So, I know I’ve been extremely slow over the past 12 months. So slow in fact, that for months, I did not blog at all.
Well, I told you I was sick, but I didn’t exactly explain why. If you aren’t on my personal Facebook page, you may not be aware that after many prayers and much waiting, David and I are expecting!
This image is from our 12 week scan, which umm, was a rather long time ago. See, I’m currently 38 weeks pregnant and due any day now. Our new little one is growing beautifully. While the last couple of weeks of pregnancy are far from fun (lightning crotch anyone??), I’m just so grateful to not be constantly throwing up or terrified that I would haemorrhage due to a low lying placenta that everything seems absolutely perfect and magical now.
With my first pregnancy (nearly 10 years ago now), I suffered from Hyperemesis Gravidarum (severe and unrelenting nausea and vomiting in pregnancy), which was way less known back then and often ignored by primary care physicians as “just morning sickness”. My first pregnancy was horrendously undertreated as I was unable to keep down the anti-emetic drugs that I was prescribed and there was simply nothing else offered.
With this pregnancy, I became extremely sick again, yet this time I had my mother here to help me with JJ and the everyday running of our home while I battled through the worst of it. I was also medically treated much, much quicker this time and with much more effective, newly available disolvable drugs that kept me out of the ER and away from IV fluids. Despite this, I was still vomiting unrelentingly for the first 6 months of this pregnancy, lost a significant amount of weight in the first 4 months, and slowly crawled out of the misery by October. Since then, I’ve regained most of the weight I had lost, reclaimed my kitchen (and the ability to eat without gagging), and most recently began to thoroughly enjoy my pregnancy, despite the discomfort of the third trimester.
Early on in this pregnancy, I was also diagnosed with a low lying placenta and told to rest as much as possible to help prevent a significant bleed, and that it was likely that I would need a caesarian section to deliver this baby as the placenta was close to covering the cervix, making a vaginal birth impossible and extremely dangerous. Fortunately (by the grace of God!) my latest scan (at 33 weeks) showed the placenta has moved to the minimum distance from the cervix. This means that barring any further complications, I should be able to have another “natural birth” this time around.
Thank you as always for your prayers and your support. It means such a great deal to all of us.