My Journey to Motherhood

May 18, 2009

39+4

Filed under: Birth,Medics,Pregnancy — Serendipity @ 10:28 pm

I know. I’ve done it again, but left it even longer this time. I really am rubbish at this blogging lark.

Up until 35 weeks, I had a regularly normal pregnancy. We didn’t find out what we were having at our 20 week scan. We have chosen rather to have the surprise. I say “WE” it was actually hubby that decided he didn’t want to know. I couldn’t decide if I wanted to know or not.

My BP has been fairly normal all the way through and I’ve had normal pregnancy niggles, such as bad back, needing to go to the loo all the time. I had a scare at 27 weeks where I hadn’t felt baby move, so I had to go to the hospital for a scan. All was fine, but we discovered I had an anterior placenta so that may have been cushioning the kicks if you like.

But apart all was going swimmingly and hubby and I after much consideration (on his part – I already knew it was what I wanted) decided on a water birth at home. It was all planned, but I was putting off buying my birth pool until I got to 36 weeks. Good job too!

I had a bleed at 35 weeks and the consultant at that point decided he didn’t want me to go overdue, even though to this day, even after two more scans, we still don’t know what caused it. Bear in mind up until this point, I wasn’t under consultant led care; it was all midwife led, so this guy knew nothing about my pregnancy. And even though I had a problem free pregnancy until that point they decided they were going to induce me at 39 weeks. When I saw the consultant again, we arranged a compromise that he wouldn’t induce me at 39 weeks, but that I would go back for an examination, and if my cervix was “favourable for induction,” they would do it there and then, if not, they’d leave it for another week, but I wasn’t going to be allowed to go past my due date. Well, when I saw the consultant again, my cervix was still tightly closed and nothing had started happening. So I’m now booked in for induction on Wednesday. I haven’t even had a show yet!

I’ve been really quite emotionally sane throughout this pregnancy, the last few days I’ve just been getting worked up and tearful. And I feel like all the people who told me that I was wrong in planning a homebirth are now all thinking “I told you so!” I know that once little one is here I’ll feel much better. I guess its fear of the unknown more than anything. I’m petrified!

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December 24, 2008

18+6

Filed under: Feeling Positive,Pregnancy — Serendipity @ 3:27 pm

Yes, that’s how pregnant I am. 18 weeks, 6 days. I haven’t blogged since I got my BFP. I know no one reads this thing anyway, so it seemed kind of pointless, but also, this blog was somewhere for me to vent at my frustrations of not being pregnant.

But then I got to thinking, and I decided that I really ought to be writing about this special time, and how I feel and what’s happening to me. So in a nutshell, this is what’s happened since my BFP:

September 12th: We brought our new puppy, Ernie home. I had a doctor’s appointment to confirm my pregnancy and get referred to a midwife

October 2nd: I had my “Booking In” appointment with my midwife

October 13th: We paid for our private ultrasound scan to make sure everything was ok and we got to see our baby for the first time. S/he was 16mm

November 3rd: I had my official dating scan and was told my due date is May 21st 2009 and that I was 11 weeks 4 days pregnant. I had my first lot of blood tests taken

November 4th: We went out for dinner with our parents and told them the good news

November 5th: We told my brothers and hubby’s grandparents. I told everyone at work

November 7th: We ordered our pushchair and I bought my first pair of maternity jeans

November 29th: I had a letter through telling me I was rhesus D negative and that I would need anti-d injections at 28 and 34 weeks and possibly after the baby is born

December 5th: I had a midwife appointment and had my triple test done. We got to hear the baby’s heartbeat through a Doppler.

December 19th: I still hadn’t felt baby kicked, so booked an appointment with the midwife just to check all was well. We got to hear the heartbeat again. Have now bought a Doppler of our own and are listening to the heartbeat everyday.

That brings us up to date really. I have been lucky in the fact that I have not really suffered with morning sickness. I’ve felt a bit queasy every now and then. I am getting dizzy spells though, and I have suffered with the most horrendous headaches.

I have my next ultrasound on 9th Jan, but we are not going to find out what we are having, and instead, have a surprise at the end of May.

I will update more often.

Until then, Merry Christmas x

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