Return of The Bump: 35 weeks

Today I am 35 weeks and 5 days pregnant with baby number 4 and it’s been another emotional week.

It started well. I was determined to be positive, to enjoy what is left of this pregnancy as much as I could. Despite the growing aches in my pelvis and the lack of sleep, I was really feeling it too. Then Thursday rolled around and I found myself sitting in the waiting room ready to see my midwife and being unable to remember when I last felt baby move. That icy finger of fear crept it’s way up my spine as I sat there, prodding and poking and willing baby to move.

Nothing.

By the time my name was called, the fact that my appointment was being taken by yet another two midwives I’d never met before was of no concern. I asked them to please find the heartbeat before we did anything else. And they were wonderful. One held my hand while the other quickly found baby’s heartbeat and allowed me to listen for as long as I needed to. She gave me tissues for my tears and they both spent a long time talking to me about this pregnancy so far.

I felt huge relief at being able to talk to someone, at last. To tell them that I had been so scared, and not for the first time. To explain that the all the monitoring was wonderful but exhausting, frightening and terribly draining. It was amazing to talk to someone who was able to listen.

Both midwives measured my bump and found it to be 30 cm- 1.5 less than two weeks previously. They called the hospital and advised them that I would be coming in for monitoring. And so off we went, The Toddler and I.

return of the bump_35 weeks at the hospital~ Ghostwritermummy.co.uk

And for 30 minutes on the monitor, baby did not move at all. At least, I did not feel movements. Looking at the trace, the midwife and I were able to see that baby’s heart rate was acting as though movements were being made, but I was unable to feel them. Most probably this was due to the anterior placenta. In any case, after around 30 minutes, baby woke up and kicked for England. Phew.

We were allowed to leave, with the midwives happy that I would be scanned the next day and a decision would be made about further care then.

And so another sleepless night. Convinced that baby had stopped growing. Convinced the section date would be brought forward. So scared each time baby falls quiet. So tired of holding my breath and waiting for signs that all is ok in there…

The scan was lengthy. Baby was not in the best position for being measured and monitored. Incidentally, we were told that baby’s position was perfect for a vaginal birth, with head firmly down and spine to the front. The sonographer witnessed breathing too. So after much prodding and lying on my side, all measurements were taken and baby’s estimated weight is a whopping 4lb! Head and abdomen measurements have fallen slightly from last time, but fluid and blood flow is once again ok.

And we are all set for the original section date at 37 weeks.

I am to return for two doses of steroids and the pre-op.

There is no reason to expect baby to need to visit special care at all.

We may even be home THE NEXT DAY.

I am to ask the surgeon to lower the screen so that baby can be delivered straight to me for skin to skin. I am to say that my doctor has recommended it.

I am almost there.

WE are almost there.

And this week, baby is the size of a honeydew melon and weight gain is now steady. The average baby will weigh around 5 and a half pounds and will continue to stock up on fat until birth. Fetal brain development is also speeding along right now too. And me? I am still here. The bump is still here. And today it feels good.

return of the bump_35 weeks~ Ghostwritermummy.co.uk

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34 Comments

  1. October 10, 2014 / 8:18 pm

    So glad you have a little fighter in there, and hopefully everything goes so smoothly at the birth. Sending all my love x x
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    • ghostwritermummy
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      October 14, 2014 / 12:08 pm

      Ah thanks lovely x x x

    • ghostwritermummy
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      October 14, 2014 / 12:08 pm

      I know! Its very surreal at the moment! x x

  2. October 10, 2014 / 8:39 pm

    I remember the fear when Toby didn’t move for 10 hours and we were on the monitor, so with the additional concerns for you and baby I can’t imagine how scared you must have been. So glad that baby is fine, that first moment of skin to skin will be the most precious moment ever won’t it?xxx
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    • ghostwritermummy
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      October 14, 2014 / 12:08 pm

      It’s so scary isn’t it? I cannot wait to just hold this baby and know that all is ok x x x

  3. Charlotte
    October 10, 2014 / 8:57 pm

    Such good news. I know only too well how the scans and build up to them are emotionally and mentally draining. Hang in there you’ll soon be holding your little one very soon x

    • ghostwritermummy
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      October 14, 2014 / 12:07 pm

      It really is a rollercoaster ahead of each appointment! I just hope we can stay away from the hospital until next week now x x

  4. Nicola Savage
    October 10, 2014 / 9:25 pm

    Oh the relief! Glad everything is on an even keel! Hang on I there little baby!!

