Hi D Ho and welcome to my very late pregnancy update for week 33. I’m now 35 weeks pregnant but have been so exhausted the last few weeks that I’m playing catch up on my updates so apologies for the late posts. So at 33 weeks baby is the size of a pineapple and weighs about 4Lbs.
I’ve kept up my regular exercise – currently bootcamp twice week and pregnancy pilates once a week in the hope of it keeping me fit and giving me back some energy. I’m starting to see the benefits of it now – at 33 weeks with bump #1 I had put on 32 Lbs while at this stage with bump #2 Ive only put on 16 Lbs – exactly half my original weight gain at this point!
What do you think of the photos above? I think I look a lot healthier in the bump 2 photo.
Week 33 was a busy one, most importantly it was my Little Mans 2nd birthday. We had a lovely evening on the actual day itself and then had a special Thomas the Tank Engine Themed party for him at the weekend. I’ll write up all the details in a separate post so you can see how we got on.
In pregnancy news week 33 I had a routine doctors appointment at my GP, all was generally well but she was concerned that the baby may be in a breech position (coming bum first instead of head first). A second GP was called in to check but couldn’t be sure either. Its amazing, when your pregnant your so careful of your bump, its awful if you accidentally hit it off anything but oh my God the doctors completey don’t mind digging their hands into feel the position of the baby. I was sore for a few days afterwards just from this examination.
A breech baby would be one of my worst nightmares as I really want to achieve a VBAC (natural delivery after a c-section) this time round and as the GP said if baby is breech, its game over for a natural delivery. I don’t think she took my plans to try everything in my power to move the baby seriously while I mentally planned handstands or whatever was required according to the spinning babies website along with listening to the Gentle Birth breach baby turn track non-stop.
The GP was also concerned about the babies size, reckoning (from feeling my tummy – very scientific) that I’m measuring 2-3 weeks ahead of my dates. I’ve also been complaining of extreme tiredness, I’m knackered all the time so my GP referred me into the maternity hospital to get checked over that day.
So into hospital I went were I was sent up to the labour ward for assessment. It was very weird to be back here. And I had to wait 4 hours for a delivery suite to become free to be examined in. This did worry me a little bit about what happens on the day if you come into hospital and theres no delivery suite free? Do you wait outside for 4 hours and hope your baby does’t come in the mean time? Or what about if your the one in the delivery suite and theres a queue of other mums who also need to get in – what happens then, is your time on the clock ticking a bit faster to get out of there?
In the end I was brought into the exact same room that I had been in with Little Man. One of the things I remember so clearly from that day was a big press in the corner of the room that the midwifes kept coming in and out too, leaving the doors wide open. This bothered me no end on the day and this time round the exact same thing kept happening. I think I’m going to bring a little sign with me for that press in my labour bag saying “Please take everything you may need for the next 24 hours and close the door when you are finished” – do you think they will think I’m crazy if I include it in my birth plan too? 🙂
Anyway a very nice doctor did a very gentle ultrasound confirming straight away that baby is in a good head down position. Babys spine is to my right which is called the Right Occiput Anterior (ROA) position. I’m hoping that they will move to my left as this is the most ideal position for birth. Our bodies are not symmetrical so it makes it easier if they are on their left, Little Man was on my right and I think that this along with many other little things was one of the factors with lead to my difficult delivery last time round.
Baby was also measuring just one week ahead which is consistent with other scans I’ve had so far so no cause for concern there. The doctor took her time and did a full scan of the baby with everything else showing up normal. Its lovely to see their little face and heart beating. As I’m so exhausted they took some more bloods and recommended I rest for a few days as I’m pretty run down at the moment.
So thats my little pregnancy update on week 33, I’ll be posting details of Little Mans Birthday soon so keep an eye out!