Thursday, 4 August 2016
2nd Trimester Catch Up and VBAC Update
I cannot believe I am writing this but I have just entered my 3rd Trimester!
I have no idea where the past few weeks have gone but now at 27 weeks we are only a few short months away from meeting our baby!
I am relieved to say the sickness has well and truly worn off. I think it went at about 18 weeks and I have gone back to being able to eat most food again, obviously avoiding the pregnancy no no's. It is such a change from the HG I suffered with in my first pregnancy and it feels great to be able to function without the underlying nausea of all day sickness lingering.
I have slight sciatica symptoms with sore hips making sleeping a bit difficult at the moment so keeping an eye on that. I also have the pleasure of weird pregnancy dreams coming back, not something I missed from last time round so night times are a bit of a struggle. I also have consistent low blood pressure of 90/60 which is pretty normal for me but drops sometimes making me feel really dizzy and out of breath. I plan to get my iron levels checked when I have my 28 weeks bloods too just in case I need a top up as some days just climbing the stairs is a killer!
No cravings yet, I didn't have any with Ted either and am making sure I eat a nice balanced diet and treat myself when I feel like it.
Baby girl seems to be developing well with her 20 week scan measurements all perfect, she has short legs like her Mama and a chubby little tummy like her big bro but all that could change. She is a strong baby, a lot more active than Ted ever was and I am enjoying all those kicks, perhaps not in the middle of the night though!
She has lots of beautiful clothes already and I am planning a baby shower for September with lots of pastel colours and a hot air balloon theme. She also has a name which we love and it is really nice to be able to talk about her with close friends and family.
I have had 1 appointment with the VBAC team at our local hospital and am in discussions about possibly giving birth in a birth centre which is attached to the hospital but this will be a big fight on our behalf to persuade them I am not as high risk as I look on paper.
The VBAC team went through a debrief from Ted's birth and despite me being under the impression that his shoulder got stuck and they 'had' to do the emergency c-section that was far from the story. My notes don't mention his shoulder getting stuck or him being under any stress which was what I always thought happened. It turns out that they were probably being overly cautious as they thought he was going to be bigger than he was and if he was bigger he 'may' have got stuck. So essentially the VBAC midwife told me that had it been her choice she would have let me go on my own a bit longer as I was labouring well. Therefore I may have been able to have a vaginal birth but that wasn't the outcome.
So where does this leave me now? She said that I am actually a great candidate for a VBAC as I have shown I can labour well but the birth centre where I want to have the baby sees me as a 'high risk' because I have a scar. The next step is to meet with the matron who is in charge of the midwife led unit to see if she will consider accepting me there.
My main reasons for wanting to have the baby there is that they have 3 birthing pools and I want to try for either a water birth or at least use it for pain relief. It also has a much more homely atmosphere and given our experience this past year and Ted's birth being quite traumatic I want to avoid that clinical hospital environment unless truly necessary.
Round ligament pains - lots of stretching as my bump gets bigger
Swollen feet after long days
Gone up 2 bra sizes!
Super shiny hair
Drinking more water
We have a couple of holidays planned before baby arrives and are enjoying spending time as a family of 3. Ted is excited about baby but has no interest in feeling her kicks (he has a short attention span!).
Hopefully I will be able to update you a few more times before she arrives and I have a Baby Shower Gift Guide coming up soon with lots of lovely products for you to check out!