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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 33: The Drop

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“Your baby weighs about 4 pound 7 and is approximately 45cm from head to heel. By this time most of the lanugo is gone. Her immune system is no longer relying on the antibodies from the placenta. This self immunity is important to protect your little one at birth and for the rest of your baby’s life. The vernix is disappearing; however, a little bit will still be left at birth. The digestive system is working by itself. Moreover, she is peeing up to a pint of urine a day into the amniotic fluid. Hopefully you’ve stocked up on diapers. Even though the placenta is capable of supporting your baby until birth it will start to age this week.

Your weight gain will slow down now, even though your baby is still packing on the pounds. Due to the way pregnant women metabolise sugar, you may find yourself feeling shaky before a meal. Some women will notice that their eyes are dry and irritated, in addition to decreased sharpness of vision. These are temporary changes that occur due to the increase of fluid behind the lenses of the eyes. Most women will have trouble sleeping, not only due to discomfort but also because of all the thoughts about the baby.”
My Pregnancy App- Health and Parenting Ltd.

This week I have noticed a massive change; my bump has dropped.

On the up side, my nausea, indigestion and heart burn have all eased, as well as the uncomfortable feeling my breathing was being restricted! Also, something I probably haven’t mentioned before- although I’m pretty sure its related to pregnancy- I used to regularly have what felt like a big extra heart beat every hour or so.

The doctors told me this was normal as your blood volume increases by up to 50% when pregnant, so you’re pumping a lot more around. It almost felt like heart palpitations except there would be no build up, it would be just one beat and then my pulse would go completely back to normal. Strange, but this seems to have stopped or at least I haven’t felt one for a few days now.

On the down side, I’m finding myself needing millions of trips to the toilet (though thankfully and bizarrely, still never at night?!) for the world’s smallest wee’s! So small and pathetic it’s unreal! I actually feel quite irresponsible; it feels like I’m wasting toilet roll. I feel like I alone could be blamed for the demise of the rainforest by all the trees I must be using up through my toilet roll consumption! Of course, sods law, if I didn’t rush full pelt to toilet to have my world’s smallest wee every time the urge took me I would, no doubt, wet myself! So pointless annoying regular trips to the toilet it is then!

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(31 weeks on the left, 33 weeks on the right!)

I can also feel a lot more pressure down in my pelvis. I can’t quite sit comfortably with my legs together on a low seat like the sofa anymore. It’s not so bad at work as my chair is higher- it seems as long as my knees are lower than my hips I can sit happily for a while.

When princess wakes up and moves around I can feel her head banging against my front pelvic bone- it’s a random sensation! Add to that that at the same time I can feel her legs and feet getting stuck in my rib cage and her arms in the sides of my pelvis, sometimes its rather like she’s trying to play my skeleton like a musical instrument!! The perils of being short? Baby getting stuck in your pelvis and ribs simultaneously!

In other princess news, I’ve started to notice just HOW MUCH this baby has hiccups! From weeks 30 to 32, I would notice she had hiccups at least once a day, usually in the evening, lasting about 5 minutes. This week has seen it increase to about 3 times a day, around lunch time, early evening and late evening, lasting about 5-10 minutes at a time. Bizarre! I wonder if this will have any link to how she is once she’s here? Maybe she’ll be a really hiccupy baby on the outside too??!

She also has a pattern of when she stretches. I get this lump sticking out of me, slightly over to the right of my stomach about 3-4 times a day, usually after eating and in the evening- this is most definitely her bum! It’s crazy and normally accompanied by a smaller bulge sticking out of my left side just under my rib cage- this would be a foot! I amuse myself by brushing the foot bulge when it sticks out and she pushes back against me like I’m tickling her!

According to my pregnancy app, she should be slowing down in her movements, if anything she’s as active as ever during the day! And if I wake up in the night to roll over or if one of my cats has jumped on me, pretty soon she’s moving again. This is definitely an active baby… again I wonder if this is a window to how she will be once she’s here!

