It’s currently 4am and I’ve decided that now is a good time to write this post. I usually write these pregnancy posts the evening before they’re uploaded as that way I can give you information about a week instead of 6 days. So why this week am I writing at 4am, just 5 and a half hours before this goes up? Well, let me tell you…
I am now 34 weeks pregnant, meaning a lot of energy is being used and consumed by the tiny human that is growing inside of me. This leads to a lot of tiredness and drowsiness which I always put off during the day in the hope of my sleeping pattern getting relatively back to normal – well, it hasn’t. I saw my midwife yesterday and discussed my lack of sleep and lack of comfortability during the night and she recommend sleeping during the day to see if this helps. Again, it hasn’t. I am still awake at unsightly hours of the morning, still feeling as tired as I would’ve without the sleep during the day. Every night is becoming more and more of a struggle, to the point that even at 1pm I dread bedtime. I wouldn’t mind so much if the baby was here and it was her keeping me awake, but I’d rather her continue growing for at least a couple of weeks.
Aside from my sleep issues, another thing that is causing me much distress is the pain I’ve experienced. I don’t like to moan about the pain I experience due to pregnancy because I always have at least one smart-ass say “you wait until labour”. Yes, labour is going to hurt, and it will hurt more than the pain I’m experiencing, but that doesn’t make it irrelevant. Got it? As I was saying, the pain I have been experiencing has been Braxton Hicks, but more and more intense as the days go on. I’ve also had it twice this week where my right leg is in agony and I can’t walk on it. I spoke to my midwife about this too and it’s a case of sciatica which is simply the irritation or compression of the sciatic nerve. Basically, the baby has enjoyed laying on my nerves causing me lots of pain…
Braxton Hicks, as mentioned, have become more intense this week. Instead of simply causing a little discomfort, they feel like full on period pains. I haven’t experienced period pain in about 5 years due to being put on the pill to stop the pains as I used to pass out, but from what I remember it feels like someone is reaching inside of me and playing Cats Cradle with my insides. That’s what I have been experiencing this week anyway, and experiencing while I write this too. I’m still trying to remain as positive as possible, I don’t like to moan much (promise!) as I know I am lucky to experience growing a human, but some of the aches and pains that come along with it are like the crappy pack of crayons out of a kids party bag – simply irrelevant and not helpful at all.
On a brighter note, there is only 6 weeks left of pregnancy until my due date. She can be born at any moment from now on and have a 99% chance of survival and go on to develop just as well as a baby born at full term. These sorts of statistics and facts reassure my anxiety filled brain a lot as the scary thought of premature birth never really exits your brain when expecting. After speaking to the midwife I now know she is head down, not quite engaged, but she’s almost there. She is also smack on average growth wise which is always amazing to hear – even if, like me, you’re not paying too much attention to growth charts, it’s all going to hurt the same!
So although this week has seen a lot more pain and sleeplessness and sickness, it has also seen good news, good plans and good health! 6 more weeks…

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