas this one flips around happily. Thankfully he put my mind at ease by turning back head down sometime that afternoon, and i felt the familiar pushes of his feet up top and along my left side (ROL).

He's been head down since, i think at some points he's been anterior, but mostly either lateral (sideways, directly facing my left hip) or posterior. I can't feel his head, even though he's not engaged, but i judge position by his movements.

Gender: Boy.

What i'm looking forward to: a straightforward cephalic home birth!

What i miss: Being able to bend over easily.

Next appt: 16 October.

What else i've done this week: Bought some fabric to make a maternity photoshoot prop.

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Toilet training a toddler - part 2

Continued on from part 1...

Toilet training during naps:


Our first attempt at this resulted in him staying dry during the nap, but when he woke he sat up and wet his pants before calling out for us. We have a great waterproof bamboo mattress protector under his sheets, so it was just a matter of throwing it all in to the washing machine (and the protector into the dryer once washed, as we only have one). Not a big hassle.

The next day he stayed dry, although i think he woke from his nap with a nightmare as he only slept for an hour and woke crying and calling for me. I raced him to the toilet but he actually didn't need to go. Daycare are putting him in a nappy for his naps, but they say he mostly wakes dry.

I'm finding it easier to put him in a nappy for naps at home though, as he's often reluctant to go to sleep, and it's while he's calling out for me and pottering around his room playing that we get the accidents.

Update on toilet training:


It's been 4 weeks now since we first started. He did super well at first, with only one or two accidents a week, but seems to have regressed slightly. He holds for around 2 hours before he'll agree he needs to go (i usually ask about every half hour), but we're on about 2-3 accidents a day. His better days are when he naps for two hours. Usually it's only wet undies, as though he's started then realised, and is able to stop, but there was one day last week he wet through 5 pairs of undies and 3 sets of trackie pants. He won't always tell me if they're wet, but at home he'll call out, "Wee," and i ask if he needs the loo, and he'll say yes, and that's usually when i've found they're slightly wet. I think that's his way of telling me. He used to say, "Uh oh, wet!" which was a lot clearer. He can actually get on the toilet at home now as we bought him a ladder with attached seat, but seems to insist on Mummy pulling his pants down, "Mummy turn!" which i think is increasing the likelihood of an accident by his need to wait for me (this evening i was upstairs changing sheets when he called out, and although i went downstairs straight away i think it was too late).

Naps are in a nappy and i find mostly it's dry. He's also getting a drier nappy at night, although some nights they're soaking. Not nearly ready for night training yet. I think not until he's fully day trained and nappies are consistently dry at night. Don't fancy changing sheets in the middle of the night, especially with lack of sleep from a newborn.

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Week 32

Week 32 pregnant belly side view

Week 32 pregnant belly side viewWeek 32 pregnant belly front view

Just remembered I'm now 7 months along, so here's my belly comparison with my first pregnancy - huge difference in my belly! 2 years ago on the left, current on the right. I thank my Tubigrip for the improved shape this time round. I do feel rather 'stretched' in the tummy when i take it off for my shower - it's actually a relief to put it back on.


STATS:

How far along: 32 weeks.

How big is baby: a large jicama (had to look this one up, it's a Mexican yam. We don't get these in Australia to my knowledge).

What is baby doing this week: Your baby now weighs about 1.7kg and is around 42cm long from head to toe. Although his lungs won't be fully developed until just before birth, your little one is busy inhaling amniotic fluid to exercise his lungs. From 32 weeks, babies born early have good chance of surviving and thriving. His skin is becoming soft and smooth as he plumps up in preparation for birth.

Some babies have a head of hair already, others have only a few wisps. Thick hair at birth doesn't necessarily mean thick hair later on. But children with fine hair in childhood also tend to have fine hair when they've grown up.

If your baby is a boy, his testicles should have descended from his abdomen into his scrotum. Sometimes, however, one or both testicles won't move into position until after birth. In two thirds of all baby boys who have undescended testicles at birth, the condition corrects itself by their first birthday.

You're probably gaining 450g a week, largely because your baby is likely to gain more than half his birthweight during the seven weeks before birth. Make sure you are eating well in these last few weeks.

http://www.babycentre.co.uk/32-weeks-pregnant

Total weight gain: 56.3kg, 900g more than last week and 9.5kg since the start of pregnancy. Ouch.

Maternity clothes: Pretty much all maternity or very stretchy clothes, although my stretchy shirts are getting too short.

