Hello, 33 weeks!
Dress, ASOS | Gilet, Zara (old) | Shoes, Vagabond (old) | Necklace, H&M
Week 33 has been pretty uneventful, really – we’re back from Croatia and it’s lovely to be in the house, but everything is in disarray while the kitchen is being redone. Hopefully by the end of next week we should be on the way to having everything finished, so I’m just focusing on that for now and trying not to stress over the fact the dishwasher’s still not connected and there’s an entire kitchen strewn across the garden.
On Wednesday Rob and I went to St James’s Hospital in Leeds (where I’ll be having Baby A, all being well) for a talk on water birthing. I’ve fancied a water birth since the very beginning of pregnancy and was keen to learn more about it – the midwife who led the session was really good at explaining how water births work and what the benefits are. We left feeling totally pumped about the whole thing and excited to get the show on the road!
Quite a few people have asked me how I’m feeling about giving birth – in all honestly, I feel fine about it. I have a really clear idea of how I’d like the labour experience to go, but I’m also prepared for a different outcome if needs be. Over the next few weeks I’m taking full advantage of all the talks and classes available through my hospital so I’m equipped with as much info as possible and I think that will make all the difference. And my general pregnancy mantra – ‘my body was designed to do this’ – helps, too.
On Tuesday I’ll be 34 weeks, which means potentially there’s only 6 weeks left… that’s like the school holidays, which as my teacher friends tell me, is not very long! Exciting times my friends – exciting times.
N.B. I know I’m very fortunate to have had such a straightforward pregnancy so far, and I want to recognise that a lot of women’s bodies don’t play ball. Pregnancy is a deeply personal experience and it can be totally distressing to hear experiences that don’t align with your own – that’s why I think it’s so important to focus on your individual situation, do your own research and focus on goals that suit your body and your pregnancy. Whether you’re breezing through the weeks or suffering at each trimester, pregnancy is a tough gig and all we can do is our best. You got this, mama.