This week I had my 34 week midwife appointment (even though I was more like 33+3 at the time) my midwife was on holiday, hence the slightly earlier appointment, so I had a cover midwife instead who, if I’m completely honest, I preferred to my normal midwife! She was friendly, understanding, empathetic- she answered every question brilliantly and never brushed us off with a small answer.

She made sure I was doing ok, talked at length about Harry and put my mind at ease over any fears I had. On the other hand, my normal midwife- who I know means well but is awfully scatty and not very personable- seems to forget every time I see her that I had Harry. Annoying, as its all detailed in my patient notes on the screen in front of her!

Every time we see her she does the same thing, she opens my hand held green notes, flicks through, stops at the notes section and says “Oh, you’ve got a lot of notes in here… why’s that? Why are you seeing so many people?! Why are your under consultant care?!” and then me and Mr. W have to explain what happened before, to which she responds with, “Oh yes! I’m so sorry, I should have checked your computer notes before you came in! I’m so very sorry for your loss”… like I said, annoying, and it bugs the hell out of Andy.

But back to the midwife appointment! I had a swab taken from my nose and the back of my throat- not very nice- to send off to check to see if I’m a carrier for MRSA. I also had my blood taken to be tested for the routine stuff and midwife checked out baby’s position- who is apparently 4/5’s engaged! (I knew I had felt her drop!) all seems well and I should get the results back soon!

In other news, the cot is up! The room is so close to being complete its unreal! I just need to get my step dad to come round and put up some shelves and add in a few other decorative bits like a chair, pictures etc and it will be complete! I couldn’t be happier with how its taking shape! Soon it will be a proper little princess room ❤

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Highlight of the week? The cot is up!!

Low of the week? Coming to terms with the fact that my new best friend appears to be the toilet!

Week 32: Distractions

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“Even though her bones are hardening, the skull is still not solid and the skull bones are not fused together. This allows for head to reduce in diameter as it passes through your birth canal. Her brain is developing more distinct features and is capable of controlling breathing, digestive functions and body temperature. She can now tell the difference between night and day. Lungs are almost completely ready for breathing on their own and if your baby is born now, she would only need a little medical support.

As your discomfort increases, you will probably be wondering about methods of pain relief during child birth. It’s time to talk to your care giver about the options you have, so that you are prepared once your in labour. You’ll be gaining a pound a week at this point, half of which is baby weight. Your amniotic fluid is at its highest level now. Mild swelling at this point is normal; however, it’s very important to know the difference between this and the sweeping that occurs with preeclampsia. If you notice any symptoms such as severe or sudden swelling, stomach pain, vomiting, nausea, severe headaches or spots in vision, get immediate medical attention. Due to increased pressure in your abdomen, you’ll be urinating at all hours, which may add to your sleep woes.” My Pregnancy App- Health & Parenting.

The nausea is yet to let up and indigestion is worse than ever 😦 I’m starting to feel quite drained and very tired too now which, although I expected it, is very unwelcome! Worst symptoms however? Two words; restless legs. Some nights I’m close to tears because they’re so bad, I just hope that they at least let up after princess is born. I used to have mild restless legs before pregnancy but nothing to how bad they are now.

In lighter news- I’m still not finding myself rushing to the toilet in the middle of night (something I have been assured by countless other mums that I would be experiencing by now!) maybe I have a super strong bladder? Maybe princess doesn’t reach my bladder at night? Either way, I’m happy and hope it stays like this for as long as possible! Frequent midnight trips to the toilet will do nothing to help my tiredness I’m sure!!

Also, I’m finding myself still pretty mobile which I’m pleased about! I do have PGP but its bearable and only flairs up after long periods of standing up and rushing around- lucky I have an office job really! I can still reach my feet- it’s not easy I won’t lie but it’s not yet impossible for me to trim my toenails and put on my shoes and socks!

This week I had a particularly short working week- off Monday, consultant Thursday and off Friday- so I only worked 2 ½ days which was nice. I’ve made the most of my time off by throwing myself into the nursery. I have now managed to wash, tumble dry and iron all princesses clothes and put away all of her 0-3 month wardrobe. All her outfits are hung up, her long sleeved vests, short sleeved vests, day onesies, night onesies and casual clothes are all folded neatly on the shelves. I’ve lined up all her 0-3 pram shoes at the bottom and sorted her socks, booties, hats and mittens into her little drawers. She’s even got a little collection of headbands building up!

