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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 😦

 

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Week 22: Fear Nausea!!

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“Your baby now weighs around one pound and is approximately 29cms. In the next five weeks your baby will experience a major growth spurt. Her cerebrum, the part of the brain that’s responsible for memory, motor skills and intellect is preparing to be able to conduct communication between cells. Rapid eye movements (REM) have begun to occur during her sleep. The hair on your little ones body and even the skin is gaining some pigment. The bones and organs are still visible through the skin; however, they will soon become less visible due to continued formation of fat.

If your suffering from back pain, it will bother you more as your belly gets bigger. Depending on what offers you relief use ice packs, warmth, or gentle massage to make you feel more relaxed. You may notice some other changes in your body including heat rash, skin tags, a reddish tinged colour to your soles and palms and blotchy legs. All these changes are temporary. Your uterus is expanding and is now 4cm above your belly button.” My Pregnancy App- Health & Parenting Ltd.

So this week started off pretty bad I have to say. Monday morning I woke with a raging migraine and spent the day in bed as a result. Tuesday I woke up and the panic attack started…

See, the time is getting nearer to when I had my last baby prematurely and no matter how many people (as well meaning as I’m sure they are) tell me “everything will be fine” and “it won’t happen again” and “there’s no point in worrying for no reason” it doesn’t change the fact that I do worry. Constantly.

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The only purpose this “advice” serves, is to ensure a change in my emotions from worry and fear to all consuming rage! When people say ridiculous things like this, it makes me want to rip their stupid little heads off and mush them to a pulp, much like I used to enjoy doing to play dough when I was younger…

In all fairness- it’s not all people. Just the people who have never been in my position before. People who have been in similar awful situations, tend to be a lot more sympathetic and offer constructive advice on how to relax and anecdotes from their own past traumas, which actually help.

I think theres almost an unspoken “bond” between people who have been through distressing times. Just by talking to someone who I know understands how I feel completely, really helps me feel less alone; more supported. If you haven’t ever been there, you simply cannot relate.

Which is why it was my mother, to whom I turned, when I needed someone to support me during my latest panic attack. Mr W was at work, I had rang my consultant in somewhat of a fluster and she had asked me to come to the hospital to visit the assessment ward to be checked over- which I did willingly.

Of course, as soon as I got into the Maternity Ward I felt the all-to-familiar feeling of my “fear nausea” (as I like to call it) rearing it’s ugly head. Several hot flushes, spent vomit bowls and cups of cold water later, I was checked over and assured everything was looking good.

Thankfully, everything was fine. The staff were lovely and mum was hugely supportive. The midwives assured me I could go the assessment ward for daily check ups if I wanted and, in the circumstances, it was only natural for the odd panic attack or two- you can never be too careful.

So, reassured, I went off home and slept like a baby that night. I had my consultant appointment the coming Thursday and was even more reassured to hear my cervical length was 43mm, higher than it was last time! The only reason my consultant could think of for this was that my previous scan, which showed a drop to 38mm, was actually done at an angle and brought up the incorrect reading!

Phew…

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So, after my strange hellish start to the week, we set off for our little holiday on Friday afternoon both fairly comforted and relaxed.

Princess is wriggling and kicking still at her regular intervals. She definitely has her own little routine and me and Andy are starting to know her movements like clock work!

The place we’re staying in Swanage is beautiful and I’m really looking forward to my week of rest! I think I’ll be able to enjoy my little break a lot more now knowing that everything looks as positive as possible.

Highlight of the week? What better way to kick off a week by the sea than a tea of fish and chips! 🙂

Low of the week? I’m fast becoming an expert on the term “worried sick” it would seem!

Week 14: No More Cheese, Please!

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“Your little one is now able to rub its eyes, yawn and even blink. Your baby’s hairline is forming and hair is starting to grow on your baby’s head. Even the eyelashes and eyebrows are growing. If you’re hoping to find out the sex of your baby, unfortunately it’s still too early, but it won’t take long. Even though your baby is hiccupping regularly, there is no sound produced as your baby’s windpipe is full of fluid at this stage. Your baby can also hear sounds now. Your baby is now about 4 inches long and weighs around 2.5 ounces.

