As per usual, TMI warning and photos of bare mummy tummy :) If you don't want to see, look away now!
Today we're officially out of the fourth trimester :) Bub has become comfortable in his new world and is ready to start exploring, and I've started to feel mostly healed, closer to normal and have become used to bub's routine, and am able to usually guess what he needs by his signals, resulting in a happier more settled baby.
I've managed to get rid of a lot of the pigmentation on the scar where my navel piercing goes in, caused when my stomach expanded so much the ball on top of the navel bar started rubbing. It's just red now. My linea nigra is paler. The top of my belly button, which was sticking out after bub was born, is less obvious now and i hope that it will go back in completely so i have an innie again.
My diastasis has started to close in the lower half of my belly. It has closed up to about 4 finger widths below my belly button. Above that it remains…
I've had very freckly arms since i was a child - not much other than religiously covering up and/or using a physical sunblock would have prevented this with my genetic predisposition to freckle. I, or rather my parents, didn't know about the difference between chemical sunscreens and physical sunblocks, and we mostly used chemical as it was easier to apply. I've only learnt about them a few years ago, when i first started exploring ways to get rid of some of my freckles. Basically a physical sunblock will use zinc oxide or titanium dioxide to reflect UV rays away from your skin, preventing them reaching the melanin layer. A chemical sunscreen will try to use several chemicals (a huge list; some common ones are Aminobenzoic acid and Octyl methoxycinnamate) to absorb the UV radiation, preventing it from damaging your skin. Chemical sunscreens aren't quite as effective as physical ones however, particularly in the UVA wavelength. I have noticed that i still burn slightly…
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.
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 sloughin…