At 33 weeks pregnant I’m feeling a little fed up if I’m honest. Don’t get me wrong I still want to be pregnant forever; I don’t want this baby boy to come out any time soon and I’d put up with how I’m feeling for twice as long if it meant holding on to my rather large blooming bump.
However, I’m still feeling fed up. This has been a week of symptoms – annoying symptoms at that and ones that for the first time have actually stopped me in my tracks and made me realise I need to slow down.
This week I had my 32 week midwife update, babies heartbeat was strong and my urine sample and blood pressure were both normal. Baby boy is still breech, something I was certain had changed as my whole bump shape had altered and I’d had so many tightenings which I thought was him shifting around. The midwife wasn’t worried and said I had plenty of time which I know means *even if he’s breech at the time of labour we can manually move him*. As bratty as I must sound I want him to move naturally so I’ve been spending my life in polar bear pose and I’m going to order an exercise ball tomorrow to try and somersault him the right way.
Another annoying thing is that after all of that palaver with my bloods (see week 28) the hospital never sent my results over. My midwife spent an age calling three different departments to find my results only to discover they hadn’t taken enough samples and I now need to go back in for more – for my booking bloods that were supposed to be taken at 12 weeks.
From the samples they did take, they could tell that my iron levels are low and have been since I went in on July 3rd – a time it would have been good to let my doctors know so I could have been put on iron tablets earlier ( can you tell I’m in a grump?). So, I picked up my iron tablets today and I’m hoping these will give me a bit more energy. I have been warned that they’ll make me constipated, something I’m already struggling with so I’m on a mission to drink lots of water.
This does explain how tired I’ve been and my ice cravings – I sat in bed eating from a bag of ice last night and apparently that’s a form of pica (craving and chewing substances that have no nutritional value). Craving ice in particular is called pagophagia and is often associated with iron deficiency anemia.
I also had a meeting with my health visitor as I’m new(ish) to the area. It was really nice to just chat about my pregnancy so far, how I’m feeling, how prepared (or not prepared) I am and to know who will be coming to visit me and baby boy when we’re home from the hospital.
I’m getting really excited about the things on my to do list coming up, like my pregnancy photoshoot, bump cast and baby shower and have been looking intently at push presents to pitch to Pete – hello 3 wick Jo Malone!
So aside from the low iron levels, I have a fair few symptoms to get through. I’ll chat more about them in my video update so I’ll keep this brief:
SPD and Sciatica- majorly kicking my butt. Using a heat compress and my belly band helps but on the whole I’m in agony a lot of the time. Getting up, laying down, bending down – it all makes me feel like someones kicked my vagina and sending little electric shocks from the top of my butt cheeks to my lower back.
It got so bad this week I couldn’t go to yoga, something I know would have helped but I was literally floor bound while Jasper ran riot naked in the living room.
Heartburn has gotten more frequent so I’ve put down the love hearts and now have a packet of Rennie permanently on my person which does give instant relief for me. I also get that horrible full feeling I’ve mentioned before, where I feel like I’ve just eaten a 10 course meal and if I tip forward too far I’ll be sick.
Tightenings. My stomach has been rock hard on a few occasions this week. It’s also been really uncomfortable, I’m thinking because he’s breech his head is under my ribs and gets in the way when I try to bend down. I spent Tuesday night holding onto the radiator rocking from side to side 90% sure I was in labour. It wasn’t Braxton Hicks, I remember what those were like and these were so much more painful. They were accompanied by a clear out (tmi I’m sorry) and haven’t come back since.
I keep getting pins and needles in my fingers and feet and today my lips started to feel numb so I’m thinking I’m about to swell or get a lot of water retention. I’m on standby to take off my rings too as I don’t want to have them cut off.
At night my leg cramps and restless legs have been keeping me up and the sensations are more in my shins now then my calves which is just makes me feel a bit weird as I’ve never experienced anything like it before.
Most probably due to all of these annoying symptoms, I’ve been very emotional. It’s normally at night when I browse through Facebook and read articles like ‘A letter from your anxious toddler’ or ‘you’re doing a great job mum’ that I end up balling my eyes out with either an overwhelming sense of mum guilt or proudness for myself and Jasper. It’s probably hormones too and my skins been reflecting that with some wonderfully large spots appearing on my jaw line again!
Well as mentioned he’s currently breech. He’s getting so big that I can almost grab his little limbs as they poke through my skin and I feel a lot under my ribs and on my left side. His movements are pretty much constant and but luckily he’s been calmer during the night – thanks little man!
According to my app he’s the size of a honeydew melon, averaging 17.2 inches in length and 4.23 lbs in weight. His bones are hardening but his skull isn’t yet fused together or solid as of course it needs to reduce it’s diameter to be squeezed out! His brain is developing more distinct functions now; it can control his breathing, digestion and body temperature. HIs lungs are almost completely ready for breathing on their own although if born now he would likely need a little medical support. Another cool thing is that he can now tell the difference between day and night; this has shown as his movements are much calmer around bedtime and he’s not waking me with his kicks anymore so hopefully he’s got the right idea already and will be a good sleeper!
Thanks for reading!