I have recently taken a rather long break from blogging, as you may see looking back at the dates on my previous posts. I honestly didn’t feel very good about taking such a long break, however after discovering that my husband and I were pregnant for the second time and celebrating the happiness of that eventuality, I very quickly became extremely sick and nauseous.
I found that I was no longer able to continue cooking and baking and I no longer had the energy to fit blogging into my life during that period of time, so I therefore made the decision to protect myself and take a break from it, knowing that the months would most likely fly by.
I am now 37 weeks pregnant and whilst I still feel incredibly nauseous – this is something that remained with me throughout the duration of my first pregnancy also – I am excited to begin blogging again after my pregnancy comes to an end. Now that I can see the light at the end of the tunnel, I thought it would be a nice idea to update my blog and explain my absence.
Though it is not something that I have talked about so much on my blog to date, perhaps now is the time to begin a dialogue about my first experience of labour. Whilst I had a very healthy and low-risk first pregnancy, it transpired that my labour was pretty high-risk, to say the least.
I had a temperature in labour so when I arrived at the birth centre at my local hospital, the midwives whisked me over to the labour ward very quickly. I was given antibiotics and as a result I wasn’t able to move around and the labour eventually progressed into theatre with a trial forceps delivery. When our daughter Rosalie was born, she wasn’t breathing very well at all. After an initial assessment, they discovered that she had a punctured lung, pneumonia on the other lung and a broken collar bone. After 24 hours, we were advised that Rosalie and I both had Group B Strep, which was the reason for my temperature in labour. It was only when we realised that if this had been undetected, we would have been sent home and Rosalie may have very quickly been left with severe neurological damage or she could have died within days, that we were extremely grateful for that high temperature in labour; the tiny indication that something was not all well. As it happened, Rosalie was treated with antibiotics in neo-natal for a week and we were blessed enough to take home a perfectly healthy baby at the end of it. Our daughter is now two years old and keeping us on our toes.
Many people aren’t aware of Group B Strep and it is not routinely tested during pregnancy in the UK, apart from in a urine sample at the start of pregnancy. However, Group B Strep is tricky in that, for one, it comes and goes in both men and women so even if it does present at the beginning of pregnancy, it may not be there at the time of labour, or visa versa, and secondly, it is pretty much harmless to most, apart from young babies and elderly people. Even for the women who do have Group B Strep at the time of labour, it is very rare for the baby to contract it, which suggests that in cases where it does occur, such as mine, it may have been due to the fact that I’m not sure when my waters broke and it may have been during that time after my waters broke that Rosalie contacted the infection.
Knowing all of these things and experiencing the terrifying first labour that I did, I found that I had more than a little anxiety during this second pregnancy. Hoping to release some of these emotions, I took part in a pregnancy diary with stylecaster.com, which was eventually published in May 2017. You can read about my experience here.
Also, one more thing I will mention before I finish is that shortly after having written this diary, I took a hypnobirthing course, which I found to be absolutely lifesaving in terms of keeping me positive and changing my perspective on things. I do intend to write more about my hypnobirthing experience in another blog soon, but for now I can say that thanks to that course, I am preparing for a natural hypnobirthing labour in the birth centre, so long as all is well.