Pregnancy Diary 31 Weeks
Pregnancy Diary 31 Weeks – So I’m now 31 weeks pregnant but feel 41 weeks pregnant. I’m tired – all of the time. It takes me ages to get dressed. My back is hurting and I’m still getting leg cramps, and now I’m getting tightening pains across my tummy.
I’ve got 9 weeks of pregnancy left and 7 weeks of work. However, for the next 2 weeks I’m at home with Isabelle for the Easter holidays.
Rest they say – fat chance with Madam Ball of Energy around!
Easter Sunday we totally pigged out on chocolate starting with our own version of boiled egg and soldiers, chocolate throughout the day and a heifer of a roast dinner.
We saw family that day as well so I had a few baby squeezes from my nephew.
Monday brought my sister and mum armed with even more chocolate for the kids to scoff.
Tuesday we went to the Pregnancy Physiotherapist. She asked loads of questions about me and my previous pregnancies. We went through my job and how much walking that I do. I explained that I’d cut down as much as I can but was starting to feel too inactive. She’s recommended that I do as little as possible which might be tricky. I only pick Isabelle up from school on a Monday and Friday but the short walk from school to home which usually takes about 15 minutes has been taking me about 45. I’ve stopped taking the dog for a walk as this was really knackering me out, and my back would ache for the rest of the day.
I am intending to work up until 38 weeks but I may need to rethink this if it gets any worse.
We went through some exercises which Isabelle joined in as well. There was one where I had to get on the bed on all fours and suck in my stomach. It felt really weird to do that since sucking in your stomach whilst pregnant isn’t something you tend to do.
The other exercise was pelvic floor exercises which I should probably be doing anyway. A tip if you are pregnant and suffering with back pain is to clinch your pelvic floor when you stand or get out of bed. It’s all about strengthening the core which should help ease the back pain since all of your muscles and ligaments are relaxed to allow for the growth of the baby.
I did have to snigger at the leaflet that I was given!
my Sister-in-law took Isabelle to the cinema, McDonalds and bowling in the afternoon so I got so peace and quiet which was nice.
Wednesday we went to the library to return our overdue books. Chris told Isabelle that they were going to put us in library jail but thankfully we just paid a fine. We then went to Boots to pick up some baby/hospital bag stuff, and that was me totally spent for the rest of the day. I felt so lightheaded in Boots and it’s amazing how many people bustle about not paying attention to the people around them so thank you to the five or so people that barged into me, I hope you got served quicker!
Friday we took ourselves into town to have a bit of a mooch and take in the street entertainment happening in Princesshay. I think the umbrellas are so pretty.
Isabelle made her mark on the graffiti wall and had a chill on a beanbag.
There was a vintage carousel which I thinj she wanted to have a go on, but being seven and oh so cool she wouldn’t have a go.
We did have a turn on in the Kooky Photobooth but we weren’t very quick between the timer to get our props on properly. It was loads of fun though!
There was also a wheel of fortune and whilst I won a free drink at Wagamamas, Isabelle won £50 to spend in Fat Face – Lucky thing!
We finished up by having lunch at Debenhams where we could overlook Princesshay and watch the world go by.
Today we’ve stayed at home and have done a bit of colouring and watching Boss Baby on Netflix which is an actual cartoon series now.
We have done something every day but it really takes it out of me. I feel so tired!
I can eat most things now, but have to be in the mood for it. Except for chicken not sure why I still feel so repulsed at the idea of it but there we go. EVERYTHING gives me heartburn!
I’m eating quite small portions as I feel super full really quickly.
I’ve been quite thirsty a lot as well which is good because I wanted to increase my water intake anyway.
I’m back on the cheese after my cheese overload. I love picky things like cheese, crackers, cherry tomatoes, cucumber sticks, silverskin pickled onions etc…..YUM!
I’m not sleeping that great now. I can’t get comfy, or I’m comfy and the baby obviously isn’t so starts kicking like crazy so I have to move.
‘They’ say this is good preparation for when you have to get up for night feeds. I think since this is baby number 3 that I’ve had plenty of practice thanks!
This is on my mind all the time now. I don’t think I’m going to go full term and I’m dreaming of all kinds of scenarios where I give birth. I’m always on my own with Isabelle when it happens which I hope isn’t a premonition.
I’m pretty set as I’ve said previously on a water birth. Having this recommended by the Unmumsy Mum and also Charlotte Taylor who is a fab You Tuber who recently gave birth made me want to give this a go. If these two non-hippy mums recommend it then I’m willing to give it a try. I went with Catharine Graves Hypnobirthing Book which you can get here The Hypnobirthing Book and Antenatal Preparation MP3 – An Inspirational Guide for a Calm, Confident, Natural Birth.
I’ve listened to the tracks but find my mind drifting into thinking about other things. Hopefully some of it is sinking into my subconscious or it’s probably not going to work. It’s hard to listen to it as I don’t get a moments peace.
According to my Bounty App the baby is the size of an aubergine measuring around 41.1cm (that’s a big aubergine) and weighing about 3.3lb and will continue to put on weight until it’s born.
The organs will continue to develop and their bone marrow is now producing red blood cells which the liver has been doing up until now.
The baby’s fingernails are fully developed and may need cutting once born.
At 31 weeks pregnant my wrinkles may disappear but I may feel hot, have heartburn and be getting Braxton Hicks. I think I may have been experiencing some of these in the evenings. I’ve been getting tightening pains across my belly and it feels like the baby is tensing up.
I think we may have made a teeny bit of headway with this but we’re going to keep it secret until the baby is born.
Here’s to another week!