Anna’s pregnancy diary: Week 26

goodtoknow’s Food and Diets Editor Anna is pregnant, so we’ve asked her to keep a diary of her pregnancy, telling you all the good bits and bad bits and asking for your help and comments. This week she can’t sleep and thinks about birth announcements and Caesareans.

I seem to have forgotten how to sleep. At first I thought it was a one-off as I lay awake at 3am before giving up and deciding to read my book. The next night I was really exhausted. Especially because I’d been to my Dad’s in Somerset the weekend before with my brother, his wife, their four kids, dog etc etc so I’d missed out on a few days of relaxing at home with nothing to do. But again, I fell asleep almost immediately, only to wake up a few hours later, wide awake again. Is this my body trying to prepare me for the baby? I’ve still got 14 weeks to go. I hope I manage to get some kip before then! One thing I haven’t forgotten how to do is go to the loo. I’m always in there. I can’t even make it from my house to my local station without having to visit Asda Ladies on my way…

A while ago I wrote about knowing nine pregnants. Well, today I’m down to one (well I do know more, but there’s only one left of the original nine). So there’s going to be one more baby born before mine! That feels very weird. The last baby was born by Caesarean section in a bit of a surprise move. She went to see her consultant yesterday and he booked her in for the Caesarean this morning! I was talking to my husband last night about how weird that is. One minute you’re tucked up in bed with no kids and a wriggly baby in your tummy, but knowing that the following morning you’re going to be a mum with a real baby to look after!

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One of the things I’ve liked over the years about all these babies being born are the birth announcements via text. Most of them have been pretty similar, saying things like: ‘Newsflash! We are happy to announce the birth of Ruby Alice Jacobs, weighing 8lb 6oz at 4am this morning. All well and happy.’ But my all-time favourite was my friend who simply put: ‘Baby born. Horrific.’ And that was that! I just love the honesty in those few words… Although I hope I don’t have to type the same thing after Lenny’s born! But whatever happens I know it’ll be worth it. I’ve come this far and worked hard at this new life and Lenny’s got to come out somehow! And I’m going to keep repeating that to myself over and over and over again until the panic subsides…

Anna wears maternity dress from Topshop with white stretch top from Primark.

Coming up: Anna has her gestational diabetes test

Previously: Anna’s pregnancy diary, week 25

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