Haven't posted anything in ages because I've been pretty busy what with ds started kindergarten and dh startng grad school and a host of other things going on., but wanted to respond to you Hippymum--I am also having a fall themed baby shower. Haven't done much prep at all for it yet as it will be nearing the end of October, but I have posted some ideas I like for it on my pinterest if you want to check it out: http://www.pinterest.com/gretchamina/baby-shower-ideas/. Fall is my favorite time of year, so I'm very excited! My best friend has a baking side business, and she offered to bake cute cupcakes with little pumpkins or owls on them. Don't have a ton of money for favors, so we were just going to give out mini pumpkins with a ribbon and the date tied around them.
I also feel huge...Have gained 32 pounds already and still have 8 weeks left till my due date, but I eat only healthy, non-processed foods and do at least some mild exercise everyday, so I'm trying not to stress over it. It's the opposite problem from what happened with ds; I couldn't gain enough weight then, and they induced me a bit early because they said he wasn't growing fast enough and my fluid was too low. My ob doesn't seem concerned--she just says every pregnancy is different and that I will likely just have a chubby baby this time around.
Not doing "hypnobirthing" per se, but finished up my Bradley classes a couple months ago, and mil is paying for me to see her amazing hypnotherapist. Have only seen her once so far, but I am already impressed and feeling more confident.
Have been having some Braxton Hicks but not excessively. The one day they were pretty bad I made sure to drink a lot of fluids, replenish my electrolytes, and have some magnesium, all of which seemed to help. Also massage, shower or bath seems to make them ease up as well--and getting up out of my chair. Sitting at my computer for long periods definitely makes them worse for whatever reason.
I remember a while back someone was asking about remedies for heartburn and one of you recommended chia seed gel--I wanted to recommend making chia seed pudding (similiar to tapioca pudding somewhat--if you google it there are a lot of recipes online, and it is very easy to prepare.) Having that for breakfast a couple times a week really helps keep my heartburn under control, and it is yummy! Especially if you throw some bananas and pumpkin pie spice in before you chill it. Spaced out before I ever posted that though...preggo brain has hit me pretty hard and I often forget what I am even thinking mid-thought lol.