    • ghostwritermummy
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      October 14, 2014 / 12:07 pm

      Thank you! x x

  5. Fiona napthine
    October 10, 2014 / 11:41 pm

    Delighted you and baby are well. Can’t wait to hear your good news 🙂

    • ghostwritermummy
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      October 12, 2014 / 6:58 am

      Thanks lovely x x x

    • ghostwritermummy
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      October 12, 2014 / 6:57 am

      Oh thats so tiny! I can’t get my head around how small they think baby will be. I still expect a much bigger baby to appear, so we’ll have to wait and see. So glad we’re almost there! x x x

  6. October 12, 2014 / 5:39 am

    So glad everything’s looking up for you & the baby at this week’s appointment. Thinking of you both & hoping for more good things to keep coming your way x
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    • ghostwritermummy
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      October 12, 2014 / 6:56 am

      Thank you so much x x x

  7. October 12, 2014 / 9:13 am

    This pregnancy has been such an emotional rollercoaster for you and I think you have coped so so well with it! I’m glad you got to talk about your fears with the midwives and that all is looking do good after this weeks scans! Not long now till you wil have your gorgeous baby safe in your arms! Xx best of luck and looking forward to the birth announcement! Xx
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    • ghostwritermummy
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      October 14, 2014 / 12:06 pm

      Ah thank you. There have been days where I really haven’t coped well at all, but it really does help knowing that we are almost there x x x

  8. October 12, 2014 / 8:43 pm

    I bet you can’t wait to hold your baby in your arms after all you have been through the past few months!! xx
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    • ghostwritermummy
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      October 14, 2014 / 12:06 pm

      I have a feeling its going to be such an emotional moment! x x

  9. October 13, 2014 / 2:16 am

    Having been pregnant with twins, I understand the fears – in my case, it was preterm labour. And though the fear was realised, we are lucky that the babies are now healthy, growing and at home. Things are always worse in our minds.

    I’m glad to hear that everything is going well. You’re nearly there!
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    • ghostwritermummy
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      October 14, 2014 / 12:05 pm

      You’re right, things are always worse in our minds. And thank you- I’ve been following your story and love seeing how well the twins are doing!
      x x

  10. October 14, 2014 / 7:59 pm

    It must be SO exhausting to have all the worry – the ups and downs of this pregnancy have been so intense and you’ve coped with it all really well. Not long now – I can’t wait to see your beautiful baby and celebrate virtually with you! xxx
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    • ghostwritermummy
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      October 15, 2014 / 1:24 pm

      It’s not long at all now- so glad we are almost there! Hope you’re happy and enjoying your new precious baby girl x x

  11. Toinfinityandivf
    October 17, 2014 / 8:45 am

    Sounded a bit nerve wracking when baby was asleep for 30 mins but glad he/she kicked so much afterwards. Phew it’s been a roller coaster hasn’t it? Soo happy for you that they’re letting you go to 37 weeks at least. Is it about a week to go now?
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    • ghostwritermummy
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      October 18, 2014 / 5:21 pm

      Thank you, we’re so happy to be able to go that little bit further too. Despite the stress, it is worth it to have baby grow a little bit more x x

    • ghostwritermummy
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      October 18, 2014 / 5:20 pm

      There has been many occasions like this during this pregnancy and it really is very scary. I think its a combination of the anterior placenta and the IUGR and my own paranoia! x x x

  12. October 17, 2014 / 2:46 pm

    I’m not a mum myself, but I can imagine how scary your experience was. I’m glad the midwives were sensible and reassuring and that everything is ok! Good luck with week 37 🙂 x
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    • ghostwritermummy
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      October 18, 2014 / 5:19 pm

      Thanks lovely! x x

    • ghostwritermummy
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      October 20, 2014 / 9:25 pm

      Ah thank you. It really has been quite a journey! x

    • ghostwritermummy
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      October 20, 2014 / 9:24 pm

      Yes, very close now. And still hoping baby might pip the surgeons to the post!!! x x x

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