Wednesday 9 April 2014

My Second Pregnancy: 16 Week Midwife Appointment

Today I had my 16 week midwife appointment (even though I'm 18+2). I was really nervous about this one as I knew my urine and blood pressure would be checked and with preeclampsia in my last pregnancy, I didn't want any signs to show up! 

In I went and she took my blood pressure. "Perfect", she said. A wave of relief washed over me. She then asked for my urine sample, tested it and all was fine. I told her that I'd been a bit worried about it and she informed me that the symptoms usually start to show around 25-29 weeks so they'll have a close eye on me then. 

We had a little listen to baby's heartbeat and it was as strong as ever. She mentioned that my haemoglobin levels came back fine at my test but because I'd be running after a toddler, as I get bigger I might get more tired and that I could take iron tablets if I felt I needed to. With my last pregnancy, I don't remember hearing anything about haemoglobin levels, I was just prescribed iron tablets to take! I took a prescription for them this time but I don't think I'll take them until I feel that I need to. 

My scan is on 24th April, I see the midwife again at the end of May then my consultant in June. This feels like way more appointments than last time but I'm not complaining! I was told to come back if I felt a bit funny (ie. getting headaches) and I could get my blood pressure checked. I did tell her that I have had a few headaches recently but I'm not drinking very much and she said that it will more than likely be down to not drinking and tiredness! Now to relax until the next appointment! 
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