34 weeks and 39 weeks
I can’t believe I have a three week old baby girl as I sit down to write this post. The whole pregnancy feels like a lifetime ago. I’m glad I took notes through it all because I don’t think I’d remember everything that happened if not!
So up until the third trimester I would say my pregnancy was smooth sailing. It kind of got a bit crazy though once I got to 28 weeks. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining; I know so many woman have to go through much worse things, but I still want to share my experience!
The first day of my third trimester I was booked in for a scan to check up on bub. At the 20 week scan there were some choroid plexus cysts present on her brain, so the scan was to check that they were gone, which they were! But the scan also showed that bub was measuring below the 10th percentile in size, which was about 2-3 weeks behind. We saw the doctor soon after the scan and we were told that they couldn’t see any obvious reason why bub’s growth was behind but they would do fortnightly scans to keep an eye on it. At each scan bub crept up in the percentiles and by the 38th week she was back up to the 40th percentile! The doctor just put it down to the fact that she was a small baby. It was still stressful nonetheless, especially those first two weeks after the first scan when we didn’t really know what was going on!
Another problem arose when I saw the midwife at 29 weeks. My blood pressure reading was 150/90. My bloods and urine tests came back showing no signs of preeclampsia but from then on I was monitored weekly to keep an eye on it. My blood pressure never got much worse but it never got much better either! It became mentally exhausting, all the appointments and not knowing what each one would bring. On more than one occasion a check up with the midwife in Smithton ended up being a trip to Burnie to be monitored for a few hours. I know it was all worth it to keep bub safe and healthy, but I definitely was sick of the hospital by the end of it! At 34 weeks the doctor put me on blood pressure medication which helped somewhat, but towards the end my blood pressure crept back up. I saw different doctors each week which meant I kept getting told different things. One doctor told me I’d be induced at 37 weeks and another told me I wouldn’t have to be induced at all! I ended up being booked in to be induced at 39+3 weeks. I was so glad to make it that far because things felt so uncertain at times.
As for the normal pregnancy symptoms, there were plenty of those too! I felt awful while I was still working. Getting through each day was a struggle. I finished working at 35 weeks and within a few days I started feeling great! And I did for the rest of the pregnancy! My body just really needed the rest. Some other symptoms I experienced include:
• Pelvic Bone Pain – This was awful! Most days I was so sore, I felt like someone had whacked me in the crotch with a cricket bat!
• Increased IBS – I’ve suffered from IBS since I was in high school. While pregnant, it was so much worse. Not sure if this was from the anxiety of everything happening or the pregnancy itself. Probably both!
• Lower Back Pain – I think this was definitely a given. The more weight that went out the front, the more painful my back was!
• Bad Circulation – I noticed in the last few weeks that all the veins in my feet and hands started to bulge, and my legs would go purple if I stood still for too long. I was definitely swollen all over towards the end too.
Sitting here now with my healthy and happy baby in my arms makes all this seem so insignificant, but at the time it did seem like a big deal. It sure is a relief to be able to hold my precious girl and not have to worry if she was okay or not while she was inside my belly!
My next post will be my birth story, which I am so excited to share!
Thank you for reading!
Shona Mimi xx