28 weeks pregnancy update

I wasn’t going to write a pregnancy update today, but after my midwife appointment I just feel the need to. For the past few weeks I’ve definitely felt I’ve had a growth spurt and a few people have commented that my bump is “massive” all of a sudden. I’m hoping this means I’ll have a few weeks where I don’t see much change. Because today at my 28 week midwife appointment they’ve measured me as just over the 90th centile! 90TH CENTILE PEOPLE!! 

I know the tape measure measurement they do isn’t that accurate. In my last pregnancy I followed loads of people on my Babycentre app group board that measured big then either slowed down later on, or after a growth scan, all was fine. I don’t need a growth scan, but it does mean I now need to have a GTT which I was hoping to avoid. I had one last time for another reason and it was a bit yucky. It left me feeling sick and ravenous. Yes, it’s only one day, but still, when I’m regularly waking at 4am and need to eat a banana or packet of crisps, the thought of NOT being able to eat past midnight until nearly midday the next day, fills me with dread!

I suppose the biggest thing is that I’m worried I’ve caused this myself. I have been indulging in the odd chocolate orange or bar of dairy milk or two. And we’ve eaten out a lot recently… (Claridge’s Afternoon Tea anyone!) I left the appointment feeling worried, because if the test shows I have gestational diabetes then I’ll have to be consultant led, and that means no midwife unit. It’ll be delivery suite. And that means a less relaxing environment, more monitoring and doctors clock watching. I’d recently come to the decision that despite good intentions and really loving the idea of it, I won’t be having a home birth. The midwife unit is where I had chosen to give birth.

I’m now waiting to hear for my appointment which will hopefully be soon. The leaflet I’ve been given says not to change your diet before hand. But already I feel the urge to go swimming. I’ve not been as much as I did in my previous pregnancy. Last time I went it just aggravated my round ligament pain. So my instinct is to avoid things that cause pain! I have been upping my walking a bit, but I suppose if you eat a chocolate orange to yourself a couple of times a week, a walk to the park isn’t going to do much. Miss Belle will be having some extra time in nursery from November, so I must make sure I use this time to go for a swim, however slow I go, and look after myself a bit more.

I’m also wondering if I can up my caffeine intake. I have one proper cup of tea at breakfast and then switch to decaf for the rest of the day. And I have to say, when I’m knackered, like I am today (toddler who woke at 4am, I’m looking at you…) a hot chocolate or a bit of cake is what picks me up and gives me a bit of energy for a bit. I know chocolate still has caffeine in but I feel it’s more the sugar that helps me. My question is, would I be better with just anther cup of tea? And if so how many cups of tea can you have a day? It doesn’t help that I have slight bladder issues so I’ve always avoided too much caffeine as it triggers it and makes me pee even more than I am at the moment.

It’s funny because other than feeling exhausted thanks to the lack of sleep, I’m feeling pretty good at the moment. I’m definitely not “glowing” (does anyone actually do that?!) but I actually said to Matt a few days ago, I feel pretty good compared to how I was feeling at 17/18 weeks when I had a constant aching back and ligament pain. I had kind of put it down to the extra walking, better pillow arrangement (if you’ve not read it, check out my pregnancy essentials post for a top tip there), and the yoga I’ve been doing.

Anyway, I suppose I’m looking for some reassurance. Have you measured big in pregnancy and then things either evened out, or been fine in the end? My midwife tried to reassure me. She said it could just be the baby’s position today when measuring. She measured big when she was pregnant and had to have a GTT and then had an 8 lb 1 oz baby on a midwife unit. I can deal with that. I know it’s possible, and actually I know the likelihood is all will (hopefully!) be fine. But, as you all probably know by now, I worry a lot. Waaaah! Let’s hope we find out soon enough. I don’t need more things to worry about at 3am. (Past few days I’ve thinking about packing my hospital bag, even though it’s too early!)

I’ll update you soon. In the mean time, don’t give me any cake…

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20 Comments

  1. Vicky Dambrauskas
    17th October 2017 / 7:59 am

    Hey Susie, I measure big with both mine (they were both big children… 10lb and 10lb 10oz …. it’s ok I don’t wee my pants now!) I had the gesticular diabetes test thingy with both and they both came back negative. Don’t worry about eating chocolate, you are still active and this is not combined with takeaway pizza every night…. is it?! (Mmmmm pizza…) stop being so hard on yourself, 4am wake up?! You deserve a twirl or two!!!

    • thisismenow
      Author
      17th October 2017 / 8:20 am

      Thanks Vicky, the glucose test was fine last time, so I hope it will be again. Just hope bump evens out a bit! You’re a trooper giving birth to your big boys! xx

  2. 17th October 2017 / 9:45 am

    I was the opposite and measured small throughout (I measured 38 weeks at 40+4 when I had him) but my midwife also used to say that it could be down to the positioning of baby. Hopefully all will be well, try not to worry xxx #DreamTeam

    • thisismenow
      Author
      18th October 2017 / 8:15 pm

      Thanks very much, yes I guess it could be position of baby. Hoping it was just stretched out that day! We will see I guess. Thanks for reading xx

  3. 17th October 2017 / 5:57 pm

    You’re not alone lovely! I was huge with each of my two and gained 3 1/2 stone each time (and I’m not exactly tall). My two both came in under 8lb and like you I was desperate for a home or midwife led birth second time around… which I’m pleased to say I got! I was a complete sugar fiend throughout and was literally having cakes and biscuits after every meal and as snacks between. I just couldn’t stay away from it! A few months later I was back to my pre-baby weight both times. Be kind to yourself xxx

