Pregnancy update – the last one!

Today I am 38 weeks and 6 days pregnant and I am booked in on tomorrow,the 6th of February to have a caesarean section.

I had my last midwife appointment on the 31st, during which everything appeared ok. She told me the baby is lying very low and she thought I may go into labour before my c section date, she told me what to do, and who to ring if I think contractions are starting. So far though, he’s stayed put. I heard the baby’s heartbeat and had my urine and blood pressure tested, both of which were fine.

I’ve felt dreadful this week. I’ve had a lot of cramps and pains in my bump, which I presume are braxton hicks as they haven’t got any worse. The middle of my back is so painful too, it hurts when I stand, when I sit and gets even worse when I lie down. Sleep has become a distant memory.

I have also felt really nauseous, and tired, my indigestion has come back on an evening and I can’t sleep for more than half an hour before waking up either in pain with my back or pelvis or needing to wee.

Sadly some stretch marks have started to appear on the lower part of my bump. My bump seems to have expanding rapidly over the last week or so, and although I’ve been using Bio Oil most days, clearly it hasn’t been able too cope. It’s not the end of the world though, and I don’t have a great deal. I can’t believe I got this far without getting any.

The last few days I’ve tried to take it easy, lots of telly watching and being lazy. It’s just a case of waiting and worrying now. Everything is sorted, there’s literally some cleaning to do and we’re done!

I feel both excited and terrified. I can’t wait for our little boy to be here, but I am so worried about how little we know about having a baby.

Today I have been for my pre op assessment at the hospital. I saw the loveliest midwife who was really friendly and explained everything in simple terms about what will happen tomorrow.  She took my blood pressure, bloods, tested my urine and put the baby on the heart monitor. I was also weighed and given some tablets to take. They’re tablets for heartburn/reflux, one which I have to take at 10pm tonight and another at 6am tomorrow. Then there’s no food or liquids after midnight tonight, only a tiny sip to take the tablet in the morning. Hubby and I have to be at hospital at 7.30am tomorrow, and I am second on the list to be taken into surgery. She did warn me that a pre planned section may be cancelled if any emergencies come in, so tonight will be a case of fingers crossed and hoping that everything goes ahead.

The midwife explained that providing baby bump and me are both ok, we will be allowed home in 48 hours, which I was a little surprised to here, as my community midwife had said it’s usually 3-4 days. 

My blog is likely to be a bit quite for the next week or so which we recover and get used to the changes. I will try and update the blog or Twitter with a picture as soon as I can and will follow up with a birth post when I can.

Take care folks! 

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Pregnancy Update – 34 weeks

I am 34 weeks pregnant.

I feel like time is dragging now. The
first 20 weeks or so flew over scarily fast, but now every day feels like a
week.

I have been for a scan today and baby
is weighing at 5lbs and 6ozs already. I thought it sounded massive, but
apparently this is average for 34 weeks. I am becoming impatient now, partly
because I can’t wait to meet out little boy and partly because I’m in so much
pain.

I was really pleased to hear that
baby is developing well, it feels reassuring to know that despite the fact I
feel like death, he’s alright tucked up inside.

 

In all fairness I
don’t feel THAT bad in myself this week. My heartburn has subsided a little, since
I started avoiding anything acidic and drinking much more water. I have had to
take less heartburn tablets and I feel slightly better during the night. I’ve
had a massive reduction in the killer headaches that I’ve been having, I’m not
sure whether that’s because I’ve massively upped my water intake, or because my
hormones are constantly changing, either way, I like it!

My main issues at
the moment are the back pains in my mid to lower back which are rapidly getting
worse. I’ve been reduced to tears a few times, when my back has completely
frozen. I’ve had to take Codeine and wait until it kicks in before I can move
again. The SPD in my pelvis is still really bad, and makes simple movements
such as walking upstairs to the loo a bit of a traumatic experience.

Baby feels slightly
less active, compared to the last few weeks. He was so lively on an evening,
but in the last few days is slightly less so. He has changed position and I am
feeling the majority of his movement towards my right hip now, and he appears
to like lying on my bladder. I am literally up at least 6 times during the
night for a wee. It’s not a lot of fun! I feel shattered all the time, which bearing
in mind I am still at work (though thankfully now on 8 hour reduced shifts)
isn’t the best. I would love to wake up and feel completely refreshed, or at
least like I’ve been to sleep!

Thankfully I don’t
have too many shifts left at work, which is good because bump is almost too big
for my work trousers. I refuse to spend more money on maternity clothes when I
only have about 9 shifts left at work. I may end up getting my handy Mother to expand
my waist band a little so they see me out.

