Even though the first trimester of the pregnancy seems a lifetime ago and the last few weeks have been quite hard work in the heat I still can't believe that very soon there will be a actual baby here! I've had an easy pregnancy, despite the moany outbursts I've had and I've had a lot of help from my parents too.
I was worried in the beginning about having a baby here in Cyprus, nervous about the whole thing from antenatal appointments and especially about giving birth. I was worried about what to do and where to go and had heard (often 2nd or 3rd hand) many things that didn't help - for example how they have no pain relief (they don't have gas and air but it's not that they don't have ANY) how they are very quick to give caesareans when they might not always be needed, to name just a couple.
So many people have their babies privately here and that was a concern as well, I wondered why this was the case - were the General hospitals THAT bad that everyone paid so much money to go private? Going private was not an option for me due to the huge cost (I think from €3000 to €5000, and if there are complications in delivery you still end up in the General hospital!) so I've been very pleased to hear lots of positive stories of people using the General hospitals, especially my local one! In fact from all the emails I received after my request for people's experiences every one who has used both have preferred the General!
I've been really lucky in finding Claire, my lovely Doula who has done so much to put my mind at ease too, and it means Aaron does not have to be subjected to another birth, to be fair to him after watching lots of 'One Born Every Minute' I no longer blame him for not wanting to be there! And no offence to Aaron but I think Claire will be a lot more use ;)
I've had everyone guessing when baby might make his appearance, my official due date is 20th August according to my first scan at 5 weeks, but I worked it out on my dates (which I only figured out at about 6 months) to be two weeks earlier than that. Which is what would make me 38 weeks now not 36.
At my check up this week they examined me and I am 2cm dilated, I know this means it could still be a couple of weeks but I think he will be here sooner rather then later. Every day I'm getting lots of braxton hicks and feeling increasingly uncomfortable. I'm a little nervous as I'm not good with suspense and I like to have a plan so the not knowing is a pain!
I'm all ready though - bag packed, list on the fridge of instructions for Aaron, and a couple of blog posts in draft to be scheduled ;)
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