  4. 18th October 2017 / 12:49 pm

    Hi Susie! *waves. How are you feeling today. Definitely be kind to yourself. I’ll tell you a secret *which won’t be a secret now. I had such terrible morning sickness all day every day, that I ate like a mouse. No tea, no sugar, no nothing. Unless it was super plain… like water. And dry cereal. And I didn’t eat much of that either. With the exception of a week here and there towards the end of the pregnancy where the sickness lifted. However. Little Button measured off the scale! She was a giant. She was, admittedly, big when she finally arrived, but no where near as big as everyone had made out that she was going to be from the measurements. It wasn’t anyone’s fault. And it hadn’t mattered what I did/didn’t eat. So I guess that my point is… don’t blame yourself at all Mrs. What will be, will be. And being consultant led to be on the safe side isn’t ideal, but probably means they can help if needed much quicker than if you were elsewhere. Let us know how you get on. #DreamTeam xxx

    • thisismenow
      Author
      18th October 2017 / 8:14 pm

      Ah thanks so much Annette for your kind comment. And that is so weird, you’d think if you’d not been able to eat much you wouldn’t have a big baby! Just shows I guess that we can’t control these things. I will try chill out a bit about it! xx

  5. 19th October 2017 / 1:21 pm

    I’m really sorry I can’t help you but I can say that I was the complete opposite. I measured small throughout. I had some rather rude people that pointed this out and made me feel like crap – like I was doing something wrong. But baby was a very healthy 8lb 5oz much to everyone’s surprise so bump size has no real reflection on birthweight. Good luck with the rest of your pregnancy. And keep documenting it. It’s something I wish I did!

  6. 19th October 2017 / 2:10 pm

    Everyone is so different – I am small, measured small, and had a small baby so not really sure I can offer some useful advice apart from trust that what is happening is right for you hon. Thanks for linking up to #coolmumclub xoxo

  7. 19th October 2017 / 2:16 pm

    I’m 37 weeks now and have been measuring small throughout – and that’s worried me the whole time too, especially as I’ve not had much of an appetite for most of pregnancy so baby is basically made up of cheese sandwiches at this point! I think we’ll worry whatever happens, to be honest.

    However, I was measuring three weeks behind, and I’m now only one week behind – so it can even out. I hope you’re able to get some relief from your worry. Baby will be fine!

  8. mummy here and here
    19th October 2017 / 5:46 pm

    I was the opposite but don’t worry as there are lot of big babies and they do absolutely fine X #coolmumclub

  9. 19th October 2017 / 9:33 pm

    Mine 2nd measure as a big baby (her femur measurement was off the scale!). It’s scary but the delivery was actually really easy with her. I understand you being worried (I think being pregnant leaves you a in a constant state of worry!) but unless the docs are worried, try to be reassured that there is still time for things to even out. #sharingthebloglove

    • thisismenow
      Author
      22nd October 2017 / 8:25 pm

      Thanks Lucy, that’s what I’m hoping. xx

  10. 20th October 2017 / 8:16 pm

    I measured big second time around at my first appointment where they measure – and after that I was dead on where I should have been at every single appointment. I do think it’s a massive guestimate – it can just be a strange position of the baby that time. Even the scans where they estimate the weight are known to be notoriously unreliable, so the bump measurements are even more so! And everyone seems to have a different opinion on bump sizes – I remember being told on the same day by one person that my bump looked small, and another who said “it must be any day now” (I think I was about 30 weeks!) I hope the GTT is bearable and the results come back ok. Strangely enough it was not being able to be in the midwife led unit that bothered me the most about a positive result, but I had a stay on the labour ward in my late pregnancy and I thought it was great and that made me feel that even if I did end up not being able to give birth there, that the labour ward would be fine too. Thanks for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

  11. 23rd October 2017 / 3:56 pm

    If I recall correctly my measurements were all over the place one minute big then too small. It’s natural to worry, every pregnancy is different are two things that spring to my mind.#SharingtheBlogLove

    • thisismenow
      Author
      23rd October 2017 / 6:45 pm

      This is very true. Thanks for reading x

  12. 24th October 2017 / 4:45 pm

    I had the opposite problem and measured small with both my girls. I hope the comments above have given you some reassurance. It’s natural to worry, I’ve not found anyone where there hasn’t been a reason not to. Thank you for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

    • thisismenow
      Author
      24th October 2017 / 6:01 pm

      Thanks Laura, it’s tomorrow so we will see! Xx

  13. 25th October 2017 / 11:10 pm

    I measured big with both my pregnancies (a couple of weeks ahead all the way through) – my eldest was born at 6lb 10oz at 38+6, and the little one was 6lb 13oz at 40+6. I have a very short body though so the bump had nowhere to go but out – I don’t know how that bump measurement can be accurate at all! I also ate a lot of cake and chocolate when I was pregnant (especially the second one when I was working full time and had a toddler who didn’t sleep) so I understand your pain 🙂 I hope the GTT has gone OK though and you get the midwife led birth you’re after. #SharingTheBlogLove

    • thisismenow
      Author
      26th October 2017 / 7:30 am

      Ah thanks so much. That’s reassuring to hear. Xx

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