In the UK, full term of pregnancy is officially classified as 37 weeks. Yesterday I reached this all-important milestone and it’s a wonderful achievement.
I’ve really loved being pregnant and think I’ll miss my bump, but can’t wait to meet our little one, who is due in just under three weeks on the 26th of January!
I found the pregnancy questionnaire below online and thought it would be a fun way to update you all on these final weeks of my pregnancy.
How Far Along? 37 weeks and 1 day
How big is baby? I’m not sure as this generally isn’t measured past 20 weeks, unless your midwife or doctor think your fundal height (bump size) is too big or too small for your due date. What I will say is that baby definitely feels cramped now, and his movements can be quite painful! On average babies are about six and a half pounds by 37 weeks.
Total Weight Gain/Loss? I’m not sure, as neither the doctor or midwife weigh me at my antenatal appointments. I often ask to use their scales as I don’t have any at home. My estimate would be that I’ve gained about 30 pounds by now.
Maternity Clothes? I was living in St Lucia until I was 28 weeks pregnant. There I just wore loose summer trousers and linen tops to keep cool. I bought some new stuff but luckily a few items in my wardrobe still fit me. When I got to London in November I bought two stretchy long-sleeve maternity tops and two pairs of maternity jeans – one in black and one in traditional denim from JoJo Maman Bebe. I also bought a winter maternity coat from JoJo and a few maternity bras from Marks and Spencer. The rest of my wardrobe is made up of items I wore before pregnancy.
Sleep: I don’t think I’ve slept properly since about 32 weeks. There are a number of reasons for this: Weird dreams, pelvic girdle pain and a compressed bladder are the main ones, but let’s not talk about changing sides, and in fact getting out of bed. No one warned me this can be likened to a mini workout! 😂 Like morning sickness, disrupted sleep is definitely a downside to pregnancy. It is as if the body is preparing the new mother for all the sleepless nights that are to come!
Best Moment this Week: Reaching full term
Movement: I’m carrying a baby who loves to punch and prod the organs around him! 😱 His movements have been quite uncomfortable since about 24 weeks, now they can be downright agony. The silver lining is that lots of movement is usually a healthy sign. 😊
Food Cravings: None
Food Aversions: Aubergine. Thai food seems to set off my indigestion so I’m avoiding it for now. I loved it before!
Gender: We are team blue! 👪
Labour signs: According to the midwife I’m about 2/5 engaged. I feel some pelvic pressure from time to time.
Pregnancy symptoms: I’ve had just about every symptom in the book: non-stop nausea and vomiting at the start, indigestion, pelvic girdle pain and the urge to nest! The only symptom I seem to have escaped is cravings. My main symptom this week is sore hips and disrupted sleep.
Belly button: Out since about 34 weeks.
What I miss: I don’t really miss anything about my pre-pregnancy life and would do it all again in a heartbeat. I’m sure once the baby is here I’ll miss elements of my old life from time to time.
What I am looking forward to: Meeting our little one and having a large Baileys!
Stretch marks: I think I have a few faint ones, but I’m not sure. Generally they don’t show up on my skin until they’ve faded to silver – I have a few on my hips which look like this and have no idea when I acquired them – probably during a growth spurt in my teens!
Wedding rings: No longer fit!
Weekly wisdom: “Enjoy your me time whilst you still have it, life is about to change drastically.”