So at 37 weeks pregnant, I am officially full-term! I’d be more excited about this if it weren’t for the fact that I’m now convinced I’m going to go overdue and have to be induced. It’s funny, I’ve swung from being convinced Chip would have to be born early by emergency C-section due to her size, to now thinking I can imagine myself sitting around for 56 hours in the induction suite waiting for something to kick off. As ever, pregnancy constantly reminds you how little control you have over any of it.
It’s been a relatively peaceful week really, so not much to update today. The main thing I’ve noticed this week is just how fat I’m getting – I had my hair done yesterday and was quite surprised to see how many chins I had when staring at myself throughout the appointment. I think it’s mostly water retention/puffiness but it’s quite odd to look at yourself and realise how different you look from how you think you look. I’ve also noticed I now have some lines/rings around my neck – they’re not very obvious but they definitely weren’t there before. Again, I’m hoping it’s just from the puffiness and they will disappear after Chip’s arrived but still… great for the self-esteem. (Yes I am aware how painfully vain all this sounds!)
The monster feet continue to be a nightmare, as soon as the temperature gets above 21 degrees they just seem to bloat up. The only solution is keeping them elevated but this means I can’t really do anything apart from sit in bed with my laptop. But while I sit here I have an overwhelming desire to clean and tidy and DO things, so it’s quite frustrating. I have realised what a terrible disabled person I would make, if I can’t even cope with having temporarily swollen feet.
This week I also ordered a breastfeeding chair with footstool. These are the ugliest things on the planet but there’s not really anywhere that comfortable at home for me to sit at the moment – the sofa is too squishy and gives me backache, and spending so long in bed makes me feel like an invalid. I’m VERY excited about this hideously ugly chair and am hoping it will cheer me up a lot, and also, you know, be quite useful for breastfeeding once Chip’s here. It’s arriving today – hurrah!
And finally, something very odd happened this week. I was sitting watching TV on Monday night and I realised my bra was really uncomfortable. My boobs felt kind of hot and throbby. Anyway I took my bra off, only discover one side was completely soaked through with a kind of watery substance. Sorry, really TMI I know! I was quite shocked as before I’d only had tiny bits of yellowish discharge. This was a whole other league – like I’d poured a (small) cup of water in my bra.
I immediately got excited and hoped it was a sign of imminent labour, but sadly Dr Google says it doesn’t mean anything. Just another joy of late pregnancy! Next up? The appearance of a bloody mucusy ‘show’ apparently… Delightful, I can’t wait!