Week 26 of My Pregnancy – I can’t stop looking at other pregnant mums’ bumps!

I can’t stop looking at other pregnant mothers’ bumps! I feel like I’m in a private pregnant women’s club and feel a certain bond towards other expectant.  Maybe it’s because I know what they’re going through and how they feel…  I can’t help but compare my bump to theirs, though. My belly button hasn’t come out yet, but hubby has noticed that the bump is definitely growing. He can really feel the baby too and keeps singing to him every night – he reckons that if he sings to the baby every night then when the baby is born and is in distress, hubby’s voice may be able to relax him. Hubby also bought me a Mexican Bola which I’m supposed to wear round my neck and the chimes soothe the baby. Apparently, the same chimes can sooth the baby when he’s born too! I’ve been thinking about Child Benefit. I’m self-employed, so I won’t be able to ask for Statutory Maternity Pay. I did a little bit of research on the net and turns out I can ask for the Health in Pregnancy Grant too, which is great. I will need to ask for a MATB1 Form from my midwife. I have a 28-week check-up, so will ask for a form then. Also, I can claim the Health in Pregnancy Grant from Week 25 so I need to ask the doctor for a form regarding that too. I’ve decided that I’m going to try and work up until my due date then claim for maternity allowance after that date, as I found out that you receive maternity allowance for 39 weeks after the date you finish work. I’ve been feeling a bit spaced out lately. Hubby keeps joking about my slow nature – I say, relish the moment dear! You may win against me in a game of Articulate, but I can guarantee that my sharp mind will be back! A fun fact – The baby weighs 1.7 pounds and measures at about 14 inches. Growth spurt this week!

Leyla Preston (583 Posts)

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/