36 weeks

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Well I have officially arrived at the 36 week mark of my pregnancy. It’s hard to believe we aren’t far away from meeting our little one and it almost doesn’t feel real. 9 months is a long time and part of me feels like I’ll have this belly forever.

I haven’t had the smoothest of pregnancies. It has been quite a rocky roller coaster ride to say the least. It took us a while to fall pregnant and then when I did I had morning sickness everyday for 3 months. Luckily the second trimester was a bit smoother and I had the energy to get on with things again. But then soon after I suffered a little with what I thought was a common pregnancy rash. Upon arriving back to Australia doctors discovered it was actually a rare autoimmune disease. 1 in 10,000 women was a figure mentioned. All I can say is thank goodness for the doctors I’ve met here. They were onto it and had me undergoing treatment within a week. The 1am tears in a cold shower to relieve pain soon ended and I could breath again. Since then I’ve been under close watch. Scans and appointments more often than the usual and eating a strict diet so the medication didn’t spike my sugar levels. It currently seems to be under control.

It has amazed me with how much pregnancy can affect your body. Growing up I thought big belly, pop the little one out and everything is peachy. But it isn’t always the case. Regardless of the challenges we have faced through the experience, I can’t wait to meet this little guy. Every time I catch a glimpse of his face on an ultrasound a smile covers my face. To see his heart beating is almost surreal. And to feel his little hiccups 3 times a day amazes me. Every pain or discomfort I’ve had I know will be worth it to hold him in our arms. I look forward to the day when we finally can.

  • Zosia

    Wishing you a super smooth delivery, Chantelle! May it all go well! x

  • Heidi

    So touching to read your story. I’ve experienced something similar but it’s all so worth it, I have two healthy and happy kids. Enjoy your last weeks, a miracle is about to happen when you meet your little one. You are very brave.x

  • Bonnie

    Writing from Spain and my first comment crashed, so I’ll simply say best of luck with the delivery of the little guy and I hope everyone is healthy and happy. Hugs!!

  • Jessica

    so excited for you! can’t wait to see the little one. x

  • Josephine

    What a roller coaster! I’ll be sending calm and healthful thoughts your way.

  • chantelle

    Thank you for the nice comments :) Trying to stay nice and calm in these last remaining days.

  • Lucy

    Hi Chantelle, I’ve just discovered your blog. Such a touching and well written post. Thank you for sharing. Good luck with everything :)

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