 
My bump feels like it’s growing every day now. It’s much more solid and round, and feels really heavy. I’m still yet to get any stretchmarks, but I’m convinced I’m going to wake up one morning covered in purple tiger stripes. I still use Silderm Oil and Bio Oil daily, twice if I remember.
 
My belly button freaks me out! It’s not quite an ‘outty’ but it’s not far off. It feels yak, but I can’t stop touching it. I hope it doesn’t completely poke out.
 
Christmas and New
Year were a quite affair, which was nice. We briefly went to a New Year’s Eve
party with some friends, but being the only sober one, wasn’t the most fun, and
I felt so exhausted just from making conversation with people.
My life at the
moment seems to be medical appointment after medical appointment.
I am at the
hospital three times this week, combined with a midwife appointment tomorrow. I saw
the anaesthetist the other day, who was surprisingly lovely (it makes me quite
sad to write that, but the majority of the health care people I have been
involved with so far have been unhelpful or just simply disinterested).
She explained
that I would be able to have a spinal as a form of pain relief, but she would
be reluctant to give an epidural. I have underlying issues with my back and
this combined with the severe SPD means I am hoping to have an elective C section.
I am due to see my consultant next week to see if she will agree to this.
This week has been
a blur of washing baby items and testing out our new baby items, including the Tommee Tippee Perfect Prep which I picked up for less than half price during Amazon’s black Friday sale.
 
My hospital bag has the important bits in it, should I need hubby or someone else to collect it, too much shouldn’t be missing.

 
We bought the final piece for the nursery. I just need to nag hubby to get it on the wall now. It’s a wall sticker. We picked it up on Ebay and it came super quick.
 
I’ll post some pictures of the complete nursery when it’s finished, as at the moment I have piles of everything, everywhere!
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As
you know I am pregnant with our first baby. I’m now 30 weeks
pregnant, it’s scary that his birth is so close!
 

Our
baby was unplanned. We only got married in May, so had intended on a
little ‘us time’ first before we thought about a family, but it
hasn’t turned out like that. After the initial shock, we were both
really pleased, but then realised we were going to have to try and be
sensible with money. We still have debt left over from the wedding,
and no savings, something we’d planned on rectifying after the
wedding, and again something we now no longer have time to sort out!

I
knew we may struggle with money so decided to be super organised and
try and get all baby related things sorted well before going on
maternity leave. My maternity pay drops dramatically so we will have
to have a tight budget to enable me to have 8 months maternity leave
from work.

The
cost of living keeps on rising, essentials get more expensive and
wages don’t usually increase at the same rate.

One
of the most expensive things you will ever do is have a baby, that,
combined with paying for a wedding and buying our first home all
within 6 months has made things a little stressful in our house, but
we’ve managed.

So,
here are some suggestions for buying for a baby, without getting into
debt.
  • Buy
    second hand. I have managed to pick up alsorts of fabulous finds on
    either Ebay or Facebook groups. I have saved a fortune. I’ve managed
    to get nursery furniture, to clothing and about 90% of it has been
    absolutely perfect.
  • Wait
    until the sales. Although I have most of what we need I’ll still have a look in January for any special offers.
  • If
    someone offers to buy something, tell them what you need. You baby
    isn’t going to need 17,000 baby grows, so if someone asks what you
    need tell them!
  • Make
    use of interest free offers. We usedBaby Plan at Mothercare for our
    cot bed mattress and travel system. It means you can pay a little
    off each month, without a massive outlay. It also means you can give
    the account number to friends or family and they can help contribute
    if they want.
  • Use
    coupons and vouchers. It’s suprising how many you can find in your
    Bounty pack, or in parenting magazines.
  • Buy
    things when they’re on offer. I’ve managed to collect a massive
    amount of nappies and wipes, which will mean we don’t have to worry
    about buying more for at least a couple of months after the baby is
    born
  • Sign up for companies such as Cow and Gate and Hipp, they send information packs in the post, which regularly contain vouchers or samples
  •  
  • Try and put a little money away each month while you’re pregnant. Although we still have some debt, I’ve managed to save £700 over the last few months, so that will help when my pay drops. It means we will be able to make payments on our credit cards, without stressing about the minimum payments each month.
Now
I’m no expert, but it can’t help to be organised and it never hurts
to save some money! It can be a struggle to afford things usually, without factoring in the expense of a baby.

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Stretchmark Prevention?

I appear to have become obsessed with stretchmark creams and oils and have managed to collect my own little selection during my pregnancy.

From the early days of my pregnancy I started to use creams and oils on my expanding tummy, in the hope it would keep stretchmarks at bay. I used it once a day, on an evening. I’ve now hit my 30th week of pregnancy so I’ve started using it both on a morning and before bed. So far. So far, I’m stretchmark free … will it last? Who knows, but for know it appears to be working.

