Baby is the size of a: Honeydew melon
Cravings: I haven’t really had too many cravings, usually I just really want the foods I liked pre pregnancy and once I eat it I’m satisfied. But throughout pregnancy have been loving icey cold drinks.
Weight: Currently 65kgs (pre pregnancy was 54kgs)
Symptoms: Lots of Braxton hicks/tightening’s this week, heartburn & acid reflex, I also started mildly swelling around 34 weeks (hands, feet, face)
I have been feeling: Very impatient, I’m so ready for our little man to make his entrance into the world. I’m feeling stretched to the max & sore and finding it harder to do daily tasks like the washing and cleaning without getting a backache. Also, very grateful that my body is cooking our baby so well and I have made it this far without any issues or concerns.
I worry a bit about: I think throughout my whole pregnancy I’ve always just worried a bit about the things that could potentially go wrong (I’m sure this will continue into motherhood and beyond). But I just keep reminding myself that my body was made to do this & I talk to other pregnant ladies or mums and my midwife to reassure myself when needed which really helps.
When I need to relax I: Get into bed and put my feet up with some yummy snacks and Netflix.
I can’t wait to be able to: Meet my little boy & give him all the love & cuddles. I’ve always felt like being a mum is my calling in life, so it’ll be so amazing to finally be a mama!! Oh, and be able to eat sushi & subway again haha
When I see my body I feel: Puffy yet proud haha definitely trying to make the most of my body in its pregnant state. Even though I have my moments of feeling a bit gross I spend much more time amazed with my body and what it’s been able to achieve over the last 8 months!
In preparation for the baby, we are: The last couple of weeks I have been in full on nesting mode, however my body doesn’t really agree with all the cleaning and organising, so hubby has been super helpful and being there to do things for me. Our nursery is ready for him & all his washing from newborn – 6 months has been done. We are also making sure we use these last few weeks to appreciate our time together, just the two of us. Spontaneous dates, sleeping in on the weekend and late-night Netflix because soon we won’t have the flexibility to do these things together.
I feel most loved and valued by my partner when: I love when he expresses how in awe of my body he is and being able to grow our child also when he expresses his appreciation for me sacrificing my body & comforts for our family. Also, when he stops me from doing something as simple as putting my shoes on, bends down and puts them on for me because he knows it’s a struggle for me now.
The best piece of pregnancy advice I’ve been given so far: Everybody is different, every pregnancy is different & every baby is different. Trust your motherly instinct!
If I could say anything to my baby right now it would be: I can’t wait to meet you my little mr, not long now. The love I already have for you is something I have never experienced before and it’s only going to grow! When you finally make your entrance into this big crazy world, I promise your dad and I will always be here to protect you & love you with everything we have!
If after reading this you’d be happy to share your own experience of pregnancy, please email me at [email protected] to send you one of these pages (or you can send a photo of your own pregnancy journal).