So, today, I complete 38 full weeks and am starting the 39th week. Not anxious yet, but I’m sure I will be soon. After hearing from so many people that the second time is quicker, babies want to come earlier (although I know some opposite stories), etc, I decided that it was best to start thinking about the hospital bag. Well, I got some of the items, but the bag is not ready yet. And I need to wash the baby’s clothes. Too relaxed? The plan is to work on it from Monday.
I started to put on weight properly in the last two weeks, the sickness reduced (and the heartburns increased dramatically), my freckles popped bizarrely, my legs started to swollen, and the Braxton Hicks are now more frequent. At my last appointment with the midwife, two weeks ago, she told me that my blood pressure was higher than usual; she wasn’t concerned, but wants to see how it goes in the next appointment, on the 7th May.
I’ve been reading more about (natural/normal) birth experiences (on mummy blogs), which I’m not 100% sure is a good idea. All great stories, with happy endings, but with a lot of “the pain is unbearable”, “it became too much”, “I begged for it to stop” type of stories. On the other hand, I also heard the story of the birth of my dreams: after a very painful 1st pregnancy and birth, the girl had her 2nd baby almost pain-free and baby coming out when she stood up to sign some papers at the hospital. Like that, no warnings, no major pain, no drama (or a lot of drama, depending on how you see it).
I use my laptop to do all the stuff I have to do online and it’s normally on my lap. I’m not sure if there’s a risk for the baby, but I’ve notice that she doesn’t enjoy the proximity of the laptop to the womb that much. She always moves a lot but also seems that she is trying to move away from it. I feel the bottom of my belly (where her head and arms should be) softer, and the top (where her bum and legs are) very hard. Baby B has been moving quite a lot too, I hope she is not changing position again.