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40 Weeks Midwife Appointment…

I’m now 3 days past my due date and feeling LARGE…

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I had a home visit yesterday from Carol, my midwife, who brought along a student MW too.

…baby is most of the way engaged, and does appear to have moved into a more favourable Occiput Anterior position though, which is great news!

What wasn’t great news was that my urine had protein in it again. It was just one + but enough for Carol to worry so it was off to hospital again for me last night. I wasn’t worried because I knew I hadn’t drunk enough again.

After a long wait, I finally saw the midwife, did another urine sample, had some blood tests taken and my blood pressure read. My blood pressure was a little higher but not worryingly, so I sat waiting patiently for her to come back and tell me my urine was fine.

How naive of me…my protein was ++ by this point.

I tried to be positive and asked if it might be a UTI…it was a possibility but the midwife didn’t think so. Sure enough, when my blood tests came back I was told that I have mild pre-eclampsia.

So here I am, back in hospital this morning to be induced.

I really didn’t want intervention of this kind but I had told myself that I would do whatever needed to be done for the health of our baby. I asked for a sweep and to be induced on Friday to give natural labour a chance, but they didn’t have room for me so it had to be today.

I had been worried that the sweep would be painful, but it ended up being less uncomfortable than a smear. A pleasant surprise amidst the worry. The midwife told me that I was a centimetre dilated so that was quite encouraging, but it was still quite thick so not as encouraging as it could have been.

I was quite calm and resigned to it at the day centre last night, but as the evening wore on I found myself getting more and more tense. I didn’t sleep well/much and I woke up feeling sick with nerves, gutted that labour hadn’t started naturally after the sweep (along with a hot curry, a walk and an hour of bouncing on the swiss ball).

So here I am!

I was actually in slow labour when I got here so I’m still hopeful that I might avoid the hormone drip. All I can do is wait and see…

 
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Posted by on September 10, 2015 in Baby, Life, Pregnancy

 

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Due Date…

So, our baby was due today. He’s got half an hour to make an appearance so that’s totally not happening. But I knew he wouldn’t arrive today…only 4% (ish) of babies are born on their due dates – this is why I think a due date is ridiculous; we’d be better off being told a due week/month.

Despite that, I have been trying hard to influence him out of his cosy space by walking, bouncing on my swiss ball, doing pelvic wriggly actions…I even thought things were starting last night, but here I am, still pregnant.

I just can’t wait to meet him. I want to hold him in my arms and see what he looks like. I still don’t really believe that he’s in there, that I’m going to be a mother in a matter of days…I can’t wait for it to be a reality.

There’s lots of other things I can’t wait for either…

I can’t wait to lie on my stomach again (and my back for that matter)…

I can’t wait to fall asleep without waking myself (and my husband) up snoring…

…or because I’m drowning in a puddle of drool…

I can’t wait for my ankles/legs/hands to be a normal non-swollen size…to get my wedding ring back on, to be able to kneel on the floor without making dents in my knees, to put on a pair of shoes that aren’t Primark men’s flip flops…

I can’t wait for my SPD to be gone so I can walk and bend without being in agony…

I can’t wait to be able to do things around the house without wanting to cry because I just want to lie down…

I can’t wait to eat brie, or pate, or have a bottle glass of wine…

…I have enjoyed being pregnant (even though I may seem to be on a massive moanathon right now) but it’s been a difficult 9 months…far more difficult than I imagined it would be. I knew the downsides of it but I naively thought that I’d be one of the lucky ones who sailed through feeling glowy and beautiful. It’s not been like that at all, but the important thing is that, no matter what changes I’ve gone through or “issues” I’ve had, the outcome will still be the same. He will be here soon.

And I cant wait…

 
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Posted by on September 7, 2015 in Life, Pregnancy

 

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I Lied…

I may have said that my Epsom salt bath helped my swollen feet…

That was definitely true. Well, at least until I started walking around again.

Approximately four hours after I got out of the bath I had to lie down (propped up with pillows) with my feet up on my swiss ball.

Oh my, oh MY…do they hurt…

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LOOK AT THEM!

It’s like my body knows there’s a nuclear holocaust coming and it needs to hoard enough water to get us through twenty years under ground…

So yeah, Epsom salts for sore muscles?…possibly, yeah.

Epsom salts for swollen feet?…nah, not really…

 
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Posted by on August 10, 2015 in Life, Pregnancy

 

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Curing Ham Ankles…

So. I’m swollen.

Feet…

Ankles…

Calves…

Lower back…

Hands…

Lips…

Mouth…

It’s GREAT fun.

Most days I can get a pair of Birkenstock-type sandals on (but not actual Birkenstocks as they don’t expand wide enough…) but this morning I struggled to even get those on without a good deal of squishing. I feel quite a lot like one of Cindarella’s ugly sisters when they’re trying to get that glass slipper on their big fat trotters after the ball.

And then, after the squishing (and the crying and the feeling sorry for myself) Luke and I went to do a bit of standing up in the heat at the Bang Muay Thai interclub event…and that’s when my swollen feet/ankles/legs turned into HAMS OF DOOM. 

Attractive.

So I’ve gotten home and poured myself a cool bath with about half a kilo of Epsom salts in, and my hams of doom seem to be shrinking back down from point of explosion to merely swollen. I’ve also been doing a bit of foot-on-foot massage to help the fluid move. There’s no way I can reach my arms down there anymore…

They’re nowhere near back to “normal” but my feet are definitely a lot better, and I highly recommend an Epsom salt soak to reduce foot swelling as well as ease sore muscles. You do need to use a LOT though. I’ve been getting this kind…

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…from home bargains for about £3 a kilo, but the packet does recommend using between 500-1000g in the bathtub to ease sore, swollen muscles (and, I presume, swollen feet/ankles/legs).

Now I just need to figure out what to use to reduce the swelling in my mouth. I’m sick to death of my massive tongue, my enhanced lisp and the fact that I bite my cheeks ALL THE EFFING TIME…

 
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Posted by on August 9, 2015 in Life, Pregnancy

 

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