Pregnancy #2; The last update - 40 weeks!
Oh wow, we're so close to the end of this pregnancy now, it's equal parts terrifying and incredible! As I write this, I'm now a couple of days over my due date and though I'm apprehensive to meet this little one and for them to come when they're ready, I'm also hoping we don't go too far and have to receive too much medical intervention. Each morning I wake up feeling a little disappointed that there's no new baby next to our bed (as if I could somehow give birth in my sleep without realising!) but I'm being happily distracted by the last few days of just me and my boy and spending time enjoying the warm weather (now it's not too hot).
PHYSICAL Well, ouch! Though I'm managing to do alot more than I thought I'd be able to at this stage, there are times where I'm experiencing pain when I walk (the pressure on my feet is causing shooting in my bits!), minor cramps and aches, bump pain (when moving from side-to-side) and what I'm told is my cervix thinning (shooting/stinging pains that take my breathe away) most evenings. I'm waddling a bit if I overdo it, but I'm still quite capable (though not of reaching more than 2mph).
01 Shooting pains; As mentioned above, this is probably the pain I think is most prominent to labour right now. The last few evenings I've been experiencing shooting/stinging pains that I've been told is my cervix thinning & effacing (let's hope it's at least doing something down there).
02 Nesting; Boy, am I finally ready for this little one. We had literally nothing prepared and in the past week we've managed to fit the car seat, buy and set-up a co-sleeper (after procrastinating on making a decision on where baby would sleep for the whole pregnancy), cleared the house, done some decorating bits and yesterday (at 1 day overdue) I packed my hospital bags! I honestly thought it'd never happen and on the chance I did have to go in, I'd be yelling at Mr J which things I needed chucked in but it's done. We're ready for you, baby #2!
03 Braxtons Hicks; I tell everyone that I never experienced BH with A or this one yet it turns out I am! Whilst on the monitor, the midwife showed me I was having regular tightenings and I was completely naive, thinking they were just baby balling up and stretching out. They certainly haven't been painful but now I'm aware, I can tell when I'm having them (shame they just haven't turned into anything yet)!
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APPOINTMENTS There's been plenty of those this month, where to start! So, at my 37 week appointment, my bump was measuring behind by 3 weeks again (though surely this makes sense if it'd been measuring 3 weeks behind for the past 2 appointments?), but the midwife (who wasn't my usual) was a little concerned and glad we were already booked in for a 39 week growth scan to check everything as she thought my home birth wouldn't be possible without it. No pressure not to go into labour beforehand then, cheers!
We attended the growth scan and were left with alot of questions; the whole appointment was a bit confusing and the consultant really didn't give us a clear answer. She kept saying the measurements were fine and everything looked great BUT she wanted me to come back in to be monitored and I had to have another scan to check fluid in a few days. When I asked about a home birth, she kind of avoided the question and recommended birthing centre/delivery suite, but only recommended it. We left super confused and if I'd gone into labour that weekend, I really wouldn't have known what to do.
We went back in for monitoring on the Monday a few days later and thankfully left with things alot clearer! Baby's movements were monitored, my blood pressure and we had a scan to check fluid and everything was completely fine, no concerns whatsoever. So, the lovely midwives told me a home birth would be absolutely fine and they'd even get it signed off for me by the consultant so my choice was clear.
Since then, I've had a midwife appointment where bump measured 37 weeks (at 39) so no concerns now I was back with my own midwife; she even said that was pretty good considering how baby's been measuring small, but they're quite obviously growing in proportion. All other checks were good and we mostly discussed Archie's chickenpox (watch the video above for more and that) and induction (something I didn't particularly feel like broaching).
BABY Mother's instinct tells me this baby wants out! The movement I now feel is incredibly intense and feels so much stronger than with A. I'm seeing prominent body parts and my stomach is being pushed out further than I ever thought it could stretch! Mr J and I spend most evenings watching my stomach and being totally freaked out at what we're seeing! Baby is super active and I'm pretty sure they're becoming uncomfortable at the lack of space, I don't even know how there's any room left in there. Otherwise, heart rate has been good (130ish when sleeping, 160ish when awake and wriggling) and there are no other concerns but I've been told to keep a close eye on movement due to being overdue and baby being a little small (I bet they're not small on arrival!).
EXCITED ABOUT Well, obviously meeting this little munchkin and finally finding out whether we're team pink or blue! We've had around 8 scans at this point so how we don't know the sex is beyond me. At the last scan, the sonographer pulled the screen away from my view and said the baby was making it very clear what they were (which to me says willy!) but I've never seen a little dinky on screen and Mr J was in plain view and said he couldn't see anything, haha. There may be another scan yet to keep an eye on fluid so fingers crossed we remain yellow in these last few days.
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