My, the time flies! I have entered in to my 3rd trimester of pregnancy. I am 27 weeks pregnant.
We have quite a few checks coming up this week. I think they will confirm that Sticky Bean is mostly lying across, sometimes head up. This means I get lots of kicks in the bladder and head buts in stomach. Lovely! 😉
Research shows that this is a week in foetal development, where sensory development is at the forefront. Sticky Bean’s hearing is now mature enough to recognise familiar voices, especially mine, and the retinas are developing more fully making foetus more aware of light and dark. Shining a flashlight at my belly, Sticky Bean would be able to “see” that and more towards (curious baby) or away from it (more cautious baby). …I will have to test this!
The brain development is more concentrated to the forebrain too, which deals with visual and auditory information.
Sticky Bean has active and sleep periods that are quite noticeable. As space inside decreases, I am more likely to wake up in the night to the Bean fidgeting in my tummy.
Last week I freaked out because of the sudden weight gain I had experienced. I am happy to say that has slowed significantly. I have gone on a “diet” of healthier eating. I hope to share this journey in the coming weeks through some blog posts about diet and meal planning.
There are two big changes I’ve noticed in the past weeks in my body:
First, my skin has changed: those awful dark patches have started to appear on my face from the slightest sun exposure and my skin has become very dry. I have religiously started applying sunscreen or a moisturiser with SPF15 (the highest available in the shops) to my face every morning. On very sunny days, as we had on the weekend I applied it twice a day.
I love Bio-Oil, because it soaks up so quickly and never causes any adverse reaction. I use that on the bump (not that there is much to do about those stretch marks already there…but it may stop them going all red and horrible and it certainly eases the stretching of the skin) and any other particularly dry body parts (which are generally my lower legs, where the skin expands and contracts as I accumulate fluids, then sit for a while and the swelling disappears.)
The other thing I cannot get away from is getting bigger and bigger through pure baby growth. I have now out grown my regular maternity tops. Everything is just too short.
I’m not a big fan of leggings, as I don’t think my legs are particularly flattering. So after my awful pair of maternity denims that I bought earlier from George at Asda (that just fall down exposing my rear end all the time), last week I bought 3 pairs of second-hand denims from a lovely Twitter friend. One has a waist-height band, so that’s not too bad. The others, however, are under-bump models and I end up airing the bottom of the bump all too often.
It took me some time to remember how I tacked this with the previous two pregnancies. Then I remembered: Boob tubes! And away I went digging to find them.
Basically, the idea for pregnancy clothing is layering (and it applies later for breastfeeding too). So the top and the trousers are worn as normal and to bridge the gap between them the boob tube is worn under the top (under the boobs and over the bump only, not over the boobs as originally intended) and out over the trousers.
Behold: no more flesh flashing! … and one more confident pregnant lady not tugging at her clothes constantly.
Did you have any favourite clothes or clothing combinations when pregnant?
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