Friday, 10 May 2019

WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU ARE EXPECTING | TRIMESTER 2

I'm writing this during the latter stages of trimester three and can honestly say that trimester two for me was the easiest and most comfortable trimester out of the three. It encompasses weeks 13-28. It's during this period that lots of women tell the world that they are pregnant. For me this was when the pregnancy started to feel more 'real.' You will have had your 12 week scan by this point and will hopefully feel less anxious following this. You will also have your 20 week anomaly scan to look forward to during this trimester.


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Wednesday, 8 May 2019

38 WEEK PREGNANCY UPDATE

I am 38 weeks pregnant and am nearing my due date. I finally have packed my hospital bag and babies bag too. With my maternity leave officially starting this week, I’m counting down the days to her arrival!


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Wednesday, 1 May 2019

37 WEEK PREGNANCY UPDATE

I am 37 weeks pregnant and am now considered full term. This means baby could come any day now which is very exciting. I've had quite an eventful week this week as I have seen my consultant, VBAC specialist nurse and my midwife and had an unexpected trip to the hospital. I remember previously saying how uncomplicated this pregnancy had been. I think I spoke too soon!


HOW FAR ALONG?

I'm currently 37+1 weeks pregnant.

HOW IS BABY DEVELOPING?

Baby now weighs over 2.9kg (6.3lb) and at just over 48.6cm (19.1in) is the size of a small watermelon. 

Baby is now considered full-term and could arrive at any time. Over the next few weeks she will continue to gain weight and in particular fat as she starts to fill out. Baby's organs are developed enough to sustain her outside of the womb now.

HOW AM I FEELING?

Fatigue wise - I'm feeling I've hit my limit in terms of tiredness. I feel permanently exhausted and with very little energy have to force myself to do everyday activities. I've not started feeling the urge to nest yet - so I'm having to make myself get on with that side of things. Sleep is becoming more sporadic as I am now waking throughout the night with leg cramps, general discomfort or a need for the toilet. My bump is very large now so I wake every time that I wish to change my sleep position.

This week I have felt far less breathless. That is because baby has now turned and is no longer breech. I can feel that baby has dropped down and this has provided great relief to my lungs - breathing just feels so much easier. Heartburn is still an ongoing issue but I have found what works for me in terms of managing it. Milk or milkshake sorts it out quickly.

HAD ANY APPOINTMENTS RECENTLY?

I saw the consultant and the VBAC specialist at 36+3 weeks. I'd previously had a community midwife appointment where the baby had been deemed to have been in the breech position. My consultant looked through my notes and was happy with my blood pressure. She checked babies position and was unsure of whether she was still breech or had in fact moved into a head down position. She sent me for a presentation scan which confirmed that baby had turned. I had felt some huge movements over the previous few days but it still came as a surprise. My consultant then measured my fundal height which is now showing as just above the 90th percentile.

Next up I saw the VBAC nurse. I still would like a VBAC as long as everything goes to plan. She had previously spoken to my consultant about my birth plan. The two things that need to happen from their point of view is constant monitoring - standard after a c-section birth and active management of the third stage. This basically means that my placenta will need delivering with the aid of an injection and midwife support to reduce the risk of post-partum haemorrhaging. I had a haemorrhage after having Jack so this is something they want to actively manage. In terms of the constant monitoring I would like the ability to be active during the birth and the CTG machines restrict that. My hospital luckily have telemetry which is a wireless version of the machine that I intend to use during labour.

At 36+6 weeks I saw my community midwife for my 37 week check. My blood pressure was severely elevated at this appointment and at its peak measured 160/100 and then 150/110. My urine came back with no issues but I was sent to hospital to be checked. At the hospital my urine was taken  again and this time it contained traces of protein. With my blood pressure still elevated, I had a full set of bloods taken to see if I was suffering from pre-eclampsia. Over the following four hours my blood pressure returned to a normal level and my bloods came back negative. They allowed me home from the hospital as I await further test results. I'm currently awaiting a count on the level of protein in my urine. The hospital have said that if it is raised they will contact me and that I will then need to return to hospital. Otherwise I'm due back on Thursday for more blood pressure and urine checks.

