I can’t believe I’m at this stage of my pregnancy already. It has literally just whizzed by and now I’m 38 weeks pregnant with our baby boy due in less than a couple of weeks. I’ve been closely monitored throughout my pregnancy as I’ve been diagnosed with polyhydramnios (excessive fluid around baby) and this pregnancy update follows my final scan and review with the consultant at 38+4 weeks.
At my last scan (the week before Christmas) baby boy was lying transverse across my tummy. One of the features of polyhydramnios is that there’s pockets of extra water around baby in the womb so he can easily move around in there without being restricted. My consultant wasn’t too concerned about him lying in this position as babies are known for their gymnastics (although not generally at this late stage of pregnancy) and can move around but a follow up appointment was arranged to see how he was lying ahead of my due date.
Yesterday, I had my final growth scan and review and baby boy was found to be breech with his head up between my ribs and both his feet up by his head (frank breech presentation). I was scanned by a consultant sonographer and a doctor who was training to use the sonography equipment. I’d been scanned previously by the doctor and she was a bit heavy handed with the probe so wasn’t looking forward to it. Thankfully she was much kinder this time around and didn’t press on my tummy too hard. With all the extra fluid in there, my tummy feels so stretched it almost feels bruised so I hate anyone touching it.
They both spent a good twenty minutes scanning my tummy, finding the measurements and various parts of baby boys anatomy. They looked at his head, his face and chubby cheeks down to his tummy and his organs. We could see his kidneys, his strong beating heart and a full bladder, his testicles were on full show too (typical Shilton boy!)
During the scan, baby boy was moving around and we could see him on the screen having a shuffle around. Towards the end of the scan, baby boy had moved one of his legs downwards so he then had one foot up by his face and another down in my pelvis (footling breech). The sonographer was in awe of how wriggly he was and mentioned that if I wasn’t due to deliver baby boy by caesarian section they would definitely be talking to me about it now.
We were given a couple of photographs which was lovely as it’s been such a nice way to record his growth along the way. I cannot wait to see what our baby boy looks like! We met with the consultant after the scan and she was happy with his growth. After the initial concerns of him being on the small side, he’s definitely caught up and is bang on where he should be. I know growth scans are only an estimate until he’s born but I think we can expect an 8lb baby which is only a few ounces smaller than what Olly was when he was born four days overdue.
The consultant was happy that my polyhydramnios hasn’t increased so I was pleased with that but she mentioned that they’ve made a referral to the neo-natal team for once he’s born. This is to ensure that he’s as healthy as he should be and there’s nothing physically wrong with him that they couldn’t see inside the womb; i.e that he’s swallowing fluid and peeing as he should be.
We left the appointment with confirmation of our baby boy’s delivery date which is some time next week. I am so excited that by the end of next week, I’ll be a Mama of two. I’ve got a pre-op appointment at the hospital on Saturday so I’ll be finding out more about what time they need me on d-day and all the rules about what I can eat and drink, any medication I need to take and everything else that I need to know.
We are all set for baby boy’s arrival now and feel so much more relaxed knowing that his delivery will hopefully calm and relaxed. I’ve heard so many stories of elective sections so I’m hoping mine will be the same and it’ll be a million miles away from what I experienced with Olly’s emergency section delivery.
Wish us luck!
I’m linking this post up with Jenny’s Bumps and Babies Linky at Lets Talk Mommy