So after my pep talk from various people including our very own Courtney (love her!), I decided this week to combine not caring if people noticed I am pregnant with the unseasonable London heatwave… I broke out the maternity frocks.
I don’t know if it’s just the maternity clothes that make me look more preggers, or if I’ve actually gotten bigger, but T said to me last night, “OMG! You really have grown!”
I have definitely felt a sort of stretching sensation in my ribs that I think is a sign my body’s expanding. It really feels now that what was a sort of maybe-it’s-too-much-pizza tummy is more of an actual bump now. Previously it was lower hanging but now it feels like my ribs have sort of made a bit of space for B.
My various apps tell me that B is now the size of a grapefruit. En route to being a mango next week! I think he’s going through a growth spurt because bump suddenly seems more noticeable. Also I’m what’s commonly known in the UK as a “short arse” which means there isn’t very much room for B to grow apart from outwards. Oh dear. I’m obviously never going to be one of those graceful gazelles with long lithe limbs and a tiny neat bump!
Anyway because you were so nice about my previous “bumpie” I thought I’d show you my “Is she or isn’t she?” shots in my work clothing this week. Note this is the first week I decided to wear actual maternity dresses although I did wear a maternity dress last week which isn’t very bump-ish and is more like a conventional work dress which is a bit stretchy. This week is a bit of a “heat wave” here (yes I know you’ll laugh, about 30 degrees C as a top temp) so I really couldn’t be bothered to sweat it out in wintery clothes.
This dress is from Mamalicious via Amazon. Note the very cunning use of the silk scarf. Doesn’t look too pregnant-y from the front…
I actually got complimented by one of the women at work on my kimono! So either they’re just saying nothing or haven’t noticed! The dress is from Zeta Ville on Amazon and was the first maternity dress I wore (to the family gathering a few weeks ago).
In other news, I took delivery of my Dream Genii pregnancy pillow last night. (I love our new place – 24 hour concierge!)
The good news is it’s really comfortable and it’s also not insanely big like some pregnancy pillows. Also I didn’t wake up with back ache like I have been doing.
The bad news is it’s useless at keeping me sleeping on my left, as I just ended up rolling back over on it and happily sleeping on my back!
The latest symptoms which may be related to that is an awful aching in my legs. Apparently this is common in the third trimester (B is an overachiever already perhaps) as the weight of your belly presses down on some nerve that aggravates back pain and circulation. Fab news! Not.
So I really felt quite horrible even coming home last night with a sort of dead leg feeling. Dr Google says it’s pregnancy leg pain or leg cramps and I just have to keep my circulation going.
I had been out with my girlfriend for Thai. Now my main named pregnancy craving has been chicken satay, and last night I finally got a good one! T and I have been all over London finding one to satisfy my craving. The one last night was good… But not THE satay I was looking for. The search continues…!
So the single “dead leg” last night translated into double dead legs overnight. So horrible! Every time I got up to go to the bathroom (about 3-4 times) I had these horrible heavy legs. It’s probably me not sleeping on my side as I’m supposed to.
My main pregnancy food cravings have been:
- Fruit, especially apples and nectarines.
- Asian food, like fresh food not my usual deep fried and pizza! And particularly chicken satay.
- Fruit juice like orange juice and pineapple juice.
Fortunately where we’ve moved to also has an awesome and really cheap Vietnamese restaurant that I was overjoyed to discover. So that takes care of my need for freshness. It’s really cheap for London and you can get an entire meal, table service, for under a tenner.
We took T’s sister there as she came to visit. It was really nice to see her. I was terrible and did a pregnancy afternoon nap but hey! I’m sure that’s allowed. She said that T’s parents keep calling her to tell her about The Reveal… which is funny as she was “there” (on FaceTime!). It’s nice to know they are excited! She said she was also super excited and vowed to keep B in trainers (sneakers) because she loves baby shoes!
Also… I do think B is doing lots of fluttering now! I’ve definitely noticed more over the past few days. Either it’s a weird sort of indigestion or it’s our actual baby trying to make his presence known. We saw on the app that apparently he can turn upside down and still has room for acrobatics so I guess he’s taking advantage before it gets more cramped.
T has been funny. We always have our talks in the morning (walking Dog, and on the boat) and I told him that B could now hear our voices and start to recognise them. We said we should get Dog some baby tapes so he gets used to the sound. And then T came back with a story book that he decided he will read B every night! It’s about dogs in the Arctic or something like that!
I am glad he is getting into it because I think that guys can feel a bit uninvolved… Also I was worried he would find the bump disgusting but he does talk to B through it, and he offered to rub cocoa butter into my boobs! (I rejected that kind offer! They’re still inflamed!)
So… Work is busy and summer is yucky but I’m feeling strangely upbeat. Maybe I just have got a bit more “in the zone”. I want to do what people have said to do and embrace this pregnancy and try and be happy and not imagine terrible things happening. So it’s a bit of a Jedi mind trick but I will try!
And to top off today: Here’s another boat pic of London in the summer!