The Pregnancy Diaries: 30 Weeks

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Something a bit different, this week, because I’ve recorded my pregnancy diary on video. Lazy? Perhaps, but it has been one of those trying times when the whole household has been ill and I’ve been trying to keep my head above water! Sorry to those who catch up sneakily when they’re at work and can’t watch videos for fear of being found out (there are a few I know of!); normal service will resume.

Here we go then – 30 weeks. Ten to go – or nine, if I have a c-section. Yikes. Why do I get a feeling the time will fly by?

You can read more pregnancy diary entries HERE.

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  1. December 4, 2016 / 8:14 am

    Time really flies in the second pregnancy, and with the second child as well. My boy turns 9 months soon, and it feels like just yesterday we came home from the hospital. I dont remember time going so fast with my daughter.

  2. Pebbles
    December 4, 2016 / 2:42 pm


    Which lipgloss/stick are you wearing in this video? It’s the most beautiful colour… just perfect, really, and something that I’ve been searching and searching for!

    I always enjoy your written updates, but the video makes a lovely change.

    I hope you all feel better soon! x

    • December 4, 2016 / 7:20 pm

      It’s Super Nude from Chanel Holiday collection! xx

  3. Una T. Tuna
    December 4, 2016 / 10:17 pm

    Well, high marks (medium-high marks?) to the NHS for figuring out New Baby is breech BEFORE you went into labor for, what was it—nearly a full day with Angelica before someone figured out she was breech?? It boggles my mind that some (apparently, many) people think a Caesarian is “the easy way” to deliver a baby. I’m not even a mother and it pisses me off. That said, I’ve no doubt you’ll make the best decision for you and your body, Ruth. I hope this birth will be less scary for you than the first, just on principle. But you met each challenge asked of you with Angelica, despite your (well-placed) fears and uncertainties. And I’ve no doubt Mr. AMR will again be the steady source of support and encouragement he was first time round. I’m as excited about the Baby AMR V.2 as if you were my sister or good friend. I guess that’s what happens when you follow someone’s blog for six-pus years. Fingers crossed and lots of prayers that all goes well. I can’t wait to “meet” the newcomer. Cheers.

  4. lucy
    December 29, 2016 / 3:23 pm

    My experience of childbirth is pretty complicated, so I’ll try to keep it short, but I’m hoping my story may give you some clarity to your own situation.

    I had an emergency C-section in October after being induced due to very late on-set gestational diabetes at 39 weeks!! I was never happy with the idea of being induced as I felt the diagnosis was silly and over-the-top, but with the consultant telling me I could have a stillbirth if I didn’t agree to an induction by 40+6 I felt more or less pushed in to making this choice. To cut a long story short, on 22nd of October I had my waters broken at 5-6cm dilated, after labouring for quite a short amount of time. An hour later my baby’s heart rate declined and I was rushed in to theatre to have an emergency c-section. I knew before I was given general anaesthetic that things were not looking good, and by the time I woke up my worst fears were confirmed. My baby was on life-support and was going to be transferred to another hospital to be given brain & body cooling in an attempt to halt any further brain damage. My baby was born without a heartbeat, and it took them 27 minutes to get it going again. 2 days later our baby boy, Thomas, was taken off of life-support so that he could pass away.
    I’m not telling you this to worry you, but to try and give you some context to your decision-making. Not a day goes by when I don’t think about a thousand different scenarios as to how I could have changed the outcome of my pregnancy. I feel angered at the fact that I allowed the consultant to cloud my judgement. In hindsight I never would have agreed to an induction just on the basis of a diagnosis of gestational diabetes. I would have asked for more specific reasons as to why it was dangerous for me to continue until naturally going in to labour, especially as my baby was normal sized, and my glucose levels were always within range. As it goes, I was actually having contractions by the time I arrived for my induction, but my bishop’s score was too low to be considered in labour so they gave me the pessary anyway to speed things up.
    If it wasn’t the actual induction that plays on my mind then it’s the next decision I made, which was to have my waters broken. again, hindsight, and a massive amount of googling has taught me that having my waters broken could have contributed to the rapid decline in my baby’s heart rate, but since meeting with 3 very lovely consultants they’ve put my mind to rest somewhat by saying that my case notes were textbook. There literally were no signs that my baby was going to struggle and my labour went from being OK to being devastating in a timeframe of less than 10 minutes.

    From my experience what I can tell you is that the decision you make has to be what’s best for the baby. Don’t think about the fact that you’ll have to stay in hospital longer or how you’ll then cope with picking the baby up etc etc, as all that matters at this moment in time is how you can bring the baby safely in to this world, and you can only surely make that decision based on the information you have at hand, and the probabilities of what might happen. It’s not about being “too posh to push” but a case of likelihood and safety. Let me tell you, words like probability or phrases like “what are the chances of that happening!” are not phrases I really want to rely on right now, but without hindsight it’s really the only thing we’ve got to go on!! (It turns out, the chances of my baby having a cord prolapse was less than 1% and of those that do, associated fetal death in hospitalised births is 0-3%!!! in other words, I was extremely unlucky!!!).

    I am now in the situation where I want to plan for my next pregnancy, and your blog has helped me a lot, especially knowing that you’ve also had a previous emergency c-section. For my next pregnancy, I am without a doubt having an elective c-section. My decision is based on the fact that the doctors aren’t 100% convinced that cord prolapse was the complete reason for my baby to be born in such poor condition, and also because statistics show that a c-section is the safest way for a baby to be born following a previous c-section. If I were to go against these facts and go for a natural birth then there are so many other unknowns which I cannot control or plan for in childbirth which could bring harm to my baby. I am not willing to take this risk, and neither should anyone else.

    C-sections are not the nicest of things, but for some they are a necessary way of bringing a baby safely in to this world. I’m not saying that there aren’t risks, but at least such a procedure is as controlled as it can possibly be. I’d give anything to hold my baby in my arms – even if it meant I’d have to wait a few weeks to do so without feeling the pain from a c-section. It beats the pain of having to watch my baby pass away in my arms.

    • December 29, 2016 / 9:25 pm

      Lucy I am so sorry, I can’t even begin to imagine how devastating this is. My heart goes out to you and I send all of my love and best wishes – thank you for spending the time to leave a comment when it must be painful just writing about your experience. Or perhaps it’s somehow cathartic – I hope so, in a small way. Thank you, also, because this has actually made me more focused about the whole VBAC issue – I was still sort of on the fence, but you’re right. It’s not about the recovery or the inconvenience, it’s about the safest option. Thank you. xxx

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