Okay, so I haven’t been as good at doing these weekly updates as I’d hoped I would be. Aside from the initial ‘3 become 4’ post I’ve managed one half-assed 20 week update which was published 17 weeks late! So I’ll just quickly recap whats gone down over the past few months and bring you all up to speed.
I’m now a few days away from being 38 weeks and I am done. We’re all getting so impatient to meet this little one and the thought of waiting another few weeks is killing me! This pregnancy has been entirely different to Connors and not in a better way; baby number 2 seems to be trying it’s best to be twisted at any given opportunity and it’s definitely taken it’s toll on me.
It all started when Connor started nursery back in September- he came home with a cold towards the end of the week and obviously just had to share it with Mummy (he’s nice like that!). Connor was back to normal within the next few days but I wasn’t so lucky. It turned into a chest infection that I couldn’t shift no matter what I did – 4 months, 4 courses of anti biotics, 2 hospital admissions and 1 CT scan to look for blood clots later and I think I can finally say I’m over it. I had to start my maternity leave early as I just wasn’t fit to be there and didn’t want to share whatever I had with the elderly people I work with.
As if all that wasn’t enough to be going on with, we were sent for a growth scan during the second of my hospital admissions as one of the midwifes felt that although my stomach measured on track the baby ‘felt small’ with her hands. This was at 31 weeks which was when Connor had started to measure behind due to my having pre-eclampsia so I started to panic slightly. Turns out this chunk was already measuring in at 4lb 3oz and was 2+ weeks ahead – panic over! The same midwife was also convinced that baby was breech – it wasn’t thank fully but this being in my notes caused my community midwife to have her doubts too.
The following week when I attended my local midwife and filled her in with what had been going on since I had seen her last, she did all her checks and everything was fine. When she felt for babies position she said that both ends felt a similar size so she wasn’t convinced that the baby was still head down & to come back in a couple of weeks because nothing would be done until 36 weeks anyway. I was pretty sure baby was head down because of the pressure and pain I’d been feeling. Also, Connor had a much bigger head than he had bum when he was born so I was pretty confident that this baby was the same. I went back at 34 weeks and she couldn’t tell but was leaning towards baby being breech, although she couldn’t say for sure. I went for my 36 week check last week and she was 100% convinced that baby was breech and I was booked in for a scan for Monday – 4 days away. However, there were a few things that happened at that appointment that had me slightly unsettled and I knew I wouldn’t have been at peace until I knew what was happening so luckily I managed to rearrange the appointment for the following day. There wasn’t anything that caused the midwife any concern but a few of my stats mirrored those I had at my last appointment with Connor which was just days before the pre-eclampsia kicked in so obviously my mind went into over drive. Also the babies heart rate was raised and took a while to settle to a rate that the midwife was happy with so that had me slightly concerned too.
Fast forward to the Friday and I had myself so convinced that something was going to be wrong when we got to the hospital. I took my hospital bag with us and was waiting to hear that the babies heart rate or my blood pressure were too high and that paired with the breech position meant that the baby would have to be delivered. Thankfully that never happened – we were in the scan room 5 minutes, if that, and were informed that baby was infact head down! So all my worrying was unfounded and we’re back to the waiting game.
Connor was born at just past 37 weeks so I really don’t know how to do these last few weeks. I’ve been getting a ridiculous amount of Braxton Hicks as well, which is something I never experienced last time – they’re really bloody painful! My birthing ball is getting full use, it’s basically the only place I can sit that’s even remotely comfortable. I don’t have another appointment with my midwife until 39 weeks but I’ve got everything crossed that I don’t make it that far! Any recommendations to bring on labour? I’ve heard about eating pineapple and dates (?) and obviously I’ve been using the birthing ball but I’m open to suggestions!
When did you have your babies? Was it true for you that your second babies came earlier than the first?
* UPDATE!! Baby was born literally a couple of days after I wrote this post! So I didn’t manage to get any nice pregnancy shots like I had planned. Birth story coming soon!