Your body is now prone to contracting flu, colds and other viruses during pregnancy. It’s not because you are unhealthy. Suppressing your immune system is your body’s way of making sure it does not reject your baby. You uterus continues to rise and by now you should be able to feel it just below your belly button. Due to your rising uterus your digestive space is reduced and you may begin to notice symptoms of heartburn. This can be avoided or reduced by eating smaller meals.” My Pregnancy App- Health & Parenting Ltd.

The first trimester is drawing to close, sadly for me however; my morning-sickness-in-the-evening, constipation and indigestion show no signs of abating just yet. I can’t help but think to myself “What was I expecting? I got off practically scott free for the 10 weeks…” I guess it’s my turn to suffer!

Another thing I notice as approach the 14 week mark the bump is starting to make an appearance! A lot sooner than last time I was pregnant- I start wondering if I’m harbouring a giant in there which prompts me to ask the sonographer whether the baby is in the ”normal” size bracket. I already checked with the consultant about the possibility of twins at the first scan and she assured me there was only one in there, still, it makes a girl wonder when showing this much earlier than last time.

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This time they have to do a cervical scan to check the length of my cervix.

For anyone unsure of how exactly they scan a cervix it involves an unwelcome looking plastic object, with I imagine some sort of scanner on the end, being pushed somewhere where it is definitely not welcome to scan the surrounding areas. A look of confusion passes between me and Mr W when she produces said object and asks her colleague for a condom. “Bit late for that” crosses my mind until I see her slip the condom over the “object” and cover it in lube. Nice.

A possible explanation of premature labour is a weak cervix and although they don’t think this was the cause of my last labour, they’re checking all avenues this time. The reason the scan can pick up on a weak cervix is that when a women goes into labour the cervix gets thinner and starts to open, so the scan is basically to check if the cervix is still thick and closed. Apparently if your cervix is thinner than 2.5cm there’s a risk of weakness there and the consultant will decide if it’s wise to insert a cervical stitch, technically known as a cervical cerclage- a word I still cannot say correctly despite several attempts!

This sounds a little scary but basically the mummy gets put under a general and the doctor puts in a purse stitch (for all you seasoned sewers) around the cervix to help it stay shut. They usually do this after 12-14 weeks and take the stitch out before 34 weeks… you don’t really want to be in labour with a stitch still in!

Luckily for me my cervix is measuring in “nice and long”. They’ll check again at 18 weeks.

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Baby looks fine; nice and relaxed apparently and were bundled off to have my bloods taken before seeing the consultant.

I repeat my giant child theory to the consultant who assures me the reason I’m showing more is

A. Because you do with second babies generally

And B. I conceived so quickly after having Harry my tummy muscles didn’t have a chance at shrinking back down, so I’ll probably get the stage I was size wise last time, stop for a bit and then start growing again.

No reason to panic. 🙂

She also says the fact I’m still feeling rough indicates the hCG hormone is strong- which is a good thing. ergo, sickness is actually a good sign- who’d have thunk it?

My next appointment is the anomaly scan 13th January followed by a meeting with Helen again 23rd January.

Highlight of the week? Its Xmas week next week, which means a two ½ working day week for me 🙂

Low of the week? A packet of cheese and onion crisps repeating on me so bad I projectile vomited for hours… no more C&O for a while!

Week 10: Back with a Bang!

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All good things must come to an end and this week they definitely have. I am well and truly in the swing of the gross pregnancy symptoms! I suppose I deserve it for having such a foul-free first 10 weeks but here we are!

Nausea? Check!

Vomiting? Check

Headaches? Check!

Fatigue? Check?

Constant Constipation? Check!

Unforgiving Food Aversions? Check!

Immobilizing Sciatica? Check!

Constant Never-Ending Indigestion? CHECK!

Restless Legs so bad you can’t help jerking them constantly around- and really wish you could cut them off if only it would give you a 5 minute respite from the unrelentless desire to flick them around? Which, apparently, also really annoys your husband as he hates watching you twitching around?! (Poor ol’ him how terrible it must be to watch?!) Massive CHECK!

What’s the deal with the restless leg thing? I never had it before and even talking about now is making me kick my legs around! Ick.

photo 1-3The worst by far is the indigestion- it brings on the vomiting like you wouldn’t believe! It’s makes me gag and to top it off if I eat anything with an after taste it keeps bringing an off version of the flavor back up violently again and again and again which leads to a sprint to the bathroom! To make matters worse I hate the flavor of mint and it kicks of my IBS cramps. So if I do pop a Rennie for some light relief from the burping I then I suffer with tummy cramps all afternoon.

