Sunday, 14 August 2011

14th August 2011 - 33 Weeks

Another week missed - sorry! Had my Mum, Nephew and Niece over to stay last weekend so my Sunday morning routine of photographing, measuring and weighing went out of the window again!

So - the past two weeks . . . Bumpy has been making his presence felt ever more lately. Just as I type this he has booted me in the side! I've felt heavier and less mobile. I think I look bigger too. Just noticed tonight that I have the start of a fresh stretchmark around my waist. This is where the skin is tightest - but as before it is still a waistline - the round bump hasn't magically appeared! Now on the subject of stretchmarks - I have loads already. On my tummy, sides, base of my back, tops my arms and my boobs. I go to great lengths to hide them and although most are very faded now they are still upsetting to me. I'm not overly bothered about getting new ones - not like most new mums are that maybe have never experienced stretchmarks before. But still I am covering myself in cocoa butter on a regular basis to minimise the effects.

Only three weeks left at work, this makes it all seem so much more real now. I'm not sure if I will then get four weeks before he arrives as I am thinking he may be early. So I do need to get prepared and pack my hospital bags and wash his clothes! I've been procrastinating about this lately, but I have been so busy at work and in my spare time so when I do get an evening to myself I just flake out of the sofa!

Saw my midwife last Tuesday. Everything was ok. She had a feel of my tummy but couldn't work out where the head was. It was a little embarrassing as I know my bottom podge was the reason why, it doesn't help as her examination table is really short and I have to bend my knees, so with being on a slope all my podge ends up at the bottom and she had to lift it (eurghh!) to use the heartbeat amplifier! The shame - but I'm sure the indignity will just continue when I'm in hospital! Personally I still think he is in the breach position as most kicks seem to be down below. But as I'm having another scan in three weeks we will know a little more then. I wonder if they will recommend a c-section if he is breach - as they did this for my sister. Not sure how I feel about this. In some ways I would be relieved as I know I will be a wimp when it comes to the pain, but of course I am in no way disillusioned in thinking that a c-section is an easier alternative - and the idea of recovering from major surgery with a newborn baby in tow is not an appealing one!

Here are my measurements for the week -

Bust - 52.5 inches (no change)
Waist - 51.5 inches (no change)
Hips - 55.5 inches (-1 inch)
Weight - +0.5kg 

My waist has definitely grown although the measurements don't back this up - what I think has happened is that it's just changed shape. I almost feel like my waist looks smaller from the front - but if you look at the plan view you can see how Bumpy is sticking our front now.
Weightwise - I'll be interested to see how my weight goes over the next few weeks and if I will end up lighter than I started after giving birth. Still not making an issue of it and am eating normally, but probably a little naughtier than usual as a few biscuits and chocolate buttons have sneaked their way into the shopping lately!

  • leg cramps at night - getting worse if I sit with my legs up for too long
  • increasingly vivid and weird dreams
  • Periods of extreme tiredness
  • more heartburn - but still irregular
  • twinges and painful aching in my pelvic area - especially around the pubic bone
  • increased discharge down below
  • headaches in the morning

And now for the weekly shots -

33 weeks pregnant side view

33 weeks pregnant plan view

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