The Pregnancy Diaries: 39 Weeks

(About this photo: sometimes Mother takes photos of me on her mobile phone, and then she looks at them at says “ooh now that’s a lovely one”, and then she sends it and I expect it to be some sort of Testino masterpiece but it turns out like…well, this. Usually they don’t see the light of day but a) I have no other genuinely-39-weeks-pregnant photos and b) as you’ll gather from my next few posts (patience is a virtue, timing is blatantly not one of my virtues), I am no longer in the position to take any more 39-weeks-pregnant photos! HINT HINT!)

So here we are: 39 weeks pregnant and at the end of the pregnancy line. As I’m having an elective section two days before my due date, this will be my last entry in The Pregnancy Diaries. I do hope that you’ve enjoyed following them – now we switch to the “Baby and Body Updates”, which have cuter pictures, so a win-win situation for you all, really!

Read all of The Pregnancy Diaries…

Nothing wildly outrageous to report for 39 Weeks other than that my boobs have started to grow and it’s getting really difficult to turn over at night because of the weight of the baby. He/she seems to settle into position when I lie on one side, but if I stay for too long it becomes almost painful to move – the pains in my bladder are excruciating! And I think in my bowel, too, though it’s all so close together down there, isn’t it? It’s hard to know where sensations are coming from!

Talking of bowels: my poo went completely black because of the iron tablets I’m having to take to “build up my levels for the birth”. I found it weird to be given them when nobody had mentioned my levels before, but maybe this is just standard before a section? Anyway, jet-black poo is a surprise – never had that one before. The tablets seem to be constipating me a bit, too (aren’t you so glad that you tuned in for this? Ha!) so I’m trying to keep really hydrated and eat dried dates and almonds and high-fibre things. Without sending my sugar levels soaring, because I’m still monitoring my phantom/not-phantom Gestational Diabetes. It has become rather addictive, seeing what various meals and foodstuffs do to my levels! Though I’ve not been as strict as before – this morning I ate a scoop of ice cream at 4am to “soothe my throat”, the night before I did treat myself to un petit peu: Lindt Chocolate Santa.

Read my 39 Weeks Pregnancy Diary for Baby Number One…

Ha – just reading my diary from the same time last pregnancy (link above) and the fact that I scheduled it early in case I went into labour. Little did I know that I had another two weeks to go! The similarities are astounding though – I was still working away, right up until the last minute. Lifting heavy suitcases, that sort of thing. It feels very different, though, knowing which day I’ll give birth – unless I go into natural labour in the next few days, that would be a surprise! I keep dreaming I’m in labour and that my waters have broken, which doesn’t make for a peaceful slumber – in fact I’ve turned into a bit of an insomniac, really, waking at about 2/3am and not being able to sleep again until 6.

I have a rotten cold at time of writing, and there’s not a lot you can take for one when you’re pregnant. I remember getting a bad cough quite late on last time and worrying that the coughing would send me into early labour. This time, just a heavy head and a stuffy blocked nose, but I still fear for little twinges when I blow it too hard!

Right – I’m off to have a baby. See you on the other side – I’ll update as soon as I am able, but make sure you’re following me on Instagram here as I’m sure that will be the first place I’ll pop up the news!

Thanks for all of your wonderful, enlightening and often downright hilarious comments and anecdotes throughout this pregnancy. I know I’m sporadic – at best – with my replies, but you all leave so many and it takes me hours just to read them, let alone type responses! But I really appreciate them, it’s like having a little personal forum. So thank you, sincerely.

Oooh! I almost forgot that there’s a video! Bloody hell. Brain like a sieve.


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  1. Sana
    February 5, 2017 / 9:16 pm

    EEEEEEKKKK!!! Sending so much love your way!! Ive been reading The Uphill since your first post and have been so excited for the impending bundle of joy!! You’ll be amazing mama and I cant wait to see a pic of him/her

  2. Natasha
    February 5, 2017 / 9:30 pm

    Oooooo! Does this mean you’ve had your baby? If so congratulations and I can’t wait to hear about him or her!x

  3. Carly
    February 5, 2017 / 10:48 pm

    How exciting. Congratulations in advance! Xxx

  4. Christina
    February 5, 2017 / 10:49 pm

    Oh god I went home 23 hours after an emergency section and now wondering if maybe they let me go by mistake?! They just made sure I’d had a wash and a couple of wees, gave me a talk about infant rearing which I slept through- literally- and said right you’re off! Everyone I’ve told and heard from/read about have said they were in minimum of 2 days, some a week and we’re horrified they’d let a first time mother leave so quickly after the op. Regardless, it was all fine and it feels wonderful to be home instead of an uncomfortably hot postnatal ward having your wee in a bag next to you. Best of luck Ruth and huge congratulations in advance!

