Mum live blogs her labour and emergency C-section

Rebecca Meldrum experienced intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) during her third pregnancy.


Pregnancy news, 11/08/2017

26,000 viewers have followed Rebecca Meldrum through her third pregnancy after documenting her journey on

The 28-year old mum from Aberdeen vlogged her labour earlier this week to inspire other mums who are experiencing a difficult pregnancy.

Rebecca’s pregnancy struggles began after conceiving her daughter a few weeks after a trip to Florida – a Zika-infected destination. After many tests to check for the disease, mum and baby were finally given the all clear.

Alongside the Zika scare, Rebecca experienced extreme sickness for the first 16 weeks of her pregnancy. At her 20-week scan, doctors found that her baby’s head was measuring small for gestational age.

Rebecca was given steroid injections due to the baby’s slow growth in the womb, a condition called intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR).

Intrauterine growth restriction occurs in around 3 in every 100 pregnancies with the majority caused by failure of the placenta. The baby can be at risk of health problems and, if severe, the baby may have to be delivered early.

Read more about intrauterine growth restriction.

This is what happened in Rebecca’s pregnancy and she was induced at 36 weeks due to concerns about her baby’s small size. Two days after being induced, Rebecca still hadn’t started in labour, so she had an emergency caesarian which she live blogged throughout.

Her daughter, Poppy, was born weighing just over 5 pounds.

Rebecca said in her vlog, ‘I managed to get a little cuddle and do a bit of skin to skin before she left for neonatal.’

‘She’s having some help with her breathing, regulating her temperature and is having a scan on her chest.’

‘We haven’t been to see her yet but hopefully my legs start working soon so we can go and visit.’

‘I couldn’t have wished for a better experience, the staff are incredible and so so lovely.’

‘They put me at ease and looked after me so well, especially my lovely midwife, student midwife and lady that performed the caesarian.’

Rebecca’s birth vlogs (seven in total) can be viewed on

She said afterwards, ‘If I could help anyone who is going through something similar, [having a pregnancy or birth out of their comfort zone], then what’s what I wanted to do.’

Congratulations to Rebecca and Lee on the safe arrival of baby Poppy. We wish you both a smooth recovery!

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