Posted in Being pregnant, Second trimester, tagged 20 week scan, 25 weeks pregnant, baby in wrong position, blood test, consultant, Gestational diabetes, heart, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Second trimester, test, ultrasound on October 31, 2011 |
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Today I am 25 weeks pregnant exactly – that means only 16 weeks, 3 days to go, maximum!
I am feeling ok. Tired, but nothing to complain about really. I’m ok in the day, mainly, but am shattered by the evening and always falling asleep on the sofa. Hard to tell really how much of that is pregnancy, and how much is working and having two children!
Last week I went for a gestational diabetes test. Despite the two previous pregnancies, this was a first for me. I was told to have it because of family history – although it has never been flagged up before. It was a very simple process, in fact, I was quite looking forward to it as I got to visit the hospital’s relatively posh antenatal day unit, and spend two hours relaxing and reading a book – bit of a treat that! Basically, I had to fast from midnight the night before, go in at 8.30am to have a blood test, drink half a pint of sugary stuff and then relax for two hours before having another blood test. As expected the results came back normal. I don’t know how gestational diabetes works but if I hadn’t had it the past two times I would’ve been surprised to get it now. And it would’ve meant cutting back on the amount of sweets and chocolate I ate… total disaster!
While I was in the unit I had the third attempt at the 20 week scan, where the registrar and consultant tried again to look at this illusive ‘outlet pipe’ in baby’s heart. Can you believe that for the third time there she was, lying on her tummy curled up into the tightest ball you ever saw? The consultant reassured me that he doesn’t suspect any abnormality, but he simply cannot see what he needs to see when she is stubbornly in that position. So it will be attempt number four in four weeks from now!
All I can hope is that this baby is not as stubborn once she is actually born!
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Posted in Being pregnant, First trimester, tagged 12 week scan, 9 weeks, abortion, amnio, amniocentesis, baby, blood test, booking in, bounty pack, condition, consultant, defects, diagnosis, Down's Syndrome, friend, healthy baby, high risk, hospital, inaccurate, indicator, invasive, midwife, miscarriage, nine weeks pregnant, not having the triple test, notes, pregnancy, previous birth, procedure, quad test, questions, refusing triple test, risk, routine, screening, test, triple test, VBAC on November 16, 2009 |
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Today I had what you’d probably call my “proper” booking in appointment with the midwife at the hospital.
I actually was expecting a consultant appointment, and a midwife appointment (cos that’s what it said on the letter) but actually it was only with the midwife.
It was all pretty routine, updating my details and taking a few notes about Lilly’s birth. We talked very briefly about me wanting a VBAC but she said the consultant is the person who’ll really talk about that with me. She had a quick scan over my labour notes and said the reason had been put down as “fetal distress” and “failture to progress”, and she said that those reasons meant it shouldn’t be a problem if I want to “try again”.
I agreed to all the blood tests, but I’m not having the triple test / quad test which screens for likelihood of Down’s Syndrome. I did have it last time, and it all came back fine, but last year my friend had a really horrible experience after coming back high risk. She had to agonise over whether or not to have the amniocentisis procedure (which carries a risk of miscarriage but will tell you 100% if your baby has Down’s). While my poor friend was making up her mind I spent a lot of time thinking about it and what I would do if I were in her position.
In my first pregnancy, I just said yes to every test going and never worried about anything. But since then, I’ve learnt that those triple tests are pretty inaccurate, and can give you a worryingly high risk factor when, in fact, your baby is just fine. It’s really a matter of personal choice but I really don’t think I could risk an amnio and the possibility of miscarrying a healthy baby, or the even worse option of getting rid of a baby just because it had Down’s. So the test really isn’t of any interest to me. I hope and pray that my baby will be fine, of course, but I could never get rid of it if it wasn’t. So, that’s why I’ve made my decision. Hubby was a bit unsure at first but I think he now understands my reasons and is supportive of them.
Incidentally, my friend did have her amnio, her baby was unaffected and the test results were clear.
Anyway, I had my other blood tests and got my bounty pack, and that was it. Roll on two weeks and the 12 week scan!
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