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Week 41

Can't quite believe I've made it to 41 weeks! So glad this is a third baby as the questions are starting to be asked on my FB page... for a first baby that's super stressful. By now I'm used to dealing with it. But really - when you see an announcement, that means baby is here. Until that announcement... no!

Here's my 41 week photo compared with the 40 week. It looks quite different but I think I had the dress seams twisted a little in one of them.

Still have a lot of energy for this far along, but can't do much. The leg pain is coming back, and I just feel so heavy. I've managed to keep the lounge pretty tidy during the day but I have to wash up before dinner, as I'm too tired afterwards, so there's always a few dishes left and things like that.

So still no labour signs... now it's just a matter of waiting. I can't imagine it will be too much longer... but if it does go beyond 42 weeks I guess its then time to revisit things. I doubt I'…

Labour watch

As per my first and second pregnancies, I'll note down any symptoms that I think could possibly be early signs of impending labour.

39+0 - had some slight niggles in the morning, and a stomach and back ache in the evening. Pelvis feels heavy, like baby's head is lower.

39+1 - slight niggles.

39+2 - a stomach ache a bit like a constant cramp, morning and evening.

39+5 - heavy pelvis and cervical twinges.

39+6 - heavy pelvis, cervical twinges, lots of Braxton Hicks.

40+0 - 40+3 - same as yesterday.

40+4 - same as 39+6, plus some intestinal 'clearing out'.

40+6 - still no change.

41+0 - waters broke! Contractions started an hour later, at 41+1!

Week 40

So much for my (hopeful) first guess date of 39+6! Still pregnant and no signs of baby preparing to make an exit. No show, no niggles, just Braxton Hicks that push baby down into my pelvis and contort my belly with no letting up for ages at a time.

My second, more likely guess date, is 40+2. This number is purely because it happens to also be my firstborn's birthday. This is also my midwife's guess date, as there is a storm predicted, and bub #2 was born during a storm. Can't say I'm looking forward to having two kids with the same birthday 5 years apart. We knew it was a strong possibility though, given my previous labour gestations (40+5 then 40+3). I'll have more of an idea tomorrow at 40+1, if my show appears, which would point to labour beginning the next day. If my pregnancy goes beyond that, maybe the 16th? 40+6?

But ignoring my grumbling, all is going well. Baby has quietened down the last 2 days but is still moving lots. The shooting pains down my leg have…

39 weeks pregnant

Managed to weigh myself this week, so have copied my format from last pregnancy just to add it in.

And my 39 week photo! Pregnancy 2 on the left, 3 on the right.


How far along:39 weeks.

How big is baby: mini watermelon

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 …

38 weeks pregnant

And almost ready. My pool has arrived and I've got most of my birth kit together.

There's just a few more things to collect - namely a sheet of plastic and some hot/cold gel packs, plus an ice cream container in case I'm sick again at this birth.

And then also perhaps some snacks for the birth team? I was thinking crackers and dip, and a fruit and nut energy mix. I know my photographer brings her own, and we called the midwife after dinner last time (and hubby cooked dinner for himself and my doula - I was throwing up by that stage so not eating). But the energy mix doesn't need to be refrigerated so pretty easy to handle.

So, a few lists to help those who are also planning a homebirth:

Homebirth kit:
Pool and pump
Hose and fittings (make sure it can reach a warm water source)
Lots of old towels
Plastic sheet/shower curtain to cover the sofa (if you're planning on birthing in your room just use a waterproof mattress protector)
Old fitted sheet to go over the plastic…