The Last Few Weeks Of My Third Pregnancy


It feels like such a long time ago that I was pregnant but I still remember how I felt during those last couple of weeks of pregnancy. I must admit my third pregnancy was the hardest out of all three and I think the main reason is because I had two other children to look after too, so I couldn't rest as much as I wanted and I had to move around and do things every day. What didn't help was the two day hospital trips every week since I was 27 weeks pregnant. But it was all worth it.
I struggled a lot in the last two or so weeks. I really felt the difference from week 36 to week 37 and then a huge difference again from week 37 to week 38. I found it difficult to walk and extremley difficult to get up from the chair or the bed. I was miserable and just so uncomfortable but still having to look after two children and do every day things because you just can't relax, was tiering. I was lucky I had help with the school runs and if I remember I only walked one or two school runs in my 38th week. I just found it too hard. I was out of breath a lot and all I wanted was my baby to arrive.

I had two appointments every week at my local hospital due to the liver disorder I had called Obstetric Cholestasis. I went every Tuesday and Friday. Every Tuesday I would have my bloods taken and get monitored, I would then get reviewed by the doctor before going home, so I would be at hospital usually from 10am until 1pm {or later!}. Every Friday I would just be monitored and I could go home straight away. I also had other appointments some weeks such as extra consultant appointments, growth scans and the times I went in when I was worried with movements and my itch getting worse with OC. 

My bile acid results were getting higher but luckily they went back down after I took a higher dose of my medication. But I also had to balance the medication out to make myself feel ok as I had bad side effects from the medication. On the Tuesdays where I needed to be reviewed after my blood test results before going home, I had different doctors most times but most of them all said I should be induced between 37 and 38 weeks. This got my mind thinking that I didn't want to wait until 39 weeks to be induced. I wanted the risk of my baby dying to be lower. I wanted him out sooner than 39 weeks and that is when I asked for another appointment with my consultant as it was only her who could make that decision unfortunately. 

{My last bump photo taken the night before I started labour}

I had my consultant date and yet again, it wasn't my consultant but another one. If I am honest - I disliked her the minute she walked into the room. There was just something about her. She was rude and I felt she didn't listen to my worries. I was worried because of how late they were keeping me and also, I was worried with the weight of my baby. She wasn't bothered and I was really dissapointed and upset after the appointment. The only good thing that came out of the appointment was she allowed me to have a sweep at 38 weeks.

At 37 weeks 4 days pregnant at my usual Friday appointment I had my first sweep. I was really nervous. But there was no need because it didn't work. I tried many things such as going for a long walk, moving loads and bouncing on my birth ball. Nothing. I had my second sweep at 38 weeks 1 day, and again, nothing happened. Although, I did have a show every day since my first sweep but that was it. I had one last sweep on a Friday when I was 38 weeks 4 days pregnant, 3 days before my induction date {19th of July} and I didn't put my hopes up. I just relaxed but I did go on the ball again that evening like I did most of my evenings in the last few weeks of my pregnancy. 

The next morning at 8.30am labour started. You can read my birth story here

I really wanted to enjoy this pregnancy because it was my last pregnancy. I am not going to carry a child again. But I just couldn't enjoy it. I was full of worries, I was fed up of doctors and consultants telling me different things, some doctors making out that I didn't know about Obstetric Cholestasis {even though I know a lot about it} and just feeling so uncomfortable all the time. Looking back I do wish I would have enjoyed it more but it's done now. I have my healthy little boy. The boy I have always wanted.


31 comments

  1. Sounds like you had a really worrying pregnancy, but the outcome was totally gorgeous! I loved being prevent the first time, despite a few complications. Second time round though was a different story. I had gone through numerous miscarriages and an ectopic to get to the that point so I really felt I should be enjoying it but I hated every moment. It was just so much harder having another child to look after so I imagine with two little ones and all the hospital trips it must have been hell for you. I had a few consultants and midwives who were very dismissive of my worries and fears and there is nothing worse when you are so vulnerable. Thankfully the last consultant I saw listened to me and allowed to have a c-section at 38 weeks, then on the operating table it turned out I was already starting to rupture and any longer we both might not be here. Sometimes consultants really need to understand that a mother's instinct is strong and not every pregnancy conforms to the medical textbooks. Glad you had a happy outcome xx
    #Bestandworst

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  2. Aw, I'm sorry that you couldn't enjoy it as much as you hoped but all in all, you've got the little boy you've always wanted. That makes up for all the trouble beforehand xo

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  3. Aww I'm sorry to hear you found it tough - I hope you are ok. xx

    www.annanuttall.com

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  4. It is nice to read your story. Sorry it was tough. I had cholostasis in pregnancy too and the end was tough for me. I'm glad it's over for you and you now have your precious baby.

