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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.