getting heavy

Several monitoring sessions, numerous scans and a consultant appointment later the diagnosis is that i’m tall so there’s more room in there for baby, it’s all over to one side and low down which is why the measurement may come up smaller than expected and essentially as long as everything is growing well and it’s all in the right place, there’s nothing wrong with a baby that’s on the small side!

And of course when I go to see the midwife this week she measures me over the biggest part (because that’s where the baby is) and the little blighter appears to have jumped 4 cm in one week! So it’s definitely growing and I mostly know this because people have started commenting on how ‘big’ i’ve got (including the woman who sells me the big issue and sees me every day on my way to work) whereas previously it was just nice comments about how ‘neat’ i was. And it is starting to feel like having a bowling ball permanently attached to me. It’s amazing how you can actually feel its weight and how heavy it’s become.

In other developments – I am seriously slowing down and quite enjoying the snail’s pace i’ve had to adopt. I got heartburn for the first time which is remarkably unpleasant and I regret ever feeling anything but pity when someone complains about it. Astonishing how it actually feels as though it’s burning your oesophagus. But consultation with several pregnant women later, I decide to try the chalky tablets before going onto the hardcore pink liquid and have had pretty good success. The internet also found me a list of ‘foods likely to irritate the hell out of you and cause you severe heartburn and best to stay away from them’ and ‘foods less likely to do so’, which i’ve been trying to stick to and then failed on when i scoffed a chocolate digestive just before bed!

 

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bump in the road

freak out number one. each time I go to see the midwife or doctor they measure the size of my bump to see how well the baby is growing. interestingly, it’s not the girth around my non-existent waist for instance – the measurement from the top of my pubic bone (symphysis) to the top of my uterus (fundus), which amazingly isn’t necessarily the top of the bump because you have to remember all my organs are squeezed up beneath my rib cage at the moment. You basically press on the top of the bump and feel where the baby begins and measure to there in cm and the figure should be roughly similar to the number of weeks you are. so at 25 weeks it measured 24cm and at 28 weeks it measured 28cm but then 3 weeks later at 31 weeks it had stubbornly stuck at 28cm. so according to the very informative graph provided in the maternity notes – it had gone from being one of the biggest babies to being one of the littlest. so having fretted all night and had tom try to reassure me with an explanation he found on the internet, i called the midwife in the morning who immediately told me to come in for a growth scan. turns out legs are growing fine, head growing well, blood flow is perfect but abdominal measurement isn’t a big as it should be. which they don’t seem too worried about because everything else appears to be ok. but being a hospital they have to make good use of the facilities so they hooked me up to a machine so the baby’s heartbeat could be monitored and I had to press a button everytime it moved.