Baby #2: 38 Weeks Pregnant.. End of Pregnancy Symptoms and Hello Braxton Hicks!

I really don't know how many more of these updates I will be writing. Could this be my last one? Or could I potentially have two to three more to write? Baby has been low now for a while, so it's harder to be able to tell when he's thinking about making a move. I generally spend most of my days between being a busy Mama looking out for any signs of a go and feeling on edge (but with excitement rather than with nerves, though by the evening, the nerves have made their way to the forefront of my mind and I start to worry a little about my impending labour).  

For being 38 weeks, feeling ready to pop and dealing with the random aches, pains and uncomfortableness I've spent much of this week actually doing quite well. At the beginning of the week I felt really good and I sort of think the sun has had something to do with that, as random as that sounds. The weather has an affect on me and the blue skies and sunshine have really helped to motivate me and make me feel good. My mind has also switched to preparation mode and I'm constantly checking that things are tidy, organised and prepared. I've painted and re painted my nails so many times lately, have spent more time emptying the washing basket and cleaning the bathroom than I usually would and have just generally tried to keep on top of things. Perhaps it's a nesting instinct, or perhaps I just know from experience that the first few weeks after giving birth and having a new baby can be quite a blur, can be tough due to a lack of any solid sort of routine and also need to be dedicated to allowing my body to heal from the physical aspect of giving birth.

Now that we're approaching the end of the week and I'm getting closer to 39 weeks, I've really started to feel rough and have had so many end of pregnancy symptoms. I honestly feel so ready to give birth now, my body is giving me all of the signs and I've now lost my plug. I keep thinking that it could be any minute and I'm constantly trying to keep myself mentally and physically prepared. I met with the consultant midwife this week at the hospital I'm giving birth at to discuss my anxiety around giving birth again. I didn't quite realise how much - but I really am feeling anxious and scared and I think it's because I know what's coming. I've really got to try and find a way to stay strong, calm and relaxed.

Baby is still very active and is keeping true to his new nickname of 'hiccup'. He's not a particularly sleepy baby, it feels like he's always having a stretch or a kick about. I had some issues with my vision at 37 weeks, but my blood pressure has been checked and it's fine, well, as fine as low blood pressure is. I've always had low blood pressure and this added to the problems I had with feeling dizzy and fainting after childbirth with Ethan.

Everything else is as prepared now as it can be and I can't quite believe that I'll be officially due in just nine days time! That is, if he doesn't decide to come early! Read my 38 week pregnancy update with Ethan: 38 Weeks: Getting Braxton Hicks!

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  1. Ahhh how exciting!!! Reading this makes it feel like literally yesterday I was feeling like this exhausted, achey (driving a 4 hour round trip to peppa pig world for the day at 38 weeks did NOT help mind you!),and SO anxious but excited...and now 10 weeks later all those aches and worries are a distant memory!!! That will be you. It'll be absolutely fine and your body will just know what you do. Try not to stress lovely, you'll soon have that gorgeous baby in your arms! xx

  2. Oh my goodness, so close now! Sorry to hear you are suffering with anxiety though Alex, that's tough to deal with on top of everything else! I'll be keeping an eye on your social media for baby news! Good luck! xx

  3. You're getting closer and closer! I'm currently 33 weeks and since I work 8 hour days I feel beyond tired by the time I get off work. I'm also definitely feeling more back paint the last few days and also braxton hicks.

  4. So excited for you Alex, we can't wait to meet little hiccup soon! Good luck.