Week 26: Return of the “Retch!”

Week 26: Return of the “Retch!”

“Next week marks the end of the second trimester. Babies born between 27 and 32 weeks have a good chance of survival: 80-95% of babies survive depending on the week of gestation, the mothers health, the reason for premature labor, and the quality of medical care received. Your baby is beginning to enter a very active phase in its cramped quarters. The amniotic fluid has decreased, which means you’ll feel every movement of your baby much more than before. She will be practising the sucking reflex in order to prepare for breast feeding. Her neurones and brain tissue are developing rapidly and the brain waves are working like newborn brainwaves. Even though your baby’s skeleton is completely developed, the joints are not yet connected. Her immune system, liver and lungs are still continuing to develop and preparing to function on their own. Her tiny eyelids have begun to open and the retinas have begun to develop.

By this time your uterus gas come very close to your rib cage; hence shortness of breath is quite common. This might be a nuisance to you, but it’s not affecting your baby. Many women will experience mild swelling and a slight increase in blood pressure. Appearance of extreme or sudden swelling in association with very high blood pressure is a serious medical condition called preeclampsia and needs evaluation by your physician. Unfortunately your baby’s movements may put sudden pressure on your bladder.”- My Pregnancy App- Health & Parenting

This week pretty much continued the same as last week, maybe even a little worse. Wednesday ended with work sending me home to rest for the remainder of the day, after a quick dash to Tesco’s at lunch proved too much and I had to run to the toilets for an anxiety vomit. Still, a supermarket toilet is preferable to puking out of the window of my moving car (something I haven’t quite mastered the art of yet!)

What do I say to a bunch of “road rage” people, when they angrily drive past my hastily pulled up car; horns honking, hands gesturing, all red faced and screaming obscenities at me? “Yes you prize prick, I just decided to park here for a while to piss you off- isn’t the side of a busy road at rush hour a lovely spot for a break? I do enjoy an impromptu vomiting session of a Tuesday afternoon, don’t you?” *sigh*

I had a day off Thursday and was back to work Friday feeling better, As the weekend progressed I felt more “me” and actually chilled out by a millimeter or so! The sunshine helped immensely! I’m one of those people who thinks the sun can cure everything! A few rays of vitamin D and I’m happier, calmer, more productive. I can’t wait for “flip flop” weather! I’m already prepping my feet for this glorious occasion!

In other horrible news, my morning sickness (that was never in the morning always in the afternoon/evening) seems to have returned. Joy. The nausea kicks in from 1pm and lasts until 7pm as before and is accompanied by indigestion, hot flushes and sporadic vomiting. So now I’m not just throwing up from panic attacks I’m also throwing up from morning-sickness-in-the-afternoon again. Joy of joys!

I had my 26 week appointment with the midwife this week, who said baby has moved into a transverse position. My BP, pulse and weight checks were all fine however my urine came back with signs of protein in it, which could be a sign of preeclampsia. However, as my BP is stupidly low my midwife wasn’t too concerned.

In happier news, I get to see baba again next this Thursday as I have my next appointment (27 weeks and 3 days) with the consultant! Can’t wait to see how she’s doing 🙂 at my last appointment (24 weeks and 3 days) she was measuring about the size of a 23 weeker- nothing to cause any concern, I’m only 4’11’’ so she’s hardly going to be a giant! Still it will be interesting to see if she’s still a wee bit short or getting to be more average now!

She moves loads at the moment, always wriggling, every hour to an hour and a half. I’m guessing this is because I’m in the stage where she still has room to move and she’s big enough that I can feel almost every moment. Pretty soon she’ll probably slow down and ill start seeing elbows and feet poking through the bump instead of it swishing violently around when she kicks, as it does now!

Highlight of the week? Enjoying a panic free, nausea free afternoon at the pub in the sunshine 🙂
Low of the week? I’m so sick of panicking all the time 😦


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