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journal,  pregnancy

38 Weeks Pregnant – First time Mum

Week 38

My Weight: 77kg – 11kg weight gain

Baby is the size of a: Watermelon

Cravings: Nothing crazy! Have loved all different types of fruit throughout my pregnancy, nectarines, watermelon, pineapple, apples, mandarins. Oh, and also days when I really want frozen coke and I am not a big soft drink person.

I’ve been feeling: Pretty good! Tired and she is started getting really heavy, but I am still managing daily walks without too much discomfort so that’s a win! The odd day I get a bit of reflux or feel a wee bit nauseous, but it usually only lasts the day.

Mentally it is all getting pretty scary, first baby and there is the constant feeling of can I do this? The birth itself is not what scares me…it is the 4th trimester (which no one seems to talk about!). The sleepless nights, learning to breastfeed, giving your body the chance to heal and being completely selfless it is all quite daunting…mix that all in with financial stress and you can see how I am wondering how people manage! They are definitely right when they say it takes an army, so I am going to have to get better at putting my hand up and asking for help when I need it. The thing that ALWAYS puts a smile on my space when I start thinking about all this and work myself up is thinking about my husband’s face the minute, she enters the world…I cannot wait for that moment, makes me cry now thinking about it…hormones are such a wild ride! 

This week I’ve learned: To slow down and take a moment to relax, first week of maternity leave and I am always an all go kind of a person. Taking a moment for myself and not feeling guilty for having a sleep in. On the baby side of things, I learnt about padsicles! And will definitely be making some of these to help with after care!

I am most excited about: Meeting my little one! Seeing my husband’s face when she arrives, giving her a cuddle! Oh, and regaining my full wardrobe again ha-ha it’ll be like having all new clothes again…although I will definitely miss the bump!

I am most nervous about: 4th Trimester and being responsible for a wee human. I’m nervous about being able to breastfeed, all things post birth and finding myself in the new role of being a mother.

When I imagine my baby, I see: Perfection, I can’t imagine anything but the most perfect little soul…with a touch of sass…if she’s anything like her mother!

After my baby is born, I can’t wait to: Look at her, it still doesn’t feel real that I am growing her. I can’t wait to have her in my arms and just stare at her.

The funniest thing that has happened: Not being able to see my vjj so didn’t realise that the hormones have made a few stray hairs grow (I’ve had laser and haven’t had hair there in years) my partner kindly pointed it out after my midwife appointment and I was mortified that he hadn’t told me sooner!

My most worn maternity outfit: Stretchy knit dresses, sooooo comfy and show off the bump!

If I could say anything to my baby right now it would be: I love you, you are already our world.

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 the pages (or you can send a photo of your own pregnancy journal)