Last Wednesday we found out that i am pregnant with number 2! We had been trying for over 8 months and were very joyful but scared when we found out the news.
My son was born prematurely at 27 weeks gestation due to PPROM & spontaneous labour. There was nothing that could be done to stop the labour as i was too far dilated by the time i reached the hospital. He was born weighing 1140 grams and spent 3.5 months at Monash Medical Centre in Victoria. The care there was nothing short of amazing, the best journey we could have had considering the circumstances of having a premature baby.
I had the perfect pregnancy with no complications leading up to his early birth. We have no family history of prematurity in either family so it was nothing we expected to happen. Things happen for a reason i believe as it led me to create this website and support for families of premature babies so in a strange way i am glad we had a premmie baby as it has opened up a whole new world for myself and my family.
At this stage of pregnancy i am 7 weeks along and feeling very nauseas. I certainly don’t miss this feeling as i am also very tired and always feeling bloated. It is only early days but i had a scan yesterday and everything seems to be going great, bubs with a heartbeat nice and strong.
In the next few weeks i will be receiving a referral from my local GP for Monash to monitor my pregnancy. Due to having Ronan at Monash they have my history about the birth and i feel very safe and comfortable with them. I will be monitored very closely once i reach 20 weeks in pregnancy and i have been advised by friends that i should be having fortnightly appointments and scans to see how bubs is going and also to make sure that my cervix isn’t softening but i should receive all this information at my first appointment.
I will keep you updated as the months go by with my pregnancy and the follow through care i receive being that i am considered “high risk” due to a previous premature birth. I hope that my journey will help other parents of premature babies understand and realise the care that is available to us premmie parents especially those parents wishing to have another baby. It took 2 years to “prepare” myself mentally for this journey after Ronan’s birth and whilst i am VERY glad to be on this path again i can only hope and wish that we make it past 35 weeks gestation.
Until next month…