I had my second growth scan this week, and baby is still on the small side for gestational age, it's below the 5th percentile, so they've booked me in for another scan, and a sweep at 39 weeks, and an induction on my due date if I haven't gone into labour by then.
It feels so weird to only have two weeks left to go.
My midwife agrees that this is the best plan of action. The baby is most likely fine, but I've been advised that SGA (small for gestational age) babies should be induced if not already delivered by 40 weeks because there is evidence to suggest that they're more likely to have tissue and organ damage if left over 40 weeks and may not be strong enough for delivery, which increases the chance of being stillborn.
She's advised me to get it on the breast, and to feed it up as much as I can, as soon as it's delivered.
I'm a little gutted that, if I am induced, a water birth won't be an option for me - but at this stage of the game, I'm happy to just go along with what I'm being advised. I'm trying to use everything my hypnobirthing has taught me to keep clam and positive about it all. I'm not going to deny myself any form of pain relief I deem necessary though - no epidural guilt for me this time!
I gave birth to Ernie at a midwife led birth centre. It was as low tech as being at home, no access to doctors, or epidurals, we were pretty much left alone for the majority of the time and I found the whole experience excruciatingly painful and ended up giving birth on my back on a bed anyway, and tearing really badly - so surely it can't be much worse than that this time - induction or not.
How far along: almost 38 weeks
Total weight gain: 22lb I'm around a stone and a 1/2 up from my pre-pregnancy weight - which isn't too shabby even if I do feel a bit blobby, and I've most definitely got a moon face. Most of the weight seems to have settled on my thighs, and chin!
Cravings: I eating loads now, simply because I know that I need to get it in while I still can. As soon as I'm back home with a toddler and newborn, there's not going to be much time for snacking.
Miss Anything?: The ignorant bliss of my last run up to birth.
Symptoms: A good night's sleep has long gone out the window. I struggle to get to sleep, and then I wake up around three every morning, finally fall asleep again at seven, only to be dragged out of bed by my son. At a certain point in the afternoon my lower back seizes up - my manic nesting is most likely to blame for this! No lie, I've stripped wallpaper, re-painted an entire floor of my house, and have been using my new handheld steam cleaner on everything and anything I can.
I get the nesting bug bad.
Mood: I feel like I'm on a rollercoaster of emotions, I feel differently about everything from one hour to the next.
On My Mind: I'm just focusing on a vision in my head of a happy healthy me and my new baby, and being able to share that with all of you.