As I went in for my 12 week scan we were still unsure if Bea would be there so finding anything else at the scan was the last thing on my mind. As the midwife turned the screen to show us our gorgeous girl nothing else in the world mattered. As the midwife did all the measurements she noticed that my placenta was very low, I didn't really think about it or ask any questions as 95% of placentas move by 20 weeks.
We went for our 20 week scan where we found out we were having a girl I couldn't believe it, I was sure it was going to be another boy which I was more than happy about as I knew what to do with boys. She then revealed that my placenta was still really low so I would need to go back at 28 weeks to have it checked again. At 28 weeks it hadn't moved since my scan at 12 weeks so I knew that a C-Section was the only option I had. The thought of having a section after 2 natural labours did scare me as it was something that I had no control over.
What is a low lying placenta?
— By Helen Glossop
Photos: @helenl471 @babyandthegang
The area where the placenta is attached usually stretches upwards, away from your cervix. If the placenta stays low in your womb, near to or covering your cervix, it may block the baby's way out. This is called low-lying placenta or placenta praevia.
As the baby grows the placenta often moves but this wasn't the case with Bea. I had scans every 2 weeks up until I had Bea to check where my placenta was and to check that it was working properly as there is a high chance with low lying placentas that they can bleed heavily.
At 35 weeks I went into hospital will reduced movements and was worried as I'd be told that she was going to be very small. I came out after a few hours as Bea started moving around as soon as I was on the machine. I then went back at 38 weeks as she had stopped moving again the midwives were brilliant and hooked me up to the machine straight away. Bea wasn't happy at all and they decided that they needed to get her out. I was hospitalised and given steroid injections which were the most painful thing ever, I wanted to kick the midwife in the face while she was doing it. Alex wasn't allowed to visit and spent most of the day and night in tears as I was on my own worrying that something was going to happen to Bea. Back home Alex and my family were helping sort out the boys and out boiler that had broken that week so it was all a little bit stressful and I felt helpless as there was nothing I could do.
I was awake all night and was preparing myself for my section. I got up and showered ready to go down at 8.30am. Alex had arrived at 7am but he had to stay in his car until they were ready for us. A couple of emergencies came in so my section kept getting pushed back. Finally at 2.30pm they fetched us and we went down to theatre. The process was really quick and the staff were amazing, wiping my tears as I cried at the spinal block and holding my hand at parts where Alex wasn't there. The sensation of the section was strange as you don't feel any pain but the pulling and tugging was awful, some people say a section is the easy way out, it wasn't and I would much rather of had a natural birth as it's quicker to recover from. At 3.19pm Beautiful Beatrix was born weighing 6lb 1oz and looked just like her brothers. I was so relieved so was her safety but I knew my recovery was going to be hard.