The photo above was taken on Stuart and I’s first holiday together in the Dominican Republic. It was June 2005 and we had been together since the previous October. It was my first holiday away with a boyfriend and it was my first holiday in a tropical climate. I did not know how hot or humid the weather could get until I was there.
While we were there, we relaxed and got to know each other better. We went horse riding, went on a truck safari, tried lots of fantastic new cocktails, had long walks along the beach, watched American TV and ate lots of amazing food. It was one of the best holidays we have ever had and it is one of my best memories. We will probably never be able to have a holiday like this again, especially with a little one on the way. Since this picture was taken we have grown up together and are now ready to face holidays with kids clubs, play areas, early nights and not going abroad (for a little while). We are looking forward to it and embrace the challenge of parenthood that is just around the corner.
Hello everyone. Sorry for the massive delay in between posts. We spent a few days sorting out the house preparing for Bump’s arrival, a few days in Cornwall and then I had a hospital stay. There will be more about the hospital stay in a minute but first, the picture above was taken at 29 weeks and 5 days pregnant at Lizard Point in Cornwall. It was quite windy as you can see but it was sunny too. We had a great time. Its a lovely part of the world and I urge you all to visit it soon
After returning from our few days away, I went back to work and just got on with my job as normal. I had a midwife appointment in the afternoon and I went to do my sample for her before I left work. I looked at the toilet paper and saw that it was covered in blood. I looked into the toilet and saw that it was full of blood. I was surprised and shocked but thought that it was nothing serious, possibly haemorrhoids. I drove home and went to the toilet again and the same thing happened. By this point, I was getting more worried and as soon as Stuart got back we drove to my doctors and saw my midwife virtually straight away.
She checked me over and said that I should get to my local hospital and take a few things and prepare to be kept in overnight. We drove to the hospital, about 15 minutes away and went straight to Triage. They asked me to give them another sample. I tried but it was full of blood again.
Bump was put on a foetal monitor and I was monitored for contractions. Bump’s heartbeat and movements were fine. I was then seen by a doctor who told us, they wanted to give Bump some steroids, through my thigh to help the lungs mature and create more mucus. I could have one now and another in 24 hours time. I knew then I was going to be in hospital for at least 24 hours. We were both a bit panicked and scared by this point. The baby can’t come now. We are nowhere near ready for its arrival. This and all sorts of silly things started going through my mind.
I was moved to the maternity ward and left to start my first ever night in hospital. I heard more women in labour then I ever wanted to hear. Its not much fun to listen to at 2am in the morning! My bleeding eventually stopped at 7am. I had already been told that I had to have 24 hours bleed free before they let me out so I knew I was in another night at least. Bump and I were monitored 3 or 4 more times during the day, with the baby’s heartbeat only dropping below 100 once. They were looking for 100-160 beats a minute. I saw another doctor who told me not to worry, that they knew my placenta was low and that I would be scanned at 36 weeks to see where my placenta was. This seemed a bit silly to me as there was obviously a problem now and they were not really doing anything about it.
Stuart treated me to some lovely maternity/nursing pyjamas from Mothercare and I settled in for another night in hospital. The next morning, Bump and I were monitored for one last time and saw another doctor who said that I should have a scan in the next few days to find the source of the bleeding and check the baby’s size. I was also signed off work for two weeks and told to take it easy. We could go home. Yipeeeee! I was told to come back if I saw any more blood, had sharp pains, reduced baby movements or my waters break. I was also advised by my midwife to start my maternity leave early.
I had a scan a few days ago. Bump is growing fine and is exactly the size they expect it to be. My placenta is partially blocking the exit route so I have Placenta Previa. They were unable to find the source of the bleeding so I have been told again to take it easy and rest as much possible as I am more at risk of another bleed now I have had one. They will rescan me at 36 weeks to see if the placenta has moved as the bump has got bigger.
Sorry for rambling on a bit. I really wanted to share my experience with you all. Have anyone had a similar experience? I would love to hear from you
Thank you for your support as always.
Jo and Bump x