For now, it looks perfect- not sure how long that will last once she’s here but now I’m enjoying seeing all her cute little clothes ready and waiting for her!

I also took a trip to Costco and stocked up on some much needed nappies and essentials! I didn’t go to overboard as I know my mum and my nan are preparing hampers full of essentials for me but the changing unit is now full of toiletries (shampoo’s, bath wash, lotion, oil, talc, sponges, cotton buds, cotton wool, grooming kit etc) as well as changing essentials like wipes, nappies, nappy cream etc. I also have a load of bibs and muslin clothes stashed away ready, as well as numerous towels, sleeping bags and blankets- she already has more blankets than I know what to do with and I’ve been told there are more on the way!

But the best news is on Friday we ordered the cot- it look perfect and I can’t wait for it to go up in the room! Me and the husband are off on Monday so the plan is to put the cot up then- can’t wait! All of this has helped immensely with distracting me from my pregnancy- as was intended- and this week I haven’t had any real moments of panic. Thankfully.

This week we had a consultant appointment in Reading. At first, I was rather pissed off to realize that we were unable to see my consultant, but the registrar turned out to be a lovely man who answered all of our questions perfectly and made us feel at ease. He suggested that, as long as I felt comfortable with it, we could go 4 weeks until our next appointment as he was very happy with how I was progressing, he also confirmed that I could stop taking cyclogest (Progestrone) at 34 weeks, as we had previously discussed.

He said he was more than happy for me to be admitted in the midwife led ward as oppose to the delivery suite- as long as I made it 37 weeks- but the best bit was he said for our next appointment (at which I will be 36+3 weeks) which will probably (hopefully!) be our last appointment (as long as she’s not too late!) we could have a more detailed and thorough scan! This really pleased me, because although we get a scan every time we see the consultant, the scan is usually done on a fairly low visibility scanner without a printer.

The last time we were given photos was at around 22 weeks and the last time we managed to catch a nice detailed look at her face was at around 24 weeks and far as weight estimate and measurements go, the consultant usually measures her head and stomach circumference and arm and leg length and tell us how many weeks she’s measuring. Eg. “she’s measuring the size of an average 23 weeker” etc etc. But this time we get a good estimate of how much she’s weighing and how much she should weigh at birth. I know these aren’t 100% but I’m still excited to see how my little princess is doing!

All in all- it’s been a fairly a good week 🙂

Highlight of the week? Sorting princess’s wardrobe out- I can’t wait to put her in all her cute little outfits 🙂
Low of the week? RESTLESS LEGS- GO AWAY NOW!!

Week 31: Belief?

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“Space inside your womb is becoming increasingly scarce for your baby, making its movements less dramatic and slower, almost as if your little one is practicing a synchronized swimming routine. The fetal position is becoming a familiar position to her. Your baby can now use all of the 5 senses. She is busy looking around, practicing breathing, grabbing whatever is in reach, tasting amniotic fluid and listening to the sound of both you and your partners voice. If you’re carrying twins, there is even less space for your babies to move and they made decide to make an early appearance this month. Your baby will weigh about 3 and a half pounds at this points and measure around 42.4cm from crown to heel.

Your uterus is now about 5 inches above your belly button. This leaves so little room for your organs that breathlessness, constipation and heartburn are becoming facts of life. Due to the hormone relaxin, your hip joints are softening in preparation for child birth and you may begin to feel like a duck, waddling from place to place. Your baby may be head down at this point and pushing its way towards the birth canal. If Braxton Hicks contractions become painful or regular, it’s time to call your caregiver, especially if you feel like you may be in early, active or hard labour.”- My Pregnancy App- Health & Parenting Ltd.

Nausea is the word of the week. This week I have really felt like a bag of shit, on and off. The only thing that appears to keep it at bay is eating, and eating constantly is impossible! Not only that, I’m getting full super quick again so I can’t really eat that much. I’ll eat, feel good for all of 20 minutes and then feel poop again. It comes in waves and there’s no rhyme or reason for it anymore. Earlier on I used to get morning-sickness-in-the-afternoon, now it comes and goes when it pleases, it has no curfew anymore!

