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A ‘mare of a week but feeling good today… I love Twitter!

18 Nov

Well it’s been a massively hectic week, and I’ve been in and out of hospital appointments but at least we are getting somewhere.

On Saturday I ended up in the maternity day unit due to reduced movement, so I was strapped to a monitor for an hour and half (she started wriggling so no worries – just in a squished position with her feet in my ribs to the side). However, the midwife ended up asking if I was ok, turns out I had been having regular contractions all the time I was being monitored, I could feel them but hadn’t thought anything of it as I have them a lot.

I was told to keep an eye on them, and Sunday night they were worse (sore and every 7 minutes for 50 seconds ish) so I rang L and D. After a nice bath, some paracetamol and watching crappy TV in bed for a few hours they tailed off. I’ve to call back if they start up again.

Now, as a result of the busy weekend I decided to keep my midwife appointment on Monday and find out exactly what is ok in terms of braxton hicks, as I don’t really want a home birth hehe! She said as baby hadn’t arrived on Sunday I probably just have an irritable uterus as a result of bubba’s size.

She checked my urine as usual and there was quite a bit of sugar in it, so I was booked in for a second glucose tolerance test.

I had the test on Tuesday and had a call Tuesday afternoon from the bigger hospital in Preston, the test had come back positive so all my care would be transferred over from Chorley and I would need an appointment the following morning to see the diabetes midwife.

She went through the basics of what I should be eating, what it means for baby and for me, and what might happen in terms of delivery. If baby stops growing so quickly I will be allowed to go to 41 weeks, but no further. As it is, even if she grows at normal rate she appears to be too big so the odds are I will either be induced or have a c-section at week 38. I’ve been panicking about both, but this morning turned to Twitter to ask the lovely ladies on there to tell me about their positive inductions, there were so many lovely replies and I’m now feeling much better – so thanks to all those who messaged, you’ve made me fee better about letting go of my ideal birth.

I’ll know more on Tuesday when I see the midwife, obstetrician and dietician. So far my levels have all been fine, but I’ve steered clear of sugary foods and added lots of veggies and protein to my diet in place of carbs. Fingers crossed it seems to be working.



She’s a big ‘un at 34 weeks

11 Nov

I’ve not been around for a while as I’ve been busying myself with bits and bobs getting ready for bubba, but now I’m back with another issue to add to the pile haha!

I mentioned on Twitter that around a week ago I felt like I had a big growth spurt. I booked in with the midwife to get measured and my bump was measuring around 3 weeks ahead. This is a picture of my bump at 33 weeks and 4 days.

So I was booked in for a liquor volume and growth scan….. and the answer is I just have a big baby in there. She really didn’t look happy about being scanned and her face was pushed right up against the wall of my womb so she looked a bit like she had her face against a window – not a happy bubba. Hopefully she’s just had a spurt and will settle down a little more now!

Unfortunately there was protein AND glucose in my urine so they think I might be starting with a UTI but they will let me know and give me antibiotics if so.

I had to talk to my consultant about the possibility of shoulder dystocia, and the fact that as this is my first bubba I don’t have a “proven pelvis” but they also said that growth scans can be out 10% either way. They estimated LO to be around 2.9kg now (6lb 4oz) which means she’s likely to be around 9 -10 lbs when she arrives.

I have another scan in 2 weeks to check that her graph doesn’t continue to steepen as she’s been measuring around 60th centile until this point. Now she’s above the 90th – eep.

I’ve been doing a lot of reading and am hopeful that my birth won’t need to change too much, though my consultant has said I shouldn’t have a physiological third stage as I’m likely to bleed quite a bit with a bigger baby and we need my uterus to shrink back down.

I’ve had lots of support on Twitter, what was your experience of a bigger baby pregnancy and/ or birth. Were your growth scans accurate?