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  5. It couldn't have been easy with two other little ones to look after plus such frequent appointments didnt make things any easier. The end result was definitely worth it.

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  6. Ah it sounds really tough Beth. I can relate, my 3rd pregnancy was very tough too especially toward the end - the pain was almost unbearable and I was on crutches and unable to sleep by 36 weeks. But I'm so glad your beautiful little Freddie is here safely now and it was all worthwhile #bestandworst

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  7. Your little boy is adorable, you'll soon forget all the problems you experienced, I hope.

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  8. Oh he's simply gorgeous....time heals so hopefully you'll soon put the ordeal behind you. How lovely you have a new addition to your family!

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  9. I think in your position I would have felt the same way and been worried. Don't feel guilty about that!

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  10. Sorry to hear that your last few weeks were so uncomfortable but Freddy is here and you have your beautiful baby boy x

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  11. Sorry that you didn't get to enjoy this pregnancy :(
    I am 6 months pregnant with my first and I have loved the past 6 months, but it's starting to get difficult now, and I know it's just going to get harder.

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  12. My third pregnancy was the hardest too. I was pregnant a full month longer with my last than I was my first (my first was born 2 weeks early, my last was induced 2 weeks late!). Still, we created beautiful babies out of our hard work, so it's worth it, isn't it. :)

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  13. Sorry you didn't enjoy your last pregnancy lovely - every pregnancy is so different isn't it xx

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  14. Shame you couldn't enjoy this pregnancy but you got such a cute baby out of it :)

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  15. He's gorgeous! So sorry the pregnancy wasn't enjoyable - I never believed it until now that I am pregnant again but every pregnancy tends to be so different doesn't it?

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  16. Aw I am sorry you didnt enjoy it lovely but what an amazing prize at the end x

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  17. I had OC too with my twins and it was soul destroying as if drove me INSANE. Literally sat scratching myself with a hairbrush until my skin bled. It made pregnancy so unbearable but luckily the girls were born healthy with no complications. It seems such an eternity ago now!

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  19. I'm really sorry to hear you had such a hard time. Your baby is adorable though xx

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  20. It was a bit of a struggle for you hun I remember. Lots of things going on and two girls...had work. Sorry your consultant wasn't undertstanding; it is the worst thing! Freddie is so beautiful though; I have enjoyed seeing all your pics :-) thanks for sharing with #bestandworst

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  21. Sorry to hear you didn't get to enjoy your pregnancy, your little one is adorable x

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  22. Glad to see everything worked out great for you, even though you didn't seem to enjoy your pregnancy x

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  23. Oh hun sorry to hear that you did not have the best of pregnancies that does sound bad. Hope you are ok ?

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  24. I'm sorry you went through all that but the little boy is so handsome. I hear when you have the baby you forget all the pain you went through. :)

    xoxo, Candice
    http://www.candicenikeia.com

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  25. So terrible that some professionals behave so badly, really is not right! Glad to see your little man arrived so huge congrats! x

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  26. Massive congratulations on you lovely healthy little boy! I'm so happy for you! At least, even if you didn't enjoy your pregnancy as much as you had hoped, you can now move of to you next step in life with your three little ones growing up :D

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  27. Your third pregnancy? You're a true hero! So happy for you :)

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  28. Congrats! Sorry you had some issues but look what you have xx

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  29. It is hard work when you already have children and then going backwards and forwards to hospital.

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  30. Really sorry that you didn't enjoy this pregnancy like you wanted. I hope you enjoy baby when they arrive.

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  31. It is really amazing how, even if you've been a mum before each pregnancy is so unique! I'm glad Freddie was born safely and both of you are ok. My main problem throughout pregnancy (was/is) the sickness, which is getting worst on my last week. All the best

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