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6 Months.

4 Jul

For those that don’t know, pregnancy technically starts two weeks or so before conception based on the day your cycle started which I think reflects the fact that the egg starts its growth cycle from that point. So by the time you conceive, you are instantly 2 weeks pregnant.

Anyway, for me that date was 1/1/14, so it makes dating my pregnancy very easy! So as we tip over into July I am pleased to have hit 6 full months of pregnancy. Very exciting, and with bump kicking away it is also becoming very real.

Medically things are going pretty well. I had another scan at 24 weeks which showed my cervix had dropped another cm (from 2.5 to 1.5) and the doctors weren’t too upset, although it sounded bad to me! They said I should expect to see it drop from here on, and only to get more worried if it goes below 1cm. That doesn’t seem too far away!! Less than 1cm may mean I’m admitted to hospital, but I think they would also want to see other symptoms, such as pain, contractions or infection.

However this week (26) they scanned again and it was unchanged. Quite a relief and but I think they were pleasantly surprised that it things were stable. I was expecting worse news and had a hospital bag packed and ready to go! Eric was with me and we were both pretty relieved. Of course that doesn’t mean I get my freedom back – it means I have to keep doing what I’m doing, which is lying down as much as possible, not going out much (maybe once or twice a week) and working from home.  Sounds great I know! But it is hard losing your independence, and not being able to pop up to the shops for a mooch around, or a nice walk in the sunshine. I am not used to being so unable to do what I want! Maybe this is training for when I am tied to the moods of a baby. 🙂  I am also honing my internet shopping skills, a key skill I think we will all agree.

I feel very positive that this pregnancy will keep going for a good while yet. The doctors still seem to be saying we should hope for 34 weeks, but be ready anytime from now. I would be VERY happy to get to 34 weeks as the baby will be much stronger and well developed. Babies can survive from about 24 weeks (known as viability day) but have a much better chance of healthy survival from about 28-29 weeks. Personally I think we will all still be waiting around well into September!!  Even if the cervix continue to thin, or even opens, they can keep the pregnancy going in hospital so long as infection is controlled and waters don’t break. The TAC will stop the baby physically falling out – worst case scenario it will hold for the 24 hours required to get steroids in help the baby breathe. They don’t like to give the steroids until it looks like they are needed – ie when baby looks to be arriving imminently.

However, we are so close to the point where these concerns will start to fade away. In 12 days I will be at 28 weeks, and I can see my doctors already stepping back from battle stations! There are not a lot of people in my situation, so they don’t really know what is normal, but every day that passes the baby gets bigger and everyone relaxes more. Normally I would be discharged about now from the specialist prematurity clinic people, but thankfully they have decided to keep me on as I’m an ‘interesting’ case and there is still potential for a hospital admission. I’m very pleased by that as the doctors know me and have been great, whereas back the land of normal high-risk pregnancies I have found the doctors do not have much experience (or knowledge) of what is happening, and you get a different doctor each time.

Only 2 more weeks of work left, which is just about time as the little table I use for the laptop (when lying on the sofa) is starting to be too small for my increasing tummy size! Baby bump objects strongly to any pressure on my tummy, so I find myself trying to balance the laptop in every more uncomfortable ways otherwise the kicks are non-stop.

We have also started to get the confidence to properly start buying things. 🙂 We have the pram, and cot and lots of tiny clothes beginning to litter the house. Still completely overwhelmed by the baby aisle in tesco – we look at the food and bottles and have no idea what we need! But I’m assuming that it will all magically become obvious at some stage (Optimism knows no bounds here!)

Looking forward to posting in a few more weeks to say that nothing has changed and I’m still cooking.

23+4

15 Jun

Quick update from me. First, and most importantly, both of my teams have lost in the world cup this weekend! C’mon boys… I’ve got lots of time to watch sport at the moment and it’s no fun watching teams I don’t care about!

Since the last post I’ve been quite busy. Lots of doctors appointments of course, but also trying to squeeze in some work from time to time! I’ve had some visitors and thankfully took a trip to Ireland a few weeks ago which was wonderful. Great break and lovely to see all the kids, even including a quick trip to the beach. Few pictures below.

Nat History Museum 1

Day at the Natural History Museum

Nat History Museum 2

 

 

So, I’ve learned the pregnancy lingo and I’m now 23+4, which is 23 week and 4 days. It’s lovely to be this far and although I’ve still not got a ‘proper’ belly I can feel the baby shifting around and giving me the odd kick. It’s lovely and reassuring. Of course it’s also the opposite because as soon as I go a day or so without a kick I can’t help worrying. However I do know that the baby doesn’t like any pressure on my tummy, so I’ll put pressure on until I get a complaining kick! Probably not in the parenting handbook, but works for me. 🙂

Here is baby Martin at 20 weeks

20 week scan

(Edit: For those that don’t know, my surname is Martin! We are not telling the sex of the baby just yet.)

In slightly less good news, I’m really glad I went to Ireland as I’ve also had a bit of a setback medically and am stuck at home on bedrest for a while. boooooo…. The TAC doesn’t seem to be doing what it should and I am starting to ‘funnel’ through it. My short cervix is still holding closed, but the additional protection we’d hoped for from the TAC doesn’t seem to be working – which is a pity as it was a bit of a pain to get put in!!  Obviously as the baby gets bigger the pressure will increase and so the general advice is to minimise the effects of gravity – basically feet up all the time, or as much as possible. I’m still allowed to walk around and shower etc for the moment, but not really leave the house. Once I hit 24 weeks, and if my cervix is still closed I may go back to work, but at the moment I’ve been told that this time is critical for the baby so to take no chances. To be honest I’m a bit scared to really get back to being active – it just feels safer for the baby with my feet up!

Sounds wonderful doesn’t it! But, I can tell you it gets boring very quickly. I’m working from home for the moment, and will keep that up as long as possible. I’m allowed myself out to go to a painting course I’ve been doing for a while, so hopefully can keep that up until I can show you all my dodgy attempts at oil painting! I’m even thinking of finally making all those photobooks everyone always plans but never has time for. And crossstitching of course… I may have to broaden my craftyness at some stage. A baby can never have too many cheesy handycrafts surely ;).

But I’ve got some lovely things to look forward too, including hopefully seeing my little nephew and letting him ‘meet’ his cousin in early July. Oh and my brother’s coming too of course (but in truth we all know its all about the kids these days!).   Mum and Susan I think are planning to come in August, and I have warned everyone that I may be VERY dull to hang out, but will be fantastic to see some faces from home.

I’m happy enough though, and this will only go on for a few months and so is totally worth it. The longer the better of course!! I’m desperate to get to 28 weeks as I know the risks to the baby reduce significantly from that point.

p.s. I am going to set up another blog (two is never enough!) as I think all this happy pregnancy stuff doesn’t quite fit in here. Most hits I get are still mostly from people in the dark early days, and pregnancy stuff can be painful. I will let you know when I create it.