I’ve just come back from my 24 week midwife appointment at the GPs. Saw a lovely midwife who I haven’t met before, and despite forgetting my notes and having to dash home for them (typical me), all was fine!
I told her about a dizzy spell I had a week ago – i came over all light headed and really dizzy and had to lay down for about two hours before it passed. She said it could be a dip in blood pressure but today mine was fine. The urine sample was all clear too, and she said my growth is spot on for 24 weeks. Best of all, she listened for the heartbeat… wow, that’s the first time i’ve heard it. Poor Tony missed it as he was at work, but he will get to hear it at the 4d scan in a couple of weeks. You could tell the baby was moving around as the sound kept getting louder and fainter as she moved nearer and further away. It was 148 beats per minute – which the midwife said is comfortably in the normal range of 110 – 160.
I also asked her about my scarring (from my operation two years ago – it runs right down my tummy and is very deep). She said that scar tissue is less flexible than normal skin, so although it is ok and the growth is right for the time being, it may be that it will become very tight because the scar tissue won’t expand like skin would. In that case, it could be that they induce me a bit earlier, if it is becoming a problem. But there is every chance it will be fine. So, i’m happy with that.
She also filled in my Mat B1 form – she put on it 20th December as my due date, even though she noticed in my notes it says 22nd December… not sure why that should be, as that wasn’t the date according to my LMP, or my dating scan. Anyway, I persuaded her I don’t want it any nearer to Christmas than it already is!!
Tomorrow I will be taking my Mat B1 form to work and telling them my news… nerve wracking. But once that is done, hopefully i will be able to sleep better at night without worrying about what the reaction will be like. Having said that, I find myself turning lots of things over in my mind at night – about how i’ll look after the baby, will i be able to breastfeed ok, how many clothes should i buy etc etc. I suppose it’s all part of becoming a mum… worrying must be part of the territory!