This is a slightly belated update…. I am now 21+4 but the picture was taken on Sunday, when I was 21 weeks.
I don’t think I’m that big, until I catch sight of myself walking past a mirror and I realise that I am! This week saw a visit to the hospital, partly because of a historical thyroid condition (just after I got married I was diagnosed with graves disease it was resolved within 10 months and I’ve not had a re-occurence, but they monitor in pregnancy) and also to do with the pre-eclampsia last time around.
The consultants I saw were brilliant. The first one told me I am worrying far too much – which I am, and that there was nothing to indicate I would have any issues this time. In a bid to try and highlight any potential issues, and to reassure me, they have offered me two additional scans to check on the baby’s growth. A re-occurrence of my thyroid condition can trigger pre-eclampsia but won’t show in blood results for six weeks. A growth scan will highlight any issues in the baby’s growth (again, can be slowed due to pre-eclampsia or thyroid conditions). These are booked for 28 and 36 weeks. So, great that we will get another peek before s/he arrives. I just hope that everything stays clear and our baby develops well.
The second consultant again stated that I am ‘textbook normal’ – so he doesn’t see any issues and I am discharged from his care now, so just under one, which was what I hoped would happen. I feel much more confident that I might get a home birth, and that, hopefully, things will progress healthily this time around.
My baby is very active now, and I can feel him/her kick and wriggle regularly…. at a meeting on Monday evening s/he delivered a nice sharp prod which made me gasp…. much to the amusement of those sat around me!