Hearing your baby’s heartbeat for the first time….wow, now that is amazing!!
We had our midwife appointment – the usual 16 week appointment, but I was 17+4, but it was the date that fit with the diary for both my partner and I. It was a great experience, though very short, probably just 30 seconds. It gave me a smile!! He smiled too, no tears this time though!! The only thing we didn’t do was the wee sample, I got a bit of stage fright, as I wasn’t sure how long before I was allowed to wee in the pot, so left it fairly last minute. The midwife said it was ok this time, but next time I MUST bring the pee in the pot. I think she was really busy, as she is the community midwife so goes all over the area, and I’m sure I wouldn’t have been the last one she had to see that day.
We also got our date through from the hospital for our 20 week scan, which is the 17th July, then our next midwife appointment is the 7th August. Having all these dates booked in makes it seem like time is going so fast!!
Waking up to a wet patch on your pyjama top…the not so amazing part of pregnancy…
So over the past week or so, I have been waking up most days with wet patches on my pyjama top…I’m producing colostrum, which according to the internet is what you produce to help you produce milk. If I squeeze my boobs they leak, so when I lie down on my side, obviously they are getting slightly squashed from the way I lie, so are leaking at night time. I’m wondering how long it will be until they just leak without any persuasion?! I need to go shopping and get a proper maternity bra, and those pads that you put inside your bra to soak up any leakage.
It’s not been so bad the past week while my partner has been away I’ve kind of accepted waking up with patches on my top etc, but now he’s back I find it really embarrassing, and the first night I had trouble sleeping because I was so conscious about it. Of course, he doesn’t see it that way, he sees it as this amazing thing my body is doing and because he was born 8 weeks premature, the fact my body is producing/on its way to producing milk already, it makes him really happy to see that our baby will be well fed!!
The only good thing that has come out of this, is the fact that if I do produce excess milk, I would express for the premature babies, who are often desperate for breast milk. It’s always been something I’ve considered, but after reading that ladies who start leaking early do not suffer with not producing, it sort of just set in stone my feelings. Having a very strong beautiful man in my life that was tiny, frail and born 8 weeks early also helps of course!!