The end is in sight. Or so I'm told. Although many places still cite 37+0 onwards as term, many specialists are now saying that needs redefining and that true term isn't until at least 39 weeks.
I've never spontaneously gone into labour, it's always followed a sweep. My waters have never broken on their own, they've always been broken in labour by a Midwife. The only time i've ever given birth before my due date was with The Preschooler at 39+4 after a sweep the day before due to BP and pain.
Yet despite all that, you start to feel like a ticking time bomb at this stage.
Rationally you know you have several weeks yet. You know from your own history that the chances of anything happening a)early or b) spontaneously are minuscule. Yet your mind still plays that dastardly game of 'what if's' because no matter how small the chance is it's still there. You live in a spasm of hope and of fear that things will start. You brick yourself at the thought it could happen then scowl in misery when another day goes by without so much as a twinge.
I want her to have as long as she needs.
But I've had enough.
I know all woman say that at this stage but I have genuinely had enough.
I spend most of my time at home on the birthing ball or in bed because of the pain. I only really leave the house once a week. It's been like this for months. Pelvic pain. Hip pain. Back pain. Sciatica. Pain. Pain. Pain. It hurts to sit, it hurts to stand, it hurts to walk. Turning over in bed feels like my body is breaking into pieces.
It doesn't stop there. Then there's the Insomnia, i'm averaging around 4 hours sleep a night. Not good for anyone, especially for a pregnant woman. Throw into the mix that the person also has M.E.
My emotions and thoughts are unpredictable and unreigned due to my depression and anxiety and lack of medication whilst pregnant. I swing from harrowing black holes of moods to number grey and the occasional break in the clouds.
Then there's the headaches. I have had headaches for the past 12 days. Constant in the background headaches that dull with paracetamol yet never disappear. Every few hours they'll flare and the right side of my head and behind my right eye will throb vehemently. Having avoided analgesics for the other pains I'm having to take paracetamol every 4-6 hours daily and it still doesn't cure the headaches. My GP said I could have codeine but we agreed it would be best not to as it can slow baby's movements and seeing as I have anxiety and panic issues and an anterior placenta this would probably tip me over the edge.
My blood pressure did rise, but then lowered again. My GP doesn't think the headaches are pre-eclampsia yet does however think they'll unfortunately have permanent residence with me until I give birth.
I'm officially useless. I can hardly do anything with the kids. I'm miserable. The Husband is having to do everything. I'm missing out on the trips to the park, Thing One's first trip to Blackpool Pleasure Beach, The Preschooler's first trip bowling.
In 14 years I think The Husband has seen me cry a handful of times, if that. Yet two of those have been in the past month or so. I'm finding it incredibly difficult to cope; to exist.
I feel cheated out of cherishing this final pregnancy. I can't enjoy it. I know i'm lucky and blessed. I do appreciate being pregnant. I don't even possess the words to describe how much it means to me to be having a fourth baby after being told by The Husband that it would never be. She had other ideas though. our little surprise. She obviously wouldn't take no for an answer.
I know the end is in sight, but the thought of several more weeks of this is overwhelming.
I'm taking EPO as with my other pregnancies, I'm convinced this is what ensured the success of my previous sweeps. My Midwife has agreed to attempt an early sweep at 39+5 and that was before the headaches. I'm torn between breaking down into pieces and begging for one now but a) I know she'd say no b) as horrific as I feel, I wouldn't be comfortable trying to 'make' her come this early as if she was ready I'd be in labour, though technically, a sweep would only work if she was ready anyway. (EPO and RLT prep you for labour but will not trigger it hence why despite popular misunderstood belief neither are natural induction techniques)
I have an inkling she's back to back just like The Preschooler was, nobody realised until he was sliding out. Sure as hell explained the intensity of labour though,
Still have things to do, I still go to bed and wake up with The Preschooler next to me. Not looking forwards to evicting him but I need the bedside cot as it provides extra room for co-sleeping. I think it will be harder for me than for him. He's terribly enamored with his Sonic The Hedgehog bedding for his big boy bed.
These final weeks are so precious.
I just wish I could cherish them.
I'll miss pregnancy when it's over. It's impossible to describe the magic of it. The feeling of being connected. Feeling her grow and move.