One more week and I’m at the halfway point of this pregnancy. I am 19 weeks pregnant. How exciting!
So what’s happened this week? The bump has grown, I have put on 1.3 kg, which is excessive according to my phone app “I’m Expecting”. Ooops! Lucky the chocolate stock from Christmas is fast diminishing.
Physically, I am still hindered by Pelvic Girdle Pain and SPD (symphysis pubis dysfunction). I just can’t win: Standing aggravates it, sitting is torture. Depending on my sitting position, I am either in agony in the Symphysis pubis (pubic bone) area or the lower back. … Hahahaha…I know, I should just listen to my body and be horizontal all the time! (I wonder what the family would make of that!)
Good news is, I have seen a physiotherapist and talked to an expert at the Pelvic Partnership. According to the Pelvic Partnership, based on their research managing the condition is all about being properly aligned. My physiotherapist checked my skeletal alignment thoroughly and seems to think things are pretty well in place in. She also gave me 3 exercises to do daily to ensure that the core muscle of the abdomen stay strong and engaged. If these muscles weaken, then other muscles take over (as the body is cleverly designed to do that) and that will pull me out of balance and into strange postures, creating more pain.
According to Babycentre Sticky Bean measures about 15cm long from crown to rump and weighs about 240g. The top of my uterus (womb) now reaches my belly button and will grow about a centimetre a week… but I can actually feel mine already well above my belly button.
Sticky Bean is swallowing amniotic fluid and the kidneys continue to make urine. Hair on the scalp is sprouting too. Sensory development reaches its peak this week. The nerve cells serving each of the senses – taste, smell, hearing, seeing and touch – are developing in their specialised areas of the brain. Nerve cell production slows down as existing nerve cells grow larger and make more complex connections.
Sticky Bean is moving around a lot in the last weeks. I feel fluttering or have a slight muscle twitching-like sensations several times a day, usually just as I sit down for a rest.
Next week is going to be a big week, one that I am rather apprehensive about:
I have my 20 week scan scheduled for Tuesday. I know I shouldn’t be worried! However, as I get older, the risks are higher for anomalies. I try to remain positive. Keep your fingers crossed for us, will you?
The other big appointment is with an obstetrics consultant: I have been referred because of post partum haemorrhage with both previous pregnancies. The second one was rather dramatic. ..that and the fact that on my booking appointment with my midwife I requested to have a homebirth, I think freaked her our considering my history.
There is a lot riding on the consultation. I am petrified of having to labour in the hospital, in a windowless room, not having access to a birthing pool. (The hospital only has one birthing pool, if that is in use or being cleaned, then that’s it!) Further, I don’t want to have to disrupt a calm gradual labour by having to get into a car, go to the hospital, then the hassle of being assessed, possibly being sent home.
I watch the series One Born Every Minute on Channel 4 and dread having to go through that. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not afraid of labour! In fact, I felt empowered by both previous labours. Somehow I feel that by not being on home ground I will loose that empowered feeling, be out numbered and my concentration on following my instincts disrupted. I want to stay at home, I want my own environment, my own pool.
Am I selfish by wanting a homebirth with my history? Will I be endangering my own life and possibly that of Sticky Bean’s?
.Did you miss the week 18 of pregnancy?