Category: Pregnancy

My Labour/Delivery story

Hello all this is part 1 of 2, the second will include the little journey my son Clayne had once he was born.
I have tried to shorten this post as much as I can because it’s a LONG story but I don’t want to bore you all.

On the 24/06 I was booked in to be induced with my little boy due to his tummy being enlarged ( down to his condition PUV- in the next post part 2).
Not much happened on the Sunday, I was admitted, observations checked, examined, monitored and then the Pessary was placed. I was told I would be checked in 24 hours and that the pessary can last for up to 30 hours.

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On the Monday not much happened until the afternoon, I was starting to get some twinges but was told my contractions were not painful and I was no where near regular.
I was again monitored and just advised to use the birthing ball.

Due to the ward being busy I was not checked at 1530 for my 24 hour check, therefor I was next checked at 2100, at this point I was starting to feel regular contractions and they were increasing in pain. When the midwife examined me she said I was only 2cm but was willing to remove the pessary.

After a couple more hours at about midnight my contractions were extremely painful, they kept monitoring me and said my contractions were all over the place and that this could go on for hours before I began having regular contractions.

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I was taking Paracetamol and Oramorph at this point for pain relief. By 1 am I couldn’t take the pain anymore, the pain relief was not taking the edge off and I asked to be examined again. The midwife looked at how often my contractions were and said I still wasn’t regular and there was no way that I was far enough along to go to labour ward. After I begged her to check she examined me and said that I was actually 4 cm and ready to go to labour ward……. this was the best news ever.

Once on labour ward around 2 am I was immediately offered gas + air which definitely made me feel drunk ( no other way to explain it). After this bits and pieces are a little foggy and time flew by. At around 10/11 am I was so tired, and the pain was just increasing ( little did I know until I was 10cm that my little boy was turning with every contraction and was then back to back). At this point I opted for the epidural which worked so well for me, I was then able to nap on and off between contractions and get some energy. This did mean that I had to have a catheter inserted due to reduced mobility and strain.

At around 1500 I was examined and told I was 10 cm, Craig and I were so excited and ready to go. My contractions were never regular but the midwife was monitoring and telling me when to push. After 3 contractions and pushing for a total of 30 mins my little boy was not moving and his heart rate was dipping with each contraction.
My midwife called in another nurse who examined me and said that my little boy had turned and that I was going to need help to deliver him.

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The doctors were already aware of the complications my little boy could have once born so they were keen to make sure he was not stressed further and decided to take me to theatre. ( Link to complications – My Baby pregnancy update – possible concerns – Posterior Urethral Valve???)
In theatre they explained they would like to do an episiotomy (small cut – I won’t go into details about the after care), use a Kiwi suction cup to turn him which they used twice on him, and then use forceps to guide him out while I pushed. If this didn’t work then it would be an emergency c section.
I was very lucky to have the original plan, which meant I did not need the C section.

Pushing was very odd as I was completely numb from the middle of my abdomen right down to my toes, I didn’t feel I was doing much at all.
It was very scary having about 20 people in the room, 4 of them were just for my baby so they could take him to intensive care.

At 16:51 my baby boy Clayne Joseph Allan Jones was born. My midwife was so lovely, she managed to get Clayne so I could cuddle him before they took him to examine him. If it wasn’t for her we would have never got a cuddle.
The whole birth was emotional for me and Craig but in a happy way, we both instantly fell in love with our little boy.

I will complete a separate post to explain what happened to Clayne once he was born and his first week in this world. All spent in hospital, so please follow and keep an eye out.

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My Baby pregnancy update – possible concerns – Posterior Urethral Valve???

Hey all, so this is something new.
As my pregnancy comes to the end I have had a few concerns which I wanted to share to possible meet other mums + dads who’s little ones have the same complications.
As I am writing this I am 37+5 weeks pregnant (13/06/18) and having a little boy, very exciting. We have his room ready, he owns more clothes than I do….. this is not fair, and I am ready for him to come now.
I want to chat to you all today about my journey, and the possibility that there is a possibility our little man has what is called posterior urethral valve – affects the bladder and kidneys (common in 8-10,000 baby boys).

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Let me introduce you all to Craig and I 🙂 – we have been together for over 9 years now. Our little bubba was not planned and I found out I was 4 weeks pregnant in October 2017, he was a shock to the both of us, however we are so excited to start our little family and look forward to the new learning curve.

This post will be a little long but I have lots of information for those of you interested.

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Here was our first scan where baby was exactly 12 weeks old 🙂 I was so glad I kept track of my periods to ensure everything was accurate. At this point nearly all of us on both sides of the family were pretty sure we were having a girl. Craig on the other hand was adamant we were having a little boy – he was right AGAIN 😛 .
At this point we were told we were at low risk of downs syndrome, baby was a good size and very healthy. He was that active that he kept shooting across the screen, the midwife couldn’t keep up.

