I naively thought my second pregnancy and labour would mirror that of my first, how wrong was I! Ruby was born at just over 37 weeks, my waters went first, contractions started a few hours later in the early hours and she was born at 10.37am that morning. I went through my second pregnancy gleefully expecting the same to happen, however it did not. From 36 weeks my midwife told me I was fully engaged and that she too expected the baby to come at a similar time to my first. Well 37 weeks came and went, 38 weeks passed us by and by 39 weeks I was so disappointed she wasn’t here yet and I was still not even full term. The one silver lining was starting maternity leave and getting extra weeks to spend with Ruby, one-on-one before the new arrival. This summer was one of the hottest I can remember and although it was uncomfortable being pregnant, I was glad the baby decided to stay put until it got slightly cooler.
We have now reached 36 weeks! My midwife is currently on holiday so I saw a different one today who was lovely. We spoke about my birth plan and my wish for a water birth. As long as I go over 37 weeks and continue to have a pregnancy without complications hopefully this will be possible. I also want to try and give birth with only gas and air, however I can sit here and say this now, it might be a different story when it comes round to giving birth!
Our baby is also now fully engaged so even though my midwife says most first babies are late I’m keeping my fingers crossed she comes in time for Christmas.
Finally in my third trimester, the end is in sight! I am now 28 weeks and still feel pretty good, I am still exercising regularly and do not feel too uncomfortable yet.
My midwife has said the baby is now head down so hopefully now will stay that way until the birth but we will see. The kicks have got a lot more intense and I am needing to go to the loo even more which I did not think was possible!
12 weeks to go!!
Today I had my next midwife appointment at just over 21 weeks. This appointment was not a long one and the usual bits were checked – my blood pressure which was slightly low but not enough to be worried about, my urine which was fine and also the baby’s heartbeat. The baby’s heartbeat was the best bit as you could hear it go up and down which the midwife said was the sign of a very strong heartbeat.
We also spoke about me not feeling the baby at the moment but she was not too concerned and told me to have a warm bath or watch for movement in bed – she said as this is my first I may not notice unless I really concentrate as the baby’s movements are still quite hard to feel.
Next appointment in 4 weeks – bloods will be taken this time (routine) and I will also get given a growth chart.