40 Weeks Pregnant + 4 Days Update!
First of all, I’m not in labour! I thought that given I’m still waiting around for something to happen, I would do a little update for you. So I’m now 40 Weeks Pregnant + 4 days. I’m overdue! Although my original due date was May 1st and I’m definitely starting to think they should have never bought it forward :)
Here’s a shot of what I look like at 40 weeks pregnant (I’m wearing my new earrings from my little ASOS splurge!):
Yes – huge big! I do feel the size of a house. A large house. I’m not too concerned about my weight gain (famous last words) but everything is definitely starting to get a bit cramped in there.
Symptoms-wise, I’m feeling bored. Is boredom a symptom? I’m definitely trying to make the most of the quiet rest time though so I shouldn’t complain about that.
I haven’t dropped at all – you can see from my pic how high I’m carrying the baby – I was exactly the same last pregnancy. In fact I only dropped a teeny bit then right at the end. So no ‘lightening’ and relief from reflux for me – for now at least.
I had my midwife appointment yesterday and she says the baby is very low in my pelvis but still facing to my side so I think back labour is definitely on the cards.
She offered to do a membrane sweep but I declined – not looking for any invasive action at this point.
However, as my hospital does have a policy of not allowing any more than 10 days overdue, she did book me in for a ‘just in case’ induction next week. So please keep your fingers crossed I have the baby before then :)
An induction isn’t the end of the world of course but it would obviously mean no home birth and no water labour or birth. I will, of course, do whatever I need to do to ensure my baby births safely – the baby will always come first no matter what.
It was funny because last night, after she had said the baby was low, I could literally feel just how low it is – like I wouldn’t be surprised if it dropped out at any point. That might be quite nice, as long as a caught it in time!
It’s very uncomfortable though and painful when I walk. I’m also getting a really achy back high and mid way. Not low down so not contractions.
The baby was also making some crazy big movements last night when I was sat watching TV – full blown tumbles and somersaults – to the point where I couldn’t sit up any more and had to go to bed. Is it normal for babies to be SO energetic at this stage?
So that’s me for now – waiting, waiting, waiting! I did do my gel nails today so feel marginally better about my appearance.
I don’t feel anxious about the possibility of induction – what will be, will be. However, if you have any tips on encouraging the baby to make an appearance or your experiences of being induced, do let me know as I’d love to be as informed as possible.
Watch this space and wish me luck!