Sleep: Bedtimes have been fairly good this week. Hubby is away so i'm doing all the toddler wrangling myself, and it's exhausting. I'm surprised at how tired i am, as i usually do most of the watching myself anyway, but hubby does take him out for a few hours by themselves each weekend and that obviously really helps.

Best moment of the week: 

Food cravings/aversions: None.

Symptoms: 

Nausea: None.

Fatigue: Taking Ferro Grad-C every weekday. Very tired though trying to keep up with an energetic toddler without letting the house fall into a complete shambles.

Other: 

Movement: I think he's head down, because the strong movements are up in my ribs. I can now feel sweeping and pushing movements down low, i think my placenta has moved up far enough for me to feel his hands. He's still able to flip easily, i think he was breech on Wednesday as the movements were strongest down low, and he then moved to transverse after an hour and a half spent in the car. I laid on the floor at work and felt around to see if i could figure out which end was the head (the other end kicks!) and tried to encourage his head downwards with one hand. Then i did my dip the hip exercise and did several laps around our pods. A little while after that the kicks were back up in my ribs :) It also felt like he'd changed to have his back on the left (a more ideal starting position in labour). He stayed there for a day and a half, but turned his back to the right again after the second night.

This is just me guessing though, mostly from his movements. I'm not skilled enough to really palpate properly. Will find out for sure on Monday at my midwife appointment.

Gender: Boy.

What i'm looking forward to: Hubby's return.

What i miss: My energy! I'm taking iron tablets so i don't think i am anaemic any longer, but i'm tired trying to take care of a toddler, eat dinner and do the cleaning in the five hours i have after i get home from work.

Next appt: 29 September.

What else i've done this week: 

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Week 31

Week 31 pregnant belly side view

Week 31 pregnant belly side viewWeek 31 pregnant belly front view

STATS:

How far along: 31 weeks.

How big is baby: Four navel oranges (i think they're running out of fruit comparisons!).

What is baby doing this week: Your baby weighs about 1.5kg and looks more than ever like a newborn. He measures about 41cm from crown to toe. His arms, legs and body continue to fill out – and they are finally proportional in size to his head.

Up until now, your baby's movements have been gradually increasing. But from now until the end of your pregnancy, the movements will probably plateau. This doesn't mean that they should slow down, but you may notice that the type of movements your baby makes change. As long as you can feel him squirming and kicking, you'll know he's just fine. Believe it or not, he still has plenty of growing to do. You can expect him to gain at least 900g before birth.

Your baby's organs are continuing to mature and he is passing water from his bladder, which is good practice for the weeing he'll do after he's born. Also, the marrow in his bones has taken over from his liver the job of producing red blood cells.

You've probably gained weight this month, somewhere between 1.3kg and 1.8kg. Gaining 450g a week is quite normal during the last trimester as your baby has a final growth spurt before he arrives in the world.

http://www.babycentre.co.uk/31-weeks-pregnant

Total weight gain: 54.8kg, 600g less than last week and 8.0kg 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: We had our last family-of-three photoshoot with my maternity/newborn photographer in a field of long grasses and purple flowers. Was a lot of fun and looking forward to the sneak peek when she gets back from holidays.

Food cravings/aversions: None.

Symptoms: 

Nausea: None.

Fatigue: Taking Ferro Grad-C every weekday.

Other: My chiro didn't need to adjust my pelvis this week! She was very pleased and wanted to know what i'd done differently. The only thing i could think of was the 'dip the hip' exercise from Spinning Babies.

Movement: Baby was transverse when my midwife examined him on Monday (my 30 week appointment). She felt around for a bit, because there was also something presenting in my pelvis - she thought that may be a shoulder. She reached for her doppler and went to check where to place it (usually the heartbeat is heard behind the left shoulder, so the idea is to place the doppler as close as possible to hear it)... but she frowned, felt his position again, and announced he'd moved to head down! I hadn't even felt the movement, but could feel the difference in my belly's shape.

Now however, it feels like most of the time his bum is under my right rib, or else off further to the right so oblique, with one leg under my rib and the other moving up and down my left side. Although i suppose the one on my left could be a hand, i really can't tell. He hasn't felt transverse to me... but i can't feel his leg coming off what i think is his bum (should feel like a cylinder coming out of it) so who knows... i really hope he's head down. Our toddler had flipped from head down to breech by this point (turned at 30+1) and i hadn't realised.

Gender: Boy.

What i'm looking forward to:

What i miss: Being able to bend over easily.

Next appt: 29 September, midwife.

What else i've done this week: Got my first serious query for my photography business. I don't count it as an actual job until it's complete and paid, but still it's someone saying they'd like to book me :)