Category Archives: Illness

Week 30: The Hospital Stay

Hello everyone. Sorry for the massive delay in between posts. We spent a few days sorting out the house preparing for Bump’s arrival, a few days in Cornwall and then I had a hospital stay. There will be more about the hospital stay in a minute but first, the picture above was taken at 29 weeks and 5 days pregnant at Lizard Point in Cornwall. It was quite windy as you can see but it was sunny too. We had a great time. Its a lovely part of the world and I urge you all to visit it soon 🙂

After returning from our few days away, I went back to work and just got on with my job as normal. I had a midwife appointment in the afternoon  and I went to do my sample for her before I left work. I looked at the toilet paper and saw that it was covered in blood. I looked into the toilet and saw that it was full of blood. I was surprised and shocked but thought that it was nothing serious, possibly haemorrhoids. I drove home and went to the toilet again and the same thing happened. By this point, I was getting more worried and as soon as Stuart got back we drove to my doctors and saw my midwife virtually straight away.

She checked me over and said that I should get to my local hospital and take a few things and prepare to be kept in overnight. We drove to the hospital, about 15 minutes away and went straight to Triage. They asked me to give them another sample. I tried but it was full of blood again.

Bump was put on a foetal monitor and I was monitored for contractions. Bump’s heartbeat and movements were fine. I was then seen by a doctor who told us, they wanted to give Bump some steroids, through my thigh to help the lungs mature and create more mucus. I could have one now and another in 24 hours time.   I knew then I was going to be in hospital for at least 24 hours. We were both a bit panicked and scared by this point. The baby can’t come now. We are nowhere near ready for its arrival. This and all sorts of silly things started going through my mind.

I was moved to the maternity ward and left to start my first ever night in hospital. I heard more women in labour then I ever wanted to hear. Its not much fun to listen to at 2am in the morning! My bleeding eventually stopped at 7am. I had already been told that I had to have 24 hours bleed free before they let me out  so I knew I was in another night at least. Bump and I were monitored 3 or 4 more times during the day, with the baby’s heartbeat only dropping below 100 once. They were looking for 100-160 beats a minute. I saw another doctor who told me not to worry, that they knew my placenta was low and that I would be scanned at 36 weeks to see where my placenta was. This seemed a bit silly to me as there was obviously a problem now and they were not really doing anything about it.

Stuart treated me to some lovely maternity/nursing pyjamas from Mothercare and I settled in for another night in hospital. The next morning, Bump and I were monitored for one last time and saw another doctor who said that I should have a scan in the next few days to find the source of the bleeding and check the baby’s size. I was also signed off work for two weeks and told to take it easy. We could go home. Yipeeeee!   I was told to come back if I saw any more blood, had sharp pains, reduced baby movements or my waters break. I was also advised by my midwife to start my maternity leave early.

I had a scan a few days ago. Bump is growing fine and is exactly the size they expect it to be. My placenta is partially blocking the exit route so I have Placenta Previa. They were unable to find the source of the bleeding so I have been told again to take it easy and rest as much possible as I am more at risk of another bleed now I have had one. They will rescan me at 36 weeks to see if the placenta has moved as the bump has got bigger.

Sorry for rambling on a bit. I really wanted to share my experience with you all. Have anyone had a similar experience? I would love to hear from you

Thank you for your support as always.

Jo and Bump x

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Week 27: Being Ill in Pregnancy Sucks!

Week 27 and the start of the third trimester has not been very good for me. It started last Thursday night when I had a bad night’s sleep and woke up feeling rubbish the next day. I had no energy and just kept on coughing and spluttering all the time. I managed to get to work on Friday and put a brave face on it but I was not feeling good. I stayed in on Friday night and had an early night hoping to be better the next day.

On Saturday, I woke up and felt even worse than I had before. I tried to do a few of the jobs I had to do at home but in the end I went back on the sofa and rested. I was taking paracetamol but it was not doing a thing. It was then that I realised I had not felt the baby move very much since Wednesday night. I had been sick quite a bit and I was concerned that I was not getting enough of anything to the baby. I called our local hospital who have a maternity day assessment in a bit of a panic (translated to emotional crying pregnant lady who I do not think made a lot of sense) and was told to come straight in.

