Third trimester // Pregnancy tag

Thursday, April 19, 2018

I know I am very late with my third trimester post but I really wanted to end my trimester updates before I write anything else about the baby. I thought it would be a bit more interesting to do this in a question/answer format, as most of these questions were on my mind a lot when I was in the last stages of my pregnancy.

1. How many months pregnant were you when the baby was born?
I was 39 weeks + 5 days pregnant when Saskia was born.

2. Is this your first? Do you want more kids?
Yes, this is my first. I would definitely like to have more kids. I only have one sibling and Tristan has five younger brothers - I love the idea Saskia growing up in a big family.

3. Did you wait three months to tell? To friends yes, but I told my parents the same day I found out I was pregnant.

4. How did your family react to the news? My parents were very happy for us. My mum started crying when I told her, happy tears of course.

5. Did you find out the sex of the baby?
Yes, Tristan and I wanted to know.

6. Did you have any names picked out? Once we found out we were having a girl, we almost immediately had a name picked out. It was a bit more difficult to pick a middle name, as I am quite picky with girl names in general so I kept turning down Tristan's suggestions a lot.   

7. What was your biggest craving?
Milkshakes, burgers and pasta salad.

8. How much weight did you put on?I weighed myself for the last time a few weeks before Saskia was born and I was 8 or 9 kg over my normal weight.

9. When did your normal clothes start to get tight and how many maternity clothes did you buy?
I only bought a maternity dress and one pair of maternity jeans. I didn't really show until I was about 6 months pregnant and mostly got away with wearing jeans and trousers with an elastic band hack and oversized tops/jumpers. 

10. What was the best part of being pregnant?Eating everything I wanted and feeling baby kicks 💕

11. What was the worst part of being pregnant? Being constantly out of breath and how I got tired from doing almost anything. It took me a whole day to clean one room because I had to take breaks every 10 minutes.

12. Do you have any nursery ideas/themes?I do very much like Scandinavian style. Saskia's nursery does not look have any theme at the moment. As she sleeps in our bedroom, her room is more like a changing/dressing and play area.

13. What items did you buy for your baby?
I bought loads of baby clothes of course, furniture for baby nursery (like moses basket, cot and changing table) and a pram. A few weeks before my due date we filled our draws with nappies, baby wipes, cotton wool pads and anything basic we needed for the baby.

14. What was in your hospital bag?
I didn't take very much with me to be honest. Just some basics: my maternity notes, change of clothes, toiletries. Same for the baby: clothes, nappies, baby blanket.

15. Who was with you during labor?
Tristan was with me the whole time.

16. Did you have a birth plan?
No, I did not. I only knew that I did not want any pain relief, except gas and air if really needed.

17. Did you record your labor?
No, I did not. I have lots of pictures though and also a last picture of me pregnant, taken just hours before my waters broke.

18. Were you scared about labor?
Yes, very scared. I went to maternity classes and the midwives there did calm me down a lot but being a first time mum, I didn't know what to expect. No one can really tell you how everything goes when you are in labour and realistically thinking you are always scared. At least I was. Once I got to the hospital I trusted myself completely to the midwife and doctor's hands.

19. What did you most look forward to after pregnancy?
Walking without losing my breath and sleeping without my pregnancy pillow.

20. Do you breastfeed?
Yes, I am breastfeeding. 

21. Will you make your own baby food?
Yes. I would rather make my own baby food than buy ready made from the shop.

22. Do you plan to work or be a stay at home mum? I took 3 months maternity leave so I am back to work now working from home.

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