I’d like to say that since my last update at around 34 Weeks, everything has been plain sailing but it’s safe to say that this little boy is set on giving us a bit of a bumpy ride in the lead up to his imminent arrival and I suppose it would just make these little updates a bit boring if nothing else.
Everything about the last few weeks have been about preparing for baby. I’ve packed my hospital bag, written my birth plan (which now needs tweaking a bit as I can’t go to the birth centre), we’ve started to get the house ready by putting the SnuzPod3 together, setting up his changing area and giving everything a good clean. We’ve even picked out a name that we are 99% certain we’ll use. Looking back it’s been a pretty productive time.
Capturing my bump
I really wanted to make sure I captured this bump and pregnancy on camera and so we set about doing a little DIY photo shoot at home. The photos actually turned out really well and I love that we got Florence involved too.
The Baby Sprinkle
A couple of weeks ago I had a little baby shower / Sprinkle with some of our closest friends and family. We went for afternoon tea at Puddings and did some baby related crafting which was really fun.
Bleed at 36+4
I spent last weekend in the hands of the midwives and nurses on the Antenatal ward. I’d gone to the toilet on Friday night and passed what felt like a clot which when I looked down in to the loo turned out to be lots of very bright red blood. We phoned maternity triage straight away and they got us to go in. I was examined and while there was no explanation for the bleed there was some old blood lingering around in my cervix so I was kept in over night for obs and to see if labour would start. Nothing much happened at all but it took until 8pm that night for any doctors to come and see me and when they did they were frankly, not very helpful. Emergency c-sections, restricted growth and inductions were just three of the things banded about in the room while nobody actually examined me or even really acknowledged I was in the room! It seemed I was going to be in hospital until the baby came, whenever that may be. Fast forward to Sunday afternoon and I was suddenly discharged with a ‘nothing to worry about’ diagnosis. All very very strange.
A night of contractions
37 weeks arrived on Monday and that night I had another ‘show’ followed by intermittent contractions all night long. They came to nothing though so up we got on Tuesday to get on with the week!
Reduced Movements & losing fluid at 37+3
Yesterday we had a fairly busy morning with friends over and a trip to the park in the falling snow so It wasn’t until lunch time that I realised baby had been pretty quiet. I fed Florence and then we went up for a nap which is normally when he moves the most but it didn’t matter what position I was in he just wouldn’t budge. I fell asleep for an hour and then as I got up to run a bath to try and encourage him to move I felt myself lose some fluid ‘down there’. It carried on while I was in the bath in little trickles and then after a call to hospital to let them know what was going on I started to get dressed and lost a great big gush of clear water!
We got to the hospital and I was immediately put on the monitor to check the baby. He was absolutely fine! They wanted to confirm that my waters had broken and so did an internal examination with a speculum and found that they were still intact. It definitely hadn’t been urine that I’d lost but not amniotic fluid either. Another unexplained weirdness!
We were sent home with a view to keep an eye on things and it was confirmed that I’d need to have baby in the hospital on the labour ward when I do eventually go into spontaneous labour.
All things mentioned above aside, I feel pretty good in fairness. I’m getting a lot of Braxton Hicks but am no way near as uncomfortable as I was this time in my last pregnancy. The SPD has definitely eased – thank goodness! The only one thing I do get from time time is a pain where my cyst was removed a couple of years ago, but judging on my 20 week scan, my placenta is sitting right near it so if there’s swelling there, it’s probably just a bit agitated.
What’s baby up to
Well, as well as keeping us well on our toes, baby is now classed as ‘term’ and while every day he spends on the inside is another valuable day of growing and getting stronger, he should be a-okay to come out now. His lungs have been busy developing over the last few months and so when he is born they should be able to cope with the adjustment to the big wide world. He has a tummy full of meconium. He’s been engaged since 36 weeks (at least) and is currently sitting with his back one side of my tummy and his limbs the other. Hopefully over the next couple of days he will move into prime position. According to the fruit chart, he;s the size of a honey dew melon! If that doesn’t make your eyes water I am not sure what will.