29 weeks: Your baby is about the size of a butternut squash
Your baby now weighs about 2 1/2 pounds and is a tad over 15 inches long from head to heel.
Another week of getting more pregnant! This week has definitely been the hardest so far, there has been so much that I’ve had to get my head around, I still don’t think I’ve processed all the information I’ve been given but I’m going to try and explain it to you as best I can.
We’ll start off with symptoms, I have noticed that my meal sizes are significantly smaller than they used to be. I just can’t eat a full size meal anymore. I enjoy salty food far too much, the saltier the better! Although I have always been a savoury over sweet kind of girl, I definitely would never pick sweet over savoury now. Heartburn is kicking my butt! Honestly, it’s like it has arrived from nowhere with a vengeance! I am not about the heartburn right now. Rennie’s literally are my best friend.
Movements have changed, but in a good way. Her pattern has changed, where as most of her movement was during the day it is now mainly on the evening or at night. That could just be due to how busy I am that I haven’t been looking out for movement during the day, not until I sit down and relax in bed.
So, the main thing to update you all on this week is how my hospital/midwife appointment went. Normally my community home birth midwife comes to see me at home and we have the appointment there. As I was due my 28 week blood tests and my anti-d shot I needed to go to the hospital and I was seen by a hospital midwife. So first I had my blood pressure, urine and weight checked. All was fine, I’ve gained 11kg so far so I’m pretty happy with that.
Then we went to see the midwife, she went through information about the anti-d shot and about my whooping cough vaccine and everything else they normally ask. Then she got me to lie down so we could listen to baby’s heartbeat, check her position and measure my uterus. Everything was fine, she has a lovely heartbeat (around 144bpm) and she was head down in a good position. The problems arrived when I was measured. My uterus was measuring on the 10th centile line. Now if you aren’t aware, when they set up your growth chart its designed specifically for you, if goes off your weight, height, ethnicity, previous baby weights and a few other factors. You get 3 lines on the chart, I think the top one is the 98th centile (I could be wrong), then there’s the 50th and then there’s the 10th. Well, my uterus was measuring on the 10th centile which indicates a small baby.
So the midwife sent me straight round for a growth scan. Everything looked great. She was active, my placenta looked good, the blood flow was great and the fluid level was fine but from her measurements she was measuring below the 10th centile.
We then had to wait around to see a doctor/consultant, during which time I got my bloods done and they were so painful! I’ve been left with a huge black bruise on my arm!
When we got round to seeing the doctor he explained a few things about what it could mean, but if I’m honest I blanked out on most of it because I was not expecting to hear anything like this, especially not after 2 text book pregnancies. He said if she has a big weight gain and goes above the 10th centile line then everything will be treated as normal. If she stays below it but has a steady gain then they’ll probably induce me around 37 weeks to get her out and any give her any help she may need. The final part was that if she continues to not grow as much then they will probably have to induce around 34 weeks to get her out and make sure she gets the help she needs to put on the weight.
Hearing that my third textbook pregnancy has taken a turn has been devastating. I was filled with so much confidence that everything was going to be perfect and I felt so lucky to be on my third straightforward and easy pregnancy that this news was such a shock to my system.
It broke my heart when I was told that my chances of a home birth were pretty slim, so no perfect birth either.
I have to attend the hospital once a week (although this could change to twice a week) for a doppler and fluid scan to check placenta, blood flow and fluid levels and every 2 weeks for growth scans to see how she’s getting on in there. The doctor kept repeating how important it is for me now to keep an eye open for signs of preeclampsia and to keep an eye on her movements. I mention that I tend to suffer with headaches but I was also made aware of other accompanying signs that could be warning signals.
I am to take 1/4 dose of aspirin a day, apparently they prescribe it to help the baby grow or something, I can’t really remember why he said, but I’m just so glad they picked it up so quickly and are keeping an eye on me. I cannot fault my hospital for that at all.
So that’s were we are at right now, hopefully baby gains well and we don’t have to do anything early but I’m not getting my hopes up just in case!
No bump shot this week, but have a look at our scan photo!