Bump watch: 34 weeks

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I’m tired.

I’m tired of this pregnancy being so difficult. It’s been another awful week, and I spent the whole weekend in a hospital bed. 

On Friday I had a lovely day at The Baby Show in Birmingham, but maybe I overdid it. Maybe I shouldn’t have gone. By the time I got home I was having tightenings across my bump and I knew I had to phone the hospital. Unsurprisingly I was told to come straight in. I was hooked up to a monitor which showed fairly regular contractions. I had swabs taken which showed that my waters hadn’t gone, but I got a positive pre-term labour result. This meant that I was at higher risk of going into labour before my due date. 

I was monitored almost continuously overnight and given a steroid injection to help mature the baby’s lungs. I was given medication to stop the contractions and admitted to the ward. Another day of monitoring, blood tests and a second steroid injection followed and I was finally discharged on Sunday afternoon with strict instructions to rest. I am to be seen for a scan and a midwife appointment every week from now until baby comes. The aim is to get me to 35/36 weeks – every day inside me is a bonus. 

I’m not ready. I didn’t want this. I wanted to avoid SCBU this time, I wanted to avoid a premature or poorly baby. I wanted to be able to cuddle my baby after birth. I didn’t want to be in a rushed, emergency situation again. But here we are – and all of those things are looking like they might be a possibility again. I’m beyond devastated and doing everything in my power to keep this baby in. Every day is a blessing right now. I’m not ready yet baby, and neither are you. 

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16 Comments

  1. May 18, 2015 / 4:11 pm

    Welling up sat at my desk, I am so sorry things haven’t gone the way you wanted them to. Keeping my fingers and toes firmly crossed that baby comes out strong and healthy so no SCBU needed! Lots of love xxx
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  2. Tracy
    May 18, 2015 / 4:24 pm

    Aw, I’m so sorry to hear this. Praying that baby stays put for as long as possible. Lots of love xxxx

  3. May 18, 2015 / 4:33 pm

    As you say, every day is a bonus. They will do everything they can to avoid the emergency situation in sure. Baby will be here safe & sound – SCUBU may well be necessary but you will both cope. Stay strong x
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  4. May 18, 2015 / 4:48 pm

    Aw kate im so sorry to hear your having a difficult time. Hope baby stays put for as long as possible . Sending hugs x

  5. May 18, 2015 / 5:06 pm

    Oh darling,
    I’m so sorry to be reading this. I know you’ve been there before so know what to expect, come on baby! Be good and keep cooking for a few weeks yet please!
    x
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  6. Rachael
    May 18, 2015 / 5:26 pm

    Oh Kate. In know how much you wanted for this pregnancy to go more smoothly than your previous ones. I am thinking of you. Like you say, every day still inside is a bonus. Rest up lovely. You know that this baby is going to be adored and cherished no matter how he/she enters the world. x

  7. Natasha
    May 18, 2015 / 9:20 pm

    Hope little one stays put for just a bit longer! My baby boy was born at 36 weeks & luckily didn’t need any assistance. Take care, and who knows you might be writing a blog post in a fees weeks time telling us you’re overdue!! all the best xx

  8. May 19, 2015 / 8:26 am

    I’m gutted you almost went into early labour, but you are very naughty. From the outside looking in, you’d tell anyone that it would be incredibly hard work to go to the baby show 33 weeks pregnant – now you have to follow your own sensible advice! Xx
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