Hi D Ho and welcome to my 28 week pregnancy update. Baby is now about 2.25 lbs and about the size of an aubergine (or egg plant in the US). Week 28 also officially marks the start of the third trimester.
This week has been a real pregnancy focused week. To start with I was back with my GP for a routine check up, all is well with baby but I’m a bit run down so she felt it was best that I take a few days off to rest. So home I tottered for a good old afternoon nap and thats where I stayed for most of Thursday and Friday. You might remember from last weeks post – Week 27 and the January Blues I was finding the first week back after Christmas tough going so I really think this extra rest did me the world of good.
This week I started pregnancy pilates classes, this was my first real pregnancy exercise class and it was a million miles away from life in bootcamp. I was told to bring a yoga mat, a blanket and a pillow so off I headed with all my equipment for a nap and in typical Emma style arrived 5 minutes late (mortified as the class had already started).
We started off with some stretches and were soon given a set of 1.25 KG pink dumbbells which did make me wonder if I was going to get any “real” workout out of the class. There was a lot of stoping and starting and talking about birth and labour but rest assured we soon got into the real exercise. I found the class a lot less high intensity or weight focused than what I’m used too but there were still plenty of hard bits. At one point in particular we had to lie down facing the ceiling and push ourselves up onto our hands and feet to make ourselves into a “table” which was really difficult. I was struggling with this so the instructor came along to help me and told me its ok – I probably have very little upper body strength! I felt like going hey Missus I do bootcamp three times a week and telling her where to shove her wimpy 1.25 KG weights!
Anyway at the end we did get our
nap five minutes to ourselves where we didn’t have to do anything, go anywhere or think about anything. This was really nice, we were all curled up in our blankets while the instructor came along to each of us and placed some kind of oil on our temples while whispering something magical in a strange language. I did leave feeling refreshed and for the first time in a long time I had completed an exercise session without a single squat!
At the weekend I met up with my Doula Bairbre for lunch and a catch up. It was great to have a good chat and get to know her a bit better. She got me thinking about writing my birth plan which made me think about what changes we might want to make from our last birth plan – after all the “very nice midwife” (said through gritted teeth) who induced me last time did tell me that I was going to get everything that I didn’t want done to me when she read my birth plan (great way to calm a stressed out pregnant lady but she was right) so maybe its time for a re-vamp! We also got to swap stories about how attitudes of different medical professionals can really influence the outcome of your birth. Its really great to know that you have someone with you who knows what they are talking about, has loads of little tips and tricks and is on your side!
Finally there was a gentle birth meet up in Galway on Sunday morning also hosted by my Doula Bairbre. It was really great to spend sometime with some like minded mothers and mothers to be. One amazing mum shared her birth story with us telling us how she stood up for herself time and time again throughout the labour to ensure she got the birth she wanted using the latest evidence based care recomendations to make informed decisions instead of blindly flowing hospital protocol. One of the funniest parts had to be where she was told she would have to get up on the bed for the consultant to deliver her (last time we all checked it was the mother who delivers the baby)! In the end she stood her ground staying where she felt comfortable and when the consultant arrived they had no issues with her chosen location – it was only the midwives following protocol! It was a really empowering story of a woman who was calm, confident and in control.
Another wonderful lady told us how she was sorry that her birth had only lasted four hours from start to finish as she had looked forward to it and enjoyed the experience so much – wouldn’t it be wonderful if we all had births like that – I think it really goes to show the power of the gentle birth program!
So thats me all geared up for the last trimester – time to really start getting my mind focused and prepared for birth. This week I want to really refocus on listening to the Gentle Birth tracks, reading the book that goes with it and returning to my mindfulness challenge of 10 minutes each day – lets see how it goes!
Heres a little picture of Little Man and I taken this weekend for cuteness sake, he’s 23 months old now – not long till the big 2 so its time to start birthday party planning! We are trying to figure out what to get him for his birthday as its so close to Christmas, so he got a good run around some of the children’s shops this weekend – let me know if you have any good suggestions!
Anyway thats all my updates for now – thanks for reading this weeks pregnancy update – chat you soon!