With just one month until my due date this week baby boy is now the size of a melon weighing roughly 5.75 lb and around 18.75 inches long. I had my 35 week midwife appointment last Tuesday and was still measuring behind at just 31 weeks so I am booked in to see the midwife again tomorrow to see if there's been any growth since. If not then I will be referred for a growth scan. I also ended up going to the hospital for some testing as they found blood and protein in my urine.
I think I may have done my last shift at work this Saturday and have started my maternity leave. I have a week booked off now and everyone has told me not to go back afterwards, to have a few weeks to relax before baby boy arrives and to enjoy Christmas. I was due to finish on December 22nd when I'll be 38 weeks but I guess it will be nice to have a couple of more weeks off beforehand.
I've finally painted the nursery, and will hopefully complete the nursery this week so I can share a few photos on here. I think I have bought everything we need now too as I made a few last minute purchases of some new clothes and bedding.
We still can't agree on a name, I keep trying to drop hints but Andy's not having any of it ha ha! I also don't like any of the names he suggests either so looks like this baby will be nameless at this rate. I'm thinking of maybe firing a few names at Amelia and seeing which one she says clearest haha!
I've been getting a load of aches and pains especially if I'm on my feet or doing the housework, so it's probably a good idea that I do finish work now before I get any bigger. The hospital also picked up that I have low blood pressure which is why I've been feeling faint all the time as my iron levels are higher this time than the last pregnancy. I've been advised to up my salt intake and drink more water.
Braxton hicks have also been non stop this week, and actually pretty painful sometimes. I know they're not real contractions though so I guess I just have to put up with them. Leg cramps are getting worse too, and I keep waking up in the night because of them. Sometimes 2-3 times a night which can be a pain!
I think that's it to update you on this week, you can check out previous updates here.
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