As this is my first pregnancy, I don't know if it's normal to feel uncomfortable already. I'm 33 weeks today and 2 days ago I had to walk out of the supermarket and go straight home because baby was causing so much pressure on my bladder! I have a special support belt thingy which sometimes helps but I do feel like maybe I'm going to squash the baby!! Sometimes the pain is a wierd stingy sensation almost like she is pinching my bladder, is this normal??
Also, I can NOT sleep at all. Sometimes I feel like sleeping on my back, even though I know it's not good, but after a few minutes I feel like I can't breathe. When I sleep on my side I have a tendency to roll onto my stomach and baby starts to kick like mad and again I worry I'm going to squash her! I sleep with a pillow between my legs to try and help but it doesn't always work!
Psychologically, I think I'm also a bit low. Basically I start to panic nearly every day that the baby hasn't moved enough and half convice myself that there's something wrong. Then I can't concentrate on anything until I feel another movement.
Sorry for the moan, but I was just wondering is this all normal? I know I need to relax take things easy, but it's easier said than done!!! Thanks for any comments everyone!
I'm on my first pregnancy too and have felt like you describe so many times...
I am actually overdue now so waiting for baby to finally make its appearance (hopefully soon!!!)... I have to say that I found the weeks of 30+ to around 37/38 weeks the most uncomfortable and now that I am at full term I am to my surprise alot more comfy... I had lots of sharp pains and discomfort in the groin area and my hips at around your stage and was very uncomfy most of the time... I used to joke that baby was using my bladder as a squeaky toy too!!! Now I can't believe it as I am sleeping well again and my bladder is much happier!! I had sore ribs for several weeks too and felt that baby could not fit in anymore and that I was constantly squishing him/her.... Now, I have pressure down below as baby is engaged but it is not painful anymore so all I can say is... it was normal for me to be uncomfy lots around that time and it will get better but as with anything, if your worried talk it through with your MW.
My top tip is to put a spare folded duvet under your sheet on the bed as the extra padding makes things so much more comfy and takes some of the pressure off the sore bits! Also I used a pillow between my legs as you are doing and one at my back and one under my belly.... I also found sleeping more propped up (again loads of pillows!!) helped with breathing and pains!!
As for the movement ... I have at times drove myself and my OH mad worrying over the baby not moving... some days I would hardly feel him/her at all and would start to panick and think of nothing else, concentrating on nothing other than counting movements and would be so relieved when the next day he/she would wriggle around and kick loads... even though every time it comes right in the end and the movement comes back it didn't stop me from panicking just as much again the next time.... now that I am so close to the birth I am alot more relaxed about it but still have the odd wobble of worry now and then... worrying everything is okay is so normal... everyone I have spoken to and I am sure every lady on these boards has worried at some point so you are not alone...
Hope this helped abit... good luck for the rest of your pregnancy and for the birth!! All the worry will be worth it in the end... my brain thinks of nothing other than finally meeting baby now!!!
Laura - glad to hear I'm not the only one going a bit loopy been feeling the same poor hubby been worried as up and down like a yoyo but think its just one of those things!!
Mummy2b - posted a hello to you on the Oct Thread - want all your tips on what to buy for the home birth (although pool wont fit)
What youre feeling is totally normal, so know its easy to say but try not to worry.
In the later stages, babies seem to spend lot of time pressed against the bladder. Uncomfortable for the mummy but not unusual, im 37+4 and have to pee like every half hour
If you can afford it, get a doppler (about £30 on eBay). You can use it to hear bubbas heartbeat and it will reassure you all is ok if he/she isnt moving about much that day.
Good luck. Em x
Thank you everyone so much for your advice! It really means a lot that people will take time to reassure me, cos I honestly thought I was going mad! My OH does his best to understand, but as they say opposites attract and he is the most laid back person in the world and he never worries about anything, which sometimes is a bit frustrating and makes me feel a little alone.
Laura x x x
Aw Laura - your OH sounds so similar to mine!!! My OH is totally laid back too and I have got so mad at him at times throughout the pregnancy because I am stressing out and he is like "it'll be fine!" "don't worry"... really calmly... argh!!!! Bless, they do care though and I think they do worry too just not as openly as us!!!! On the doppler - I did get one and they are good to have but remember that depending on how baby is lying or positioned it can be hard to get the heart beat... I had a couple of panics when I couldn't get a heartbeat but could always here movement sounds so that was reassuring...
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