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40 Weeks Pregnant – Bump Update

So I’m actually 40 weeks pregnant tomorrow according to the NHS or Friday, according to the private scans!! I wasn’t sure if I would write this but have decided to anyway. I’m doing it ahead of the date but I can’t see much changing really in the next few days, unless she comes! Here is my previous update.

So 40 weeks almost! I can’t believe I have almost come to the end of this pregnancy. I’m not sure if it will be my last. Something is niggling me to say it won’t be but according to some family and friends, give it a while and you will be sure you are DONE with two!

Since starting this post I have actually seen the midwife a couple of days early, as they could not get me in tomorrow. My oldest school mate who is an obstetrician said Piglet’s head is sooo low and reckoned I could ask for a sweep. Unfortunately, I was informed this should not happen until after 41 weeks which surprised me. Luckily, I can go to the birth unit on Sunday and the midwife who delivered the gremlin (aww) will do me one a bit earlier than 41 weeks. The midwife also booked in my induction for 12th October for worst case scenario. They are very busy apparently, and it had to be done but felt very scary. I am sure Piglet will come before then but it made induction (something I do not want) thoughts very real.

So generally how are things going at 40 weeks pregnant?


Symptoms at 40 Weeks Pregnant

So I have thought I have been going into labour numerous times since around 38 weeks! When hubby and I were away for our anniversary, in the park with the gremlin. The list goes on. Mainly because I have been having more regular Braxton Hicks and a lot of pressure in my lower back. In fact, I just think things are gearing up but no actual labour yet. I often get worse discomfort when I need the loo (lovely squished bowels) so it is very hard to tell.

I haven’t managed the gym for a good few days due to this and I started with a cold (time of year I guess!). However, I have managed some walks when the gremlin has been in nursery to keep active. I have been more tearful over the last couple of weeks too and struggled a bit with the gremlin when alone with her. Mainly because I have been uncomfy and she wants to play all day. I’m lucky family have helped and she has been a good girl (apart from being pretty giddy and insane at the moment!).

Food and Appetite

I have found over the last couple of weeks, my appetite has actually not been as good. Possibly due to feeling full quicker and having Braxton Hicks. I am eating fine and trying to avoid unhealthy stuff, especially when I was feeling a bit low with the discomfort. I’m eating plenty of fruit and veg and snacking on nuts and cereals. I just find I often don’t “fancy” foods as much.

food at 40 weeks pregnant


As I alluded a bit earlier, I was still gyming up to about 38.5 weeks. I was managing cardio – the bike, stairmaster, cross trainer and treadmill for walking. I was also doing some free and sitting weights. However, since the back pressure and tightenings have really ramped up and I have a cold(!) I have not been for a bit. I am trying to go for a daily 40-45 minute walk, which is manageable but uncomfy by the end.

However since writing this at the weekend, I did go back to the gym yesterday. My cold was better and I thought why not? It may help. I did a lot of squats, sitting weights and cross trained. My energy levels were actually great and I enjoyed it so may try again, depending on how I feel.

bump at 40 weeks pregnant

My Body

I am just huge now. All bump. No clothes fit. Can’t roll over in bed. The usual pregnancy shizzle. Don’t want to moan too much. I’m quite static with my weight now too. I’ve not had too much hip pain; just the back pain and cramps as discussed before. Still no stretch marks which I am very pleased about. Hope I don’t grow too much more!!

My Feelings at 40 Weeks Pregnant

Have to be honest, there have been a few low moments. I miss being able to be as active with the gremlin. I couldn’t go in the soft play with her last week, as simply couldn’t fit. The discomfort has been hard when I have had a full day with the gremlin; she is now with me Mon-Wed and if we don’t have much planned, it is harder. I like to just shove her in her bike or trike and go for a walk if we are stuck in but this is just too much at the moment.

I’m very excited to meet little Piglet and just want her here now! The gremlin was 2 days early but I keep thinking maybe I am going to go over this time?? Eek!

