Week 22 of My Pregnancy – Started to experience Braxton Hicks contractions
I have been having some rude dreams lately, so hubby and I broke the drought, that’s all I’m saying! I have started to get itchy skin on my belly, so I have been rubbing loads of Cocoa Butter on my skin to try and ease the scratching. Still, no stretch marks yet, so fingers crossed it stays like that. The bump is definitely growing and I can feel our boy more and more now, which is nice because it creates a bond between the baby and I. I walked to the post office, which was a 20-minute walk away and started to feel cramps, that felt like mini stitches. I called up a friend who was at week 26 of her pregnancy and she told me not to worry. “They sound like Braxton Hicks contractions,” she said. I also seem to be developing ptyalism (lots of saliva). I wake up in the morning with loads of drool on the pillow, which is really annoying as I have to change my pillow covers every day! My friend and I ended up talking about birth plans and she said that she wants as many drugs as she can get as she’s a wimp with pain, but my mum had four kids with no pain relief, so I’m going to try and have as natural a birth as possible. Obviously, I won’t rule it out but I reckon I can take it (I can hear you mums laughing at me right now). I have a phobia of needles and an epidural does not seem appealing to me at all. Hubby and I have got into a routine of going to bed early and reading our baby book. We’re at the breastfeeding chapter at the moment and it sounds quite daunting, having to get up every two hours to feed the baby. I’m rubbish without sleep, so I don’t know how I’m going to do it, but it’s all for the baby and it’s healthier to breastfeed apparently, so I’m going to give it my best shot. I want to give our boy the best start in life and if that means sleep deprivation for two years then so be it! A fun fact – The baby is 11 inches long – the length of a spaghetti squash!
Leyla Preston is the owner and Editor of Motherhood Diaries global magazine for parents. Leyla is a busy mother of two even busier boys; Aron, 8, and Aidan, 6. When Leyla isn’t feeding, managing a gazillion tasks or cleaning the infinite mess at home, she is busy working on this magazine and a new cooking channel coming very soon – no rest for the wicked! You can follow Leyla on Twitter (@M_Diaries) or join the busy Motherhood Diaries Facebook group where all mums get together and share stories and solutions with one another: https://www.facebook.com//groups/motherhooddiaries/