The last few days and final thoughts – #41 weeks

by Jemma Andrew-Adiamah on October 1, 2014

in Baby and Beyond

This post is marked by so much happiness and sadness for me for two reasons.  Firstly, this is my last pregnancy update and I’ve absolutely loved this whole journey and it’s coming to an end – it sounds so final!  I’m genuinely going to miss being pregnant as I’ve enjoyed the experience so much, it’s been such a beautiful adventure. Secondly, I’m on cloud nine thinking about my baby boy and his arrival into this crazy world. It’s going to be so surreal, being pregnant with a bump one day and then starting life with a newborn the next.  

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Last week I had my last check up with my midwife.  She ended the appointment by saying ‘I’ll see you at home with your new baby,’ which really made it seem more real to me.  At the appointment, we did the usual tests which were all fine and my little man is happy and healthy. Obviously, the fact that he’s late was discussed and she booked an induction and offered to do a stretch and sweep, which is purely optional.  This is when the membranes of the amniotic sac are separated from the cervix as a method to bring on labour.  I don’t think he liked his nest being disturbed as he seemed jittery and even more active than usual for the rest of the day. The sweep didn’t help at all so I’ve tried all of the natural methods to bring on labour. ;-)

In regards to the induction, I’m praying that it won’t come to that and labour will start naturally.  My birth preferences are all centred around a natural and active birth with no medical intervention.  I was very flexible when writing my birth plan and realise that things like this are never black and white. If medical intervention is required for the safe delivery of my little boy then so be it, that’s all that matters after all. Admittedly, I have had problems getting my head around the prospect of an induced labour as I really hoped that this would happen spontaneously whether he was late or on time. I’ve spoken to my mum who had to be induced with my brother and she has reassured me that everything will be fine.  Potentially, the majority of my birth preferences may have to go out the window, but at the end of the day I will have a beautiful baby boy at the end of it all.  

Everything is going well where I’m concerned too, I’m getting enough sleep and there’s no aches and pains.  My bump dropped significantly on Sunday and I’m sure that I could feel him wriggling further down whilst we were shopping in Sainsbury’s.  I’ve just been carrying on as normal, which I think has been the best approach for me.  Even being overdue I still feel perfectly fit and healthy so getting out and going to the gym hasn’t been a problem this week. Obviously, if it was harmful to my baby’s health and mine, then I would stop immediately, but I’m happy to keep going for as long as I can.  

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He was actually moving against my hand when I took this photo!

As the previous weekend was our last together as two, Alfie and I made sure that we spent lots of quality time together. We didn’t do anything special just shopping, lunch, cooking together and lots of TV and movies, but it felt special either way.  It was nice to relax together before our imminent arrival because life as we know it is about to change, but in the best way possible!  All of this extra time has meant that I’ve managed to buy some extra bits for the baby that I think we may need.  Also, I’ve been able to get mentally prepared for the major changes that are going to occur and the fact that I’m no longer going to be pregnant.  I’ve always appreciated that mamahood isn’t going to be easy and there will be challenges, but I’m really looking forward to this whole new chapter.  

I feel like I’ve just dumped all of my baby thoughts in this post.  We’re so close now, how crazy to think that we’re only a few days away from meeting him, exciting times ahead! 

How were you feeling in the last days of your pregnancy?  Did you feel that you had enough time to mentally adjust to the changes ahead?

If you’re not pregnant, how do you think you would spend the last few days leading up to the birth? 

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{Recipe} Chocolate Chia Courgette Bread Porridge

by Jemma Andrew-Adiamah on September 30, 2014

in Recipes

With the cold weather rapidly approaching, I’ve been in the kitchen experimenting with some healthy autumnal recipes for breakfast to kick-start the day. 

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Chocolate chia courgette bread porridge

I’m pretty good at getting in a portion of vegetables in with my lunch and dinner.  When it comes to breakfast, unless I’m having a green smoothie packed full of dark leafy greens this is one meal that is often neglected in the vegetable department.  As much as I love my green smoothies, they’re not necessarily my first port of call on a cold wet autumnal morning. Mornings like those definitely need something warmer in your belly like porridge. I’ve made carrot cake porridge a lot in the past and after looking at this recipe I was curious about how courgettes would favour with my oats.  

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Chocolate Chia Courgette Bread Porridge
Serves 1
A decadent chocolatey breakfast recipe that is vegan, refined sugar free and even contains a vegetable.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup porridge oats
  2. 2 cups oat milk or almond milk
  3. 1 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  4. 1 courgette grated
  5. 2 tbsp chia seeds
  6. 1 tbsp maple syrup
  7. handful of pecan nuts
Instructions
  1. In a saucepan on the hob or in a bowl in the microwave mix the oats, milk, cocoa powder, grated courgette together and cook on a low heat for 5 minutes. Stir regularly whilst cooking.
  2. Once cooked pour into a separate bowl and sprinkle with chia seeds, pecans and drizzle with maple syrup.
  3. Serve and enjoy!
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Chocolate courgette bread porridge

I like my porridge to be quite wet, but I know not everyone does so you could just cut the amount of milk or increase the amount of oats in the recipe.  Surprisingly, you can’t taste the courgette at all, but I think it adds a lovely texture to the oats and moisture, which I expect it would in baked chocolate courgette bread.  I’ve got a bit of an addiction to pecans and maple syrup at the moment, both just sing autumn to me.  What would be very autumn and take this heavenly breakfast bowl to the next level would be a pinch of cinnamon, yum! 

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Chocolatey bowls of porridge like this are going to get me through those cold autumn mornings and I love the bonus addition of vegetable goodness from the courgette too.  Next to try is my Carrot Cake Bulgar Wheat Batter, which is another great spin on an a favourite cake but in breakfast form.  

How do like to get more vegetables into your meals?  Do you ever have a portion of vegetables at breakfast?

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