The Pregnancy Diaries: Week 35 – Carrying A Watermelon
Everything. Takes. Much. Longer.
The walks I used to enjoy in the evening are a real chore now that I’m travelling with a watermelon belly. The weight seems to be piling on in these last few weeks and I’m really starting to feel it. It takes longer to climb the stairs and I’ve definitely slowed down going from A to B.
The extra weight also means that my balance is off – the most unfortunate consequence of which is missing the toilet seat. The shower doors are a real challenge to squeeze between and bending down requires extreme patience and the skill of an acrobat. In terms of driving, the car seat has been pushed back and at work I’m lucky that, despite the watermelon between me and my desk, my keyboard is still within reach.
My little man now weighs around 2.6 kilos but I’ve put on over 2½ stone. The doctor doesn’t seem concerned about this but I’ve been told to keep an eye out for any abnormal swelling in my feet, face or hands. This, along with high blood pressure, can be a symptom of pre-eclampsia which can be dangerous for both mum and baby. Fortunately this condition is usually caught in time as, in this stage of pregnancy, checkups are frequent and of course medical help is always there if you need it.
I’ve outgrown the majority of my clothes and I’m refusing to buy any more maternity wear because I’m expanding all the time. I’m lucky that I did make a few sensible purchases a few weeks back, including a coat two sizes larger than I would normally fit into and some large shirts that sit snugly over leggings. I’m hoping that work colleagues and friends aren't paying too much attention to my style because most days it feels like I’m wearing simply what fits. The lack of balance also means heels are out unless it’s a very special occasion!
My hubby’s clothes are also becoming more attractive by the day, especially his work jacket, those warm hoodies and pyjama bottoms. He’s not thrilled by this new turn of events but he really has no choice. I normally have them on or swiped before he can say much! Me and the watermelon have no choice but to get used to each other and make things work as best we can.
Stay with us every week for more from 'Big Belly' as she continues her pregnancy adventure.