Earlier last week, I had my 34 week scan and review with my consultant. Throughout the third trimester of my pregnancy, I’ve been having ultrasound scans to check baby boys growth every two weeks. Initially it was due to his low weight (he was measuring on the 10th centile) but then it was discovered that the amniotic fluid surrounding baby boy was on the high side (90th centile) and I was diagnosed with polyhydramnios.
During the scan this week, baby boy has grown and is now an estimated 5lb 15oz which is brilliant for 34 weeks. He’s also managed to turn himself around and is no longer breech. Unfortunately my waters are still on the high side and have increased again. I’ve been reassured that they’re not dangerously high but are on the high side and enough to be concerned about.
With this in mind my consultant has been discussing my birthing options with me for a few weeks now. One option is to birth naturally (VBAC) or my other option is to have an elective caesarean section. The trouble with having increased waters is that although baby boy appears to be head down at the moment, as there’s plenty of room in there for him to move around, he can literally spin around without much trouble. As with all births, there are risks involved and what I’ve heard from my consultant is that there are increased risks with me attempting a natural delivery. I’m at risk of my previous section scar rupturing, his limbs could present first or he could be breech and the cord could fall down around baby’s neck. All risks of which I’m not wishing to take.
I am literally terrified that something is going to go wrong and I’ve been feeling really anxious about it all. I’ve discussed my birth options with my husband and he’s being very supportive insisting it’s my choice. He’ll support me in whatever decision I make and I know that can be said for the rest of my immediate family too!
It’s not a decision I’ve made lightly but ultimately, I need to ensure the safe arrival of baby boy and myself. I’m already a mum of one and cannot risk anything happening to me. With all the risks explained and having had time to think about my options, I’ve decided to opt for an elective caesarean section which will be done in the week prior to my due date. I feel more comfortable knowing that there’s a plan in place for his birth and I left my appointment on Wednesday with a date when baby boy will be born. I’m mindful that if baby boy decided to come naturally, that I would probably be rushed in for a section but I’m hopeful that he won’t arrive early and will stay put.
Now the decision has been made that he’ll be born via an elective caesarean, we need to keep an eye on my waters and if they’ve increased again at my next growth scan, there could be a possibility of bringing forward the original section date. I’m at risk of pre-term labour with the polydramnios (as the waters are literally stretching my uterus and stomach) and with only 5 weeks to go, we could have an early Christmas present! I’ve packed my hospital bags just in case and will be trying to take it as easy as I can over the next few weeks.
I’m trying to remain as calm as I can, the thought of major surgery is a little terrifying but I know I will be in good hands. I appreciate an elective caesarean isn’t an easy option, it’s a major operation and the recovery period afterwards will be tough but I need to ensure both of us are safe and we make it home to start family life as a four. Send positive vibes friends!