So I am now 32 weeks pregnant, I feel like I am the size of a hot air balloon and have the mobility of a drunk snail. I am constantly puffy and groan like an old woman when I try to get out of the chair – not really selling this pregnancy nonsense to anyone 😛
Last week, I attended a maternity physiotherapy appointment at the hospital I will be going into for the birth. As soon as I stood up, the physio’s face scrunched up at how I was struggling. She was concerned about how I was walking, so watched me waddle into the examination room.
I explained to her how my hips and pelvis are extremely sore, I can barely walk and I wake up during the night when I turn over as my pelvis crunches (!!!) and wakes me up. She checked a few things with me and confirmed I had been doing toe regular pelvic exercises from my previous appointment.
10 mins later, I was the (not so proud) owner of a set of crutches. I am under stick orders to use them whenever I am going outside or walking any longer distances other than pottering about the house, twinned with a massive tubigrip for over the bump. But as much as it pains me to admit, the combo has really made such a difference. The pain has reduced so much and I am funnily enough far more mobile.
But I am exhausted from using them – for example – the walk from my front door to the train station I use to get to work SHOULD be an 8 min walk. It takes me 20 mins. And that includes tackling a small hill and a set of stairs. It will take some getting used to and as each day passes, I am getting stronger and more confident with them, although I had to handle a horrid school boy attempting to kick one away whilst walking through Central train station…(he wasn’t successful and got an earful!).
The physio was wonderful, she gave me loads of advice but has also insisted I finish up work for maternity leave sooner. I was initially reluctant, but she really laid it out for me – if I keep hurting myself at this side of the pregnancy, it will really take a long time to recover once she is here. That really hit me up the side of the head and I knew it was the right thing to do for both my baby and myself. I want to enjoy my time with our daughter,and the longer I am out of action, the harder it will be to do so.
So after discussing with my husband, I am now finishing work at the end of June. I was almost in tears talking to my manager about it but he has been beyond amazing throughout each issue I have encountered with this pregnancy. I am honestly devastated about finishing earlier than I planned as it will take away from the other end of the mat leave, but I have to do the right thing for us both.
A few weeks ago, my lovely husband surprised me with a 4D scan, which was beyond amazing! We attended the absolutely wonderful Bump to Baby Scotland who really made us feel welcomed and excited!
If you are in Scotland and are looking to go for a 4D scan, I cannot recommend them enough! We attended their Glasgow branch and enjoyed every second of it, leaving with beautiful printed pictures and a USB stick with all the footage and images taken during the appointment.
As we entered the room, we were greeted with a light box announcing we were here. As soon as I saw this, my tears started flowing! I swear, I never used to be this much of a sap!
(We both agreed this as a very personal scan and have decided not to upload the pictures online. She will be here soon enough anyway!)
As always, she was a total exhibitionist, smiling, sticking her tongue out, waving and looking just like her daddy when he was a baby. I cannot believe we have created such a beautiful little thing! Needless to say, there was not a dry eye in the room (my in-laws came along too as my father in law has not yet been to a scan). The sonographer confirmed baby weighs about 3 pounds 7 ounces at this time.
On Friday (a week after the 4D scan) , we had her first hospital growth scan, so we headed to the maternity unit for the appointment. After lots of measurements, they confirmed she now weighs 4 pounds 11 ounces…and still has 7 weeks of cooking to go!! She checked the measurements to ensure she was in the safe bracket for gestational diabetes, which thankfully, she was. So she is just a chunk!! It is going to be interesting what she will eventually weigh when she arrives…
It is all speeding around now, pram is bought and assembled, measuring the bedroom for her cot, changing table and wardrobe, stocking up on the essentials – nappies, baby wipes, muslin cloths etc, and preparing the house for her arrival. It honestly feels like whilst I have been pregnant forever, its been so fast!
Before you know it, she will be here…I hope we are ready for her!