My final 5 days of being pregnant…

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“Your baby weighs close to 6 pound 2 ounces and may be as long as 48.6cm long from head to toe. Your baby’s head is now cradled in your pelvic cavity- surrounded and protected by your pelvic bones. This position clears some much-needed space for her growing legs and buttocks.

Many babies now have a full head of hair, with locks up to 3cm long. And then, of course, some babies don’t have any hair at all! Speaking of hair, most of the downy coat of lanugo that covered your baby from 26 weeks has disappeared, and so has most of the vernix caseosa, the protective whitish substance that also covered her. Your baby will swallow her lanugo and exterior coating, along with other secretions, and store them in her bowels. This will become her first poo, a blackish waste called meconium.”- My Pregnancy App, Health & Parenting

As I write this I’m back at home after having my B-E-A-U-tiful baby girl at 38+5 weeks! Soon, I will update you all about my labour experience but for now I’ll fill you on what happened in the last few days of my pregnancy…

At 38+2 weeks, I had what I was hoping would be my last midwife appointment. The usual checks were done, including blood pressure, urine tests and checking baby’s position and heartbeat. Baby’s heartbeat was still floating at 152bpm, my blood pressure and urine came back clear and the midwife thought that baby was around 2/5ths engaged- moving further and further down my pelvis- which would account for the now crippling PGP I was feeling!

The midwife confirmed that if there was still no sign of baby on my due date she would give me a stretch and sweep to bring things along. The words “stretch and sweep” were enough to make me squeeze my thighs shut, so I was hoping that really wouldn’t be necessary! (Turns out I need not have feared!)

The midwife recommended some things for me and Andy to try to encourage labour; sex, walks, pineapple, spicy foods etc. At this stage my PGP was so bad I was willing to try anything! So after the midwife appointment we went down to the local nature discovery centre, which is about a mile around, and I hobbled around with my stick in one hand and Andy’s arm in the other! It took me 45 minutes to get around but weirdly I felt a bit better afterwards, like I had finally accomplished something! We continued the day by going for a Nandos (spicy foods!) and having an awkward romantic night in. The next day I ate a whole pineapple and felt slightly sick.

My labour like symptoms continued in the last few days; regular cramps, losing the mucus plug gradually and baby’s movements did start to reduce although every time she moved it brought tears to my eyes!

Then, on Friday 6th June, after just having a new carpet put down in the lounge and having my nails, eyebrows and toes done, I sat down. Hubby was due to go to Poker with the boys and one of my besties was due to come around for girlie night… Dauphine potatoes, fish and veg were on the menu. I was feeling grumpy but pleased that everything I had wanted to finish was complete.

Andy came over and gave me a kiss…

“Do you feel ok babe?”– This was what he had taken to asking me before he went out anywhere without me.

“Yes hun, I feel fine. Go and enjoy poker, it might be your last game for a while!”

“Ok, bye!”– He walks out into the hall…

I lean forward to grab a drink and hear an audible “pop” from my pelvic region, not thinking much of it, I lean back to take a sip of my drink when I feel something not quite right…

“BABE!!”– I shout, hearing Andy open the front door.

“Yes?!”

“… I think my waters just broke!“- I stand up and go to meet his shocked face in the hallway…

“Ok, my waters definitely broke!”– I say, as about a pints worth of water pools at my feet…

Suffice to say Andy did not get that last game of Poker…

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