Pregnancy Update | Weeks 31 & 32

After a hectic few weeks, I'm back with another update!

Week 31
This week has seen appointment after appointment. It starts on Tuesday with our growth scan. She doing absolutely fine. Confirmed to be head down, which is exactly what we wanted to hear as I'm planning a VBAC. She is alos measuring almost exactly where she should be *phew* which mean I don't have to repeat my glucose tolerance test for gestational diabetes! Yay!

Now Wednesday. We started our day by heading out to Little Rascals to meet my friend Laura and her brand new baby boy, Theo! He is such a cutie and I had genuinely forgotten how tiny newborns are! On to appointments. Next up was my weekly blood test and monitoring and an appointment to see the consultant. I got my bloods taken a little later than planned so I had to then head to see the consultant under the premise that I would return to be hooked up to the monitor to make sure baby girl was ok. I was under the impression that the consultant would be discussing what was going to happen regarding her delivery. Nope. We discussed that fact that my growth scan went ok, what exactly cholestasis is and what it means, the fact that my iron levels have dropped and finally that I needed to go back in 4 weeks time.... Disappointed doesn't really cover it. I had really high hopes for knowing exactly what was to come so I could prepare myself. But I am going to have to wait another 4 weeks for that! When this was all over I went back for monitoring and after 15 minutes I got the all clear.

This was supposed to be it for appointments but after a sleepless night, Thursday morning I called my GP to see if could get seen that day as I spent pretty much all night just coughing. And as it turns out, I've got another chest infection and more antibiotics. I can't wait to finally feel more like myself again.

Week 32
A brand new week, and I'm still coughing! I don't feel as bad as I did though so I'm hoping that means I'm now starting to recover. Baby girls has been extremely active which is really good although it's starting to get a little uncomfortable as she grows and is starting to run out of room! My monitoring this week went really well. The midwife I saw this week was lovely and as a bonus she managed to get bloods from me really easily and I didn't even realise she'd done it! I'm booked in for another growth scan next week and am to have these every 2 weeks just to keep an eye on baby girl!

So here's my 32 week baby bump and I will see you in a couple of weeks for my 33 to 34 week update!

Things I Wish I'd Known | 2nd Pregnancy Edition

There are always things people don't tell you about being pregnant. And it's usually because people don't like talking about the gory stuff - but the gory stuff will happen whether we talk about it or not! There were so many things I wish I had been told about when I was pregnant with Alex because I would have felt a little more prepared. I thought that I already knew everything I needed to this time around because, well, I've done it before! But 2nd pregnancies aren't always the same and here are 5 things I have found have been different from my first pregnancy that I wish I had known.

1. It's more nerve wracking than a first pregnancy. I think this is because you're quite naive in first pregnancies. Even if you've seen friends go through it already you have no idea what's normal or what can go wrong. The second time around, every pain, twinge, hour of non-movement sends you into panic mode and you automatically assume somethings wrong. And then there's the worry about labour and birth itself.... it's a never ending whirlpool of worry.

2. Everything stretches and gets bigger much quicker. I had a bump a similar size to my 26 week bump at 18 weeks this time around! I'd been told you're usually bigger with your second but I didn't realise everything happened so quickly! I've been in maternity jeans since 12 weeks!

3. You forget how pregnancy 'feels'. I always thought I remembered my whole pregnancy with Alex. But it turns out I really hadn't! I have said to Tim on numerous occasions 'I don't remember this with Alex' but I get a response that actually I mentioned complained about that last time... (me, complain? Never!)

4. It's totally different. So, you remember everything from your previous pregnancy? Congratulations on your brain not being like mush! Now forget everything and treat it like you've never been pregnant before. I have been told that each pregnancy is different, but I have also been told that they won't differ that much at all. I guess it will be different for everybody, but I really wish that I had known how different my pregnancies were going to be, just so I could maybe feel a little more prepared.

5. It's much more tiring. It makes sense really but I just assumed that I would be ok and that I would be able to work right up until my due date like I did with Alex. Big mistake. Obviously with a toddler and no longer working behind a desk I was going to feel more tired, but I never dreamed it would be this bad!

It’s really important to remember that this is my experience and while other may agree, your 2nd pregnancy may not actually differ at all from your first! Everyone is different!

Pregnancy Update | Weeks 29 & 30

30 weeks.... wow! It feels like a massive milestone! I'm starting to get impatient now and can not wait to meet our baby girl!

Week 29

The week started eventful with my little boy gaining yet another cough and it causing him to vomit. I had him in bed with me while daddy slept on the sofa on Monday night. By Tuesday morning I was coughing and by Tuesday afternoon  was really not well. I was off work for the remainder of the week as I was really really poorly. Daddy was also suffering which was the difficult bit as our little boy was starting to perk up and wanting to play even though we had zero energy (huge thanks to the in-laws for helping out with little man so much, we are eternally grateful). On Saturday, although I still felt rough, it was still better than the last few days. And by Sunday, I had very little energy but I felt a ton better! Hip hip hooray!

Week 30
Genuinely can not believe I am writing an update for my 30th week of pregnancy with my second child! If someone had told me 5 years ago that I would have one child and another on the way I would have laughed so hard and yet here we are! I'm still recovering from last week but I'm starting to feel loads better. Hopefully by this time next week I'll be back to my normal self (keep your fingers crossed for me!). This week has also seen my 30 week midwife appointment. This was just the usual listen to baby's heartbeat and talk over how I'm feeling and getting the results of last appointment's blood test. All was good with baby, she's head down and back to bump which is exactly where she should be. I currently don't need iron tablets - yes! - but I mentioned about some itching I'd been suffering on my hands, arms, legs and feet and she took some more bloods to test for cholestasis, a liver condition which could cause complications. I need to wait for the results and I'll get a phone call if the results are positive. This just means I'll need to take some medication for it and will likely be induced a few weeks early. And I'll be needing to keep an eye on movements as any change can be a sign that there's something wrong, even if she moves later on. I've been feeling increasingly more tired and breathless this week too. But I'm putting this down to being poorly last week and still not feeling 100%. I'm looking forward to feeling more like myself again!

The day following my midwife appointment where I mentioned about my itching, I had a phone call from the midwives to say that one of the tests showed levels are raised and that I needed to go into hospital for some additional tests and monitoring. Upon arriving, they did their usual tests of blood pressure and temperature. Then I was hooked up to the monitor to make sure baby girl was doing ok - spoiler alert, she's doing well. I was then told that the second lot of blood test results had come back as raised too and that from now on I would be under consultant care for obstetric cholestasis. I was given some medication to try and reduce the bile acid levels and had yet more blood taken. The midwife explained to us that all this now means is that I will be back in weekly for blood tests and growth scans and that I am likely to be induced early (around 38 weeks). There is a link between women who have cholestasis and premature births and/or stillbirth. But as long as I am monitored there is no reason why I can't have the VBAC I am hoping for and that everything will go relatively smoothly.

My next routine midwife appointment is in 2 weeks so I'll be back then with another update! Until then, here's the bump!