Monday, January 30, 2006

Spanner + Works = Unhappy Panda

I had the follow-up antenatal appointment back in Consultant Care section this morning to discuss Spudly's errant placenta. I have a nice little box to pop myself into now, called Grade 1 placenta praevia. Its not serious enough to require a definate "there's no way that's coming out the normal way", but it is serious enough for me to be permanently kicked out of the Birthing Centre and kept in the High Risk area, in case I start haemorrhaging or he gets stuck or his head doesnt engage.

With the placenta at 3.3cm from the cervical opening, the head of department is happy to take a wait-and-see approach: wait for another month and see if his head starts to engage. If not, then we have another ultrasound.

For now, we have a very healthy and active Spudly who seems rather keen on getting out through my belly button. I just have to get used to the fact that despite all my plans, this birth may not be so Crunchy after all.


14 comments:

  1. I am so sorry! I really really hope that the placenta co-operates so all will be crunchy and good. It would be so hard for me too, to accept a c-section and be happy about it. Sending good vibes your way...

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  2. SHYEEIT! A month eh? wow, doesn't feel like we have that long. My mom lurves you btw!

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  3. Awww CRAP! Quelle bummer... hope that damn placenta decides to migrate north for a change of scenery before the big day...

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  4. You're the third pregnant woman on my blog list with placenta previa. Stacy from The Unproductive Reproductive (http://unproductivereproductive.blogspot.com/) and Karen from Missed Conceptions (http://missedconceptions.typepad.com/) are both facing the same problem.

    I hope Spudly boots that placenta back to where it should be and there's no more nasty surprises.

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  5. No matter what happens you will find a way to get the crunch back in it. Hoping that placenta moves it's ass outta the way. *hugs*

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  6. It must be quite common because I've heard of a lot of women with it. It sucks you can't go to the birth clinic but at least you're getting properly cared for. How do they diagnose it? Is it from ultrasound?

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  7. Oh Panda I'm sorry. Is there anything at all that can encourage it to rise? Acupuncture? Keeping your legs up?
    I've got my fingers crossed that you'll get your crunchy plan...

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  8. Jaysus babe bit of a bummer - but hey I can think of 2 things here that are not quite cliched enough to be insincere (mostly because I completely and utterly love ya guts and wanna make ya feel better) - and they are: 1) Spudly's fine and healthy and probably happy as!! and 2) Everything always works out ok in the end... so who knows - maybe crunchiness can still be yours?! xxx

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  10. this might make you feel better babe:

    http://thesurrealist.co.uk/monkey.cgi?att=Polly+Pissypants&def=Schwednesday+the+Wharfie+Whomper

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  11. I'm sorry - and all that work on a birth plan! There is some comfort that you are being looked after so well. Hope everything goes okay now - and stay away from any more spanners!

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  12. I've had an emergency C-Section (becuase of complete placental abruption) and although the thought of having a caesarean is scary, I can honestly tell you that from my experience it wasn't too bad and awful. and the recovery was kinda ok too. I was back at work P/T 3 weeks later. I mean, the bottom line for me was wanting a healthy, live baby, right?

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  13. Oh Panda I'm sorry. Is there anything at all that can encourage it to rise? Acupuncture? Keeping your legs up?
    I've got my fingers crossed that you'll get your crunchy plan...

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  14. I am so sorry! I really really hope that the placenta co-operates so all will be crunchy and good. It would be so hard for me too, to accept a c-section and be happy about it. Sending good vibes your way...

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