We arrived and the first thing they did was check the baby. I was not pregnant enough at the time to be attached to a foetal monitor ( you have to be 28 weeks – I am 28 weeks today)  so they had to find the heartbeat with a Doppler device. It took two or three attempts before they found the heartbeat but it was there and it was strong. Baby was fine. A massive weight was lifted of my mind. They checked me over and I was told that I probably had some sort of infection. The midwife’s called a doctor and we waited until one was available to come and see me.

After a little while, a doctor came over to see me and listened to my chest. She thought I had a chest infection and she prescribed some antibiotics to help clear it up. I was also advised to drink lots of water and rest. I spent the rest of the weekend doing this. I still felt awful on Sunday and ended up sleeping lots. I had a day off on Monday anyway so I used this as a duvet day and by Monday afternoon, the antibiotics had kicked in and I started feeling my normal self again. If this had happened and I was not pregnant, I would of just taken some Night Nurse and had a couple of early nights and felt much better. Paracetamol does not cure everything unfortunately.

I am hoping that this is my last illness of the pregnancy. I have 8 weeks left at work until maternity leave starts and I have lots of things to do before I hand over to my cover position. We also have some more sorting/decorating of the house to do before baby arrives so I hope the rest of the third trimester progresses smoothly and I can just get on with things at a slight slower pace than normal. *Fingers Crossed!!*

I hope everyone else who is pregnant at the moment is feeling good and not sick like I was. If you are ill, please say hello and even if you are not ill, please say hello anyway, I would love to meet you 🙂

Weeks 23-26: I’m feeling hot, hot, hot!

Sorry for the lack of updates recently. I have been really busy at work and we have started sorting out the house for the new arrival so I have not had much time for blogging. Whenever I have had a chance to put my feet up, I have used it as now my bump is getting bigger, I am finding it slightly harder and more uncomfortable to get around.

Over the last few weeks, I have generally been OK. People keep on telling me I am blooming but it does not always feel that way. One minor problem I have had is a water infection (sorry if TMI) which led to a few painful uncomfortable days but I am much better now. I would like to thank the wonderful @birthaffinity, @wholesomecook, @louisesims, @cafebebe for all their advice, help and support. You guys are great! 🙂

At the moment the heat is driving me bonkers. It is just simply too hot and humid. I cannot escape it anywhere. I am not usually one to complain about us actually having a British summer time, but I just simply feel like I am melting. I am enjoying pregnancy yoga and intend to keep that up for the rest of pregnancy and hopefully beyond too. I have brought a birthing ball and have found it works wonders for my back. I highly recommend them to any pregnant ladies out there.

Hope you have a lovely week. I will be back soon with another post 🙂

PS: I have done a review of the HotMilk Blaze Nursing bra. Please check it out here on Bras 4 Mum’s.

PPS: I have also done another diary entry for Bras 4 Mums too. You can find it here.

Week 21-22: Up and Down

Hello everyone. Sorry for the lots of photo posts recently. Bump, Stuart and I sneaked a holiday to Majorca last week. We had a fantastic time and for the first time in ages, I actually felt the right temperature. I have been feeling warm for months and over there, it did not matter as it was warmer anyway. It wad great. Bump is doing lots of moving and growing, which I love. Its like having a little friend with you all the time. I am generally loving being pregnant at the moment, except at the start of this week, I pulled a muscle in my back and I brought a bug off holiday with me too.

I am feeling much better now but at the start of the week, I felt awful and all you can take is paracetamol. Paracetamol does not cure all illnesses. I wish it did. I have started pregnancy yoga and did my second session on Wednesday. It sorted me out and made me feel really good about myself again. I love it.

For the first time in a while, I actually felt confident about my body while I was on holiday.  The last couple of years I have felt that I have had a bit too much weight on me, but this year it did not matter. It’s a great feeling and one I do not have very often. I brought this costume from Bras 4 Mum’s and I love it. It was featured in Mother & Baby this month too.

This weekend is another busy one. I am hoping it calms down soon so we can start sorting out the nursery. Tomorrow, Bump and I are going to a cupcake class with Cupcakes by Chrissie and on Sunday, my friend Ali is getting married and I will be wearing this lovely dress from Lush Mummy.

Hope you all have a great weekend 🙂