It’s worse in the afternoon- 3pm to 7pm. Whilst the experience is still unpleasant id rather it came in the afternoon than the morning- with Harry getting out of bed was the worlds worse struggle so the fact that I feel good in the morning definitely helps get me to work!

The statistics for sickness are surprising- I think; 50% of women experience nausea with vomiting, 25% are said to experience nausea without vomiting and a very fortunate 25% are said to experience neither! You lucky devils you!

Symptoms generally start around week 6 of pregnancy (but have been known to strike as early as week 4!) and become the strongest around week 10 when they peak and filter out (hopefully) by week 14. Around 60% of women report symptoms stopping after week 14, around 38% report that symptoms are gone after week 20 and a very unlucky 2% report symptoms continuing almost until birth- Here’s to praying I’m not in the unlucky 2%!!

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According to About.com the most common signs of pregnancy are:

Missed Period/Abnormal Period

Nausea and Vomiting

“Feeling Pregnant”

Changes in Libido

Soreness in Breasts

Frequent Urination

Strange Cravings

Fatigue

Food Aversions

Skin Changes

Other symptoms can include; back ache, headache, constipation, heartburn, indigestion, restless legs and acne.

The symptoms are seemingly endless but the thing that keeps most women going is knowing this is all to make their beautiful little babies!

Annoyingly for me the appearance of my pregnancy symptoms happened to coincide with my first appointment with my consultant- Helen. I’ve met her before as she was the lady who went through the post-mortem results for Harry with us.

I have a vague idea of what to expect here; blood tests, swabs, a scan and chat with Helen. What I wasn’t prepared for was the sheer volume of women in the waiting room! I’m not stupid or pig headed enough to think I would be the only one there by far, but Jesus Christ- it got to the point where there were no seats left there was that many people waiting!

Considering Helen is just one of four consultants (she does Thursdays and the others have other days) it was madness! It really brings it home just how many women have babies in the UK every year and how many of them have suffered with Preterm deliveries. Roughly 2000 babies are born in the UK every day- that’s 80 a minute- so I suppose this shouldn’t surprise me but it does!

The consultant is backed up- obviously- so we have a fair wait to seephoto 3-3 her. First I see a Care Assistant to takes my BP, tests my urine and updates my pregnancy notes. Then we wait until the midwife is ready to take some blood from me or rather drain several viles of the stuff from me at a painfully slow rate. Apparently my veins are reaaaally small- good to know I’d make a terrible smack head! Next stop is Helen, we have a chat about what to expect this time round- she tells me she’s prescribing me Progesterone which I must take daily until I’m 34 weeks.

The idea with Progesterone is that by keeping the levels up in a pregnant women you reduce the chance of her going into premature labour, as before a woman goes into labour her progesterone levels drop. It’s also thought to strengthen the uterus which can’t be bad!

Then for the best bit! We get to see the little nugget on the big screen for the first time! I’m so lucky as normally parents don’t get to see their little ones until they hit the 12 week mark. Baby looks fine and I’m calmed to see a little heartbeat flickering away. After an Ultrasounds confirms a heartbeat the risk of miscarriage is lowered to 3% and the risk falls even lower- to just 1%- once the heartbeat is confirmed at a 16 week ultrasound. Although this didn’t prevent anything bad from happening last time it’s still comforting to see.

I’m back on the 3rd December for a Nuchal Scan and checking in with Helen again on the 19th December.

Something else that’s cropped up this week I think some people may have started cottoning on the pregnancy- my girlfriends especially. It couldn’t last forever and I’m pretty chuffed that I made it 5 weeks without being outed to be honest!

It was inevitable someone would discover this soon. Next week we have a Halloween party to go to and I’m obviously not going to be drinking which in my case means I might as well be walking around with a giant neon sign flashing “PREGNANT”. I’m taking a bottle of alcohol free wine concealed in an empty bottle of real wine (of course), but there’s only so far one can go… I can hardly start acting tipsy!

Highlight of the week? Definitely seeing my little one on screen 🙂

Lowlight of the week? INDEGESTION!