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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…

Week 37: Holy shit that hurts!!

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“Your baby weighs close to 2.8kg and may be about 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 3.5cm 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. These will become her first poo, a blackish waste called meconium”- My Pregnancy App, Health & Parenting

Last week, after going to the consultant for what we hoped would be the last time, we were told we had to come back this week to see our consultant. They also wanted to perform another scan as baby’s bladder was quite full and distended.

At 37+3 weeks, the husband and I made our way back to the consultant. The consultant performed a quick scan and thankfully baby had been for a wee and her bladder was looking normal again- looks like she just has a super strong bladder that can hold a large amount of wee!

The consultant also confirmed that now I was 37 weeks I was no longer classed as “high risk” which was fabulous to know! Although I don’t think I’ll ever relax, reaching this point has lifted a load from mine and the hubbies shoulders. We also have an induction date of the 26th June, 10 days past my due date. So if princess is late at least I know I will be being induced on the 26th!

My pelvic girdle pain has reached an all time high… or should I say low! I now have my mums walking stick with me everywhere. I can’t sit down, lie down or stand up without being in pain now. The pain is indestribable; it literally feels like my bones are being pushed apart from the inside! I get shooting pains, aching pains, sharp pains, dull pains… pains. Ugh.

In other news, I have finally finished work! The feeling is surreal- I’m going to be at home with a baby soon! Ekk! To celebrate my last day, a few of us went to the the local pub for lunch which was lovely. They also surprised me with some pressies for baba! Summer hats, a little dress, top and leggings and a hand and foot imprint set which was lovely 🙂 Also a little duck bath thermometer which was a great idea!

The only thing I’m not looking forward to about finishing is that my pelvic pain is so much better at work, I think it must be a lot to do with my straight backed office chair so I’m more upright? Either way its going to get worse and in the worse case scenario I had another month left of being pregnant! 😦

Highlight of the week? Baby is looking good and I’ve finished work!

Low of the week? Pelvic pain 😦

 

Week 36: Labour signs?!

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“Your baby is still packing on the pounds- at the rate of about an ounce a day. She now weighs almost 6 pounds and is more than 18 1/2 inches long. She’s shedding most of the downy hair that covered her body as well as the vernix, the waxy substance that covered her body and protected her skin during her nine month amniotic fluid bath!” -My Pregnancy App, Health & Parenting

The end is close and can’t come quick enough for me! As I type I am exactly 37 weeks pregnant and quite a lot has happened these past week…

Firstly, my MRSA swabs came back negative- which is good, the midwife didn’t have any reason to think it would come back positive but you never know! Secondly, I had what I was hoping would be my last consultant appointment…

You may remember a few weeks ago me posting that I saw the registrar, as my consultant was away, and he booked me in for a nice detailed scan of princess and weight gestimate. We were also hoping that at 36+3 this would be my last consultant appointment what with being 4 days from being classed as “full term”- my personal goal.

If you’re a regular reader you’ll know that although we’ve had scans pretty much every other week from 8 weeks, we’ve struggled to actually see princess as she tends to hide from the scanner! We purchased our voucher for pictures before hand (which is the protocol at our hospital) and excitedly waited for a glimpse of our princess!

Quickly we realised that would not be possible, not only had princess grown to such a size that seeing anything was practically impossible, her head was so far down in my pelvis and facing my spine (the correct position) that we could barely see her neck! That would explain the insane increase in PGP I have been experiencing! But more on that later!

The sonographer guessed her weight to be 6 pound 2 at 36+3 weeks, little fatty! That weight is more accurate to a 38 weeker than a 36 weeker! However, she predicted her full term weight to be 7 pound 4, which isn’t too scary. I know these scans aren’t 100% accurate but it’s still exciting to see how my little one is doing.

In other news, the sonographer noticed that princess seemed to have a really large and full bladder. I was told it was not something to overly worry about and that she would pass the news on to the covering doctors because- yep, you guessed it!- my consultant was away again.

After an hour and a half wait for the doctor, who needed a second opinion, we were told he was confident the bladder was nothing to worry about but on the safe side to come back again next week to meet with the consultant, and that I would need to meet with her before I got to my due date anyway.

In symptom related news my PGP is really starting to give me grief… I’ve taken to walking with one of my mums walking sticks she uses for hikes when we go out. I can just about manage life at work, although! I’m starting to find the stairs a struggle- still I’m not giving in just yet and using the lift!

Also this week, I’ve started to notice I’m losing bits of my mucus plug- tmi I know but I felt it necessary to share as it’s a sign that labour could be soon! I haven’t lost a big chunk or anything just tiny sploges the size of a 5p and none tinged with blood.

