38 week pregnancy update – nearly there!

The end is nigh!  It’s over 4 weeks since my last pregnancy update but the time has continued to absolutely fly by.  Is my hospital bag packed? Erm kinda?! *hangs head in shame*  I’ve got most things in it and if there was an emergency I could shove the last few bits in – I just haven’t quite sorted them all yet! 
This weekend’s task was to get the house ready – we’ve got the pram, the car seat has just arrived, things are washed but we needed a good sort out and clean to make space for the new arrival! I had been mentally nesting all week but my body had other ideas so it was a relief to have Dave to help out! 
The heartburn had reached ridiculous levels – to the point that I was actually vomiting acid into my mouth – yes sorry I know that’s a bit graphic but it was really that bad and it was regularly either stopping me from going to sleep or actually waking me up.  There is only so much milk to be drunk and yogurt to be eaten.  I asked my Dr for a prescription for Ranitidine – its like a miracle cure – from the first tablet I’ve not suffered at all. I’ve even been able to drink orange juice and eat chocolate without so much as a twinge! I can’t tell you how much of a relief that is! 
I’ve had a couple of random home visits from the midwife – seems the hospital had requested them which was a bit odd considering I’d only been there the week before and been told I didn’t need to be seen till my pre-op. Anyway the midwife didn’t really know why she’d been sent either so did all the usual checks and everything was fine. We arranged I’d go for an appt in a fortnight, a week later I got another home visit but again neither of us really knew why?! My BP was slightly up but nothing to be worried about.  I’ve got one more check up due before the big day now!  
I’m constantly absolutely knackered now – sleeping is difficult as I can’t escape the hip pain and lower back ache.  I use my heated beads every night and will occasionally “treat” myself to some paracetamol.  If I manage a straight 4 hours I’ve done well.  I tend to find my SPD is particularly bad when I get out of bed in the morning but eases as I move around.  I’ve taken to driving to school in the morning as I just can’t manage the walk (despite the fact its only just over half a mile there and back – shameful)  I do walk at home time though as we’ve got more time to take it steady then.  
I’m getting lots of Braxtons of an evening and enormous movements – it has been quite uncomfortable at times but I’m also trying to relish every second being as how I know this is absolutely my last pregnancy. 
Dave was away in Middlesbrough all last week which obviously meant I was playing the role of single mum – exhausting! I honestly don’t know how people manage on their own full time and have huge respect for them.  I had friends on standby just in case Beak decided to make an early exit but everything was fine – I survived the week with baby intact. 
So here we are – at the start of half term which I expect could be a long and exhausting week! In less than two weeks Beak will be here and you’ll all know what flavour I’ve been baking all this time! 
(I don’t think you can actually see it clearly in the photo but my bump is measuring about 133 cm all the way round – which is considerably less than the 150ish cm of the other two! )

19 Comments

  1. October 28, 2013 / 1:58 pm

    Oh poor you! Last couple of weeks are the worst! I remember the heartburn vividly! Good luck with the next fortnight! 🙂

    • October 28, 2013 / 5:19 pm

      I think once you get to 37 / 38 wks and are classed as "term" it suddenly gets much harder to wait doesn't it! Knowing I have a specific end date does make it a bit easier x

  2. Tas D
    October 28, 2013 / 2:17 pm

    Not long to go now – I used to get really awful heartburn towards the end and would be up all night just awake, reading the papers!

    • October 28, 2013 / 5:20 pm

      The Ranitidine really has helped loads – though I must admit last night I had a little twinge.

  3. October 28, 2013 / 2:21 pm

    Ooh not long to go! I didn't pack a hospital bag until the week before with my second, I think I had it packed at 5 months with my first…how things change. Good luck for the next few weeks 🙂

    • October 28, 2013 / 5:20 pm

      It's all just so much more relaxed isn't it!

  4. October 28, 2013 / 2:27 pm

    Sooo exciting and you look great! Good luck and hope the next few weeks pass by heartburn & stress free (well as much as can be expected!) xx

    • October 28, 2013 / 5:20 pm

      Thanks! Once I get half term out of the way I think I'll be ok!

  5. Cherry New Mummy Review
    October 28, 2013 / 6:29 pm

    nearly there, woo! good luck for the big day x

  6. October 28, 2013 / 8:57 pm

    I look forward to reading your birth announcement! I had the heartburn/acid reflux until last week when it suddenly dissipated -yay. Good luck for your final weeks xx

  7. October 28, 2013 / 10:07 pm

    I honestly can't believe what a difference it makes! X

  8. October 29, 2013 / 3:33 am

    Good luck! Hope it all goes well.

  9. October 29, 2013 / 8:41 am

    Lovely neat bump there missus!

  10. October 29, 2013 / 12:30 pm

    Now the annoying questions start, every time you telephone someone "Is the baby here yet?" Best of luck xxx

    • October 29, 2013 / 4:01 pm

      Yes that's particularly irritating isn't it! As if you wouldn't have told them! I have to say I'm not suffering that at the moment 🙂 (Perhaps they know better!)

  11. November 1, 2013 / 7:27 pm

    What a wonderful bump you have, lovely and neat! Reading about your last weeks are stirring my memories of being pregnant, the heartburn is horrendous isn't it? I did not know about that magical medicine, sounds good. Hope the final week is restful.

    Popping over from blogsRus share thread.

  12. November 3, 2013 / 8:17 pm

    yes daughter has been suffering horrendously with hip pain and pelvic pain aas well as heartburn. hope your last week goes quickly. we due sectioned on 21st november

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