26 weeks: attack of the baby brain
This week’s Baby size as fruit or vegetable: Papaya (apparently)
Pregnancy symptom of the week: Baby brain
This week I’ve been enjoying some extra time with my feet up as I’ve had a week off work to coincide with hubby’s school hols. We went visiting family over Easter weekend but other than that I’ve been making the most of my time off by doing as little as possible!
Maybe it’s because I haven’t had work to keep me on my toes but I’ve had such baby brain this week, being completely absent minded and forgetful even more than I normally am. My exasperated husband is losing track of how often I’ve completely not heard something he’s just said, even if I responded to him. Then at night my subconscious wakes up, disturbing my sleep with weird vivid dreams. My own brain is betraying me!
I am finding it harder to get a full night’s sleep now so maybe I’m not as well rested as I might be, which probably doesn’t help. Even with the added comfort of my support cushions in bed, I’m having to fully wake up to turn myself over and a few times I’ve woken up with excruciating pain in my hip when I’ve been lying on one side for too long. On the plus side, not sitting at my desk for a week has improved my pelvic pain during the day, so hopefully that won’t deteriorate again when I’m back at work.
In writing my post last week about the maternity system, I didn’t give a usual update, so hadn’t mentioned my 25 week visit to the community midwife. Ordinarily, second time mums don’t have this visit, waiting until 28 weeks for a check-up, but my concerns about recurring pre-eclampsia meant I had been offered the extra appointment. Happily, both blood pressure and urine proved to be normal, putting my mind at rest for another few weeks. I was also able to hear Bump’s heartbeat, which is always special, however brief it is. My next visit will be at 28 weeks for the usual blood tests and also to get the whooping cough vaccine, an important jab for pregnant women around this time to give your baby some protection from birth.
We’ve started to get a bit more prepared for the new arrival at home by getting down Little Man’s baby clothes from the loft to see what we can reuse for number two. Along with some teeny cuddly toys, there’s now a bagful of babygrows, sleepsuits and cute tiny outfits freshly washed and ready to go, which fortunately means we won’t have to buy too many newborn bits. As Joe was so small when he was born, a lot of the clothes are actually ‘small baby’ size, only fitting up to 7.5lbs. If this one is closer to the average than his big brother was, he will already be too big for a lot of them when he arrives, but this would be no bad thing. We don’t want another early arrival!
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