38 weeks and a bit of last minute pampering

38 weeks pregnantI am 38 weeks pregnant today and honestly this pregnancy has flown by compared with my first. It has also, thankfully beenย so much smoother. With my SPD rearing it’s head at just 6 weeks pregnant I was so worried about how hard this pregnancy would be, but thanks to the physio throughout we have kept it at bay and I am so much more mobile. I haven’t needed to use my crutches at all and just generally feel so much better and still have quite a bit of energy. I think because I have been more mobile this time I haven’t put on nearly as much weight as I did last time either, which is also no bad thing.

It hasn’t been a bed of roses and I still get a lot of pain in my back and pelvis, and of course I am shattered and ready to not be pregnant anymore… But with just over a week to go I am trying to focus on the positives now.

I am well and truly running out of clothes that fit now, and am in fact wearing some of the primark tunic dresses that I bought in the early days of pregnancy... though they are by no means dresses any more and are only just tops! Yes this “top” in fact used to come down to my mid thigh…. not anymore lol! It has saved me buying anything more though and good to get some use out of them. ย I am in bigger maternity trousers now purely for the wasteband as the maternity trousers I bought in early prgenancy still fit but I do find they cut in under my bump after a while, and I am all about the comfort right now! Shoes are interesting too actually as I am needing to wear some of my winter boots, which aren’t exactly easy to get on… and also only just fit as it seems my feet have widened! I am hoping they go back to normal afterwards otherwise I need some new shoes lol!

There is a lot of preparation going on in our house, the nursery is finished, the freezer is stocked with a couple of weeks of meals, and there is lots of little bits of prep going on. I’ve also decided to spend a bit of time on preparing myself. With lovely grandparents and Daddy helping with Monkey, I have had a bit of me time. It has been lovely and I have been making the most of as I know that is going to be a little hard to come by for the next few months, especially if I am breastfeeding.

WP_20141019_09_17_20_ProSo one day last week I dyed my hair, and on Saturday I went for a last hair cut and blow dry. It was lovely and right now my hair is still lovely and straightened (something I can rarely be bothered to do myself at the moment!). When I was pregnant with Monkey I was such a zombie that I basically stopped caring about my appearance, then he arrived and I was so focussed on him (especially when coping with colic) that I didn’t focus on myself at all. That is not necessarily a bad thing but I did eventually realise that I had to make a bit of time for myself and by that point my hair was in a ridiculous state and I definitely wasn’t looking my best.

In all honesty going back to the newborn baby days makes me very nervous. I didn’t have an easy time last time and so I worry how I will cope with two little ones. I’m trying very hard not to focus on that though, what will be will be and I did cope last time so I know I will again. I am just trying to do as much as I can now to make life as easy as I can with a newborn, and also to try and hopefully feel good about myself. (I’ve been recommended a fab book which is helping with this a lot and there will be a bit of a review of that coming up in the next week or so.)

Worrying about my hair and appearance may seem daft at this point but it is nice knowing that my fringe is cut and my hair is in good condition so that at least there is one less thing to worry about. It will take some time before my body feels like my own again and I imagine I won’t have the time or energy to be caring much about how I look in those first weeks so it is nice to be able to make time to do so now!

Did you have any last minute pampering before your baby arrived?

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10 thoughts on “38 weeks and a bit of last minute pampering

  1. You are looking GREAT Caroline! Can’t believe you’re 38 weeks already, it has flown! It’s all babies at the mo – two of my best friends have just had their second and first in the space of two days. It’s funny because for the first time since my maternal instinct kicked in back in 2007 I don’t feel broody by all the newborns. Guess it’s safe to say three is enough for me xxx #allabout you

  2. Sorry to hear about the SPD, it sounds really horrible and to have it throughout must be tough. I only had it briefly and felt so awful even then. You look amazing though and your hair looks all swishy… ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. wow, you look fab at 38 weeks. I looked like a zombie by then! The main thing for me was to make sure i enjoyed a few long relaxing baths as they are few & far between once the second gets here

  4. I don’t think I did manage to do any personal grooming at all! ๐Ÿ™‚ I was a mess the first time round with a colicky baby and not knowing what I was doing too but the second time it somehow just kind of happens – you are too busy with the toddler to be all weepy about the baby! And to be honest I was lucky with EJ because he was a much more chilled baby so I hope that is the case for you too. The worst bit for me was a few bedtimes in the early days when the hubster wasn’t around – trying to cope with both – well, I had a good friend turn up on my doorstep once after reading a particularly desperate sounding facebook update! Other than that it wasn’t so bad! ๐Ÿ™‚ And good luck, I know you’re in hospital right now so you might have even had baby! Eeek!! Xxx

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  6. Good for you! I don’t think I did much pampering but I sure will next time ๐Ÿ™‚ I remember having to get bigger shoes a few weeks before I had R for a do we were going to. I now look like a kid in their mum’s heels! They’ve gone into storage for next time! Hope you’re feeling ok this week! Any day ๐Ÿ™‚ xxxx

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