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Full term in the midst of the olympic buzz

Last night we celebrated hitting the 37 week mark while watching the opening ceremony of the olympics. For us the countdown to the olympics has had a very special meaning because it’s taken us almost as long to get to this point as it has taken London to make the olympics possible. Now it’s all happening right around the corner from us here in East London while we are waiting in anticipation to meet our little baby boy. Everything is buzzing with a typical London combo of excitement and chaos. The chaos part is the worrying bit, because the hospital where I’m giving birth is right in the epicentre of it all. In fact it’s the officially designated hospital for the olympics. Not that the maternity unit as such will be affected by that, but the journey to the hospital will…

On Thursday 2. August we will get a taste of how difficult it is going to be to get there. I’m having a ‘membrane sweep’, which is the first step in the process of induction they have planned. We have been told that they want to ensure that I do not go over 40 weeks because it’s an IVF pregnancy. Apparently there is a higher risk of stillbirth when overdue because the placenta does not work as well anymore. Whether this has more to do with higher maternal age than IVF as such is difficult to say since the two factors often coincide. In any case, we do not see any reason to take the risk so we will go along with the plan.

A membrane sweep is viewed as the natural approach done prior to medical induction. It involves manually stretching the cervix and sweeping inside to try to encourage the release of prostaglandins, which are hormones that help trigger labour. It sounds rather unpleasant, but if it means a chance of avoiding medical induction it is worth the try. How effective it is is questionable. Presumably there should be about 50% chance that you go into labour within 48 hours. But it depends on how ready the cervix is at the time. If it doesn’t work they will do another one a week later. If nothing has happened by my due date (17. August) it will be time for medical induction. By then the olympics will be over, so it will be easier to get to the hospital. But I’m so hoping to avoid medical induction and I’m also just ready for him  to come out now. So fingers crossed for an olympic baby!! 🙂

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Third trimester

I can’t believe the third trimester is here. Today I was thinking back to that moment when a tiny bundle of 8 cells, invisible to the naked eye, was transferred to my womb. Now 6 month later I’m constantly feeling the baby kicks and my bump is growing ever bigger. How amazing it is. And still unbelievable despite the fact that it is also so very real.

I haven’t been blogging for quite some time, because I haven’t had much to write about that has any relevance to what this blog is about. Life has not been so easy lately, but I’m trying hard not to let it overshadow the joy of finally expecting a baby after years of infertility. Therefore I also don’t want to use this space to write about those other things in life that can be difficult.

All I can say is that life’s challenges are definitely not easier to deal with when you are pregnant. The hormones are doing their bit, I’m sure, to significantly lower my ability to cope. In addition it’s hard to deal with the fact that our situation is not how you would want things to be when you are about to have a baby. That overwhelms me with sadness and worry sometimes. Praying for a job for hubby and our own place to live.

Nevertheless, expecting a baby is also giving us a much stronger sense of meaning and purpose than we have ever had before. Yes life can be a struggle, but at least now we are fighting for something more than just ourselves.