Restless legs are still an issue and sleeping is getting harder, I can’t seem to get comfy no matter where or how I lie! My back is aching too. When baby stretches- which is often- it hurts! It feels like she’s breaking me apart from the inside. I’m praying the end is soon!

I’m also experiencing rather a lot of period like cramps- hubby wonders if these could be Braxton hicks? I suppose it’s possible, but having never knowingly had them before I couldn’t say! Apparently your tummy goes hard and tight when your experiencing them but my tummy is always hard and tight?!

Highlight of the week? Having our scan even if we didn’t manage a picture!
Low of the week? The pain is increasing which can only be a bad thing 😦

Week 35: Getting There…

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“Your baby weighs around 5.7 pounds. The protective fat layer will make up about 15 percent of her weight at birth. Your baby is probably sleeping about 90% of the time. There isn’t much room to move around anymore, although you will still be feeling regular movements. If you notice a dramatic increase or decrease in movement compared to your baby’s normal daily activity, call your doctor immediately.

If your baby has dropped you’ll be breathing easier now and experiencing less indigestion and heartburn. This is a sign that your little one has descended into your pelvis. Women often experience a nesting stage as delivery approaches. This sudden burst of energy may lead you to do your spring cleaning early, but save some of that extra energy for labour. You’ve probably gained about 25-30 pounds by now, but rest assured, much of this will be lost in one day. The rest will also come off fairly easily and even quicker if you breast feed.” -My Pregnancy App, Health & Parenting Ltd.

This week has been a little more positive than last week. Although I spent much of Wednesday night and Thursday night crying and having strange panic attacks I was lucky enough to have Andy there to support me as always, my rock 🙂 No matter how far past the point I had Harry I get, it doesn’t change anything, it never stops me worrying.

I know from so many sad tales in my support groups that life isn’t that simple. I’m sure I will feel different once I have had her and take her home, but until then I can’t shake the overwhelming feeling that someone will take her away from me. This pregnancy has really tested my strengths.

So towards the end of the week, the distraction techniques were back in full swing! And I’ve had a productive week/weekend to make up for last weeks awful slump!

Princesses room is basically almost complete! The cot is up, shelves are up, wardrobe fully stocked, changing unit fully stocked and my mum has up cycled a lovely wicker chair for us which fits in perfectly with the decorations.

The pictures are up and all others little decorative bits are out; the only bits remaining to sort are a socket which needs a new cover and the ceiling light needs a new plastic bit fitted to it (can you tell I have more to do with the decorative aspects of the nursery as oppose to the maintenance side of things?!) but hopefully, (hopefully!!) I should still make my deadline for it to be complete by Friday 30th May.

In other good news, the pram is here! Yay! Me and mum spent about 45mins (no exaggeration!) trying to figure out the instructions before giving up and managing to work out how to put it in all it’s various positions by ourselves in about 5 minutes! Silver cross instructions- you are crap! Haha.

Happily the pram is brilliant and should last her until she’s old enough not to need one anymore. We chose a silver cross 3D and I’m so glad we did! It’s great; easy to change positions, easy to put up and down. It can go in a lie down pram position, upright pushchair position and it has a car seat that clips on to the pram for ease when your out and about shopping etc.

It also came with a load of extras, like a hood, foot cover, rain cover and thermal changing bag. I love it! I’ve had a good practice putting it in all the various positions.

Symptom wise, baby is still hiccuping multiple times a day, my PGP is still hurting, I’ve started getting period pains every evening and I’m still not rushing to the toilet during the night but certainly making up for it during the day!

Highlight of the week? Things are all coming together, pram and room included in that!
Low of the week? Panic attacks 😦

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Week 34: Grumpy, Tired and Unproductive!

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“Your baby weighs approximately 5 pounds 2 and is about 46cm long. Your baby will start with a period of rapid weight gain this week. From now until birth your baby will gain approximately one third of a pound per week. A lot of this weight is the all important brown fat to keep your little one warm for the first few weeks after birth. This brown fat is different from the white fat we women know well. Brown fat contains more cells that produce body heat and this is turn prevents hypothermia. This brown fat appears on her upper back, spine and shoulders.

Your body is getting ready to give birth and your cervix may have begun to dilate. The bloody show is the blood tinged mucus that may appear in your underwear and is a sign that your cervix is getting prepared for labour by dilating, thinning or moving forward. This doesn’t necessarily mean that you are about to go into labour but it’s better to be prepared. You’ll be feeling a sensation of kicking in your ribs if your baby is lying head down in your uterus.”– My Pregnancy App, Health & Parenting Ltd.

This week has not really been my friend! I’ve been so unproductive it’s unreal. I just can’t be arsed to do anything which is really unlike me and it clashes with my personality, I’m the sort of person who wants everything done yesterday. I don’t like hanging around. I don’t see the point of waiting. I don’t like waiting on others to do something. If I want it done, then I want it down now and I want it done right and usually that means doing it myself- which I’m fine with. Obviously at the moment this is proving a problem. I can’t do everything I used to.