The Gremlin

She has been extremely loving recently and I’m wondering if she is ready for what is coming. I have lost track of the times she has told us she “loves us”. We had a bit of a naughty week on my first week on maternity leave when she adjusted to me being home and her being at nursery. Nothing awful, just her saying no more and being defiant. Since the second week, she has settled. Overall she has been very good; she is just a little nutter. Everything is hilarious and we have had her taking her knickers off and randomly throwing them in the air with her foot (she then comes back to put them in the washing basket!!). She giggles all the time and this is lovely. Tiring after a while but I’d take giggling over tantrums any day and these have been minimal. She talks about her baby sister a lot and has been loving towards the bump.


Will I write a 42 week bump update??? Please noooooo!

Wish us luck!



  1. September 27, 2016 / 7:22 am

    Love the collage at the end with your little one kissing your bump! She must be well excited. It looks like you are well active up to the end! Good luck with the rest of it. Surely, it will happen soon! #TwinklyTuesday

  2. September 27, 2016 / 8:01 am

    Oh I really hope to hear of babys arrival soon! I remember booking in for my induction and it was scary, something I don’t want to happen again if I have another. You’re so good exercising all the way through! #twinklytuesday

  3. September 27, 2016 / 9:21 am

    Look at you looking all amazing in your gym kit! Wishing you all the best for this week and hoping there is no 42 week update just a news or week 1 update instead! #TwinklyTuesday

  4. September 27, 2016 / 9:53 am

    You’ve done so well still gyming especially with the stair master which I detest at the best of times let alone with a huge bump in the way!! Not long now lovely and little piglet will be here. I’m sure gremlin is going to make a fab big sister, she seems very loving and sure she’ll help…if she’s not too busy flinging her knickers round! #twinklytuesday

  5. Jaki
    September 28, 2016 / 6:49 am

    I love the fact that I’m reading this now knowing that she’s arrived!! I saw it through sleepy eyes yesterday evening – Congratulations!! So pleased for you. Looking forward to pictures and updates! 🙂 #bestandworst

  6. September 28, 2016 / 7:32 am

    Oh I remember the uncertainty of it all. I guess at least you have been through it once so you know the signs. Although it might be making you more paranoid 😉

    Sounds like your daughter is being really good considering the change. I hope she copes well when her sister arrives. I’m sure she will.

    Good luck with the next step and hope it’s before the induction date!


  7. September 28, 2016 / 7:39 am

    I had a feeling Piglet was on her way as you were uncharacteristically quiet! So so happy for you all and that you avoided induction! Looking forward to hearing your birth story. Definitely the best of #bestandworst

  8. Natasha Mairs
    September 28, 2016 / 8:02 am

    Good luck hun!!! I bet you would have had the baby by the next time I visit your blog. Can’t wait to see the baby photos! #BestandWorst

  9. September 28, 2016 / 9:27 am

    Gorgeous post, you look amazing with your beautiful bump. I won’t give anything away but I’m looking forward to hearing all about your little one when she arrives. #bestandworst

  10. September 28, 2016 / 10:09 am

    Love this update – but I’m sure I saw on your Insta that your little bundle has arrived?! so huge congratulations hunipi! I hope you are enjoying these first precious days.
    Big Love, L

  11. September 28, 2016 / 10:20 am

    Eeeeeks exciting. I am surprised that you were not allowed a sweep too. They started trying sweeps on me a week before my due date. However, that was to try and avoid me needing a c-section. I think I had about 4 before they worked! I have my fingers and toes crossed that labour happens soon. Yaaaaay #bestandworst

  12. September 28, 2016 / 11:15 am

    Its so funny reading your 40 week bump update knowing that Little Piglet has been born. Looking forward to seeing all the new pics and blog posts with your two gorgeous little girls. Congratulations again. Renee @peonieandme #bestandworst

  13. September 28, 2016 / 11:29 am

    Popping back from #bestworst to say huge congratulations!

