Life sometimes has a habit of throwing you a curve ball. My pregnancy with Piglet hasn’t been plain sailing but each kick and wiggle makes it all worth it.
Last weekend I’d been feeling cramping pains and a pressure sensation on and off since Friday evening. On Saturday I started to notice a bit of a pattern to them, with pains coming around every hour or so. By Sunday I was still feeling pains and pressure regularly so decided to contact my local delivery suite.
Assured that it was just Braxton Hicks I was told to call back if they started coming every 10 minutes. I didn’t feel right about not being checked over and after chatting to some of the #BlogBumpClub mums I decided to call back and request to be seen.
With the children getting ready for baths etc. I decided I would drive myself over to the hospital and leave Mr Boo at home with them to save disrupting them (especially as I didn’t know how long I was going to be).
Checking into the maternity unit I was asked to provide a urine sample before being hooked up to the CTG machine to check Piglet’s heart rate and whether I was experiencing any contractions. My urine sample came back showing that I had an infection and with the CTG machine picking up contractions the midwife explained that my bladder infection was irritating my uterus causing the contractions.
The more active my bladder the more frequent my contractions came – a catch 22 situation as I need to drink more to ‘flush’ out the infection but I don’t want to cause too many contractions. After almost five hours I was finally able to go home to rest armed with a prescription for some antibiotics.
Whilst my contractions were due to a bladder infection it did make me think about being more organised just in case I had been kept in or suddenly went into early labour. So the following morning after dropping the children at school I headed into the city to buy all the remaining items I needed for my hospital bag.
By Wednesday however, I actually felt worse than I did at the weekend. Although my contractions had calmed down I now had terrible lower back pain, a fuzzy head and generally feeling rough. Having taken three days worth of antibiotics I hoped I would have started to feel better so rang my GP for advice. She decided to change my antibiotics and send off a new urine sample for testing. The past few days have been awful, I feel as though my kidneys are literally screaming in pain at me, I can’t seem to get myself into a comfortable position – hopefully these new antibiotics will kick in soon.