Pregnancy Diary: Third Trimester - 37 Weeks

17th March 2017

At 37 weeks pregnant my little Pip is about the length of a bunch of Swiss chard. She (yes, it's a girl!) is about 19 inches long and weighs well over 6lbs now. Here's what's been going on during my 37th week of pregnancy with baby number three.

Baby Development

Pip's lungs are nearly finished developing and getting ready for her to be able to breathe, her reflexes are all in place and she is almost at the size she'll be when she is born - and don't I know it! If she was born this week onwards she should be fine and not necessarily need any medical care, and this is also the milestone week for me being able to have a home birth. If I had gone into labour any earlier, a hospital birth would definitely have been on the cards.

Body Changes

This has never happened in either of my previous pregnancies but I swear my feet have got bigger! I am usually a size 5 but bought some little ballet pump type shoes a few weeks ago because I just cannot bend over to do up my bootlaces anymore. I ended up having to buy a size 6, and even they feel snug now!

Pregnancy Symptoms

I'm still going crazy for sweetcorn, I can't get enough of it! I am feeling quite restless a lot of the time and have the urge to tidy and throw things away. I have been been clearing out loads of stuff; lots has gone to charity, I've done an NCT sale and I've sold things on Facebook groups. I am always going on about decluttering but this is a really overwhelming urge, so I am sure it is the nesting instinct kicking in! I have been feeling quite weepy and emotional recently too, everything sets me off, from TV adverts to the boys being adorable.

Antenatal Appointments

I saw the midwife for my 36 week check up. She checked my urine, measured my bump, checked my blood pressure, felt baby's position and listened to the heartbeat. All was well, baby is head down but not engaged. The midwife is going to come round in a few days to do the home birth booking and discuss what we need to have in place.

Looking Ahead

I have started to harvest colostrum now and forgot just how fiddly it is trying to express with one hand and collect it using a syringe with the other! I don't have any medical reason to do this, but it gives me peace of mind after Noah's birth experience. Jude walked into the bedroom when I was in the middle of doing it and shouted, "mummy, put your clothes on!" as I obviously had my top open, it was so funny! If you wanted to know about harvesting colostrum antenatally definitely speak to your midwife first.

Read my 36 week pregnancy diary entry here!

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