  14. September 28, 2016 / 1:59 pm

    I love that I’m reading this knowing that you’ve already had her! Good on you for being in the gym still though – kudos! #bestandworst

  15. Hannah Budding Smiles
    September 28, 2016 / 2:30 pm

    You’re bloody amazing for continuing at the gym, I was desperate to keep fit in Martha’s pregnancy and failed spectacularly thanks to spd and now I look nothing like normal Very excited for you that she didn’t keep you waiting and I hope you’re all doing well honey, my mum text me yesterday afternoon going “Have you heard Sarah’s news?” Haha xx #bestandworst

  16. Lex @ mumisthewordblog
    September 28, 2016 / 2:50 pm

    Oh exciting times! I hope that your little piglet comes quickly and safely. I remember the end of pregnancy and the discomfort stages (I am currently pregnant with my second so will have all this to come). I do hope your little one doesn’t keep you waiting too long. Hats off to you for keeping up with the exercise for so long, I really should do this more. The picture of your lunch looks absolutely delicious! Hopefully the next update I read will be of the arrival. Best of luck! #bestandworst

  17. yvonne
    September 28, 2016 / 9:50 pm

    Oh so exciting!! I love the photos at the end with your little girl. You are looking fantastic 🙂 I hope the next post is a new baby one and not a 42 week one 🙂 #bestandworst

  18. September 28, 2016 / 10:36 pm

    I’m very impressed with your gym action. I ditched it at around 34 weeks and just went walking lots. Looks like week 42 or 41 will not come as I see you’ve had piglet. Congratulations Sarah! So happy for you. Enjoy xxx

  19. September 28, 2016 / 11:45 pm

    Good luck with everything… I’m sure Piglet will make her appearance before induction day!
    Very very impressed with your still being able to do so much (gym, walk, blog and play all day with Gremlin!!!) You rockstar!!! Look forward to Piglet posts soon:)

  20. September 29, 2016 / 12:51 am

    Awww lovely last bump update. Obviously reading this after the little piglet has arrived (congrats again, shes a beauty!) So pleased to hear you didnt go overdue, or too overdue in the end. It sounds like it was starting to get a little hard which I remember towards then end of my pregnancy too. Its such a relief when they finally arrive and you and your body can return to normality a bit. Enjoy the newborn bubble, its seriously the best :-). Emily #bestandworst

  21. September 29, 2016 / 6:37 am

    Ahh and to think your baby is now here safe and sound. Dont feel to bad about not spending as much time with your eldest it cant be helped. Congratulations again and i hope your ready for the night feeds again cos there a killer second time round 🙂

  22. Emily
    September 29, 2016 / 9:21 am

    I saw your update on Facebook! Congratulations!! #BestandWorst

  23. Something About Baby
    September 29, 2016 / 12:21 pm

    Oh so lovely for you to have this update to look back on! Glad you didn’t go too overdue in the end, and she arrived on time! Congratulations and looking forward to hearing an update about your newborn baby 🙂 #bestandworst

  24. Mummyhereandthere
    September 29, 2016 / 5:32 pm

    You luck amazing, well done for doing so well with the exercise. Hope the baby arrives sooner then later X #bestandworst

  25. Briony
    September 29, 2016 / 9:08 pm

    Congratulations, I saw your insta post, what a cutey. I’m glad you won’t be having to write the 42 week update! #bestandworst

  26. September 29, 2016 / 10:07 pm

    I read that you’ve had a little girl. Congrats.#bestandworst

  27. September 29, 2016 / 10:18 pm

    It’s funny to read this now that I know your have already given birth!! So glad you didn’t have to wait too much longer xx #bestandworst

  28. September 30, 2016 / 8:19 pm

    Ahhh to think she is already here 🙂 🙂 Probably writing this update that sent your body into labour!! So pleased she is here! #bestandworst

  29. September 30, 2016 / 10:22 pm

    Oh congratulations, I must pop over and see your pictures. The waiting is over and I’m sure she was worth every second of it! #BestandWorst

  30. October 2, 2016 / 6:43 pm

    I believe this post is now out of date – big congratulations, looking forward to hearing all about it!xx #bestandworst