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Here our baby was 18+1 weeks old. We paid for a private scan to see our little ones gender and have a 4D sneaky peak. We are so glad we did this as we were disappointed with the photos from our 20 week scan, we were rushed and just sent away.
This scan was with Window to the womb in Exeter, they were fantastic. They spent their time on us, made sure we were happy, and kept scanning until we had plenty of photos that we were happy with. They also included a video of our scan as well as a teddy with bubba’s heart beat inside.
This photo/scan is my favourite, I mean look at his little nose, adorable. This was when we found out we were having a little boy. He was so active at this scan too and wanted us to see his little man parts before anything else haha.

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After our 21 week scan we were told we would not be having another one which is normal. At this point everything to do with his bladder and kidneys were normal. As time went on our baby was beginning to measure on the large scale, and appeared to have quite a large growth spurt.
Around 30 weeks I saw a consultant about my heart rate – I used to have SVT which caused my heart to speed up at random times, I had an ablation in 2013 but since being pregnant I was getting palpitations more often, so I was referred to see a consultant. Anyway the appointment went well, however because he was measuring big still she referred me to have a growth scan just to double check it was him that was large.

So following my growth scan at 31+5 weeks the sonographer said the baby appeared to have an enlarged bladder, enlarged kidneys especially his left and that I need to see the consultant again.
We saw the same consultant I had met at 30 weeks the next day who asked for the gender to help with diagnosis, after she did a scan herself she came to a conclusion which was upsetting to me and my other half but gave us all scenarios. As his enlarged kidneys and bladder had not shown at our 20 week scan she was very hopeful that our little man could be treated fast.

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(Baby shower cake)

So possible diagnosis is that our little boy could have what is called Posterior Urethral Valve which only happens to boys, after some internet research it can affect 8,000-10,000 baby boys.
So basically (holding back my medical jargon), bubba has a small bit of skin that may or may not have grown at the bottom of his bladder preventing him from passing urine (But as there was a lot of fluid around him, the consultant thinks he is passing urine whether it be small amounts or he is holding it in).
Even though the fluid around him is good her concern was that he must be retaining some urine as his bladder was enlarged as well as both kidneys, which means he is backing up.
There is no rush to induce him, his lungs looked perfect which showed the fluid is not backing up too far and getting into his respiratory system, he is swallowing the fluid around hi, and processing it well.
While he is still in me my placenta does most of the work for him therefor his kidneys won’t need to do so much work.

complications – treatment

When bubba is born he will have a few tests in the first 24 hours. These tests include an USS of his abdomen, blood tests and fluid monitoring of how much he passes. The consultant has reassured me that it will not be rushed, I can have a normal labour, skin to skin contact, breast feed and get plenty of cuddles. All I have to do is make sure he gets all these tests before we leave the hospital.

USS – If the Ultra sound scan shows that bubba has this flap of skin in his bladder we will be sent to Bristol straight away with him having a catheter inserted. In Bristol bubba will have to have a cystoscopy under general anaesthetic to burn away the skin – which should hopefully mean it is all over with and he won’t have any more issues, but just to have follow up appointments.
Blood tests –He will have a few sets of bloods taken to check that he is not in Renal failure ( kidney failure) due to his enlarged kidneys, this is the worst scenario. If he does have renal failure he won’t be able to have dialysis until he is 1, and may need a transplant when old enough. Obviously this freaked me out, however being a nurse I understood the complications.
Fluid monitoring –He will be on a strict fluid chart, because if he is passing urine we need to measure exactly how much. We have to monitor to make sure that his bladder has not gone into spasm due to being so enlarged. If his bladder is struggling he will need surgery at some point to take some of his stomach and make it into a bladder for him.

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Throughout this whole process Craig has been amazing, so supportive. He is going to be the best dad. Being a nurse I should be supporting him and explaining information in more depth however I was the one who was an emotional wreck.
Obviously everything is a mystery until our little man is born.
If you would like to know my delivery story I will do an up date post, and I can then tell you all how everything went down.
We are both excited to meet our little boy and cannot wait to see who he looks like, get to see his personality and finally give him some cuddles.

Please comment below if you have been through this, want to know what happens, or have more suggestions for posts on my baby.

xoxo

? Bringing back makeup reviews ? Baby updates?

September 2017

Hello all,

This post is a little different.  I love reviewing books for you all, however I have to admit I struggle to keep up with a book a week to review.  I just feel I am not giving to you what you have all subscribed for.

I want to continue to review, promote, share books with you all as this is a passion of mine.  But to include more content I was wondering if you would prefer for me to bring back some makeup reviews.

The makeup reviews will just be my impression, no tutorials as I am no way a makeup Guru ( I can’t draw on brows or do eyeliner haha).

I have also wondered if I bring in a new weekly post dedicated to my pregnancy.  I am now 24 weeks pregnant, will be 25 on Friday.  Again not sure how many of you would be interested.

 

Please leave a comment below with what you think.  And leave suggestions. 🙂

I want to thank you all for subscribing and continuing to follow me, I really appreciate you all – love you.