After my rant about being ‘lazy’ in pregnancy, I proceeded to wake up the next morning and discovered I’d had a small bleed. Being 26 weeks pregnant at the time and bleeding, even if it is only a small amount, is always cause for concern. It can signal impending labour, fetal distress and goodness knows what else. So I did the dutiful thing and packed myself and the toddler into the car and headed to the hospital to be monitored (whilst crying all the way there).
They did the usual checks on me including listening into the baby’s heart beat which was completely fine. But just to make sure I wasn’t going into labour early they wanted to check if my cervix was still closed. So they asked if I minded having a speculum examination.
Having endured many smear tests now and a colposcopy, I of course didn’t hesitate to agree to a speculum examination. They just don’t bother me at all. Uncomfortable yes, painful no.
But I can not explain to you the excruciating pain of this speculum examination. I’m not a scene maker or a screamer at all. In labour with my first I was deathly silent during contractions brought on by the hormone drip. But the insertion of the speculum was just beyond my pain threshold to not scream out, and of course with a toddler in the room I was trying my hardest to just breathe through it as I didn’t want to scare him. But I couldn’t.
The doctor and the midwife could see my distress and it really surprised them. To be fair it surprised me too. And I can’t fault the doctor, he wasn’t doing anything unusual.
They told me to grip the side of the bed as opposed to the doctor’s hand (!) because due to the pain something was obviously going on. I knew they just needed to have a look and gritted my teeth- although I was so close to demanding gas and air. Once he managed to get it in I was just screaming at him to take it out with literal tears in my eyes. He managed a quick look at my cervix which was closed and took a swab to see if anything came up.
I was literally in shock from the pain. The midwife brought me some water and after a while the pain disappeared and everything was fine again. The doctor told me when there is bleeding but no reason for it, it is often called a threatened miscarriage. Not really something a woman wants to hear. Although he did say it sounds far worse than the reality, it’s just there’s no real terminology to describe unexplained bleeding.
A day later I got a call from the hospital telling me they had some ‘bad news.’
I had thrush.
For me that was the best news to be honest. Not nice granted, but nothing harmful. And of course easily treatable. Being diabetic in this pregnancy means thrush is more common. So a simple pessary and that was the end of that.
It did surprise me that I had thrush, because as every woman knows thrush isn’t something you tend to have without realising it. But hand on heart I didn’t have any kind of itching which would have signalled a thrush infection.
I’m now 29 weeks pregnant. And the scale of my care has gone up massively since being diagnosed with gestational diabetes.
Last week alone I had three appointments at the various practices compared to just one for a low risk pregnancy at this stage in pregnancy. I saw my usual midwife, who measured me being three weeks ahead in terms of bump size (she also took my bloods). I went in to see my diabetes team and my diabetic consultant who again said I was measuring big and finally I got a scan to measure the baby and the fluid around her and to make sure the placenta isn’t failing.
Irrelevant of my diet changes and keeping my sugar levels low, if the baby measures big I’ll need to be put on medication to control her growth for fear she’ll end up too big. And of course if there is too much water surrounding her that also poses a problem and signals the need for early delivery. At the moment I’m looking at delivery around 38-39 weeks. Meaning I’m 10 weeks away from meeting this little girl of mine.
The growth scan luckily came back really good, she’s currently 2lbs and 8 oz at their estimation and measuring perfectly on the growth line and everything else looks good.
Of course I’ll have these on going checks now until the end just to make sure nothing changes, and if anything does they can take immediate action as needed. Now I’m in my third trimester I’m ready to slow down and just relax a bit more. But with all these checks and appointments it doesn’t seem like that’ll be the case until she’s here.
Items for baby:
Tomy very kindly sent this Lamaze Freddie the Firefly Gym for our impending arrival.
If you’ve had a baby before you’ll know these play mats are vital for helping babies learn all about coordination and they also help to develop their sensory abilities. The black and white colours will certainly be beneficial from newborn as a baby slowly learns to see in colour over the months, thereby making the play mat usable for quite an extensive time.
There is also a little soft pillow which will help to encourage comfortable tummy time, and also act as a support when the baby learns to sit. Plus there’s a teether… that’ll become essential when my sanity wears thin and teething starts! Every little helps!
After finding out we were expecting a girl, I couldn’t help but head to Boden who do the cutest little outfits for girls.
I picked up this dress and cardigan in preparation for our summer holiday in France. I absolutely love the items.
Mr London Mum popped into Joules where they have an amazing sale on at the moment, and he picked up these gorgeous little leggings that I adore.
It’s certainly worth popping in to a store near you if you need to buy anything, these leggings cost around £5.00.
Although my little one won’t be here by Easter (in theory but you never know with complications), Monsoon sent us this gorgeous Easter themed bunny outfit which will be perfect for any season.
The material is lovely, cosy and soft and I just love how comfortable the outfit looks. She’ll look adorable in it.
I can’t wait to share pictures of her in all these outfits. And if she comes out a boy because they read the gender wrong he’ll be wearing all these items too 😉