Week 27 came a couple of weeks ago – the last week of the second trimester. And did I feel it! Suddenly the tiredness came back when I’d be out and about, having to sit down and rest like every 10 minutes. I knew the burst of energy would not last, oh well. On the plus side, it’s litereally countdown time now!
And with it being countdown time, I started to think about labour, and it’s about time I got mentally and physically prepared. I did a pregnancy yoga exercise from YouTube, planning to do one every day – that didn’t happen. I must make myself do it! And I started researching Hypnobirthing books. The classes are really expensive, and to be honest I can’t sit through these sort of classes without laughing, so I’d much prefer a book. But after reading mixed reviews about the Marie Mongan book, I wasn’t sure I wanted to spend the money if I might not like the book either.
I had a look at the Slough library catalogue, but they don’t have any hypnobirthing books – hmm, not impressed with that. Then I had a look at the Hillingdon library catalogue and they had loads across their libraries. At the weekend we went to the Ickenham Miniature Railway, and whilst there, I nipped into Ickenham Library and took out the Sophie Fletcher Mindful Hypnobirthing book.
I’ve been reading a section each day and have downloaded the tracks to listen to, and my body does relax as I read it – so I am impressed with it so far. It’s sort of training your mind to know how it’s going to deal with the pain – or intense feeling as I’m supposed to call it – when I’m in labour. And that’s really what I’m looking for.
The next day I did a bit of online shopping and ordered 2 mattresses for Honey Nut’s little cot (one for home and one for at my parents). We still have the cots from last time, but I wanted new mattresses for the new baby. I also ordered a yellow yoga ball and maternity leggings from Mothercare, as my old ones are tearing at the inside leg! They are not going to last much longer, so new leggings are an essential!
At 28 weeks, I had to fast from 7pm on Sunday night for 12 hours, drinking water only, for my gestational diabetes test the next morning at 7.40am in Wexham Park Hospital. I had a panic feast between 6pm and 7pm, eating Thai Green Curry and Rice for dinner at 6.15pm, then stuffing my face with cakes and the melt-in-the-middle chocolate pudding the Ganesh got for me, and my fruit juice, all with 1 minute to go at 7pm! I was so stuffed, I fell asleep for an hour and a half. Then watching TV that evening, I didn’t feel hungry at all, though it was weird not snacking, and I wasn’t hungry in the night either – phew!
In the morning, Ganesh worked from home to watch Tyler while I was at the hospital. I drove there at 7.30am and it was really quiet and eery. The test was in the Antenatal Unit, and there was one girl in front of me who was there for the same reason. I was called in by a really friendly nurse, we got chatting about Tyler and her daughter who is pregnant and all sorts. She took my bloods really carefully, and she even folded the edge of the plaster so it would be easy to take off after. She also took bloods for my midwife appointment the next day, so there was one less thing to do tomorrow. I had to drink this glucose drink, which was really sweet but left a horrible aftertaste. Then I had to wait in the waiting room for 2 hours, and should have been called back for second bloods to be taken at 9.45am.
I hooked on to the hospital wifi and did some blog reading and commenting for one hour. I moved seats quite a bit, as when they put the hospital TV on at 8.30am it was really loud and getting busy in the waiting room. I found a quiet corner and listened to my hypnobirthing tracks, which relaxed me a bit. 9.45am came and went, and the girl who was in front of me still hadn’t been called.
At 10.15am she got called, and then like a minute later I got called. There was a different nurse and another patient in the room. The atmosphere had changed from calm to stressed. The first nurse I saw came back in and saw the other lady, whilst the other nurse was telling her how they are running late and she’s late for a meeting. She’s asked me which arm I want, and I said do the other one, she said, if’s thats what you want, like she really couldn’t care less and just jabbed the needle in my arm! It stung, she put a cotton wool on and slapped micropore tape on – gone was all the care! I checked the label on the bloods to make sure she’d written my details correctly, and she said the results would be in the post in a week. And I could go home. Car parking charges were £4.50 – ouch!
At home, Tyler greeted me with “MUMMEEEEEE!!! Did you have fun shopping?” – so cute. I explained that I was at the hospital and showed him my arms and my growing bruise from the jab. I had some cereal and then felt really dizzy. So I lay down and slept for a few hours. Lucky Ganesh was home to keep an eye on Tyler, although he was so good, I could just hear him playing along side me sleeping.
The next day I had a 28 week midwife appointment. She had my blood test results which all were fine, my urine was fine and my blood pressure was fine. Tyler was still fascinated with the blood pressure machine. I lay on the couch and she felt my bump and measured Honey Nut – 27cm which is good. And then we listened to the heartbeart which was 144 – good apparently. Tyler laughed and giggled so much at the heartbeat, it was nice to see him excited. He really does understand there’s a baby in my tummy now. Such a change from the earlier days! On the chart, Honey Nut is measuring between the 10% and 50% percentile, so no probs there.
