Sparkles & Stretchmarks: A UK Parenting & Pregnancy Blog: Bump Watch 2: 29 Weeks

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Bump Watch 2: 29 Weeks

Remember last bump update when I said I thought I was as big now as I was at full term with Tyne? turns out I was right!

I went for my 28 week midwife appointment last week where I met my new midwife - I'm pleased to say that she is REALLY lovely and very efficient, I have lots of confidence in her which is great! - but the appointment was pretty intense as there was lots going on and lots that needed to be sorted out.

The good things were that we got to hear the heart beat again, which was nice and strong - and she sorted out my appointments to discuss my c-section so I don't need to worry about that anymore.

The downsides were that I was suffering from yet another gallstone attack on that day so it was pretty painful when she had to examine me - I've been having the attacks every other day lately and it's so painful that I can't do anything but sit and cry - they did prescribe me something to take down any swelling of the stomach lining so I'm hoping that may help but there's nothing else they can do until after the baby arrives.

And the major downside was that when the midwife took my fundal height measurements I was measuring at 36 weeks instead of 28! 

As I had Tyne at 38 weeks and was measuring spot on each week, this means that I am very nearly the same size I was when I gave birth to him - so it's no wonder I'm struggling so much with aches and pains, and not able to paint my toenails or put on my own shoes!

Because of the size, I have to go for a Glucose Tolerance Test which I'm really dreading as I've heard they are very unpleasant - they also need to check my thyroid again incase my Graves disease is a contributing factor, and I need to have a growth scan to check if the baby is large or if it's excess fluids.

Luckily the midwife managed to get me both appointments and the consultant appointment for tomorrow morning, so at least I don't have to wait too long - I am super nervous though! And I'm dreading having to spend all morning at the hospital with a toddler as for the GTT test alone I'll need to be there for 2 hours, so with the two other appointments thrown in I'm going to be there for ages!

Hopefully we may get some answers though...fingers crossed for us and let's hope baby isn't too gigantic in there!

As for other symptoms, I'm still suffering with the worlds itchiest nipples and nothing soothes it - it's becoming increasingly difficult to sleep at night as this is when baby decides its party time after barely moving all day long, and I'm still off a lot of things such as tea and coffee.

I've been getting headaches more frequently too, and I am exhausted constantly!

I've also been feeling much more emotional this week (see my last post!) and the anxiety around having the baby has really started to kick in over the last few days too...something I'll be blogging about soon.

That's it for this week - I'll be back with another Bump Watch next week to update on how the scans and tests go tomorrow! Wish me luck!

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  1. Oh I feel so sorry for you suffering from gallstone attacks I suffered them when pregnant and the pain was horrendous much worse then childbirth and I ended up living on chicken salad . Having it removed after I had my baby was best thing I ever done. Good luck for the rest of your pregnancy. Lovely photo xx

    1. Thank you. Oh it's awful isn't it?! I think everyone thinks I'm being dramatic about the pain but I've never felt anything like it!
      What was the opp like to remove it? xx

    2. The op was fine , i was so scared and nearly cancelled it but so glad I had it done. I had it done when my daughter was 4 months old. I was in & out same day was In theater at 9 awake by 10 and home by 4 . I only have 4 tiny scars two of which you can not even see anymore. I was sore the first day but then I just felt like I had done lot of sit ups rather then painful. I was out and about and back to normal after 3 days. Was best thing I have done as I no longer have the worry I will have an attack or have that awful pain and can eat whatever I want. I fell pregnant again 6 weeks after my operation and everything was fine and I have no side effects and it was a year ago. I hope you survive the rest of your pregnancy without anymore attacks as it's so bad as you can't even take anything for the pain xx

  2. Oh Hayley, poor thing! But please don't panic about the GTT, it's literally fast for 12 hours (for me it was from 9pm) then take a certain amount of lucozade 2 hours before they take your blood (2 vials worth) as I had the same thing on wednesday morning. Admittedly it's crap not being able to eat, but you can drink water. Just make sure you take something with you to eat as soon as you've had the blood taken!

    Glad you've got your second c section chat sorted too, this was a worry for me but now they've agreed it I feel a lot more relaxed about it! Shout if you want to vent or moan, i'm just a DM on twitter away!

    So exciting we'll have our little ones around the same time!

    Lauren | Belle du Brighton x

    1. Ahh thank you for filling me in! I think its the not knowing what to expect that bothers me, so that helps massively! :) Will make sure I take something with me for afterwards!

      I think if they agree to it I`ll feel much better, I`m just worried they're going to try to bully me into a VBAC! Did you get a date sorted?

      I know, aaah!!! And with Tyne & Athena being so close too, its nice to know someone in the same situation! :) xx

  3. I had a glucose test because of my BMI and it was fine hun. They take blood make you drink a sugary drink, then you go back after 2 hours and take some more blood to check sugar. I was nerves but it was ok. Make sure you don't eat anything after 8 at night or in the morning. I am 35 weeks now and baby feels big. We went for a measurement scan 32 weeks and she said baby measured 5lbs. Got another one next week. Fingers crossed baby hasn't had another growth spurt. Don't panic about tomorrow. You be fine x

  4. I had to have the GTT when I was pregnant with Bethany, the worst part is drinking the drink, I just downed it in one! Good luck, hooe everything goes well xx

  5. Hayley you look lovely. I don't know why but I'm getting a real Alice in Wonderland feel from your top picture, you look so pretty! I'm so sorry to hear how painful your gallbladder flair ups have been. Please don't worry about the GTT, it's not that bad and I am repulsed by the original Lucozade. I hope your appointments all go well x

  6. I had so so bad gall bladder pain when I was pregnant with my first child and suffered for the last 4 months of the pregnancy and carried on afterwards. I had no choice but to sit propped up in bed until the pain eased, so know it can be very painful. So 8 weeks after giving birth I had to have it out. It was tough recovering and having a newborn but it was worth it as now I am a lot more healthier because I can't tolerate the fat and know I have to eat better. The glucose isn't nice but I was able to people watch for two hours and anxiety is hard, it just hit me half way through my second pregnancy. Hope you can rest and everything goes well. x

  7. Fingers crossed everything is ok! X

  8. Hey lovely, you look radiant and lovely in your pics xxx Hope all goes well at your appointments xxx

  9. You look a really normal size for 29 weeks to me, but I know everyone carries differently. I have measured big throughout all three of my pregnancies so I know how worrying it is. Hopefully they can put your mind at ease soon though x


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