24 weeks! It’s starting to sound like a decent amount of time that I’ve racked up in this pregnancy caper and what’s better is that I now have less than 16 weeks to go until full term! (Or 13 weeks if we want to get technical and count 37 weeks as full term).
It’s been an interesting couple of weeks since my last update and a lot has happened, despite me thinking it was going to be quiet on the news front for a little while.
Just before I hit 23 weeks I wasn’t feeling jellybean move around as much as usual (she likes to do somersaults at night while I’m blogging on the couch and trying to sleep) and I was a bit anxious about it so the next morning when I still wasn’t feeling her move, I called the maternity ward at my hospital. They said I could come in and they would do a quick check with the doppler to make sure all was well.
I was sure I was just being a paranoid first time mum, but the midwives always say they would rather you come in and get it all checked out than worry unnecessarily or have something actually be wrong and not pick it up because you were worried about being silly.
So into the hospital we went on our way to work and had a quick check of the heartbeat on the doppler. All was well! We could hear her little heartbeat and we were immediately relieved to hear it and know our little girl was all okay.
They had a quick read of my file while I was there and asked me to wait around for one of the doctors because there was something unusual in my last lot of blood tests and they wanted to talk to me about it (always a comforting thing to say to a first time mum!!).
Cue the anxiety again!!
It all turned out to be okay and nothing to be too concerned about which was a relief. Apparently my PAPP A levels were low in my blood test which they said can be an indicator of potential problems with the placenta and therefore the development and size of the baby in the third trimester. It just means a few extra tests to monitor everything is tracking normally (and we get to see our little girl again at about 34 weeks in an ultrasound). I’m also taking 100mg of aspirin a day until 36 weeks which is supposed to help somehow.
They also gave me very strict instructions not to Google anything about it or I would work myself up for nothing!! This is good advice and I am happy to say I have stuck to it!!
They gave me a quick ultrasound to do some measurements and to give me some reassurance that it was all good. They were really happy with how everything looked and Stu and I loved seeing our little jellybean again.
So that was quite an adventure, but what would a pregnancy be for a first time mum be without a little panic!
Other fun things that have been happening over the past couple of weeks: I have apparently been having Braxton Hicks contractions for weeks without realising it. My doctor pointed it out to me during my 24 week check up and once I knew what the feeling was, I realised I had actually been feeling it for weeks without knowing what it was!! It’s hard when you have no benchmark of normal to work off!
They’re not painful (yet!) and the doctor said it’s all perfectly normal. Pregnancy is definitely filled with lots of weird things your body is doing!
I’ve started getting some really delightful heartburn and reflux. Now I’ve never had either of these before so it took a while before I figured out what was going on, especially with the heartburn! I can say it’s not fun and I don’t love this part of the pregnancy. It’s not exactly the most pleasant feeling but I would take this over the morning sickness any day!
Nesting has hit me hard! Over the past two weekends I have completely gutted and reorganised our study and pulled apart our kitchen, cleaned everything and reorganised it! It’s lucky I did the kitchen cupboards when I did because I could barely reach into the back of the cabinet to wipe them down with my belly in the way, so I don’t know that I would have been able to manage it any later in the pregnancy.
I got in trouble for standing on the kitchen bench to clean the top of the cabinets, but now I know that they are nice and clean!! Apparently Stu feels it is unsafe for me to be standing on anything that isn’t the ground.
I’ve been surprised that my balance hasn’t completely disappeared. I was a bit unstable when I first popped but I think doing Xtend Barre has helped a lot with keeping my balance and adjusting as I get bigger. I can still do a lot of exercises balancing on one leg that I didn’t think I’d be able to!
I did a massive wardrobe clean out recently and removed all the clothes that don’t fit. It left my wardrobe looking very bare, but makes it much easier to get dressed when I know what fits and what doesn’t. Of all my pre-pregnancy tops, only 9 still fit! And I have a very strong feeling that some of those won’t last much longer either. I had to stock up on some more maternity clothes (especially tops) to make sure my wardrobe would last the distance of this pregnancy!!
Stu has temporarily relocated to the spare room for the sake of decent sleep for both of us. Apparently I keep him awake with my constant kicking, elbows to the ribs and need to occupy all the bed. He keeps me awake by existing. I kid, mostly. His breathing (I’m a horrible person), snoring, movements or just being in the bed when I want to roll over seem to wake me up. So for now he is sleeping soundly in the spare room and I have the bed to myself!
I do miss having him in the bed (despite loving the room and the better sleep I get when he isn’t in bed) so I hope this is only a temporary measure til we recoup some sleep losses.
Craving: carbs! All of the carbs. And lots of sweet potato.
Eating: all the time. I have a stash of snacks everywhere. In the cupboards at home, in my desk drawers at work, in my handbag. I feel like I can’t go more than 2 or 3 hours without eating something!
Drinking: herbal tea, specifically berry flavoured ones.
Feeling: positive and happy everything I feel our little girl move around in my belly
Dreaming: really weird and specific dreams. The other week I dreamt about parking the car and forgetting where I had parked it and walking around for hours with Stu looking for it, convinced it had been stolen. I woke up before we found it though!
Loving: that I applied for my maternity leave through work! Makes it all seem very real.
Over it: waking up every time I am uncomfortable and need to roll over. I’m apparently too big to just relocate in my sleep so I have to wake up to do it! Also, everything takes a lot more effort than it used to. Even simple things like getting off the couch or getting dressed. Everything is definitely getting harder!
When did the nesting bug hit you? Did you do anything crazy while nesting?
Today I’m linking up with Essentially Jess for #IBOT (I blog on Tuesdays)