Restless legs still haunt my evenings and PGP is still there ready to pounce when I walk around for longer than an hour; making cleaning and tidying a nightmare at a time where I really want to clean and tidy everything all the time! *sigh*. I’ve only had two episodes of my recurring dreams this week, which is an improvement!

I am feeling the baby hiccupping regularly now, at least that’s what I’m 99% sure she’s doing! I don’t know what else would make her jolt frequently and almost in a rhythmically timed beat! Her movements are slowing down on last week. She still moves fairly regularly, which helps keep my fears at bay, but it’s not quite the same as it was before. Her movements are slow and objects stick out of me now and I’m starting to get better at guessing what these objects actually are!

This week I had my 31 week doctor’s appointment which went well. My fundal height is exactly 31cm so I’m on track there and my glucose test results came back as normal, so no pre-diabetes, gestational diabetes or any other form or diabetes for me to worry about! Baby is still head down but not engaged which is right for the gestation.

This week I allowed myself a moment where I actually believed everything was going to be ok; just for a moment. This is something I haven’t done before. I actually stopped and thought, “This is it, and she’s going to be ok. She’s going to be here soon. I’m going to be able to take her home, feed her and cuddle her and she’ll be all mine, it’s really happening!” What a lovely feeling it is to be overwhelmed with excitement!! I sharply brought myself back down to earth however. It’s not over yet. I can’t afford to get too excited yet. I can’t afford to admit this might be ok. I can’t afford to jinx it!

Although I think on some level my subconscious must be slowly coming round to be possibility it may all be ok. I’m having less panic attacks and even less scary dreams- this is surely a sign of belief right? I like to think positive thoughts for the baby at much as I can, but that doesn’t mean I’ve walked through this pregnancy with rose-tinted glasses, quite the opposite in fact. I’ve been weary of getting my hopes up too much in case they get dashed again…

Preparations at home continue and we’ve almost finished sorting out the living room. It’s so close to be how I want it! There are still bits to do in ALL the rooms at home; however, the list is decreasing as the weeks go on. I’m certain we will be ready by 30th May which was the date I set for everything to be complete! I have picked out the cot and am ordering that this week so that’s another item off the list too!

Highlight of the week? I have 6 weeks, YES 6 WEEKS left until I should go maternity leave from work! I can’t believe how fast the time is going!
Low of the week? Nausea, nausea, nausea!!!

Week 24: Where it all went wrong last time…

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“Your baby’s primitive memory is beginning to develop, implying that music and voices will be leaving an impression in your little ones brain. Her spine has 1000 ligaments, 150 joints and 33 vertebrae. Blood vessels are busy developing inside the lungs and the nostrils are beginning to open. Now that she has fully developed hands, loud noises may even prompt junior to cover her tiny ears to shield them from sounds. Her skin has now changed from translucent to a more opaque appearance. The cerebral cortex, the part of your baby’s brain that’s responsible for emotions, reasoning, planning and ability to solve problems is the most prominent part of the brain at this point.

Your belly is getting larger all the time. headaches leg cramp and even rib pain is normal at this time as your baby is taking up much space cramping your organs. The skin of your belly may become itchy due to stretching from growth spurt. You may begin experiencing Braxton Hicks contractions at this time. They occur due to the tightening of the uterine muscles and are felt for one or two minutes. They are not generally painful. These contractions do not have a pattern like true labour contractions.”

I write my blog updates after completing a week of pregnancy, so when I write “Week 24” you know I’m actually in week 25 of my pregnancy, so it gives me great pleasure to post this blog knowing I’m past the 24th week!
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If you’ve been a regular reader of my posts for a while now, you will have heard me mention my previous pregnancy with my little boy Harry ended when I went into premature labour at 24 weeks, so getting past this week has been a huge milestone for me physically, mentally and emotionally!

