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Madi’s Pregnancy Story

It was Christmas eve 2018, I was at my mothers house and my period was due Christmas day. I had a weird feeling in my stomach, it didn’t feel like my period was coming and it wasn’t like a sick feeling, so I decided to take a test. After I pee’d on the stick I put it straight in the box and left my mums. As I pulled up home, I looked at the test and it was positive…although my partner and I were somewhat trying, I wasn’t expecting it and I was so nervous to tell my partner. I walked in the door and sat with him and he immediately knew something was up. He asked me what was wrong, and I couldn’t talk so I just pulled the test out and showed him, he didn’t believe me at first until I went and pee’d on another stick and it also came up positive. I think he was in shock; I didn’t hear from him for the rest of the day. On Christmas morning I felt pretty bleh and slept for most of the day. The day after boxing day I finally went to the doctors to get a blood test to fully confirm my pregnancy. When my doctor had told me the results and that I was pregnant he then asked me if I am going to keep the baby. I didn’t know how to react, it threw me off, it sort of made me question my pregnancy and if I really am ready for this. That’s not fair to make someone feel that way, I should have been so excited and eventually I did get excited about it and we told our families on New years eve. I got a referral to go get an ultrasound at the hospital and I also applied to be on caseload where I would be seeing the same midwife through my whole pregnancy and birth. I went to my first ultrasound at 12 weeks with Kurt (my partner) and my mum and it was honestly amazing seeing my little man who at that time I didn’t know was a boy, I chose not to find out. I was supposed to have an ultrasound at 8 weeks, but I was having an off day that day, so I didn’t go. Some people absolutely love pregnancy and I’m so happy for those of you who do but I didn’t love it so much. Although I didn’t have a terrible pregnancy, I just didn’t enjoy it. Now that I’m not pregnant I do find myself missing it every now and then but I’m much happier having my little man out of my belly and here with me. One thing I did not expect during pregnancy is how tired you are in the first trimester! Its craaazy, all I wanted to do was just sleep. I had a 2-week break from work for the Christmas holidays and I literally slept the WHOLE time! And then you eventually get too big and uncomfortable to sleep…when you need sleep the most. ‘sleep before the baby comes’ HA! Yeah right, good luck getting comfortable. Its so exciting once your belly starts to grow and then you get to the point where you’re too big to do anything and your daily tasks are nearly impossible. Anyway, so every 4 weeks I would go to the hospital for a check up with my midwife where she would measure and feel the baby and occasionally weigh me. Like I mentioned earlier I was on caseload and got a lovely midwife and she was great right up until about 27 weeks she ended up breaking her wrist and needing surgery. So, I went back to seeing clinic midwives and had a different midwife every time and what ever midwife was working when I went into labour. I was pretty upset about it for a bit but all the midwives I got were amazing and I ended up not caring and being okay with it. Things happen that you can’t control, and I knew that there was nothing I could do about it, so I just went on with it. Much like my birth plan…I didn’t have one because I knew there would be things I couldn’t control; I just had an idea on what I might like. And let me tell you, every midwife was so happy to hear that I didn’t have a plan. I feel if you have a plan and it doesn’t go your way then you’ll be so disappointed, and you really cannot predict how you birth will go, you never know if there will be complications or if you’re like me and your birth literally goes so quick that you don’t have time to do or think about anything! My suggestions is that you just have an idea on what you might like and please please please don’t be set on it because anything could happen and you’ll be so disappointed in your experience.

I’m going to end this blog here and I don’t want it to be too long. I will do another blog soon on my labour and birth and if you like ill do one about my overseas trip while pregnant. Hope you enjoyed reading this and id love to hear some feed back 😊