Week 30: Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes!


“Your baby weighs around 3.5 pounds now and fat continues to accumulate under the skin. She is around 41.1cm long. While she can gain as much as half a pound a week from now until birth, the weight gain varies from baby to baby. The lanugo is continuing to shed, although babies born prematurely may still have some of this at birth. Even though the lungs are the last of all the organs to develop fully, she is practising breathing 30-40% of the time. Bones are busy hardening and preparing to support her body after birth. The adrenal glands, which produce those important hormones called steriods, have doubled in size in the last 10 weeks.

Your uterus is now about 11.5 cm above your belly button and space has become very limited. This will likely increase your aches and midnight keg pains. You may even be feeling some anxiety, not only due to your decreased ability to function but also due to impending labour. Brixton Hicks may become a regular occurrence and can happen at any time. The extra weight that you are gaining is likely to be the baby weight, plus the weight of your body that is compensating for your growing baby.”– My Pregnancy App- Health & Parenting Ltd.

This week marked clearing my next hurdle! I now only have one milestone left to hit- 37 weeks- and I’m home and dry πŸ™‚ I can’t tell you how good it feels, and how quick the time is going! It’s flying- I can’t wait!

This week we decided to get my maternity bag ready. This may sound stupid but I had no idea how much stuff you had to pack in a maternity bag! For anyone as unaware as me, here’s the list of maternity bag “must have’s” I found:

For Mum-
Slip on shoes,
Birth plan,
Maternity notes,
Old night dress or shirt (to labour in)
Light top (in case you want a water birth)
Lip balm,
Snacks and drinks,
Entertainment eg, books, magazines etc.
Hair bands,
Hand held fan,
Water spray,
Phone charger,
Knickers (5 pack of cotton ones)
Change of clothes (after labour)
Night wear (in case you spend the night)
Change of clothes (going home)
Nursing bra,
Bra pads,
Shower gel,
Bendy straws (to make drinking during labour easier)
Tooth brush,
Tooth paste.

For Birth Partner:
Comfy shoes,
Change of clothes,
Tooth brush,
Snacks and drinks,
Entertainment eg. Books, magazines etc.
Phone charger,

For Baby:
Sleep suits X2,
Vests X2,
Baby blanket,
Muslim cloths x2,
Outfit for going home,
Car seat.

Wow… Ok I get the maternity notes, birth plans etc. I had thought about the shower stuff, changes of clothes and nightwear for possible overnight stay. I remember when I had Harry obviously we didn’t have a bag, we didn’t have anything with us.

I remember having to wear a horrible hospital gown because obviously the clothes I had arrived in we’re covered in amniotic fluid and Christ knows what else. I was lucky enough that the hospital had some shower gel and shampoo so I could at least have a wash.

Mr W had to go home and grab me some bits in the morning and not to go too far into the details of my underwear drawer, I remember thinking “Shit I don’t have any knickers!” I’m a string girl- tmi I know. So I had thought about the knickers, I had thought about the shower stuff, the clothes and the tooth brushes and the toothpaste.

I had even thought about the hand held fan and the water spray- one thing that will always stick with me was how damn hot it was in that Delivery Suite- and obviously the clothes and nappies etc for baby. But when you see it all listed out it’s quite shocking!

There’s no way I’m going to fit that all in one bag let’s be frank! So we’ve decided on a bag for my stuff and a bag for Mr W and the baby’s bits.

And if you’re wondering about the lip balm and socks- because I definitely was- apparently your lips get really chapped during labour and your feet get cold, so there you go!

A couple of additionals I have thought of, have to be contact lenses, hair brush and make up- don’t you judge me for being vain! If you know me you’ll know I’m a pale kid. If you saw me after I’d had Harry, we’ll, in the words of my mum, I was “so pale I was see through” and my lips were blue.

This was probably a combination of a traumatic experience and the beginning stages of mourning for my baby. But trauma is enough to drain my face of what little colour it possesses and I don’t want my daughter to look back at the pictures of her first few days of life and ask “Who the hell is that creepy pale woman who looks like death holding me… Oh wait, thats you Mum. Jeez, is giving birth that bad?” So in the bag the make up goes.

Luckily we have quite a few of the above bits already, so we don’t have that much more to buy. I’m aiming to get it complete in the next week or two so I can have it ready in the nursery to grab when the time comes!

This week I’ve noticed a change in princesses movements. Through out this whole experience she’s gone from feeling like pop corn popping, to an elastic band pinging, to actual kicks, to kicks which vibrate my tummy, to movements which make my whole tummy violently move, to what I now experience- objects sticking out in random places.

It’s only the start, so I’m not 100% on form when it comes to guessing what part of her body is sticking out of where! But I’m getting there! It’s so bizarre seeing what looks like a little Mexican wave going across your stomach!

Most of the time I’m pretty sure it’s hands, feet, elbows and knees that are causing what looks like, in Mr W’s words “A hernia” to stick out of my tummy, but once or twice I’m pretty sure I’ve noticed her derriΓ¨re sticking out the side of me!

The feeling is crazy too, if she moves lightly- like when she’s dozing- it feels like maybe a paintbrush brushing my insides; it almost tickles! But when she’s fully awake- particularly after a large meal- it’s more like a fish out of water, flopping and flipping and wriggling around, I’m sure one day an arm is going to break free of the skin and stick out of me like in some alien film!

For now I’m enjoying it though, according to my pregnancy app, pretty soon she’ll start slowing down through lack of space and I’ll feel her less.

Symptoms wise, restless legs are still my enemy. Talking about them is enough to set them off so ill move on. My back is bad- I have made a mental note to speak to my doctor about this at my 31 week appointment next week.

No change with the nausea and the indigestion, though this week I have, so far, been nightmare free πŸ™‚

Highlight of the week? Game of thrones is back- completely unrelated to baby but a highlight all the same! And baby wise, knowing we’re finally at the stage where I can see her through my tummy! Insane!

Low of the week? Two words? Restless legs.;


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