It's the final countdown!
I keep singing the tune in my head this week , wow what a pregnancy this has been and the fun is just about to really start from now on.
How Am I Feeling?
Nerves are kicking in and the worries are back. I know giving birth is something my body is built for , but am I ever going to be truly ready for doing this all over again?
Well it's a little late now to change my mind as we only have 10 weeks left to go (well hopefully as long as this little fella does not keep me holding out for any longer).
So my week 30 has just finished and I have to say it has been the wierdest feeling week so far.
From the start of the week it seemed I woke almost instantly with what can only be described as a deflated sensation. You may remember I had the same sensation back on Week 17 .
I looked at my tummy to see not the huge round bulge I would normally see but once again what seemed to be ''The missing bump'' . Still there just a little smaller and less looking of a bump.
I worried myself sick all day Friday and again on Saturday as my husband drove us out for the day and treat us to a fantastic Pizza Hut meal which is very rare.
It all seemed to suddenly go from having a very active bump to suddenly going very quiet and it scared me a little.
I found myself checking for signs of bleeding or mucus at each toilet break , held my bump continuously for the whole two days hoping to feel a movement and just worrying as to why my bump seemed strangely very quiet and not as active.
I kept an eye on the movements and kicks, each time it seemed that there had been no movement , I layed on my side , drank cold drinks or ate chocolate. These three things are what usually get my boy moving if he ever goes quiet usually and I was pleased to find this still worked.
My husband even spent the evening chatting away to bump and I giggled in relief when he kicked and wriggled in his way of replying to his daddies voice.
It was just a strange sensation that kept me on my toes for around three days until eventually it all returned to normal and our boy was moving around as he was before by the end of the week, strangely my bump still feels a little deflated but I know he is ok , I've had no unusual shows or pains and so I am putting it down to one of the upcoming ''The calm before the storm moments'' .
Ok so I know there are no more so called events except for the midwife trips and the main event of course , I did neither this week and don't go to see midwife for another couple of weeks but something big did happen this week.
I ate some dates!
Yes , doesn't sound all that great does it but I have never heard of what the consequences are to eating dates when pregnant and I found out a little to sooner than I should have .
Supposadly the fruit ''Date'' has not been officially added to the list of must have or must avoid list in pregnancy! (I just wanted to clarify that so I was once again not made out to look the daft one unlike the horseradish situation previously).
The fruit is absolutely loaded with nutrients such as good sugars, protein, fibre, folate, vitamin K, iron, potassium and magnesium, all of which benefit you and of course your unborn baby.
Not only does this fruit contain nutrients but it is also very tasty and I had a sudden urge to buy some this week and why not?
Well I will let you in on my discovery!
After indulging in only a small handfull (5 dates to be exact), withing around 5 minutes afterwards I got a sudden cramping sensation in my tummy and lower back.
My stomach hardened and I felt like I had just set of the button to start labour.
I put the Dates down and had a funny feeling that what I had just eaten had something to do with it and Googled ''Eating dates while pregnant'' to discover some pretty interesting facts.
Not only is this a great benefit for nutrients but it seems the (what I thought was )helpless little piece of fruit, is also great for cervical dilation and helping labour along.
Yes , the fruit I had just eaten seemed to spark of what I can only describe as those braxton hicks and as soon as I read that they were given straight to the kids to be no longer seen again.
I had not heard of eating dates in pregnancy being a problem until this but now knowing that Dates seem to have a compound that mimics the hormone oxytocin (which causes contractions) I am staying well clear until I feel my baby is ready .
How is baby doing?
Well as We already discovered , this week he seemed to quieten down for a few days but still very much active .
Baby is meant to measure around 39cm around this time and still has some growing to go yet and the babies lungs and digestive system are almost fully developed.
From now on ,the bigger the baby gets , the less amniotic fluid there will be.
I have made more add ons in the respect of baby clothes , nappy bin, baths and other little bits and I am now in sole concentration of buying the last of my reusable cloth nappies before I concentrate on bedding and blankets before finishing the last of babies needs. Our lovely Drew (our second youngest daughter) even bought her baby brother his first teddy out of her own money when she was out at the weekend and it looks just like her big sisters that she still has now .
The suitcase is out and my bag is now starting to get packed, ready for that hospital trip if ever he does decide to creep up before expected and although I don't need to , I always like to pre wash all clothing , blankets and such are washed ready for the arrival .
I am not sure I will ever be ready for this but I am trying to get prepared and I certainly don't have much time left , especially knowing how fast the last 30 weeks has gone by.
Hope you keep following me through this journey and I will be back soon with more updates.