Return of The Bump: 31 weeks

Today I am 31 weeks and 4 days pregnant with baby number 4. And yes, this week has been a lot better than last. Thank goodness! Knowing that there is only one more day until the next growth scan is a huge relief, and knowing that we are getting a little more organised helps a lot too. It’s safe to say that our last appointment gave us a kick up the butt in so many ways!

This week I’ve been reading up on breech babies and I have to say that there are some weird and wonderful ways out there designed to get baby to turn! My favourite involves frozen peas and an ironing board. I kid you not! Seriously though, I really REALLY hope the poppyseed turns. At the moment some internal organs are being squashed quite regularly, to the point that this week I have been doubled over in pain. Lying, standing, sitting- it made no difference on Tuesday. The baby’s kicks felt like knives and underneath my ribs has been SO sore. Today is a little better but I am still desperate for baby to move, knowing that a potential IUGR diagnosis and a breech baby isn’t a great thing at all. 

This week I’ve also been trying to get hold of my community midwife, to no avail. An engaged tone is all I get, when what I want is reassurance. A friendly ear to listen to my neurotic claims that baby  hasn’t moved much, or at all in the last few hours. Someone to listen to the heartbeat. Someone to talk me through my scan notes and help me to prepare for tomorrow’s scan. Instead I have been faced with the triage numbers for three different hospitals, not knowing which I am supposed to call. Luckily the one that answered was able to calm me down and offer great advice on monitoring baby’s movements. I still miss my midwife though.

The nurse at my GP surgery took my blood pressure this week (still low), sent off bloods to be checked (all normal) and gave me the Whooping Cough jab (arm still hurts!). She also very kindly listened in to the poppyseed’s heartbeat for me too, and what a relief it was to hear it pumping away. She couldn’t be sure on the position of baby, but I guess I’ll find out more tomorrow.

So now I wait. And as I wait I worry. I can’t not. There is so much for us to potentially get our head’s around and there are things I don’t want to think about just yet either. For now, baby and I are still together and I am hoping it stays that way for many more weeks.

This week The Poppyseed is the size of a head of lettuce, and is supposed to weigh in at more than three pounds now. Measuring 18 inches long (hopefully!) baby is also close to his/ her birth length now and set to gain another three to five pounds before the big birth day. Fingers crossed this really does happen.

return of the bump_31 weeks ~

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  1. September 11, 2014 / 12:14 pm

    Sending you good vibes for your growth scan tomorrow hun xxx I had the opposite to you where baby was growing big and they got it totally wrong and he was born 6lb 9oz where they predicted him to be between 9-10lbs. Growth scans aren’t always accurate but as mums we do worry so try to rest and enjoy seeing your gorgeous poppyseed again xx looking forward to your update xxx thinking if you x
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    • ghostwritermummy
      September 11, 2014 / 1:08 pm

      Thanks lovely. They don’t always know do they? x x x

  2. September 11, 2014 / 12:53 pm

    Fingers crossed too that she turns soon that will be a big relief!
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    • ghostwritermummy
      September 11, 2014 / 1:07 pm

      Yes it would be a MASSIVE relief!! xx

  3. Alison Turnnidge
    September 11, 2014 / 12:56 pm

    Wishing you all the best for tomorrow x
    I must admit I’m not a great fan of growth scans either, all the ones I had with my second daughter were saying she was going to be in the 7.5-8.5lb mark granted not huge but much bigger than my first, so when she arrived weighing in at 6lb2oz we were all a little surprised. My first we were told to expect her to be around the 4lb mark but she was only 2lb11oz, she did arrive at 33wks though but still small for dates.
    Anyway I’ll stop waffling now, I know it’s hard but do try to not worry and rest when you can. Take Care xx

    • ghostwritermummy
      September 11, 2014 / 1:07 pm

      Thanks lovely, I know its hard not to worry and I am trying my best to put it out of my mind. The other three keep me busy enough thats for sure x xx

  4. BakedPotato Mummy
    September 11, 2014 / 12:59 pm

    Really glad to hear you’re feeling better this week. How frustrating that your midwife has been awl all week. Mine was bad for that too and it really doesn’t help when you just need some comfort and reassurance. I hope you track her down soon.
    Sending much love and hugs for the growth scan xx
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    • ghostwritermummy
      September 11, 2014 / 1:06 pm

      Thanks, I’m due to see her next week so will ask for her mobile number I think x x x

  5. September 11, 2014 / 3:30 pm

    I’m so glad you’ve had a better week. I’ll have my fingers crossed the scan goes well and you get some peace of mind and answers soon. Not good about the midwife but hopefully you’ll get answers at the scan and finally some reassurance. Thinking of you xxx
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    • ghostwritermummy
      September 13, 2014 / 5:33 am

      Thanks lovely. Still not been able to talk to the midwife but am booked to see her next week x x

  6. September 11, 2014 / 3:36 pm

    Best of luck for your scan tomorrow lovely, fingers crossed all is well and you and poppyseed is doing well! Very glad to hear you are feeling more positive and I hope it stays that way! The recommendations for turning breech babies are hilarious aren’t they? We tried a few with monkey… They were certainly amusing!! Xx #blogbumpclub
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    • ghostwritermummy
      September 13, 2014 / 5:32 am

      Thanks lovely. Yep the methods for turning are entertaining if nothing else! x x

  7. Mummyandmonkeys
    September 11, 2014 / 6:37 pm

    Good luck for your scan! Glad you got some reassurance in the end, know how horrible it is to be worrying. My last little one was breech till scan at 37 weeks. I tried Accupuncture and moxibustion. There are loads of weird and wonderful suggestions! X

    • ghostwritermummy
      September 13, 2014 / 5:32 am

      I love all the ways there are to get baby to turn, I love that it’s no exact science and that ultimately baby rules the roost! x x

  8. September 12, 2014 / 10:04 am

    Wishing you all the best for today! I hope everything goes well for you and the baby. You might have already come across this website called spinning babies (, my home birth midwife shared the link with me a few weeks ago. There are a few interesting exercises in there to help flip a breech that you might find useful. Nothing that involves frozen peas and ironing board though :-). X
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    • ghostwritermummy
      September 13, 2014 / 5:31 am

      Hello, yes I’ve been devouring spinning babies like there’s no tomorrow! I find it all quite fascinating! x x x

  9. September 12, 2014 / 11:03 pm

    Aw no 🙁 Hope your appointment went well and you got through to a midwife! I’m a worrier too so would hate to be left with calls unanswered. Lovely bump picture x
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    • ghostwritermummy
      September 13, 2014 / 5:29 am

      Still not been able to get through to the midwife! I will see her next week and pin her down for her mobile number 😀 x x

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