Wow, only four weeks to go! I still can’t really wrap my head around the idea that there will be a baby arriving in the not-too-distant future, which I think is because I still haven’t hit that ‘feeling REALLY pregnant/uncomfortable’ point I mentioned in my last update. Although, as I said to Rob, it’s weird to think that there will be another human living in the house by the time he flies back to the UK this time.
I’ve been feeling pretty good, body-wise. My sinuses seem to be in overdrive and keep me up usually for at least an hour during the night, and I’m not sure what’s to blame for that. I could believe it’s hormone-related, as crazy sneezing has always been my most intense pregnancy symptom. I’m looking forward to being able to take Benadryl before bed again, but I think that’s still a while off. It’s supposed to be safe during pregnancy, but given how much it dopes me up, I’m not comfortable passing whatever share of that on to the baby.
Baby’s Size: About 19″ long and 6lbs. I think ‘they’ say that babies gain about half a pound and grow by half and inch per week at this point.
My Size: I gained about a pound over the last two weeks, bringing the total to 25.5lbs gained. It’s really slowed down! I hear that that’s pretty normal towards the end of pregnancy, and normal is always good.
Movement: Still plenty of that! She’s got at least one foot up on my right side, at the top of my belly, so that’s what I most often see poking around. The strangest sensation is when I’m lying on my side, and I can suddenly feel different parts of my skin touching the bed sheet as she wiggles around. It’s like I am moving without actually moving.
Complaints: I think everything’s been pretty good over the past two weeks. It would be nice to not have the sinus stuff at night, but that’s fairly normal for me, anyway. Even though the baby still seems pretty high, that doesn’t seem to have affected my breathing or the amount that I can eat. I get winded more easily if I have to climb the stairs quickly or chase down a naughty dog, but generally I would say that pregnancy suits me pretty well.
Looking Forward: My midwife’s appointments are now every week, which I suppose will be helpful as I get closer to the birth and more questions occur to me. Obviously, I have no way of know whether Baby M will be early, on time, or late, but it’s amazing that by next week, we’ll be considered ‘full term’, and she could arrive at any point after that!