I can’t believe I’m almost 39 weeks pregnant, so here’s my pregnancy update for week 38! This week has been one of the more frustrating weeks of my pregnancy and there’s no getting away from it. My usually positive way of thinking has been tested to the max by my own body, and I’ve found myself feeling down for the first time in months! I’m putting it down to hormones, lack of sleep and sheer impatience to meet this little human I’ve been cooking, but I’m still not loving it.
Bloody Braxton Hicks
Braxton Hicks have been the main source of frustration for me this week! Twice I’ve thought that it might have been ‘go time’, only to have the contractions disappear into nowhere.
The first time this happened I wasn’t too frustrated. The contractions has been irregular and I hadn’t really got my hopes up too high. When, however, my contractions stated for a second night in a row and came regularly every 7.5 minutes I really did think things were moving! After hours of regular contractions though, things just stopped and I had to accept that this baby isn’t making his appearance any time soon.
My calm, zen, hypnobirthing brain knows that this baby will come when he’s ready. That has basically been my mantra all week! It’s just isn’t totally dealing with the disappointment that I’m feeling. I want to meet my baby so badly and my body is teasing me!
On the plus side, I know that Braxton Hicks could be a sign that things will happen soon and at the very least it’s good practice for the muscles in there. Every cloud…right? On an even more positive note, I breathed through the contractions like a boss and I have my hypnobirthing to thank for that!
Meeting Up With the NCT Girls
On a more upbeat note, I went for lunch this week with some of the girls from my NCT class! It was really nice to catch up about the last bit of our pregnancies (none of us have had our babies yet!) and we have resolved to go and eat spicy curry next week to encourage these babies to make an appearance.
It is really nice to know a local group of women who are at the same stage in their pregnancies as me and who will be experiencing the same newborn milestones at roughly the same time. Plus, when we are all pulling our hair our at 4am because the babies won’t sleep, it’ll be nice to have some friendly support to call on!
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Tips on making this last month easier?! 💞 It is so hard not to focus on counting down the days now! 🤰 Knowing that he could make his appearance whenever is amazing but also a little bit stressful? 38 weeks tomorrow and beyond excited…but trying to stay zen 🧘 I'm using all of my positive hypnobirthing tools to relax, which is helping, but it's still tough! 🙈 Any and all advice welcome me mamas! . . . . . #mummyblog #mummyblogger #mummy #newmum #babyshower #mumtobe #baby #newborn #mama #mamabear #mumlife #mumblog #thirdtrimester #pregnant #pregnancy #preggo #preggolife #instamum #channelmum #mummybloggeruk #naturalbirth #positivebirth #birth #hypnobirthing
Feeling Relatively Prepared
We might not have a name picked out and I’ve still got a few things to do before this baby gets here, but I’m genuinely feeling pretty ready. Emotionally at least I’m totally prepared to meet my baby! I have both mine and baby’s bags packed, so it’s just Mr H’s left to do. We do have to get snacks though, so that’s one little job.
At home we have the pram out and car seat ready to go. The conversion kit to turn my gorgeous IKEA arm chair into a rocking chair has arrived so it’s up to Mr H to put that on this weekend.
Other than that, the only big thing we need to get sorted is the car! We are planning on swapping out our Renault Clio for a larger family sized SUV. Life with two dogs, a baby and all of the things that go with it just doesn’t fit a hatchback.
Mr H is also looking for a second little run around car to take to work, as right now we only have a single car and I don’t want to feel stranded at home. This weekend we will be heading out to car hunt, but it’s not the end of the world if we don’t get it sorted before the baby arrives so long as it doesn’t take too long afterwards!
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Being 38 weeks pregnant and self employed means no maternity leave for this mama, but I love working hard for the future of my family🤰👶🧚 Starting the day with a mango, banana, rapsberry, blackberry and date smoothie and working on some writing 🤘 . . . . #workfromhome #selfemployed #bossmum #mummyblog #mummyblogger #mummy #newmum #babyshower #mumtobe #baby #newborn #mama #mamabear #mumlife #mumblog #thirdtrimester #pregnant #pregnancy #preggo #preggolife #instamum #channelmum #mummybloggeruk
Doing My Best to Feel Positive
This week I’ve seen a real shift in my energy levels and sleep patterns. I’m generally not falling asleep before 2am and understandably feel very tired in the mornings after uncomfortable nights tossing and turning. That, coupled with my Braxton Hicks frustration has meant I’ve been feeling a bit more down.
I’ve definitely also had a lot of hormonally driven anxiety. It’s the kind of anxiety that comes out of nowhere, with no explanation, and just makes you want to cry! As sad as that sounds, I know it’s just my body’s way of expressing the whirlwind of hormones it’s experiencing right now and I’m not too worried.
Having avoided them for my whole pregnancy, for fear of not being able to fit in the tub, I decided to try and relax with a bath this week. Unfortunately, it turns out that everyone who told me how relaxing baths are whilst pregnant lied! The important bits (bump and boobs!) don’t even fit under the water and it was all just a bit cold and disappointing. No one needs a cold bump!
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Hands up anyone who has stretch marks from pregnancy! 🙋♀️I thought I would be so much more ashamed and upset by mine, but honestly I don't mind them! 🧘 I'm sure some more will pop up in this last couple of weeks before I meet my son, and that's ok too! They're simply a sign that I carried my baby and even if mine are worse than a lot of people's, they're part of me now just as my baby has been for this last 9 months! 💙 Basically what I'm trying to say is if you have stretch marks and are feeling insecure about them, then I just wanted to let you know your beautiful 🧚 On another note…whoever said baths during pregnancy were relaxing lied. When your tummy doesn't go under the water it just gets cold 😂 . . . . #tigerstripes #stretchmarks #stretchmarksarebeautiful #pregnancy #preggo #preggolife #preggobelly #preggoproblems #pregnancylife #newmum #baby #newbaby #mummyblog #mummyblogger #mummytummy #mummybloggeruk
What it has meant, however, is that my level of productivity has gone way down! I’ve been more productive during the last two trimesters of this pregnancy than I have at any other point in my life. This week though, I had to accept my limitations and give myself a break. There’s a lot going on that I can’t control and that’s tough for me, but learning to listen to my body has been an important step for me.
All in all, I’m doing doing my best to feel upbeat about the next week. There’s every chance I’ll meet my baby in a few short days, and if he decides to hang on past the 40 weeks mark then I’ll just have to cross that bridge when we come to it!
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