Anna’s pregnancy diary: Week 32

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’s checked over by the midwife again, but will her results be any better?

This week brings another visit to the hospital midwives to have a rerun of my blood pressure and other tests. Again, I’m fairly convinced that I’ll be fine as I really feel OK. There’s been something strange going on with my hands, though. I wake up with sore joints and it takes a little while for them to get going and not feel stiff and sore any more. It’s very odd, so I look it up and find out that it could be carpal tunnel which is common in the third trimester as the fluid pressed down on nerves in the wrist. It also says that it’s most painful in the morning as your hands have been in the same position all night – yep, that’s exactly what mine feels like. I’m glad it’s a common pregnancy symptom and not a sign of pre-eclampsia, which is what the hospital has been worried about.

Anna's pregnancy diary

The midwife is pleased that my blood pressure seems to have gone down a bit and I’m grateful that work are allowing me to work from home a few days a week so I can try and reduce my stress levels as it’s obviously working. Then she does my urine test which was a problem last time. She says there are still traces of protein, but now there’s also signs of an infection too, which may be causing the protein. As this is the second test with protein present, she decides to send it off to the lab for proper analysis. I’m disappointed, but know that they’re keeping tabs on it and that they’ll call me if they find anything that needs treatment. I actually think I’ve been very lucky during my pregnancy as many women are plagued by water infections, cystitis and thrush and I’ve managed so far to escape any of those.

Then comes the fun bit – listening to the baby’s heartbeat. Every time I go I look forward to this and practically leap onto the table, baring my belly before I’m even asked. Lenny’s heart beats loudly away and I can’t help but grin. She measures my bump too and I’m right on the mark for where I should be. I’m booked in for another appointment in two week’s time when we’ll be discussing my birth plan and options. It all seems like a countdown now! Birth plan to write, hospital bag to pack, start maternity leave in three weeks, start NCT classes in three weeks too. And most importantly, only eight more weeks until I meet my baby!

Anna wears maternity dress from Mamas & Papas and non-maternity cream top from Dorothy Perkins.

Coming up: Strangers’ funny reactions to Anna’s bump
Previously: Anna’s hormones get the better of her and she gets to grips with leaving work.
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