I can’t do a nice long big deep clean of the flat because I’m in agony after running around for more than 2 hours. I grit my teeth and bare it and I only end up hurting myself in the long run, when I’m in agony for days after! I obviously struggle to lift things which means I can’t get into the cupboard under the stairs to sort it. I can’t climb on the work tops, up ladders or stand on chairs. It’s dangerous and I’m fragile (apparently) which means I can’t hang up curtains, clean the tops of the cupboards, re-arrange the cupboards etc like I would have before.

Guess what? I hate it. I’m not used to relying on other people to do my shit for me and not being funny but usually they don’t do it right anyway! So at the moment I’m struggling to cope with this useless little woman I seem to have become, thank god I don’t have long left!

My next problem is that I just DON’T have any energy! I don’t have any get up and go, I would quite happily spend the whole weekend in bed reading, watching tele and dozing off at random intervals. This is actually how I spent last Monday to be honest! The problem is, like I said, this clashes with my personality and I end up really annoyed of with myself for wasting a day when I could have been finishing chores and little projects round the flat! Happily, the reason for this lack-of-get-up-and-go was discovered when my blood test results from last week came back saying my iron levels are now so low I really should be prescribed tablets…

My doctor rang me at the start of the week to tell me about the results and question if I was feeling ok; with iron levels as low as mine he would have expected me to be absolutely exhausted and sleeping most of time. I shyly admitted I have been spending my weekends lying in and sleeping for around 12-16 hours a night… I just thought that tired was a “pregnancy thing”. Well now I feel like an idiot as apparently it’s not a normal “pregnancy thing” to have a 16 hour sleep marathon, who’d have thunk it??! :O

So after that embarrassing episode, I collected my iron tablets and I can report I’m feeling better as the week goes on, long may it continue! I still have things on my list I need to do before she comes and my due date is looming ever nearer!!

In other sad news I found out this week that my granddad sadly passed away. He had been unwell in hospital for a while now but one minute was making a recovery and the next going back down hill. I believe he fell ill after they moved him to the rehabilitation part of the hospital which is sad. At least we know he’s no longer in any pain.

This week was a little milestone for me; I stopped taking Cycolgest on the first day of week 34 and I have to say it’s really odd to stop something that you’ve been doing every night for the past 26 weeks! Even now, a week on, when I go to sleep I have the horrible feeling I’ve missed something! I never missed one dose of Cyclogest either- unusual for me- I’m pretty forgetful! Maybe because I knew how important it was to take it it was forever ingrained in my mind? Anyway, that’s good news. It means that I’ve got a point where they wouldn’t be overly concerned if I went into labour now, which is nice.

I’m definitely starting to get fed up this week. I’m sick of people touching me. I’m sick of people pointing me out and gawking at me like I’m some sort of circus freak. It’s all getting a little tired if I’m honest. I hate people touching the bump and some people, no matter what I do, continue to touch the bump… I literally think it’s the rudest thing in the world. Why do these people think they have to right to touch me?! They don’t even ask first! What is their problem??!! I don’t mind Mr. W touching the bump, I don’t mind my mum touching the bump, I don’t mind my girlfriends touching the bump. Outside of that SMALL circle, if you touch my bump, just know, I want to kill you…

I can’t wait for this to be over now if I’m honest! Although weirdly, I still don’t actually SEE myself with a baby at the end of this. All I see is pregnancy, never ending pregnancy, and it’s probably because getting to 6 months with Harry and then practically falling again straightaway with princess, I haven’t not been pregnant for… 17 months… 17 months (excluding a month in the middle) 17 bloody months and I still have one more to go. Give me strength!

I still have to put up with the “Labour horror stories” despite wasting my breath telling the same people over and over that I have actually given birth before. I gave birth to Harry. He didn’t just appear out of thin air!! I had a 21 hour labour and gave birth to him. He may not have been full term but he was a baby. This, it seems, is irrelevant as I’m treated to these tales of labour woes at every opportunity from certain people. “Contractions feel like this…” “This will happen” “You’ll need an epidural” “Cut your nails cus you’ll be scratching Andy” UGH.

The upside of it all is that she will be here soon. As I write this post I’m 35 weeks pregnant which means I only have 5 weeks to go- just under 7 in the worst case scenario- I have to focus on that; whether I actually SEE myself with a baby or not at this moment, it WILL be over in under 7 weeks time. I can hold on for that little bit longer.

Highlight of the week? I did buy some super cute pink uggs and headbands for princess which made me smile…

Low of the week? This was just a shitty ass week all round really! Next week will be better!