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Epidural. Pros & Cons: Should I, Shouldn't I?

The thought of an epidural has never cross my mind,  I want as much of a natural birth as possible - I don't want any drugs in baby D’s system without a good reason! However after my last visit to the hospital all that has been thrown up in the air.

I was asked to come in and have a chat with the anaesthetist as I have a BMI of 41 which puts me in the “at risk” group whilst giving birth. Straight away she started her scaremongering routine. As I'm overweight I’m at risk for a difficult delivery, it would be too risky to be given a general anaesthetic, higher risk of Deep Venous Thrombosis... yadda yadda yadda!



She also informed that also due to my size it would be more difficult to locate the right part of the spine to put the epidural in and this would be why I would need one earlier on in labour as it can take a while to do. Then she made me bend over and touch my toes while she poked her boney fingers into my back to see if she would be able to put the epidural in and surprise surprise she could.


Pros
  • Able to go straight into the operating room if I need an emergency C section
  • Provides excellent pain relief
  • Helps you to relax


Cons
  • Long term migraines
  • Itchy skin
  • Urinary catheter has to be placed.
  • Slows down labour
  • Confined to bed
  • Inhibits the urge to push and makes pushing very difficult as you are numb from the waist down
  • Uncontrollable shivering
  • Sometimes several attempts are needed due to difficulty inserting
  • May cause nerve damage
  • Drop in blood pressure
  • Makes it harder to breastfeed
  • Infection and bleeding

Have you had an epidural as pain relief for giving birth? Did you regret it, was there any side effects or are you totally against it altogether? I would love to hear your stories

Third Trimester Essentials



As I am almost at the end of my pregnancy I wanted to share my third trimester essentials. I enjoy reading these lists and always find them useful, so I hope this can help someone who is expecting or plans to be in the future.


My favourite clothing item is leggings. I wear them with dresses, jumpers and even as PJ bottoms. I especially love Tall High Waist Leggings from very. They are so soft,thick,comfortable and wash really well.


I’m not going to even lie to you my bladder has been so weak during this pregnancy. I sneeze - I pee myself, I laugh - I pee myself... you get the picture! Tena Lady has been the best liners I've found. They slim and discreet and take care of those embarrassing wet patches!!


I’ve been really struggling with third trimester insomnia. When I’m lying in bed and just can’t sleep, I reach over for either my phone or laptop and log into Pinterest. From interior ideas, to yummy recipes and amazing DIY inspirations. Pinterest has it all, curious to see what I’ve been pinning find me at http://www.pinterest.com/bumpbeyondblog/boards/


Throughout this pregnancy I’ve been a complete mess. Greasy spotty skin, being sick all the time and generally having no energy to do anything. For me I’ve loved painting my nails. My nails have been looking pretty strong and impressive with all the extra vitamins I have been taking. I’ve found painting my nails relaxing and helped me feel better. I especially love Barry M’s Gelly Nail Effects nail vanishes they come in a huge range of colours, dry to a glossy finish and hardly chip.


I would be lost without my pregnancy pillow, it’s not the most practical size. But I can put it behind my back, in between my legs, under my belly. Anywhere that I need extra support. It will also be really useful as a back support when i’m nursing baby D.


So there you go, my five third trimester essentials


What were your pregnancy essentials?

My Pregnancy @ 31 Weeks



I seem to be falling into a habit of forgetting to do these updates. I have missed 30 weeks and jumped straight into 31 weeks now.
It seems to be going by soo quickly, in 51 days baby D should be here. It’s hard to think that I have been pregnant for 229 days!.
Weight gain: 3 lbs
Physically: I’ve become really tired again. Went to visit my doctor who informed me that my Vitamin D levels were really worrying low. She has put me on 1 Pro D tablet a day, i’m surprised i’m not rattling with all the tablets I take a day. The growing pains are back with avengence. They are soo painful that sometimes I am unable to sit or walk straight up as it pulls on the area and makes it even more painful. I seem to be getting out of breath really easily no matter if I’m walking, watching TV or talking. I find myself having to catch my breath.
Food Cravings: Still Ribena, I had a bit of a fit when T finished the last of it and didn't replace it.


Emotionally: I am much more emotional at the moment which is probably the reason for my little fit during the week.
Movement: I have noticed a huge increase in the strength of her kicks. She is kicking so hard she makes my belly wobble, which T seems to find rather entertaining.  
Gender: Girl


Miss anything? As strange as this may sound I really miss wearing jeans, especially as the weather is getting colder. I can’t seem to find any maternity jeans in my size.
Best Moment This Week: I was listening to some music and Baby D started to kick and wiggle in time with the beat.

I'd love to read your updates too!

Currently Lusting: Knitwear

One of the things are utterly love about winter is wrapping up. I get super excited about wearing jumpers, hats, scarfs and anything with a chunky knit.

So here are a few items I've been eyeing up at the mo. All of these are wardrobe staples which can be dressed up and down or layered up.
The edgy Knit


I love how simple these jumpers are. They would be perfect with a pair of skinny jeans for a day out shopping, disco pants when meeting the girls for a cheeky cocktail or two or paired with pencil skirt for work. Jumpers are ideal to keep you warm on cooler days when its too warm to wear a coat or too cold to go without.
The Cardigan Comeback

For year cardigans have been seen as being boring and practical wardrobe item to wear to school, work or as granny clothing.. That was then now you can find cropped, oversize, caped, embellished cardigans everywhere. Casually drape your cardi over your shoulders for a chic look, or edge up your skinny jeans with a fluffy embellished cardigan, there are so many ways to wear them.

Brights

Just because the weather is dull and gloomy doesn't mean your wardrobe has to be also. Beat the winter blues with some colours such as red and oranges look great this time of year. Break the winter cliche or better said the BLACK & GREY curse! and trade it in for some bright funky but yet wintery.



winter accessories

Accessories are probably the easiest and most affordable way to update any wardrobe and this season's autumn/winter trends give you plenty to choose from. Be it a hat, gloves, scarf or a pair of cute socks.

So what are you currently lusting over?