Monday 19 January 2015

PREGNANCY: Week 28 Update

This is the week we packed up our rented house and moved to our new building site of a house. Now normally this would be an exciting time but the lack of bath, shower, flushing toilet, sink upstairs and kitchen dampened the excitement slightly. In fact I was completely dreading this last week. I couldn't carry any heavy boxes, or use certain cleaning products and having no proper toilet has sent me into a mild panic! Not an ideal situation for anyone, let alone someone 6 1/2 months pregnant! But hey go, it's not like we didn't try to have more ready before we moved in - my Dad has been working around the clock, as have we. It won't be long until the bathroom is useable, until then we're taking a camping approach to our new house.

Week 28 started with some tummy pains - growing bump+stretching skin+belly button only just staying in=pain around my tummy. Nothing that wasn't completely bearable though, just slightly uncomfortable. Her turning movements have got stronger this week too, which really has kept us both going! I love just watching my tummy, trying to catch her wiggling around or kicking - I still need to catch it on film though. Every time I try and film her moving she goes all shy and stops! 

There's no sign of the linea nigra making an appearance, although I do have a darkening around my belly button. It looks a bit like a bruise, I presume it's my skin stretching and my belly button is only just still an innie. I don't have any stretch marks yet, which is remarkable as I'm definitely a 'going to get stretch marks' kind of girl. I don't mind getting them, as they will have given me my daughter but for now I'm happy not to have them. I've been applying the Mama Mio Stretch Mark Oil at night and the Palmers Cocoa Butter Stretch Mark Cream on in the mornings. 

I had a trapped nerve at the top of my left leg about a month or so ago and it's still playing up every now and again. I sometimes get shooting pains down my left leg, which really stop me in my tracks. They are painful and just a bit inconvenient, as it's been stopping me being able to paint the floorboards in our bedroom. Hopefully it will sort itself out soon. 

I've also started having more leg cramps this week, which are pretty painful. I'd never really experienced cramp much before but now I know what my husband is talking about when he gets it! I've only woken up once in the night with leg cramp, so it's not yet disturbing my sleep as much as I've read it can do. 

The pregnancy waddle is definitely starting to make an appearance. Some days I just feel so big and can't imagine getting any bigger. But I'm fully aware of how much growing my baby still has to go, I'm just not sure if my skin will stretch any further! 

We had another couple of NCT meetings this week, one longer session at the  weekend and one during the week. The weekend session covered birth and labour, which if I'm honest I wasn't looking forward to. Ignorance is bliss, right? I just wasn't sure I really wanted to know what was going to happen during labour, I've go to go through it so why not just let nature take it's course?! But it was actually really interesting and definitely food for thought for the next 12ish weeks. The second session was on inductions and starting to look at the first 6 weeks of life with a baby. Fair to say it sounds pretty exhausting and unpredictable but also incredible and a time to treasure. I am apprehensive about what those first couple of months are going to be like. There are just so many questions - what will it be like? When will I know my baby is hungry? How will I recover from labour? What can my husband do to help? How do I feed my baby? Etc. etc. I could go on and on. From speaking to other mums to be, this worry is completely normal as it is a terrifying time of your life. It's the complete unknown. 

What was/has been your most uncomfortable symptom during pregnancy?

Feel free to leave me a comment :) 

Helen x

1 comment

  1. Ah, it's so exciting reading your posts as you're about six or seven weeks ahead of me. I've had 'restless leg syndrome' which isn't fun when I'm trying to get to sleep, plus I had a bitch of a leg cramp the other night. It's like my legs just don't want me to sleep! I've felt some pretty big movements that I've actually felt with my hand on my belly too so I'm just waiting for the moment when he decides to get a wiggle on when I'm in the same building as my partner. Such exciting times! :)


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