G5 On Notice

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G5 On Notice

A couple of weeks back I mentioned that I had to go in for a late scan due to a low-lying placenta. I was pretty much in denial, not thinking about it and hopeful that it had moved on its own and wouldn’t be anything to worry about.

That strategy worked fairly well for me until my midwife mentioned about a week before the scan (at a routine check-up) that I would likely need a caesarean at 38 weeks if the placenta hadn’t moved.

I wasn’t exactly thrilled with the news, but knew I couldn’t do much about it anyway so put it to the back of my mind for the rest of the week.

Finally, the day of the scan arrived and I was relieved when the first thing the Sonographer told me was that my placenta had moved and was in a good position.

She then went on the joke that G5 was rather large and would likely be taller than me by the time he arrived! I thought that was pretty funny but didn’t think too much of it, as I was just relieved that the whole potential caesarean scenario could now be put out of my mind.

Until the next day when I saw my OB.

It is not like him to say much unless completely necessary, so I was quite surprised when he immediately wanted to talk about the scan, G5’s size and what my options were from here.

He was very good at discussing all the possibilities but did stress the point to me that he felt that if I did not naturally go into labour within the next few weeks that G5 would be too large for me to birth naturally at full term (he was already measuring 3kg at the scan, which is approx… 6 pounds 7 ounces) so his main concern was what size he would be at full term (which at that point was still just under 6 weeks away).

I immediately queried the accuracy of the measurements at the scan as I have heard what feels like a million stories of people being told their babies are either “too big” or “too small” and their size is no where near the estimate of the scan prior to birth.

I got the strong impression that the recommendation was that I need to either go into labour naturally within the next few weeks or agree to book a caesarean before we reach September (I wouldn’t be 40 weeks until 8th September).

After discussing all possibilities, we agreed to “do nothing” at this stage other than monitor G5’s progress over the next few weeks to see if he starts to engage on his own with the knowledge that I may still need to consider the possibility of a caesarean at 38 weeks.

It’s not something I am particularly stressed about. At the end of the day, in comparison to all the stress we went through at the start with tests and scans in relation to the balanced translocation this doesn’t really hit that high on my stress radar.

At this stage, I am happy with the monitoring option and I think that if a caesarean is recommended in a couple of weeks I will ask for another growth scan for my own piece of mind that he really is this large size that they keep telling me (although I do acknowledge that his measurements have been ahead at every scan we have had).

Maybe he is a big baby and maybe not, I guess we won’t really know for sure until he arrives.

Until then… I would love to know if you have been in a similar scenario. Were you told your baby was “too big” or “too small”? Were they the estimated size when they arrived? Were you given a recommendation on what to do? Would you have don’t anything differently?

I would love to hear your thoughts and experiences.

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Touring the Third Trimester

Touring the Third Trimester

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I mentioned back in the second trimester that I was hoping for an uneventful third trimester, and luckily… so far so good!

The pregnancy seems to be progressing well, I’m pretty sure my stomach looks bigger each day than it did the day before and I am having fun experiencing all the symptoms that go along with the later stages of pregnancy (fatigue, insomnia, indigestion, frequent urination and breathlessness when I walk and try to talk at the same time, or even just try to talk too much in general).

I feel like I’ve gotten to the point now where I get questioned multiple times a day about the pregnancy… you know acquaintances or even complete strangers who, for some reason, just love to quiz pregnant ladies on their life story.

There’s the typical “Is this your first?” question (which I’d really rather dodge if I could help it) and then “Do you know the gender?” followed by “When are you due?” usually rounded out with some sort of comment about size / shape of the stomach, sometimes even coupled with a quick belly squeeze (I actually don’t mind the belly touching, weird hey?) and (if you’re really lucky) it’s topped off with some random advice you didn’t ask for (LOL!).

I don’t really have any great pointers or ways to deal with these questions when you’re on pregnancy number 5 after 4 losses but I do just try to stick to reminding myself that people are just being friendly, they don’t know they are loaded questions and you need to be happy that you have a seemingly healthy baby that people actually want to talk to you about.

Every now and then, if it feels like the right moment, I do just mention its pregnancy number 5 and most people are actually pretty good about it – nearly everyone has their own story or similar experience to share or knows someone who has been through something similar.

As far as the pregnancy is going though, I think it’s pretty OK. My next appointment with the OB is tomorrow afternoon so I guess he will let us know what we’re in for next. I do know that we have to go for an extra scan some time soon to check on where the placenta is at (it was lying low at my last two scans) which can cause problems with blood clotting, but I don’t really know a lot about it as my OB said it would probably correct itself and I was of the opinion that I didn’t want to know more unless it proved to be an actual problem down the track.

I have even had the self-control not to google it so as to not worry myself. Ignorance is bliss!

Of course, if it does turn out to be a problem I will want to know every little minute detail I can about it… but for now I’m putting it at the back of my mind to worry about another day.

A lot of people have been asking if I’ve got the baby’s room set up and what have I bought so far… honestly, I’ve bought a few clothes (and been very lucky to have been gifted a lot of clothes as well!) and that’s it.

Don’t freak out, I have picked out a couple of items, so the little dude will have somewhere to sleep and what not, I just haven’t purchased them yet as I still really don't know where we will be when the baby arrives, so I don’t want to go setting something up if it just needs to be moved again.

I have packed my hospital bag though, so… I’ll be good to go when the time comes.

That’s pretty much all the updates I have for now so until next time… (feel free to share thoughts / advice / ideas below!)


P.S. A lot of people have been asking about in-home consults. Yes, I am still doing them, and I have a couple of spaces free up until 16th July following which I will be unable to take any more new bookings. If you are keen for an appointment after that date I do have a wait list and you are welcome to add your name to the list so that you are the first to be contacted when I return. Check out the in-home consulting page for more info 😊

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