The word heavy comes to mind for month 8…. Pelvic pain and a lot of waddling is how I am rolling now! I have lapsed on my pilates which is silly as this is the time I need it most. Just getting on the floor and back up again has been amusing but doing your pelvic floor exercises is really important… my husband keeps reminding me (being an ex pilates teacher he really does know best!) He found a brilliant pregnancy app for men called XXXX – its funny and practical which is perfect for a man.
This month has brought a whole new level of sugar cravings to the table. I never eat ‘cheap chocolate’ I will always go for raw or dark but this month I have been found to eat bags (BIG bags) of chocolate buttons and munchies every day! Or if I cant get my hands on them I will be found downing bottles of apple juice in front of the fridge! Which brings me to my next point…..
I know it’s the hormones as they are all around my jaw line, but I have not been one to leave a spot to run its course. Squeezing, picking and scratching has brought on beautiful red blotchy marks all over my face. Not a great look! My advice…. Don’t pick and eat less chocolate!
FULL BLOWN COLD
I pride myself on never getting ill but with being pregnant you are much more likely to pick things up as your immune system is lowered. I caught my husbands cold and I have never known something to last so long! 10 days and the snot is still causing me to snore at night! I drank liters of green juice, turmeric and Manuka honey tea and went to see my acupuncturist who gave me some disgusting tasting Chinese herbs! I found Echinacea throat sweets were really soothing.
I have been following advise given from ‘The Bump Class’ book for what to pack in my hospital bag. Even though I am planning a home birth you never know I might need to be transferred or go into labour early! I have included everything me, the baby and husband needs for the first 24 hours. I have also brought a Marie Louise Maternity bag which has wonderful organic cotton and everything you need for the first 24 hours for your baby. The bag is also gorgeous and can be used as a changing bag in the future. I love it!
PERINIUM MASSAGE AND UMBILICAL CORD TIES
Now is the time to start the massaging – well they say massaging but feels more like stretching – quite rank and painful to be honest which freaked me out slightly that that is going to be a fraction of what its going to feel like! Locked myself in the bathroom and gave it a go…. Need to have a nice bath and try again I think.
Our doula told us we could use our own umbilical cord ties which you can either make yourself or buy on etsy which is so much nicer than the big clamps they use that get in the way of nappies. I made my own by just platting some string. If you look on etsy they are so simple but couldn’t bring myself to pay £4.99!