38 weeks down, 1 to go! Trimester 3 is nearly over and I am officially on the home stretch. And boy do I feel STRETCHED!!
It’s fair to say this hasn’t been an easy pregnancy. I try not to complain (too much) as I worked bloody hard to get pregnant and stay pregnant. I remember thinking that I wouldn’t complain so long as my baby was OK and pregnancy progressed. Well, I haven’t been able to honour that promise. I’ve been complaining 🙂
While Trimester 1 was characterised by fatigue and nausea, and Trimester 2 was characterised by headaches and VEINS of the most heinous kind. Well, Trimester 3 has been a mixed bag of everything, but with MORE aches and pains. The dreaded insomnia has been an unwelcome visitor in my home. I haven’t slept well in months and the last eight weeks have been particularly bad.
My iron levels were so low that I had to have an iron infusion about six weeks ago but it had little impact on my energy levels. I still feel exhausted and drained but it’s hard to feel vibrant when you’re averaging about 3-4 hours sleep a night. Honestly, I think it will be easier on the other side. At least getting up to feed will be productive. I am SO uncomfortable in bed and have severe hip pain, making it impossible to find an appropriate sleeping position. And short of having a crane to lift me up and roll me over in bed, I have to maneover my belly myself. Only about 36 times a night! Not to mention the incessant trips to the loo. Yep, feeding will be a breeze in comparison (so long as the baby settled afterwards…)
In other pregnancy news, I learned I may have two placentas. Yes, that’s right – TWO! No wonder I feel so darn heavy! Placentas weigh a lot and one would have been sufficient. It doesn’t pose any risk to bubba but it could cause complications during delivery if they don’t get both placentas out. Having had a frightening postnatal haemorrhage after my last birth I am rather keen to avoid another. So, it may not be pleasant while they “dig around in there” but I’d rather they make absolutely certain I am in the all clear.
THE FINAL COUNTDOWN!!!
My pregnancy care has also been differently this time around. For my last three births I had a Private OB and gave birth in a private hospital. This time I am being looked after by a midwife and giving birth in a public hospital. While I can’t speak of the delivery yet, I can speak of the care I have received and it’s been fantastic. I was fortunate enough to qualify for the Midwife program at my hospital, which means I’ve been seen by the same midwife all the way through my pregnancy. She will continue to see me “on the other side” and she’s been wonderful. My biggest fear about giving birth in a public hospital is the early discharge. And it’s early!! I have been told to expect discharge between 12-36 hours post delivery.
THIS terrifies me!! I don’t pull up well after labour. In fact I’ve had complications following each of my previous labours. Last time I had 10 nights in hospital, admittedly this was due to the haemorrhage, and a few other issues, but even 5 nights has only just been enough for my better deliveries. I can’t even fathom how I will stand up and walk to the car to come home. Oh, and I will miss the DIVINE menu on offer at my previous private hospital. One thing never changed over the 3 years I have birthed there – the zucchini fritters. Oh my, those fritters were the bomb. I am guessing the food won’t be quite as good this time.
Now that I can see the end is in sight I am getting very excited. It’s been a long journey to get here. Not just the past 40 weeks but also the many weeks I was pregnant last year and the time I spent recovering from miscarriages. I actually can’t believe that I’ll be meeting my baby in just three weeks. This is not a drill. As my 4-year-old keeps saying, “It’s like a dream, but it’s actually real.”
So, will I be welcoming another girl into my fold, or will we be greeting a boy??? My girls say we are “due” for a boy, and indeed they are right. But my mum was told the same thing and she had 5 girls in a row!!
Who wants to have a final guess at the baby’s sex? Reply in the comments with your prediction!
And if you’re not already following me on Instagram, make sure you do as that’s where I’ll be posting the baby news LIVE!! Just joking. It won’t be live but the news will break there first. And then shortly after it’ll be on Facebook.