  5. Belbels
    February 5, 2017 / 10:50 pm

    I think the natural pictures are the most beautiful! You seem like such a sweet person. I am an obstetrician and no, taking iron tablets are not routine before a section. I had to take iron after my first due to a big bleed and the side effects were awful, awful, awful. I vowed never to take them again!!! I imagine you would only have been put on them if your Hb was less than 105. Hope it all goes well! Can’t wait for post partum blogs.

  6. Jodie
    February 5, 2017 / 11:18 pm

    How absolutely wonderfully exciting. Hope everything is well ruth ❤️

  7. Janey
    February 5, 2017 / 11:21 pm

    Miss or Master AMR?! I cannot wait to find out!

    Wishing you all nothing but joy and happiness in the coming days xx

  8. Kim
    February 6, 2017 / 4:15 am

    They made me take a ton of iron during my whole pregnancy, but once we knew it would have to be a c-section, they started threatening to infuse me (which I hear is painful) if I didn’t get my levels up. Apparently for me, the only way for me to get my iron levels up is to eat red meat – I tried literally everything else. I think it’s so you can build up your lost blood again quickly after the surgery.

    A planned c-section is a whole different beast than an emergency one. I healed more quickly from mine that several of my friends did from their natural births. Good luck!

  9. J
    February 6, 2017 / 4:20 am

    Good luck Ruth -I am 7 days post section now
    Second child -first section -all the best to u and bubba -your nearly there x

  10. Jinan
    February 6, 2017 / 4:53 am

    About to start sobbing. Will be stalking my insta between classes. All the best Ruth xxxxxxx

  11. February 6, 2017 / 6:14 am

    All the best, I am excited to meet the newest addition to the family soon.
    And mothers… I guess they see you all bloody and wrinkly the moment you are born, tell you how beautiful you are this minute and afterwards never really step away from that first impression. To them we are always beautiful, just like our kids are to us. I mean, my son is a rrue beauty in my eyes, but if I try to see him wiithout a mothers eye he is chubby and has dumbo ears. But the cutest little smile ever, so to me he is Prince Charming.

  12. February 6, 2017 / 7:20 am

    Best wishes Ruth & huge congratulations if your new one has already arrived at the time of writing this xxx

  13. Lindsey
    February 6, 2017 / 11:16 am

    Good luck with everything! I’ve loved reading your blog through out your pregnancy. Always makes me laugh 🙂

  14. Elisabeth Lackner
    February 6, 2017 / 3:33 pm

    All the best for you, Ruth! xxx

  15. Martha
    February 6, 2017 / 7:26 pm

    Congratulations on the birth of your little son! All the best to you all! Looks like Angelica is a perfect big sister! 🙂

  16. Marlena
    February 7, 2017 / 7:02 am

    Is that an Aquis Towel? Looks like the version for thick hair…do you like it? Congrats can’t wait to know his name!

  17. Laura
    February 7, 2017 / 7:22 am

    Best of luck Ruth,really hope everything goes well for you x

  18. Kerry
    February 7, 2017 / 9:01 am

    Ruth, huge congratulations on the birth of your son. I’m delighted for you and your family. Your instagram picture is just beautiful. If you haven’t chosen a name yet I have a suggestion for you from one of Angelica’s favourites, peppa (also a favourite, verging on obsession in our house!). What about ‘baby Alexander’??x

  19. Amanda
    February 7, 2017 / 1:22 pm

    Ahhhh wishing you & your gorgeous family many congratulations on the arrival of your perfect little boy – you’ll have lots of fun times ahead. Sending spedy recovery wishes too beautiful mama xxx

  20. Anne
    February 12, 2017 / 1:02 pm

    Hi Ruth,
    congratulations with your new boy! You must be so proud.
    Good luck with the next steps, as I can imagine you are juggling, but any experience of last time counts as preparation as well.
    All the best,
    xx A

  21. Gina
    February 15, 2017 / 10:32 pm

    just wanted to say how lovely it is that your mum still wants to take photos of you on her phone. How adorable. The bond you have with your mum is lovely to see. I’m sure she’s delighted to be a Grandmother again! Huge congratulations on your new arrival x

  22. April 18, 2017 / 5:43 pm

    Just found your blog! Love it! I feel like my mom would totally do the same thing! hehe! She is just too excited!

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