Pregnancy Diary Week 36

May 16, 2016

This week of pregnancy has been quite eventful really. We had our scan on Tuesday to find out whether the baby was still breech, and got a little bit more than we bargained for as the powers that be decided that, despite a normal growth scan at 34 weeks, the baby is still measuring small, meaning that they want to get her out early. So we’re having a caesarean at 38 weeks.

My posts might go out of sync a bit, as I always write them retrospectively (I am 37 weeks pregnant today, writing my 36 week pregnancy diary) so the next pregnancy update from me may well be our birth announcement! It depends on what happens this week and next weekend!

Anyway, I won’t rehash too much about Tuesday’s scan, as you can read about that here if you like. On Thursday, I saw my nephrologist (kidney consultant). We had a very interesting chat in light of the scan on Tuesday and the decision to have a caesarean. I told him that we did have the option to try turning the baby (an ECV) but that we’d decided that there was probably a reason the baby had been breech since the 28 week scan.

Interestingly, he said that he thought we were wise to take that decision as trying to manually turn the baby could potentially result in one of the cysts on my kidneys being ruptured. This would not be fun. I’m quite relieved that we’d decided against this anyway, but really it was just luck that we hadn’t chosen an ECV and I’d seen him before any action was taken. This is what I meant at the beginning of my pregnancy about him being involved in my care. It’s all very well saying that obstetrics will inform him if there’s anything to worry about with my bloods/urine but specialist practical knowledge like that about my kidneys and the ECV isn’t something obstetrics would know, or be expected to know about.

I also asked if the size of my kidneys and lack of space inside me could have contributed to the baby being breech. He said that without an MRI he couldn’t say for certain, but it wouldn’t surprise him if my huge kidneys were creating a kind of ‘buffer’ on either side of my uterus, effectively wedging the baby in place.

This made me feel more positive about having a caesarean as I don’t feel that there’s anything I’ve done ‘wrong’ or anything more I could have done to try to turn the baby. Although the way she’s been moving this week I’m sure she’s been trying to turn, bless her.

Except for Thursday. On Thursday she was really quiet. To the point that I called delivery suite and we went in for monitoring. Fortunately everything was fine and she started having a party in there as soon as I was hooked up to the monitor. The midwives at the hospital were great though, and even though they were super busy (I later found out from a friend that they delivered 11 babies that night!) they made me feel like a priority and I didn’t feel like I had wasted anybody’s time.

I had wondered whether I had done the right thing as it’s difficult to know what constitutes reduced movements when baby has quiet days and busy days. But I was told on Tuesday to call even if I thought I was being paranoid, and I’m not at all sorry that I did, and wouldn’t hesitate to call again if it happened again.

This coming week is going to be a busy one as we get final bits and pieces sorted out ready for baby. It’s a bit strange having an actual date but in a way it’s good as it gives us something to focus on. We’re used to working to a deadline so it works for us!

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8 responses to “Pregnancy Diary Week 36”

  1. Lovely to read your update – as you know my little girl was breech too and I totally understand what you mean about the relief of knowing you couldn’t have done anything more. I felt really guilty when we found out that maybe I was slumping on the couch too much but then made peace with the fact that things are how they are. I also didn’t have an ECV for various reasons. Such an exciting time for you with just 2 weeks to go til you meet your little one! Can’t wait for your next update and take care of yourself xx

  2. Katie Taylor says:

    great to read your update. DONT feel wrong for having a section. I think the tough part for all mums is the duration of the pregnancy not how you evict baby! I had 2 medical inductions which wasn’t part of the plan but I just went with it. No birth is ‘easy’ so reward yourself for surviving pregnancy. Take care of yourself xx #marvmondays

    • Jules says:

      Thank you. I do feel grateful in a way that I at least know when it’s going to happen so can prepare mentally for the process xx

  3. Kaye says:

    Oh wow, so baby’s coming soon! I’m also measuring slightly small (well bump is, I’m only 28 weeks so they’re not too concerned yet) and it’s crazy how quickly things can change and you’re suddenly faced with having your baby early! A was a week late so it hadn’t really entered my thoughts before. So glad your midwives were so lovely, ours at the hospital are like that too, never make you feel bad for worrying! Thanks for linking to #MarvMondays. Kaye xo

    • Jules says:

      My bump is measuring fine but apparently that’s because breech babies are stretched out more. I agree, it is funny how plans can change so quickly! Hope all goes well for you xx

  4. You’ve definitely made the right decision by the sounds of it and you’ve absolutely not done anything wrong! Really excited for you for next week, best of luck lovely!xx

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