My Unplanned Pregnancy – The Third Trimester
My third trimester brought with it the ‘pregnancy waddle’.
The Pelvic Girdle Pain I had been managing paired with my belly growing to such a size that people would often quip that I might topple over. Bending over became almost impossible and breathing wasn’t much easier. I would bump into counters and door frames multiple times a day. I would forget when trying to squeeze past people that I was now smaller facing forwards than I was sideways.
At around 32 weeks my partner and I went on a short vacation interstate. It was an unintentional ‘babymoon’ booked before we became pregnant. I pretty much ate my way around the city. My appetite was so fierce, I would snack around the clock and never really be full. Munching on an apple as we checked in for our flight home, I was told that my doctor’s letter stating that I was fit to fly had expired and I may not be allowed to board the plane. My partner was anxious as the staff rallied to ensure they could let me fly but I felt surprisingly calm. My hyper-emotional state didn’t seem to extend beyond irrational anger towards people breathing too loudly or tearfulness during diaper commercials to anxiety or panic, thankfully.
Eventually I was cleared to fly. After being asked how I was feeling and whether I’d felt the baby move recently, (as he performed somersaults in my belly) multiple times. Apart from feeling a bit silly as I wriggled and kicked my legs constantly throughout the flight in an effort to stave off DVT, I didn’t have any issues with flying while heavily pregnant.
A couple of weeks after returning home, our midwife revealed during an appointment that our baby didn’t seem to have turned. We would need to try to turn him ourselves if I wanted to give birth naturally. Many acupuncture appointments, home moxabustion treatments, headstands, and an ECV later, our baby was still breech. It became clear that we would need to make a date with the surgeon or find a doctor who would attempt a breech birth, of which there are not many where we live. We opted to set a date for a C-Section and continue trying to turn our baby until that date.
By our booked surgery date, I’d made peace with the idea that I would probably be giving birth via C-Section. I hadn’t done a lot of research on what to expect. I think I was really hoping our baby would perform a last minute flip…
…Then The Big Day arrived…
Check out the first part of my unplanned pregnancy story here.
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