I naively thought my second pregnancy and labour would mirror that of my first, how wrong was I! Ruby was born at just over 37 weeks, my waters went first, contractions started a few hours later in the early hours and she was born at 10.37am that morning. I went through my second pregnancy gleefully expecting the same to happen, however it did not. From 36 weeks my midwife told me I was fully engaged and that she too expected the baby to come at a similar time to my first. Well 37 weeks came and went, 38 weeks passed us by and by 39 weeks I was so disappointed she wasn’t here yet and I was still not even full term. The one silver lining was starting maternity leave and getting extra weeks to spend with Ruby, one-on-one before the new arrival. This summer was one of the hottest I can remember and although it was uncomfortable being pregnant, I was glad the baby decided to stay put until it got slightly cooler.
I have no idea where the last week has gone, it is all a bit of a blur! I think I have had around 12 hours sleep but I would not change it for the world.
So my birthing story…
This weekend certainly has been a busy one! Today we went down to our local birthing centre for a tour. Luckily it was pretty empty so we were able to get a good feel for the place and see the all important room where the water births happen! I could not believe just how big the rooms were, a complete different experience to the tour we did on the labour ward that’s for sure.
We had our antenatal class today, a little later than planned due to our previous class being cancelled so out of everyone I was one of the most pregnant. The class covered a variety of different things including pain relief, birthing options, signs of labour and a little on what to do when the baby arrives.
We have now reached 36 weeks! My midwife is currently on holiday so I saw a different one today who was lovely. We spoke about my birth plan and my wish for a water birth. As long as I go over 37 weeks and continue to have a pregnancy without complications hopefully this will be possible. I also want to try and give birth with only gas and air, however I can sit here and say this now, it might be a different story when it comes round to giving birth!
Our baby is also now fully engaged so even though my midwife says most first babies are late I’m keeping my fingers crossed she comes in time for Christmas.
After having my flu jab a few weeks ago, I was hoping to avoid getting poorly however I appear to have come down with a really really nasty cold. The timing is especially bad as it is our first wedding anniversary this weekend and we had lots of plans!
Now I am officially on maternity leave, I feel that I should probably get my hospital bag packed. After reading different peoples lists, I have narrowed mine down a little as some of the lists were so extensive you would need a good couple of suitcases to fit everything in!
We have 3 bags, one for me, one for Chris and one for the baby!
So in my bag I have decided to pack:
- Birth plan/notes
- Loose fitting PJs
- Dressing gown and slippers
- Change of clothes
- A pack of big knickers from Primark!
- A large pack of maternity pads
- Toiletries – toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, face wipes, lip balm and a hair brush
- Still Lucosade and a few sugary snacks
- Nursing bra
- Camera and charger
- Money for car park
- Comfortable clothes
- 4 baby sleepsuits
- Nappies x 10 (size 1)
- Scratch mitts
- Going home outfit
- Cotton wool balls
- Muslin squares
It does seem like a lot but compared to some of the lists I have seen it’s actually quite minimal.
Everything has suddenly started to feel very real now.
5 weeks to go!
Today I had my final day at work, it feels so strange to think I am not going back Monday and I am not too sure what I am going to do with myself! I decided to leave now at 34 weeks as I’m getting a little uncomfortable driving for an hour each way and by the time I get home I am shattered.
So now it is time to relax and prepare for the new arrival, hopefully getting in quite a few swims over the next few weeks as I find it is the only thing that makes me feel 100% comfortable at the moment!
Finally in my third trimester, the end is in sight! I am now 28 weeks and still feel pretty good, I am still exercising regularly and do not feel too uncomfortable yet.
My midwife has said the baby is now head down so hopefully now will stay that way until the birth but we will see. The kicks have got a lot more intense and I am needing to go to the loo even more which I did not think was possible!
12 weeks to go!!
I love, love, LOVE to travel! This will be the thing I miss the most, or so people keep telling me. I however hope that having the baby will only encourage us to travel more but as a first time Mum I am not too sure what to expect so watch this space on that one!
We have decided to stick to Europe for our final break and visit Prague and Budapest, both places have interested me for a while so it seems appropriate to tick these two destinations off my long list.
We flew with Ryanair to Prague for £40 each and then took a private car (how posh!) to our AirBnB apartment which was located in the new part of the city. The apartment was in a beautiful old building and was huge, perfect for the two of us and my ever expanding bump! Our host was there to greet us upon arrival and gave us valuable information on where to go, how to get around and most importantly what to eat. The apartment cost was similar to a hotel however the space we had was far greater and we fitted in just like locals rather than looking too touristy!
Prague was beautiful! It is now one of my favourite cities and I cannot wait to come back one day.The contract between the old city and new city was fabulous and the castle the opposite side of the river to the one we were staying was well worth the trip over. The best thing I ate whilst here was hands down the pancake from Den Noc but be warned this place is very small so tables get taken very quickly, it is also tucked away on a small street so can be tricky to find but well worth it. Having said that, we did not have a bad meal whilst in Prague and we were pleasantly surprised with how reasonably you could eat out here. Much cheaper than London that’s for sure!
After three nights in Prague, we took the train to Budapest which took about 7 hours and cost us 19E each for a second class seat. We had a whole compartment to ourselves in the end and were left alone to enjoy the scenery and read in peace. This trip was so easy and was much better than the hassle of flying such a short distance. I got all the information I needed from Seat61 which we have also used many times when in Asia.
Budapest was just as picturesque as Prague and again it was very easy to get around. We travelled by foot in both cities quite comfortably, even being nearly 6 months pregnant I found it very manageable. I would highly recommend eating at Comme Chez Soi which is the number 1 restaurant on Trip Advisor currently. Again it is quite small so booking is advisable however we did manage to walk in and get a table for a late lunch. This family run restaurant served high quality Italian food with local charm and they went out of their way to make sure you had a good experience.
Being pregnant, I was unable to try the spas in Budapest which was a huge shame as they sounded lovely so I would like to go back one day just for this! One highlight of the trip for me was visiting the underground hospital in Budapest, ‘Hospital in the rock‘ which run tours most days. The tour is based around the emergency care the hospital offered during the second world war.
We stayed in another Airbnb apartment which was smaller than the last but it a great part of town which was in easy walking distance to everything that we wanted to see. This time we did not meet our host as they had a number combination for the door but there was lots of information left for us in the apartment on the best things to do during our stay.
So our final babymoon was extremely successful! We both had a lovely time getting away for a few days and would highly recommend both destinations. I did not find travelling at 6 months pregnant to be difficult, in fact it was probably the best time to travel as I was in my second trimester so was feeling pretty well!