The baby: Mini is now 35cm and weighs around 800g. He's reacting to the "poke game" where you poke the belly a little and he replies by kicking back. I can also tell he likes rhythmical music and mommy & daddy's voices. It feels so surreal when you're able to actually connect with your baby at this point already. Also, super premature babies born in week 26 in Scandinavia has about an 80% chance of surviving. I think it's so important and so good that we have such good systems for premature babies and it makes an anxious mommy like me a lot calmer during pregnancy.
The mommy: I started leaking breast milk yesterday morning which came as a really big surprise. I wasn't that aware of the fact that you can leak this early and I somehow thought I belonged to those who wouldn't leak at all. But nope, yesterday morning I woke up with milk on my shirt and now I've bought nursing pads! At first it was a bit chocking but at the same time so incredible to see how the body is preparing itself for the baby and also nice to see that my hormones are working haha.
My back pains are getting worse and I'm getting too big to do certain kind of everyday stuff. Like putting on my socks in the morning has become a pretty difficult task hehe. But at this point I'm enjoying pregnancy more than ever! Now that it's only 3 months left I'm trying to make the most out of these tiny months since I'm sure I'll miss being pregnant at some point after the baby's arrival.
My special condition, "Placenta Praevia": A while ago we discovered I have what's called placenta praevia, which means my placenta is blocking the cervical opening. This happens in about 0,5-1% of all pregnancies. This means that you can't give birth naturally and have to go with a c-section. This also means that you're likely to start bleeding (can be everything from week 20 to 35) at some point and will then have to be hospitalized for a while to make sure both you and the baby are safe. And worst case, your bleeding will cause a really premature birth.
I haven't had any bleedings yet and I get checked up frequently to see that everything's okay. My next ultra sound is in two weeks and if I'm very very lucky, the placenta's position could have changed. It does that sometimes! What I do have is lots of contractions and pains in my lower belly. And I'm not allowed to work out, have sex or do anything that could start the bleedings. So I'm trying to take it really slow, listen to my body and be more careful than usual.
I've obviously heard a lot of horror stories about this condition, I read way too many mama forums online etc. So I'm a bit anxious about the whole thing and I really hope everything will go okay and according to the "game plan". My worst nightmare is to start bleeding when we're moving since I'm going to travel a couple of times back and forth even though I probably shouldn't. But I'm trying to keep a positive attitude since baby boy is doing great and we have such good doctors and nurses that take good care of me and Mini. <3