As you can see, I have had quite an eventful week. I'm just trying to be sensible and rest more.

If you are pregnant I would love to hear how you are getting along. Leave me a comment below!


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Monday, 29 April 2019

HOW I FEEL ABOUT BEING HIGH RISK IN PREGNANCY

When you hear the words high risk spoken about in terms of pregnancy, you may immediately start imagining the absolute worst case scenarios that could happen at any point in pregnancy. In actual fact being classified as high risk during pregnancy is more common than you might think. Whether this is down to complications in a previous pregnancy, a high BMI or other medical factors - it doesn’t necessarily mean you will suffer complications.


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Wednesday, 24 April 2019

36 WEEK PREGNANCY UPDATE


I am 36 weeks pregnant and have made it into the last 4 weeks of pregnancy. I have just started my Annual Leave which will connect to my Maternity Leave. It has been lovely being at home over the Easter period and making our last memories as a family of three before becoming a family of four.




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Tuesday, 26 March 2019

30 WEEK PREGNANCY UPDATE


I am 30 weeks pregnant and have made it into the last 10 weeks. I’m even starting the weekly countdown now. With my due date getting nearer and nearer, I’m starting to really get the house sorted ready for our new arrival.





HOW FAR ALONG?

I'm currently 30 weeks pregnant.

HOW IS BABY DEVELOPING?

Baby is now at least 41.1 cm (16.2 inches) long from head to heel and weighs the same as a coconut. She is now weighing in at around 3.3lbs. Between now and my due date, her length won’t increase but she will still continue to put on weight. Her organs are still growing with her bladder now passing water through it. Her arms, legs and body are now also in proportion with her head. 

HOW AM I FEELING?

As I move through the third trimester, I’m now starting to feel the fatigue really ramp up. I’m still working and find being on my feet all day quite uncomfortable. As baby continues to grow, my back is definitely feeling the strain. Backache and heartburn are continuing to be an issue for me. I am also finding myself get out of breath very easily - going up the stairs leaves me gasping for breath. I also am walking a lot slower and am generally moving around at a more relaxed pace. The ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’ as I get off the chair have also increased. Sleep wise I’m finding it difficult to initially get comfortable and if I wake in the middle of the night, I am really struggling to settle back off to sleep. 

HAD ANY APPOINTMENTS?

I’ve had my gestational diabetes results through and thankfully they were good - I don’t have diabetes. My 28 week blood results came back with my iron levels looking strong. Just goes to show that even though I’m feeling tired, my body is still getting what it needs. I saw my midwife at 29 weeks for my 28 week appointment. My blood pressure is now teetering on the edge of becoming concerning but thankfully I haven’t had to go to the hospital regarding this yet. My blood pressure came in at 138/78 - it needs to be under 140/90 to avoid further checks. I am expecting it to slip over that threshold soon. At this point in my last pregnancy I was already on blood pressure tablets and had been admitted into hospital several times so I feel like I’m doing quite well so far. I got to listen to babies heartbeat which was lovely. The midwife did listen to it for a lot longer than usual so I was initially slightly concerned but all was perfectly fine. During this appointment they measured my fundal height. It came back as 29cm and was on the 50th percentile.

Coming up I have my 31 week midwife appointment next week as well as my first meeting with my health visitor. In my area, the health visitors also visit expectant mums during the third trimester something which didn’t happen in my first pregnancy. 

If you are pregnant I would love to hear how you are getting along. Leave me a comment below!

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Monday, 18 March 2019

REVIEW: MAGFORMERS WOW SET - 16 PIECE SET


Jack loves all things building and construction related.  He often spends time building and making cars, houses and sometimes even entire towns out of his toys. His favourite construction toy is his set of Clicformers. These durable building blocks have provided hours of fun in our house. We have been looking for an alternative to these for quite a while and came across Magformers quite recently. These magnetic building blocks looked fantastic so when we were asked to review a Magformers set we jumped at the chance.



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