It’s my due date!!! I literally feel like I’m dreaming right now! The past few weeks have been so busy that I haven’t really been focusing too much on today so it feels like it has come round in no time at all. I can’t put in to words how excited I am at the thought of meeting my baby within the next week or so. I actually feel quite emotional as I know at any minute now, my life is going to change forever.
If my baby hasn’t arrived by Saturday, my midwife is going to come round to do the sweep. This is usually done on your due date but my midwife felt that there is a better chance of it working if we left it a few days.
If it doesn’t work and I’m still pregnant on Tuesday (30th May), I am booked in to be induced at Aberdeen Maternity Hospital. Depending on how it goes (and if they actually have a bed for me), I should be meeting my baby a day or two after that so I know he/she will be in my arms within the next week anyway. I don’t think it will hit me properly until it actually happens.
On my birth plan (which I know can change completely), I have put down that I’d like to move about and be upright as much as possible. Hopefully gravity is my friend! I know that I will be hooked up to different machines if I am induced to I’m trying to avoid that if I can. We’ve been having a bit of fun this week trying some of the tricks that is meant to induce you naturally – hot/spicy food, raspberry leaf tea, walking, warm baths and the rest… Hopefully I will go in to labour naturally but baby is maybe far too cosy and may need a helping hand next week.
I have been experiencing some pain across the front of my tummy so I think my body is preparing itself for labour. I haven’t had any braxton hicks contractions yet, unless this is what it is. The pain in my pelvis has also been extremely sore at times, especially when I try to get out of bed in the mornings or have to change position throughout the night. When I went to my midwife checkup last week, she said the head was right down as she felt the shoulders in my pelvis so this will be why I’m in quite a bit of pain.
Cravings have been a weird one this past couple of weeks. I have really been enjoying cold glasses of milk or milkshakes – which is not something I ever drink. So the baby must be pinching all of my calcium I think. I’ve also been enjoying lots of blue slushes, fruit and ice lollies so definitely cold, juicy, sweet things!
Saying that, I’m still generally being healthy with my diet and exercise. I have been doing yoga throughout my pregnancy. I practice at home and at a class once a week so I will be going this Thursday as usual as I feel great – unless the baby has other plans. I stepped on the scales this morning and I am 9 lbs heavier than what I was at the beginning of my pregnancy. I did lose a little in the first trimester due to lack of appetite and not feeling the best, although I couldn’t tell you how much. I think this could be one of the reasons why I haven’t got any stretchmarks as they say if you put on a lot of weight quickly during pregnancy, the risk of getting stretchmarks is higher. I may just be one of the lucky ones though.
I have been busy pampering myself this week. I thought, I have quite a big task in front of me and I’m going to have my hands full for the next wee while so I may as well treat myself to a spot of grooming. My brows are HD’d, lashes are lifted, hair has been brightened, nails and toes are preened and I even had a cheeky pregnancy massage to help me stay relaxed until the big day! It has been such a nice way to end this amazing experience.
We have finally chosen our baby names! We had our girls name and boys name picked out in the beginning of the pregnancy but, since then, the names have been used by people who stay local to us. We wanted to choose names that were not used in this area and had a small chance of being used in the future so I think it could be a good thing that they have been used now as I feel that they may be quite common names soon. I’m so happy with our new choices though! They are really unusual and I can’t imagine anyone else being named that.
I am not worried at all about going in to labour and giving birth. What bothers me the most is the thought of recovery but everyone has different experiences and I will just have to take each day as it comes. I have heard so many stories about labour they are all so different so I’m excited to know what it feels like myself. I may regret saying that later…
Well wish me luck! All my bags are packed and in the car with snacks and a bouncing playlist on my iPod. It’s just a case of enjoying our last few moments of peace and waiting for him/her to make their grand entrance. I will be introducing our little bundle of cuteness on my YouTube channel and on my blog once he/she has arrived so make sure you subscribe for updates! The next time I write on here I may be a mummy aah!! 😀