The Third Trimester Update
Thank you for stopping by to read my latest pregnancy update. I’m so relieved and excited to have reached the Third Trimester. Again time has flown so quickly since my last update. I’m pleased that I seem to have a bit more energy in the Third Trimester, which is handy as we’ve continued to be so busy again.
We decided to make the most of the last week of the school holidays with a family day out this week. We visited Trentham Gardens in Staffordshire, and enjoyed a delicious Higgidy Picnic. I am determined to keep as active as possible during pregnancy however, may have overdone it a little.
We explored the fairy trail around the grounds of the estate. Even though I took the walk at a gentle pace, I didn’t realise we’d walked over 6km that day. As the evening went on my hips became more and more painful and I was struggling to walk. Thankfully a hot bath and a good nights sleep helped and I was fine the next day.
We headed to London this weekend to celebrate my Niece’s 5th Birthday. I popped to the shops in Kingston Upon Thames and stumbled upon Newbie. They had the most adorable baby clothes. They were so soft and I just couldn’t resist getting baby some items. It felt really special to hang them in his wardrobe now that his nursery is all finished.
Mr Mack and I have had a few differences of opinion over a pushchair for the new baby. We had kept Mini’s and it is in good condition. However, I just really fancied buying a new one. Being practical about it, it wasn’t an expense that we needed to make but managed to come to a good compromise. The carrycot Mini had was pink although the main pushchair was black. I bought a new grey carrycot and a new cosy grey footmuff. I spent around £100 and it really does look like brand new again, especially after a good clean.
Mr Mack was away in the week with work on a training course. I found it tiring not having him around to help out with Mini. He’s normally the one out of bed early in the morning so there were a few mornings we were nearly late for the school run!
I had a midwife check up this week too. Again I didn’t really feel that I benefitted much from the appointment. They feel very much tick boxes to me and I haven’t really built up rapport with any of the midwives that I’ve seen yet.
I also had a tour of the hospital and maternity unit this week. We will be having this baby at a different hospital to where we had Mini. So I found it really useful to get used to the unit as it is a very different set up to the previous hospital. I liked that the midwife let unit and delivery suite are in the same unit. It gave me comfort knowing that everything was so close and even if we needed to have baby on the delivery suite, we can still borrow some birthing equipment form the midwife unit. The tour made the pregnancy feel very real for me and I started to get really excited about meeting baby.
This week we also saw our new Consultant. He seemed to be much more forward thinking and agreed for us to plan to have baby on the midwife led unit. Having had a previous caesarean the previous Consultant told us this wasn’t an option. I was so pleased that we’ve been given this option and he also supported me having a water birth. He’s written this plan up in my notes so I just need baby to play along and come on time now!
The Consultant was also happy for us to book onto the active birth class and have a more detailed visit to the midwife unit.
This week was all about birth preparation, a typical feature of the third trimester. I bought some perineum massage oil as I’d read that massage from 35 weeks can reduce the chances of needing an episiotomy. No idea if it will work but worth a try.
I also bought items for my hospital bag such as maternity pads, big knickers and some new born clothes for baby. I was also impressed to find some washable breast pads in Boots. I’d not seen these previously and liked the environmentally friendly aspect.
We also decided to enrol on a hypnobirthing course. It’s something I’d been considering for a while and came across a digital pack from The Positive Birth Company. It was only £35 and seemed to have lots of great reviews so thought it was worth a go. You get access to around 60 short videos that you can work through at your own pace. There are also MP3s to download, as well as full course notes and a template birth plan. We watched the introductory videos together this week and are looking forward to working through the full course.
I was also surprised with a wonderful baby shower this week. Mr Mack and my two best friends had done an amazing job of organising an afternoon tea. There was so much delicious cake to eat and it was such a lovely relaxed afternoon to spend with all my special girl friends.
A very important week in the Mack household as Mini turns 6. She had a lovely party with her friends and we went out for dessert after school. She knows that now her birthday has passed it’s not long until baby will arrive.
We’ve been continuing with the hypnobirthing course. I’ve really enjoyed listening to positive affirmations before bed. I’ve also been reading lots of positive birth stories. The course highlights that a lot of our perceptions of birth are based on TV shows and negative portrayals of birth. The course aims to help you feel positive and calm about the experience and not to expect it be horrid and painful.
I had an episode of flashing lights in my eyes this week at work. Luckily I’m surrounded by Paramedics who kindly checked me out. They agreed my blood pressure was high but were happy to monitor me and to be checked over by my midwife the next day. When I saw her I told her what had happened and that I was worried as I’d had pre-eclampsia with Mini and high blood pressure and flashing lights are two key symptoms. I was so shocked when after this, she told me that she didn’t have time to check my urine sample to check for protein as she was already behind with appointments. I felt so let down and should have been more firm with her but just couldn’t believe she was refusing to do the test.
This week I decided it was time to pack my hospital bags. I asked Mini to help me and she enjoyed picking baby’s first outfits. I’ve used the helpful hospital checklist that came as part of the hypnobirthing course. It helped me to have a list to work from and tick off, then added some of my own items too.
We attended an antenatal course that was being run at our local children’s centre. As we had a previous caesarean, we were hoping to brush up our knowledge about natural birth. We both found the course very basic and agreed it wasn’t very useful so decided not to go to the rest of the sessions.
The one useful thing we learnt from the course was baby boxes. These are free to all parents-to-be from The Baby Box Co. You have to sign up and watch a short video and can then collect a box from your local pick up centre. The idea is to provide a safe sleeping environment for baby and can be used downstairs for example if you wanted to leave the Moses basket upstairs. The box came with mattress, mattress cover and a full pack of nappies and wet wipes.
This week we escaped overnight for a little babymoon break to the Cotswolds. It was lovely to have some special time together before our family life is about to get a lot more chaotic. I had the most relaxing pregnancy massage and loved chilling out in the relaxation area with my book.
It was also baby loss awareness week, which also coincided with the first anniversary of our miscarriage. I’d underestimated how much this week would effect me and the emotions that it brought back from our experience last year. I felt very fortunate and appreciative that we have a baby on the way. I also spent lots of time this week thinking of those that may not be as lucky.
I’d been worried about reduced movements this week. Maybe it was the worry of thinking about the miscarriage that had really panicked me a little. Thankfully after a short trip to triage, baby was monitored and he soon starting kicking away. Since then I’d had plenty of Braxton Hicks so baby is definitely making his presence known.
Thanks for reading my third trimester update. I really can’t believe that I’m nearly at the end of my pregnancy and that my next update will cover the final few weeks.