Bumpdate: Week 29

Weight: 2.54 pounds
Length: 15.2 inches
Acorn Squash

NCT class was busy this week, we started with a 5 hour class on sunday all about birth, and had another class on wednesday about the first few weeks of life with a newborn.

We also went to the Mothercare New Parent Event on Monday night which marked the start of some big sales for them. It would have been a great night to go to at the beginning of the pregnancy, as they has speakers on pushchairs (and travel systems!), car seats and cots, but unfortunately we have already done our research and didn’t learn anything new from the event. The whole thing was a bit like a TopShop lock in (from my student days) with drinks and nibbles and sales, but a whole lot more civilised!!!

I can’t believe how close we are to Pip being due now, and soon we get to put all of this learning in to practice.

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Bumpdate: Week 28

Weight: 2.22 pounds
Length: 14.8 inches
Aubergine

Another amazing week!!!

This week we have been busy busy busy; buying a “travel system” i.e. a pushchair and starting our NCT classes. Next week… shopping for a cotbed and ordering a car seat, then all the major purchases will be complete!!!

Symptoms this week still include the dreaded nightly leg cramps and also a little heartburn, but that’s probably my own fault for following half a garlic bread with gulping down half a pint of water and most likely squishing Pip in the process but it feels like a proper pregnancy symptom and I love it! … For now!

I had another midwife appointment this week, which was just as uneventful as ever. Still no issues with my blood sugar which is great news, bump is measuring perfectly normally and my blood pressure is dropping although still perfectly normal!

NCT class was pretty interesting, it was great getting to meet 7 other couples in exactly the same position as us. Based on due dates, Pip is expected to be the baby of the group, but there are 3 of us expecting within 3 days from 4th-6th May so it will be really interesting to see what happens!

Symptoms include:
leg cramp, indigestion

Bumpdate: Week 27

Weight: 1.9 pounds
Length: 14.4 inches
Lettuce
Waist: 37 inches

This is the official start of the THIRD trimester and wow, everything has changed in an instant; Pip has become so much more active and I have become so much more tired!

Also I think we have actually, officially, CHOSEN YOUR NAME this week!!! It turns out that both of us have been thinking the same thing, but only time will tell I guess!

A whole load of old symptoms seem to have come back this week, including the dreaded cramp! I have been lucky enough to have a whole week away from it, but BAM… third trimester and its back!!! Every morning I either wake up with a really horrible ache that feels like the after-effect of having had it earlier in the night, or else I have to be especially careful that I don’t stretch my legs before getting out of bed. I’m sure it’s not possible to sleep through getting a cramp, but it seems like I might be managing to – at least I’m not waking up in the middle of the night with it anymore.

The weirdest symptom to come back at this point is being thirsty again, hopefully this isn’t anything to do with gestational diabetes and is just a sign of Pip continuing to grow and change.

Bumpdate: Week 26

Weight: 1.7 pounds
Length: 14 inches
Kale

Ok, who knows how big a kale is?! That is ridiculous, I have never actually seen a kale as a single entity. My kale comes in bags of leaves from the supermarket… and is a great source of folic acid 😀

This was a weird week, on one day I wasn’t getting many kicks, but I was getting continuous wriggles and I am pretty certain that Pip completely flipped over as he has now started kicking really high up, it was crazy!

I’ve also had cravings back this week for the first time in a while- anything salty is fair game in our house and I have really started wanting olives. I can’t wait to see what you want to snack on.

As I am not sure how to measure my own fundal height, I measured the circumference of my bump this week… it’s 36″ and still a little smaller than Chris, but he is a foot taller than me and I don’t know how much longer I will be able to say that as Pip’s got some serious growing to do over the next few weeks.