The rest of the week flew by at work, with Honey Nut’s movements feeling stronger and stronger. The only unwanted symptoms I’ve been having this week is burping up sick every evening. It’s not enough to be actually sick, but it’s in the my throat and just yuck!
I was given a leaflet by the midwife on the whooping cough jab, so I’m going to phone up the GP to get the vaccination. I’ve got a scan at 29 weeks – it’s not a routine scan, it’s just because Tyler was a small baby, they want to check Honey Nut’s growth. So I’ll let you know how that goes in my next update!
UPDATE: The results are in – I don’t have gestational diabetes, yay!!!
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I tried hypnobirthing with my first child and it was truly fabulous. It did wonders for me and I really recommend it – even if just for the breathing!
That’s so good to hear, I’m halfway through the book and already feeling more positive about labour! X
The Sophie Fletcher Hypnobirthing book was my bible throughout my second pregnancy, and also Ina May Gaskin’s Guide to Childbirth is worth a read, as so much of it just makes total sense. Hypnobirthing was absolutely AMAZING and completely transformed my birth experience.
I have a whole positive birthing section on my blog, and have written about Hypnobirthing on BabyCentre most recently if you fancy a gander 🙂 (http://www.baby.co.uk/mum_stories/hypnobirthing-transformed-my-birth-experience/) xx
Ahh that is so good to hear! I’m already feeling more positive about labour and I’m halfway through the book. I’ll check out the link, thanks so much! X
Fantastic that you don’t have GD – I’ve heard that the test really isn’t nice, but at least now you can be sure 🙂 Hopefully the hypnobirthing works for you and the rest of your countdown remains stress free! Loving the nickname Honey Nut!
I’m so relieved, I can’t live without cake! I hope it works too, first time round I felt so out of control. Aw Tyler came up with Honey Nut, we were calling her cashew nut before then haha! X
Never tried hypnobirthing but only ever heard great things. Yah for the all clear with GD and I love how she bend the plaster down so it was easy to remove, something so simple but it leaves a nice impression
I’ve heard mixed reviews, but so far I’m feeling positive since reading the book. And yay I’m so relieved not to have gd, now I can relax! She was a lovely nurse, it’s really luck who you get! X
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It sounds like so much has happened for you and little honey nut over the last two weeks! Reading your post reminded me that I need to dig out my hypnobirthing books and cds and order a new birthing ball asap (I think we threw out my old one when we moved house!). It sounds like your mw appointments are a bit more thorough than mine, I got told what baby was measuring, but not against the percentile 😦 It feels like I hardly know anything about this baby this time round! So glad your gestational diabetes test came out all fine, we’re on the home straight now! 🙂 Emily #MarvMondays
Yeah it’s countdown time, I just want to be ready! I threw away my ball from last time too, it was a boring grey one. I knew I wanted a colourful one next time! That’s strange, I thought all midwife appointments should be the same, maybe it’s luck who sees you. Although I think it’s because Tyler was small, they are checking her growth a bit more. So I’d assume your baby is in the scale! Xx
Glad you dont have diabetes! I have my GTT test on Wednesday! Dreading the 2 hour wait. Glad i came accross this post through Love 2 Blog as wasnt sure what they did x
Me too, I can’t live without cake! Fingers crossed for you. I was dreading the wait too, but just doing blog commenting on my phone made the time go really fast! xx
I’m not surprised you’re tired. Not long to go now though. I wish I’d done hypnobirthing but I was so busy during the pregnancy that I didn’t get around to it and before you knew it the baby was here. X
The time flies doesn’t it, I have a feeling it will be labour day before I know it! But I’m halfway through the book, hopefully will be ready for the big day! Xx
Glad things are going well, other than feeling a little sick. Always reassuring that baby is growing well. Good luck with the rest of your pregnancy.
Thank you, yes I’m feeling very lucky with my symptoms or lack of! X
Pleased you don’t have the GD, i never actually experienced that test for some reason?! Ive heard so many good things about Hypnobirthing!
Me too, I need my cake! I didn’t have the test with my first pregnancy, but since then my mum has got diabetes, so I had to have the test now it’s in my family and because of our ethnicity. You’re lucky you escaped! Yes I’m hoping hypnobirthing will help me have a calmer labour this time round! x
So glad things are going well for you and you don’t have GD. Best of luck with the rest of your pregnancy. x
Thank you, I feel so lucky! X
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Just reading back over your pregnancy updates and chuckling about the thought of your stuffing your face before 7pm! I’ve got my GTT test tomorrow morning but not til 9.15am so I’ve got a bit of time to eat – I think the thought of not eating til tomorrow lunchtime is actually worse than it is!! xx
Lol, I was so terrified of starving that evening! But you’re right, it’s the thought of it that’s worse than not eating, it wasn’t that bad after all! Good luck with your test xx
Thanks, my test went quite fast as I had my kindle and I went straight to the garage afterwards for some doritos!! x
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