30+4 week update


Well, it’s been rather an eventful week here in the country formerly known as the United Kingdom. Every time you think things can’t get any worse….they do. Today Boris Johnson, one of the chief engineers of this mess, decided he didn’t want to be PM after all and would rather stick to his day job as a bumbling toff comedy baby. Michael Gove (aka the Prince of Darkness), is positioning himself for top job instead. Who knows what will happen tomorrow. Nobody has a plan. It’s like Game of Thrones on acid. I’ve officially retired from reading the news…it’s bad for my blood pressure.

Anyway, the local news (ie, news from my uterus) is pretty good. Twins are merrily kicking away – both are now in a head up, feet down position and unlikely to move much. This would not be good news if I were planning a vaginal birth but it’s fine as they will both be coming out of the sun roof. One is wedged under my ribs a bit, giving me heart burn/acid reflux. Never had this before….it’s nasty and causing me to burp in a rather unladylike manner. Any tips?

My trusty cervical rubber ring is doing its thing. My cervix is still short – between 19mm and 21mm – but appears to be stable and my FFN (fetal fibronectin number) is low. I’m having a scan every couple of weeks to keep an eye on things but the docs are relatively happy. They don’t really believe in bed rest so I’m going about my normal life, which mainly involves walking rather a lot interspersed by sitting behind a desk.  My cervix and I are both staying positive.

What else? Well – I’m still determined to make it to 37 weeks. Our doc is pretty sure they’ll arrive before then (mainly due to cervix situation). Not yet please! Ive got things to do – husband and I created a pre-baby ‘bucket’ list. We’ve been making the most of our British Museum membership. We went to the IMAX cinema for the first time ever (16 years in London…!). We’re going out for a fancy dinner tomorrow night. I’m booking tickets for the theatre and a concert. We’re seeing friends. And…I’ve got loads of work stuff to sort out. Please stay put for a while kiddos.

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28 + 5 weeks – smile for the camera


Got a lovely surprise at the 28 week scan this week – the sonographer flicked the switch to 4D and got a great pic of twin 2 (‘Big Val’) smiling for the camera! Isn’t technology amazing? Isn’t nature amazing for that matter….I have somehow managed to grow this little person inside me for the last 7 months. Anyway, there she is – nose, smile and all. She’s currently horizontal under my ribcage which is apparently a good place for pics.

Twin 1 remains shy and mysterious – we got a blurry pic of her too, see below. She’s head up, bum down, somewhere where my uterus used to be before it got massive:


Anyway it’s very exciting and getting ‘real’ now. 28 weeks is the viability point for twins so Im starting to feel a bit more relaxed about my vertically challenged (ie short) cervix. Hopefully I can keep them cooking until week 37 or thereabouts.

What else is going on? Well, I look like I’m smuggling a national supply of tea and scones for the queen’s birthday under my dress:


I’m still feeling pretty good really. Having spoken with a few other mums to be I’ve decided that I am either A. having it quite easy or B. not a hypochondriac. Maybe a combination of the two. Sleep is a bit of a ball ache (can’t get comfortable and need to pee all the time) and by around 6pm, when leaving the office, I have cankles and sausage feet. Aside from that though – nada. 10 more weeks? Bring it on!