Pregnant with a Peppercorn // 35 weeks pregnant

35 weeks pregnantIt’s been a rather eventful week for Master Peppercorn… the start of the week began slowly, with nothing exciting to report other than sleepless nights (and let’s face it – they’re pretty dull), but as the week drew to an end it seemed as though Baby might be thinking about making an early entrance into the world.

I saw the Community Midwife on Thursday, which you can read more about here, to book my Home Birth. To my surprise (and slight horror) she said Peppercorn was engaged, and talked me through the protocol if he comes early – I can have my Home Birth from 37 weeks, but any earlier (even 36+6) and I’ll have to go into hospital to labour. Boo. Hiss. Anyway, Thursday left me feeling excited and buoyant once more about bringing this little chap into the world.

I woke up in the early hours of Friday morning with rather painful lower back cramps; the only way I can describe them is that they felt like period pains, and any pregnant lady in the late third trimester will know that these are considered one of the early signs of labour. I got up to pee and to read to Busby (who had woken up around the same time), and then tried to get back to sleep. I finally managed to drift back into dreamland about 7am, with fitful dreams about my waters breaking, and continued to have these cramps. They eased a bit in the morning, but came in fits and starts throughout the day. Nick came home from work so I could have a rest as was feeling rather sick and dizzy by lunchtime, and was a little concerned that I might collapse in front of Busby. I’ve had periods of these cramps on and off over the weekend too, but nothing like Friday. Every day I wake up, panicking that my waters have broken over our new mattress, so I really need to sort out a protective cover…!!! Baby hasn’t made his arrival yet, but I’ve got a feeling he will be here sooner rather than later. Fingers crossed he doesn’t decide to make his grand entrance at the wedding we’re attending next weekend!

35 weeks pregnant

This week Peppercorn is approximately 46cm long and weighs about 2.4kg – the same as a honeydew melon. I certainly feel bigger this week, and my bump is on the increase! I’m measuring on 36 weeks according to the Midwife, and I’ve definitely got my waddle-on now.

I’ve been craving pineapple juice this week, which is all good for cervix softening and labour preparation! I’ve also wanted yoghurt, cherries, strawberries, mango and salmon (not together), and my hand has been delving deeply into our fridge fruit and veg drawer regularly during the day!

35 weeks pregnant

We still haven’t built the Snüzpod crib we’ve (very kindly) been gifted from Little Green Sheep, nor have I written my birth plan, or bought anything in preparation for the Home Birth… We’re calling next Monday Maternity Monday in our household and are going shopping to buy everything we’ll need e.g. newborn nappies, maternity pads, shower curtains, soft fluffy towels for Baby etc. I also need to plan the cakes I’ll be making for the Home Birth, get Nick to paint my toe nails, and book a haircut! All equally as important as the prior, of course.

Nominations for the MAD Blog Awards are still open until Wednesday 27th May 2015, and I would love a cheeky vote in the Best Pregnancy Blog category (pretty please)! Just click the button below to nominate, and I shall repay your kindness and generosity in adorable newborn photos once Peppercorn has arrived!

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  1. 25th May 2015 / 10:24 am

    It’s getting so close now! I hope you make it to 37 weeks for your home birth. I am craving all things fruity too 🙂

    • Hannah
      25th May 2015 / 6:08 pm

      Thanks lovey 🙂 I hope you do too! xxx

  2. 25th May 2015 / 12:19 pm

    Ooh stay in another week little one so that you can arrive at home!! Everything crossed for you that this is just your body getting ready and nothing more yet! What healthy cravings you’re having too xx

    • Hannah
      25th May 2015 / 5:56 pm

      Hehe the Toffee Crisp craving earlier wasn’t my healthiest 😉 I have a feeling 36 weeks might be more chocolate-based 😉 xxx

  3. 25th May 2015 / 4:12 pm

    Wow you are getting close and it certainly sounds like Master peppercorn may not be wanting to wait too much longer to make his grand entrance! I hope he stays put until 37 weeks though so you can have a home birth, and have all of your bits prepared. Loving that next Monday is your Maternity Monday 🙂 Thanks for linking with #MaternityMondays xx

    • Hannah
      25th May 2015 / 6:09 pm

      We’ve had a productive #MaternityMonday today! xxx

  4. 25th May 2015 / 6:12 pm

    Ooh imagine the baby did decide to come at the wedding (obviously that won’t happen!). I’m now thinking a bit of chilli with the mango and coriander would go quite nicely with the salmon. 🙂

    • Hannah
      25th May 2015 / 9:52 pm

      We’ve been joking about it since receiving the invite 😉 Wedding is in teepees too, so would be an interesting setting! xxx

  5. 25th May 2015 / 10:21 pm

    Don’t you hate the final stages where you’re constantly thinking every twige is a sign of labour haha. Fingers crossed he stays snug until at least 37 weeks! So exciting 🙂 xx

  6. 27th May 2015 / 8:55 pm

    Sounds like Peppercorn definitely might be here sooner rather than later! I hope you get to take things a little bit easier now you’re in the house and can get everything organised. Cake is surely the most important thing!

  7. 29th May 2015 / 1:57 pm

    Awww getting so close and not long until you know you can have your home birth, hopefully it all goes as planned.

  8. 15th June 2015 / 1:22 pm

    Oh I cannot believe that baby isn’t here yet! Such a tease! x x THanks for linking to #maternityMatters x x

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