Mellow Mummy: Pregnancy Blog :: Week 38 : Taking life as it comes...

Saturday 14 April 2012

Pregnancy Blog :: Week 38

This week I have fought off a tummy bug that Mr. B. and Lara seemed to get a lot worse than I did. I think perhaps my body just kicked into protect me and my baby at this late stage. It was a wonderful excuse for a couple of days in bed too!

I'm also beginning to dread childbirth. Not so much for the pain of birth itself but more because of the annoying after effects such as hemorrhoids and constipation which have already started bringing me discomfort even before childbirth this time. It is pretty miserable and I really hope I don't have another 4-7 months of this to look forward to.

I had my 38 week check with the midwife. Everything was in order. Baby had unengaged itself but I don't think that's a problem. I've just got to sit back and wait now.

The British Coffee Association settled my mind this week about having been drinking coffee during pregnancy. As you may know, just before I fell pregnant last summer I had started a Slimpod program which had the interesting side-effect of having reduced my caffeine intake. I have continued, at that reduced level of about 1 cup of coffee and 2 cans of Diet Coke throughout my pregnancy and this has got me some very strange looks from people - especially at work.

If you‟re pregnant then it is recommended that you limit your intake of caffeine to no more than 200mg per day from all sources which includes tea, coffee, cola and chocolate – equating to 2-3 cups of coffee a day (see NHS Choices) but for some reason, every time I have mentioned to any of my colleagues about how wiggly this baby seems to be compared to Lara, they nod knowingly towards my coffee cup and tell me that it'll be the caffeine causing it.

Ah well, I guess I will still be moderating my coffee intake a little once I am breastfeeding but hopefully I can look forward to some super-duper homemade Mr. B. stylee coffee once baby arrives to help me through some of those sleepless nights.

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