I watched my belly expand and I enjoyed feeling my beautiful boy move and kick. There were four times when I experienced bleeding throughout the pregnancy but every time we went in for a check our beautiful boy was healthy and strong.
I experienced quite a lot of pain during the pregnancy but when I finished work at the end of the teaching year my pain seemed to exponentially increase.
I was 29 weeks pregnant.
At this stage I was walking with the aide of crutches and I put all of my plans aside and rested as much as I could simply because my body didn't seem to be able to cope physically.
At the check ups this was put down to normal pregnancy fatigue, aches and pains. In hind-sight, it was my body preparing for labour.
At 32 weeks (it was a Sunday) I asked my sister quite urgently to take some pregnancy photos. I was concerned we wouldn't have any memories to look back on and see my gorgeous belly! I remember telling her I was having more Braxton Hicks than normal. She squealed with delight. Neither of us really thought anything of it though. I had been having Braxton Hicks since 20 weeks.
That same afternoon I insisted my husband and I go on a date. I remember groaning as he chose the second movie of the Hobbit. We went Gold Class and I enjoyed reclining on the leather seats. I distinctly remember marvelling at my belly contracting with Braxton Hicks. It still never occurred to me they may have progressed to contractions.
Two days later (Tuesday) I had a small bleed again and my Braxton Hicks (contractions!) were much more constant. I then realised my bleeding was not bleeding but my mucous plug coming away. It was at this point we took ourselves off to the hospital to get checked.
I was given a steroid shot to help develop his lungs and I was given medicine to try and stop the mild contractions. After a few hours it was clear this was not working so I was transferred to the specialist maternity hospital.
I spent three days there where things started to settle. It hadn't stopped but it had slowed down and the doctors felt I could have another 2-3 weeks in me. I was sent home to rest. This was Friday evening.
Three hours later my body went into labour. Under the instruction of the hospital staff we stayed at home and tried a few different things to see if labour would slow down again. It didn't.
Early Saturday morning my waters broke and my husband rushed me back to hospital. Due to our son being in a breech presentation they rushed us into theatre and he was born via c-section. He weighed 2.6kg and was 51cm long. 7 weeks early.