I thought I’d share some of my finds and purchases with you.

 
Silderm Prevention Oil was a product I’d read a bit about online. It’s by no means a cheap product, costing £34.95 for a 120ml bottle. It even looks posh in it’s glass bottle. It’s a smoothing oil, which is quickly and easily absorbed into your tummy. It also has a relaxing, lavender scent which I suppose may help you sleep on an evening.
 
Maternicare cream was one of the first products I tried. It costs £14.99 for a 200ml tube and is stocked in Boots. It’s a thickish white cream, which is absolutely freezing unless you warm it in your hands prior to application. The cream feels very moisturising and again, soaks in quite quickly, maybe slightly less quick than the oils.
 
I bought Cussons Mum & Me Stretch Mark Fader yesterday from Boots. It was on special offer, with a third off, and I also had a coupon from my Bounty pack for an extra 40p off. The product is more of a serum, than an oil or cream. It usually costs £9.99 for a 70ml tube. It contains Lupin Seed extract, Pomegranate and Tamanu oils and smells delicious. I’ve only used this twice so far, and do find that you need to use a lot, to get a reasonable amount on your skin, so I think this would work out quite expensive to use daily.
 
Cussons Mum & Me stretchmark cream was bought after I tried a sample in one of my Bounty packs. I thought it smelled quite nice and had a good consistency. Whilst I like the scent, it’s probably the product I use the least. It usually costs £9.99 for a 125ml pot in Boots but is on a third off at the moment, so is only £6.66.
 
Bio Oil is a product I’ve used previously, and so has my hubby. He ended up with a nasty scar on the middle of his forehead and used this daily for a few months, and it made a dramatic difference. His scar is barely noticeable now. I like Bio Oil, it smells nice without being overpowering and is very quickly absorbed into your skin. I’ve used it regularly throughout my pregnancy. It’s also great for dry skin, and I sometimes add a drop of it to my moisturiser in the winter months. It costs £8.99 for a 60ml bottle and does last quite well, a little goes a long way. I’ve used it a lot, and have only recently bought my second 60ml bottle.
 
Lush Lovely Jubblies breast cream is a product I’d heard lots of good things about. I tried it quite a while ago. It’s a nice cream which has a gorgeous floral scent, but I don’t find it to be a miracle cream. It does leave my skin feeling soft and supple, but it does cost £16.95 for a small tub.
 
I think my favourite is either the Bio Oil or the Silderm oil. Obviously there are no guarantee’s, but I think it’s worth a try.

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I’m now 28 weeks and 1 day pregnant. I’ve been for my 28 week midwife appointment, where I’ve had routine bloods taken and I also a flu and whopping cough jab – I feel like a pin cushion today!

So, a little update about what’s going on in my world –

Stretchmarks

I’m still using Silderm oil every evening before bed. I don’t have any stretchmarks yet. I wonder how long it will last, I keep expecting to wake up on morning covered in purple lines.

Maternity Clothes

I haven’t bought anything more. We’re trying to be sensible with our money from now until baby is born. I am terrified about how skint we will be when my maternity pay starts.

Sleep

Sleep isn’t great. I’m up during the night again, all the time! I must go for about 5 wee’s a night and I’m uncomfortable because of the SPD and my poorly back. I think I need to invest in some kind of pillow, but I’m not sure what the best option is.

Sickness

I still have regular heartburn and have started to feel sickly again, mainly on a morning. I’m not being sick, but the nausea isn’t very pleasant.

Emotions

I’m ok, I just feel really weary and I’m sick of being in pain. I’m on count down until our little man arrives.

Issues

I’m still suffering from severe SPD (symphysis pubis dysfunction) which is absolutely horrendous, the GP signed me off work for four weeks to rest and gave me Codeine. I’m reluctant to take it often but it just about takes the edge off the pain.

I’ve been for Physio now, and was given a back and bump brace for walking around, I can’t use crutches and am very limited as to what exercise I can do, because of my underlying back issue. Physio have said there’s little else they can do for me.

Movement

I’m getting lots of movement now. Baby kicks like crazy especially on an evening and a morning, he always seems to be on my left side, towards my hip I love feeling him kick, though some of the kicks shock me.

Cravings
 
No cravings really.
 

Preparations

Pretty much everything is picked, bought or ordered. We need a play mat, but that’s all I can think of at the moment. I’m pleased we got sorted early because I’m in so much pain so really can’t be bothered with decorating or shopping. I haven’t even got the energy or motivation for internet shopping. I must be ill!

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