Well yes, I am still pregnant. And no, I’m not ‘feeling any twinges’. But thank you for asking, because I didn’t already feel enough like a small white mouse in a glass vivarium.
Thirty-seven weeks, by NHS standards, is considered overdue. This is when most women are induced. I was offered an induction and declined, and as a result am now down for biweekly CTG monitoring to make sure that the goblins are still happy in their rapidly diminishing space. Thus far, they seem to be just fine and perfectly happy to take their time. I’m glad that our birth plans have been taken seriously but at thirty-seven weeks today, I’m also acutely aware that I could have been plodding into the hospital with my suitcase right now, in preparation for these children to be evicted. It’s tempting.
And it may become necessary. Blood test results from last week showed that my bile acids were ‘borderline high’, potentially indicative of obstetric cholestasis. This is a liver disease fairly common in multiple pregnancies, but it can be rather nasty and does come with an associated risk of stillbirth. Current medical advice recommends delivery at 37 weeks so if the bloods taken yesterday show any worsening in liver function, I suppose that I’ll be having a chat with my consultant about that. I really don’t want a more medicalised birth than is strictly necessary, but it’s very scary to think that the little ones could be affected.
As always, I reached out to Twitter. It turns out that Honest Mum had experienced this condition with her firstborn and had, in fact, directed an incredibly informative film explaining the condition. And Twinderelmo was kind enough to share a blog post about her own experience of obstetric cholestasis. I won’t know until Thursday whether I’m directly affected by obstetric cholestasis but I did feel that it was important to be informed about this condition just in case, and thanks to these lovely ladies I now feel much more aware about the symptoms, implications and my options. And now that I know that one of the main symptoms is persistant itching, I feel that I should probably apologise to the dog for accusing her last week of having fleas!
Assuming that the womb tenants are still inside on Thursday, I’ll check back in and let you know my blood test results. Keep your fingers crossed for me!