Strangely, this week I was fairly calm and collected- no panic attacks, no nightmares, no sleepless nights. Just a clear head. As D-Day arrived I was nervous but not overly so. You may have heard me mention before my little theory about rainbows and my guardian angel/god/Harry/harmless coincidence? Well let me explain anyway…

I haven’t seen a rainbow in about 2/3 years and all of a sudden, during this pregnancy, I have seen no less than 15. They spring up every time I have a particularly bad day. For people who don’t know, this baby is referred to as a “Rainbow Baby” for definition, click here.

Of course this all could be (and all logical thinking points to it being) a huge coincidence; but I prefer to think of it as a little message from Harry or whoever that my rainbow baby is fine and everything will be ok, and I’m not hurting anyone by taking comfort in that. Keeping this theory going, as D-Day arrived so did a wooping, brighter than bright rainbow. The biggest and brightest one I’ve seen yet.

So week 24 went pretty much panic free, it was really week 22 that was the worst. I suppose it’s like anything your dreading really- the build up to the day is always an anxiety ridden horror but when the day actually arrives it’s not half as bad as you think.

Don’t get me wrong, just because I’ve passed this particular hurdle does not mean I now feel confident in my pregnancy- but it has helped! My next milestone is 28 weeks- the start of the third trimester. The survival rate at 28 weeks goes up 95% with only a 5-10% chance of neurological defects- fairly strong statistics in my book!

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This week has been a busy one. Trying to keep my mind off things, no doubt, the husband suggested we start the baby’s room at the weekend- something he knows full well is going to plug my mind with nothing other than pink paint, wall murals, sewing bunting and designing toy chests- yes this was the perfect thing to say to take my mind off the worry.

Although I have to say, I was sad to say goodbye to my little blue room. A friend once said to me, “You don’t need pictures, toys or clothes to remember Harry. You have memories that will last forever and he will always be your first baby.” True words, my rainbow isn’t replacing Harry, she’s a new and different baby that’s all.

You may have seen from my previous post, on day 1 of week 24 I took my course of steroid tablets. I noticed a few things; a headache, trouble getting off to sleep for 2 nights after and decreased movements from princess around 24-48 hours after taking the tablets. All of which are noted as side effects from the steroids and are completely normal- phew.

I now feel slightly guilty for downing 2 pints of ice cold water, lying on my left hand side and systematically poking where I knew princess was lying until I had roused her enough to feel 10 kicks in 20 mins (still a reduced movement for princess believe or not but docs say that as long as you’re feeling 10 movements in an hour everything is ok) but hopefully if she knew how worried I get she’d forgive me 🙂

My consultant appointment on Thursday went well. Everyone is happy with baby’s progress! She was measuring about the size of a 23 week baby so slightly small, although nothing to worry about as I’m only 4’11’’ so she’s hardly going to be a biggun!

My consultant was happy enough to postpone my next appointment slightly to 3 weeks time instead of the normal 2 weeks time, with a view to hopefully keeping them at around every 3-4 weeks from the 3rd tri, as my midwife appointments start to pick up more.

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I’m happy to report that I’m fairly symptom free at this stage! My PGP seems to have eased which is weird! If anything I thought it was bound to get worse but *touch wood* so far it’s ok!

The only “symptom” I really have is that I’m still quite tired- not as tired as I was in the 1st tri but I definitely haven’t experienced that surge in energy that most mums-to-be report in the 2nd tri and I’ve lost all hope of getting it seeing, as I write this, I only actually 3 full weeks of the 2nd tri left! How exciting and terrifying is that?! Other than that my indigestion has died down and now only pops up after certain foods- boiled eggs and cheese & onion crisps being the main culprits likely to set me off!

If you knew me well, you’d know this is quite unwelcome news as cheese & onion crisps are practically the only crisps I eat and eggs, well, being a fish-only-meat-eater sees me eat A LOT of eggs. These are, however, minor inconveniences- if princess doesn’t like cheese and onion crisps and boiled eggs I will forgo them for the foreseeable! She is the boss after all 🙂

Highlight of the week? Passing D-Day!!
Low of the week? The ban on cheese & onion crisps and boiled eggs commences!