We made it to the finals of the MAD blog awards!
Around 7 months ago, I started writing my pregnancy diary, Return of The Bump. Still in shock, truth be told. Severely sick and absolutely terrified of what might be ahead. Terrified because this was real. Terrified because this was my last chance. Terrified because I wanted to get it right this time.
Those who know me, and my blog, will know that I haven’t really had a birth that went to plan. And you’ll know my thoughts on whether or not birth really matters. It does. It’s not just one day, its the start of a whole life.
My pregnancy diary was the beginning of a new chapter for this blog, and for our family. We were to become six. The Fantastic Four was almost complete!
Sharing it all on this blog was a privilege, as it meant that I was able to connect with so many women with different stories to tell and journeys ahead of them. Experiencing Hyperemesis was not part of the plan when I embarked upon my final pregnancy, and the support that I received from the lovely Emma and Caitlin at Pregnancy Sickness Support (PSS) will never be forgotten. Ladies, you made some dark days feel that little bit brighter. Thank you. I still have lots to write about my experiences with HG and the aftermath, and I’m excited that Caitlin is getting involved with #FlamingJune for the #MatExp campaign too.
**Please see below for more info on PSS
I no longer feel my pregnancy was robbed from me. I no longer feel my last chance to get it right all went wrong. I remember my nanna telling me that some things happen for a reason, and I think that what we went through over the 37 weeks with Elsie may have had a purpose after all.
Through the numerous growth scans, doppler scans, CTG checks and midwife appointments, the bond with my baby strengthened that little bit more. And each time I took to this blog to document what was happening, I was showered with the warmth of your well wishes. Women who’d also experienced an IUGR pregnancy. Thank you Rainbow Mam, your support was truly inspiring and much needed. #BlogBumpClub too. Sharing my pregnancy with you guys was special (thanks Chelle for the daily messages and texts when I really needed them).
What I’m trying to say is that writing Return of The Bump has been amazing. At times hard, emotional and stressful. At other times, more so. But I regret nothing. I’ve loved sharing my story with you all because it’s brought me new friendships and a new understanding of my own power. What I’ve experienced so far with Elsie has fuelled the fires. I want to make changes.
I want people to know about IUGR.
I want people to know about birth trauma.
I want people to know that having a c-section does not mean failure. Having a c-sections does not mean you didn’t give birth.
I want people to know about #MatExp. Our campaign is growing in strength and the fantastic Emma, Leigh, Helen and I are thrilled to run such a wonderful, thriving Facebook group. The whole #MatExp team (too many to mention) are wonderful.
I want people to know about MAMA Academy and the amazing Heidi and Jenny who work tirelessly to support women in pregnancy. The support I received from this charity was amazing. I want people to know about the Made to Measure campaign and fight for the level of care that I was lucky enough to get.
The one thing I will always remember as a result of writing my pregnancy diary is this: you are not alone. And that is amazing.
You can help me to achieve this. Voting opens today at 9am for the MAD blog awards. I am in the Best Pregnancy Blog category, which means the world to me. Your vote would also mean the world to Elsie and I. We are so proud, excited and thrilled to be in the finals. Thank you.
Pregnancy Sickness Support (PSS) is a national charity which aims to support women suffering the spectrum of nausea and vomiting in pregnancy and particularly the severe end known as hyperemesis gravidarum. We offer one-to-one peer support for women who frequently experience profound isolation and emotional trauma alongside the debilitating physical symptoms. Our helpline offers up to date information about treatment and care and enable women to better advocate for themselves with their healthcare providers. Or it can simply provide a supportive ear. As well as raising awareness and representing the voice of the HG community within the British media PSS is at the forefront of research, education and service development directly impacting and improving the lives of women suffering pregnancy sickness and hyperemesis gravidarum