Monday, 2 June 2014
Bump Update - 34 Weeks
This week baby boy is reaching his birth length and is around 5lb, he is still gaining that all important baby fat to help regulate his temperature when he is born. His hearing is also fully developed now and his lungs are almost fully developed. It's nearly time!
Let me start by saying that at 34 weeks with Paige I felt amazing. I even blogged about it! I wasn't yet at the uncomfortable stage and was very much still enjoying pregnancy. I know they say that every pregnancy is different and it defiantly is. As soon as I hit 34 weeks I felt awful. The tiredness really hit me, I'm uncomfortable and just generally feel like rubbish. I'm still not sleeping well and baby boy is getting so heavy, the extra weight is really getting hard to manage. I do think he is going to be a big baby indeed!
I had my midwife appointment this week. It was the first appointment this pregnancy that Mark was able to come with me but to be honest we were both a little disappointed. The appointment itself was fine, no problems. I finally got my blood work back from the beginning of April and everything is good there even my iron. My blood pressure was fine and my belly is now measuring spot on at 34 weeks. I knew this would be the case as I feel like he's had a growth spurt during the last couple of weeks. The midwife didn't really feel around my belly like time so I have no idea if he is still head down but I am presuming he is. She went to listen to his heartbeat which to be honest is what I was most looking forward to Mark hearing but the Doppler was broken so didn't pick up the heartbeat well at all. When she first placed it on my belly I freaked out because last time the heartbeat was so clear and loud. I mentioned about my many Braxton hicks and she said that maybe I have irritable uterus. She didn't explain anything so when I got home I googled it, like you do. Turns out I think she may be right. It sounds very much like me and my Braxton hicks and there isn't much anyone can do. I'm thinking that because I had the same thing with Paige and she went on to be 5 days overdue that they won't be concerned about pre term labour so maybe that's why she didn't make any further comment. It doesn't really help me though and I am now very much dreading the last few weeks as from 37 weeks with Paige I had regular, painful contractions every single night for a good few hours at a time. They weren't helping me progress at all and I think the same will happen this time. After that she made an appointment at the birth centre for 36 weeks and another appointment with her at 38 weeks. It feels kind of strange that I won't see her for 4 weeks as the last few appointments have being 3 weeks apart. I came away feeling disappointed and rushed.
We actually got baby boys car seat this week. We went for the Maxi Cosi Pebble as it fits onto our two stroller frames that we have which is handy. We still have to get a buggy board for Paige but aren't in too much of a rush. I also ordered a few newborn items from Matalan. I was starting to panic that we didn't have any so we just got a few sleepsuits and body suits. They go up to 10lb so hopefully he won't be that big.
Don't forget to check out Paige's 34 week update and last weeks 33 week update.
Thanks for reading,