Week 40 pregnancy update – zero days to go!

Today is my due date – and here we still are waiting ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve had a lovely week chilling, preparing, waiting – here’s a quick overview…

Health – blood pressure has remained high and I’ve had it checked every few days but still no other symptoms of pre-eclampsia.

Labour symptoms – only a few feelings like period pains and a bit of backache… my body must be getting ready but Bean doesnt seem to be in a rush!

Sleep – 3 times in the last week I’ve been wide awake at 4-5am and a couple of times I’ve just ended up getting up and sitting downstairs with a cuppa and the news. I haven’t even had naps those days but I have been tired in the evenings – I have a bath most nights! I’m glad Bean is due this time of year as the sun and birds are getting up when I get up ๐Ÿ˜‰

It can take me a while to nod off at night so as well as a lavender bath and lavender candle in the room, we’ve actually started using Bean’s sleep aid – the tranquil turtle – and it’s lovely – wave noises and relaxing lights for about 20 mins = bliss! This was recommended to us by friends and I’ve since bought it for a couple of good friends, let’s hope it works for our Bean too!

Oh, I forgot to say in the last few updates – over the last few weeks, I’ve started snoring! My OH think it’s hilarious, apparently I quite often wake myself up by snoring – lol!

Also, I’ve had a few dreams where I thought my waters have broken but there’s not been a peep there…

Stretchmarks – still none, yay!

Highlights from the last week

  • Treated myself to a bump photoshoot – photos and post to follow once I have them – but it was a really enjoyable hour in the park posing and making Bean feel like a star ๐Ÿ˜‰ (it was nice rubbing him/her for an hour!)
  • had a pedicure and free facial at the Vanity rooms in Cardiff – both treatments were VERY relaxing, I felt great afterwards and now my toes will be pretty for labour = bonus! Only cost about ยฃ45 for 2 hours of relaxing, I’d recommend Georgia if you go there…
Week 40 toes before and after pedicure!
Week 40 toes before and after pedicure!


What else we’ve been up to

  • It’s not just me who’s been nesting – my other half has been doing lots of DIY and cleaning getting the house ready for our new arrival! I did some light gardening as I wanted to do some planting as I won’t get a chance once Bean is here and I didn’t want to miss my window!
  • trying to eat dates (supposed to be good for labour etc) but I don’t really like them – I do like them wrapped in bacon as I discovered….
Dates wrapped in bacon!
Dates wrapped in bacon!

Purchases, gifts and freebies

  • Bought some elephant fabric from eBay for the nursery – we plan to make curtains/drapes and god knows what else out of them!
  • Bought an elephant door stop from Homebase (I think it was ยฃ15) – just *had* to have it! Also from Homebase – elephant and owl pictures (ยฃ5)
  • bought an exercise ball (Tesco cยฃ7)
  • finally picked up our bounty mum-to-be pack – wasn’t going to bother til I came across this post the other day – was chuffed with the freebies especially the hooded towel as we haven’t actually bought any bathingย stuff yet!
  • won (at random) ยฃ100 of John Lewis vouchers through the #GreatBritishHome challenge – was SO chuffed especially as we have seen a bathroom cupboard we want ๐Ÿ™‚
Elephant doorstop from Homebase
Elephant doorstop from Homebase


So there we have it … Hopefully this time next week I can share my birth story with you? Or a story about trying out old wives tales to start labour? Or having a sweep? Time will tell ๐Ÿ™‚


22 thoughts on “Week 40 pregnancy update – zero days to go!”

  1. Good luck! I hope you have a gloriously easy ride through it all, and I’m looking forward to reading your next post. Also, nice toes!


    1. Thank you and thank you! My toes are still looking good although she didn’t seem to trim them (or if she did not by much)…. I can’t wait til I can reach them and trim them again lol! Xx


  2. I used to get up in the middle of the night. I’d often wake my other half up and we’d sit up drinking raspberry leaf tea and just spending that time together. We actually miss it now but far too tired to do it anymore! Good luck with your labour!


    1. Oh that’s sweet! I let my other half sleep as I keep telling him he needs to store up his energy ๐Ÿ™‚
      And I bought raspberry leaf capsules but couldn’t take them cos of my blood pressure ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
      Fingers crossed for a good labour regardless tho, thanks for your thoughts ๐Ÿ™‚


    1. Thank you sweetie, just checked out your blog and now following… What a wonderful life you have! (Apart from cleaning up dead gekkos!!)
      Are you from the uk originally? Xx


      1. Ahhh thank you ๐Ÿ™‚ yeah from the uk originally we’ve been here for not far off two years now!! Dead geckos are definitely a downside to living here haha xx


  3. Nearly there now!! I used to wake up in the middle of the night and bounce on my ball in front of the TV. May is a lovely time to have a new baby you will be able to take lots of lovely walks together. Will keep checking for your birth announcement and story, exciting times ahead!! Good luck. X


    1. Thank you sweetie, I know, so lucky with the time of year and will keep everyone posted of the arrival!
      I’m on my phone so couldn’t comment on your post but loved the holiday tips, hopefully I will need them in the near future ๐Ÿ™‚


  4. I hope that all goes well with your labour-a very exciting time!! I’m glad to hear that you enjoyed your facial and pedicure. But dates and bacon??! ๐Ÿ™‚ #BinkyLinky


  5. I bet you can’t wait to meet Bean now. I’ve not heard of the tranquil turtle, will have a look at this. It sounds great. Thanks for linking up to the #binkylinky


    1. Thanks jess ๐Ÿ™‚ I was so lucky not to have heartburn during my pregnancy! The no sleep has been a killer and a bit unexpected, everyone tells you about morning sickness but nobody tells you about the tiredness!
      Look forward to following your next few weeks ๐Ÿ™‚ xx


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