Thursday, June 25, 2009

11 weeks and counting!

As of today I am now 29 weeks pregnant, which means I have approximately 11 weeks until our little person arrives. When I take into consideration the fact that my specialist has said he may induce me anywhere from 36 weeks it starts to get a bit scary because I am SO not ready!

I've also discovered that pregnancy is very much 'secret women's business' as there are so many things that go on with your body that aren't discussed, probably with good reason! If women knew everything about pregnancy and child birth prior to conceiving then I think the birth rate would drop dramatically!

Up until this point in the pregnancy I have been happily cruising along, give or take the odd day of feeling tires or unwell, but all of a sudden it feels as though my good run has come to an end.

I developed a cold, which I thought would just run its course, but it turned into an infection which needed antibiotics to help clear up. The sinus pain is so severe on my left side that I can't lay my face on the pillow, which would be fine if I could sleep on my right side but I've recently developed hip pain! Who knew pregnancy could cause hip pain - apparently its due to the release of hormones that help relax and soften the joints and muscles to help prepare the body for labour and delivery!

All of this would be fine if I could sleep on my back, however this position puts the full weight of the uterus on the spine, back muscles, intestines, and the inferior vena cava (the vein that transports blood from your lower body to the heart) so that's a no-no too!

Throw into the mix the fact that I, like 41% of pregnant women, have developed pregnancy snoring and you can imagine how little sleep I am actually getting! To add insult to injury Aaron had the audacity to poke me in the shoulder a few nights ago, after I had finally fallen asleep, to tell me I was snoring! This from the man that snores every night!! Words were exchanged and I am fairly confident he wont be doing that again.

On the plus side bumpy is moving a lot more now - particularly between 3am and 5am and we seem to be awake at this time every morning now - and Aaron has actually seen and felt the movement himself, which is great as it makes him feel more connected to the baby.

I spent the weekend washing baby clothes, towels, wraps and bedding so at least when we move, which is in 5 weeks time, I know the baby's things are all taken care of! I wish the same could be said for the rest of the house.

In the meantime I am trying every suggestion possible to get a good nights sleep - I have bought a vaporiser, a pillow to place between the legs and wheat packs and water bottles for the hip pain. At this rate there wont be any room for me in the bed!

Taken last night - 29 weeks pregnant and very, very tired!

At least I am organised when it comes to the baby's clothes!


Demara said...

Wow there's a lot of baby clothes and such stuff there. I think you will be well equipped for any a mess it surprises you with. I can't remember if you found out whether it's a boy or girl..oops.

I hope you get sleep. whether it be in the afternoon or not...maybe the couch is more comfortable? And I'd try a lavender aroma,'s suppose to make you sleepy ;)

good luck and sweet dreams p.s. I still want the pain, and at least one kid God willing, but I'm at the point too that I'm overjoyed with how my life is currently. I'm starting to be content with whatever God dishes me! :) which is great, makes me a happy 'camper' barren or not.

hope you get that sleep you need.

Bonnie said...

Hi !

Thanks for stopping by my blog ! I love the look of yours ...

A baby on the way eh ? So exciting ! I had to laugh about the 'secret women's business'. It might be secret now but after the baby is born you where join a 'new club' where birth stories are swapped and you hear more detail (and share more) than you ever want !! It's all good though. A sisterhood, if you like !! :)