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The importance of checking your boobs

Around 6 weeks ago, I felt a lump on my right breast. It was just when I was in the shower; I was doing my usual checks (click here to see how to do it yourself) and I felt a 10p sized lump. My first instinct was cancer. Well, that’s what you think, don’t you?

So I did a bit of googling (“lump in breast after pregnancy”) and saw that it might be a blocked milk duct (as I’m no longer breastfeeding, that can happen), so I took to doing some massaging techniques to try and get rid of it. After a couple of weeks, there was still no change, so I booked an appointment with my GP. He examined me, and said that he thought it was a Fibroadenoma however would refer me to the breast clinic at my local hospital for an ultrasound. He reassured me that breasts can change a lot throughout pregnancy, postpartum, and beyond, and that it’s unlikely to be anything to worry about (it didn’t feel like anything sinister to him)

10 days later, I headed at the hospital for my appointment. After an initial consultation with the doctor (who remarked on how lumpy my boobs were anyway!), he didn’t seem concerned. I was sent up to my ultrasound, where I was checked again by a different doctor. She wasn’t concerned either and – whilst doing the ultrasound – told me that it was “just a cyst” and would I like it to be removed now? Yes please! She then went through the process of removing it; she cleaned the area, put a needle in, which she wriggled around a bit to get it into the cyst. Once she was happy that it was in the right place, the nurse used the syringe to suction it out. The whole process was surprisingly painless. There was a fair amount of liquid that came out (TMI??). A small plaster later, and I was sent on my way… relieved, and with slightly less lumpy boobs.

I can’t fault the care I was given throughout; from my initial GP visit, to the doctor at the hospital, to the doctor who did my ultrasound (and cyst removal!). As everyone else around me kept calm, it made me keep calm too. Obviously it was always on my mind… but I try not to worry about things unless there’s actually something to worry about. How I was looked after was a real credit to the NHS… even though at every stage (GP, breast clinic and ultrasound department) every waiting room was jam packed with patients. As long as you’re prepared to wait around (and I was – I actually got to read a non-baby-related magazine for the first time since Baby B was born!).

I encourage everyone to check their boobs; if you notice any changes, go and see your GP. Even if you’re embarrassed; you can ask for a female doctor, or a female nurse to be present. Even if you think “it’s probably nothing” or “it’s probably just a cyst”… yes, it probably is. But go and get it checked out anyway. I’m so pleased that I did.

It’s my due date!

How exciting! My due date is finally here…! Time has really flown by so quickly. I’ve been lucky with my pregnancy so far; I’ve had minimum discomfort, which has been a relief, and I don’t think i’ve gained too much weight (although we’ll see how I get on with losing it afterwards! I’m sure i’ll document my journey on that one too!). And i’ve really enjoyed being pregnant, which i’m so pleased about. With my back issues right at the beginning of the pregnancy, I thought that I would have some serious problems and hate being pregnant because of the pain; but that pain disappeared after a month or so, which was wonderful.

So anyway… no twinges or anything just yet. I don’t think that the baby will be here today… but you never know. I was convinced that Baby B would be on time (as neither myself, or Mr B are ever on time!) but as things are pretty quiet today, maybe I have a little bit longer to wait…

Any advice on how to speed things along? Feel free to comment below!

Pregnancy tips

Now, I am by far the oracle when it comes to pregnancy advice, but – as i’m nearing the end of my pregnancy journey – I thought I would write down some tips that i’ve picked up along the way.

THE INTERNET IS YOUR MATERNITY WEAR FRIEND
I ordered most of my maternity wear on eBay. There; I said it! Looking at all of the beautiful outfits that you can buy online is all well and good, but it can end up being rather expensive. So I bought a few fabulous items on eBay (most party/occasionwear has only been worn a couple of times, so they are great bargains) and then picked up basics from New Look and Primark (their scoop neck tops kept me covered right up until the end of pregnancy!)

EXTEND THE BRA!

It was only when I was chatting to a friend of mine about bra sizes that I found out that your rib cage actually expands when you’re pregnant, so even if you think that you haven’t put any weight on around the back, you probably have. It’s definitely worth buying some bra extenders. They’re really cheap.

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JOIN THE NCT
If you’ve read my previous post about the NCT class that me and Mr B took, you’ll know already that i’m a big fan. It doesn’t cost as much as you might think, and it’s certainly not as cliquey (or as pushy re: breastfeeding) as you might have heard. I’ve made some lovely friends, and certainly learnt a lot. The course was thorough, informative and fun. I didn’t do any NHS antenatal classes, so can’t vouch for them, but in my experience, I would definitely recommend the NCT.

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SUPPORT PILLOW
Especially in the later stages of pregnancy, I found this a godsend! I ordered this one from Babies R Us, but it looks like they don’t do this set any more – they have other options here. The wedge came in real handy as I got bigger and it supported by bump.

support pillow

Also, i’ve slept with a small cushion inbetween my knees practically since I found out I was pregnant, and I’ve found that it’s helped me to sleep.

More tips to follow as and when I remember them (with my baby brain!)

Final countdown!

Well, i’m finally at the stage where I can say MY BABY IS DUE THIS WEEK! As i’ve never been on time for anything in my life, no-one thinks that Baby B will be making an appearance on the due date (4th April) but I think he/she will be bang on time. So it’s nice that I get to spend this week finishing sorting the flat out (it seems to get into a mess so easily!).

I feel very excited about the imminent arrival of my baby… I just can’t wait to meet him/her now. The thought of the actual birth still terrifies me (that’s natural, right??) but it will all be worth it when I get to hold that baby in my arms.