|Please Note That..|
2nd Edit: Baby wont be able to move into a different position (except maybe breech) because I have a bicornuate (heart shaped) uterus. Bub doesnt have the room to turn head down now.
Week 30 was fairly uneventful. We had a pretty warm day here and I was strangely thrilled (and then horrified) when my ankles balloned past cankles and into trunks. I only knew my toes were still there because I could see the aqua blue of my nail polish. Starting to waddle because.. well, I'm fat and dont even realise I'm doing it most of the time. No real cravings except for Chocolate which is funny seeings as I never had chocolate cravings until 2 weeks before both of the other 2 were born. More interesting is that I adore choc-coated almonds when I'm pregnant but would never eat nuts when I'm not with child nor do I ever really eat chocolate except for a few squares the day before my period is due. Decide to not see it as an omen and just continue with the ride.
I'm sleeping better and feel mentall and physically in a good place right now. My skin is glowing (still havent had a blemish) and my hair and nails look really healthy.
Week 31: Theres still 2 days to go but I figure I will follow on anyway. Woke up Monday morning with a huge blemish on my face and felt pretty off. Think I've picked up the kids gastro bug so I spend the day on the couch or running to the loo. Felt better on Tuesday except for a really sore bum. Actually, its quite painful and I can hardly move/sit/stand/lay without being in agony. (TMI) But you guessed it, I have a hemorrhoid. Find some cream and consult Dr. Google for some relief - also scare myself in the process.
Wednesday follows the same.
Thursday I made a doctors appt to get some test results and see what can be done to relieve the pain. Turns out I'm B12 and Vit. D deficient as well a few other minor things out of the norm. I can now add 2 Vit. D Capsules to my daily routine and a B12 injection once a week. I was given a script for a suppository and hope that the discomfort will end soon. From there I run to my OB appointment and hope the Dr's are running somewhat one time as I have an apt with the Psyc at another hospital 45mins away with not much time between the two. OB runs L.A.T.E but thankfully I wait it out and the admin girls call the other hospital (their one hospital but 2 sites if that makes sense). OB was the same as last time (still not my fave who now seems to be too good for the clinic!) and we discussed what kind of monitoring to do from here. Told her what Dr. Ford (fave OB) had roughly planned -fortnightly scans from 32 weeks, CTG monitoring fortnightly til 36 weeks then weekly til something changes - and she looked at the scan I had at 25 weeks and said 'oh well everything looked fine then so we might just leave ithe scan til 36 weeks.
Not sure I feel comfortable leaving it so long and decide to discuss it with her after the student does the checks. BP was ok but he was feeling around my pubic bone for the head (poor guy was trying so hard not realising he was never going to find a head there) and when he couldnt find it I told him where it was - right (and I mean HARD under) my left rib, put your hand on your hip/waist curve and theres babys head. Straight body and feet pushing hard out to the left (again, on the hip curve). Student still couldnt feel so OB comes for a feel. She too, is lost - and looks a little curious at the situation. While she is feeling around baby drops its bum to the bottom of my tummy (a V shape) and she feels it briefly and says "I think I found the head here" I look at her like, yeah NO. She laughs and makes the student get the portable U/S machine.
I was right - Of course I was. Baby had moved back to being hard across and she actually had to put the wand on the very curve of my waist/hip to see both the head and the feet. Baby was making (in her words) ace breathing movements and then she went quiet while she wiped the goop off.
While I finished cleaning myself up she looks through my file and asks a few questions about my other two pregnancies. She then back tracks significantly and says that I need to have a proper U/S first thing next week and that she'll book me in to see Dr. Ford next week at his private clinic (he's the senior OB, so to see him outside of the public clinic is great in one way, but means shits starting to hit the fan). I ask her if it all looked ok to which she replies that it does, for now, and that she feels that baby has pretty much run out of room.
The next conversation floored me.
She doesnt think I'll get anywhere near 39 weeks naturally and certainly Dr Ford will be advocating for me to deliver early 38 weeks because if baby stays hard transverse, there is a risk of preterm labour (as baby has no room the body will start to expel it).
** Edit. For some reason I must've accidently deleted a few lines of the above paragraph because as a noter pointed out, it makes no sense. Basically the worry is with bubs transverse lie there is a risk of cord presentation or worse, cord prolapse (cord falls out first). Aparently while its rare, I have a higher chance because of presentation, babys small size and the huge gap between baby and cervix. If I were to left to go 39+3 (which is what I wanted to try) then I'm running a huge risk. Hope that fills in the gaps.
So now I'm looking down the barrel of having a baby in 6 Saturdays - all going well. I'm taking it one appointment at a time and trying to adopt the attitude of what will be will be.
Guess I'd better get a bag packed.