Pregnancy week: 28
Ice-cream consumed: Truckloads
Weight: Of a Truck (well actually at my latest hospital appointment I had lost weight so I should say I’m now the size of a small truck) :-)
I thought I would talk to you today about all the tests you have throughout your 9 month journey. Some of the mental and physical ones (of which there are a few) but mainly the standard NHS platform that is followed. Just so you get an idea of what to expect...
At the start of your journey....
Weeks 8-14 they offer tests for:
HIV, syphilis and hepatitis B.
● You will be offered a screening test for Down’s syndrome, Edward’s syndrome and Patau’s syndrome too. This is to assess your chance of having a baby with these conditions.
At the 12 week scan – which is the best thing ever when you see a healthy little one moving around, they will also measure the neck of baby to measure the fluid around the neck area. This helps them to work out if the baby could have Down Syndrome. They measure this in conjunction with the blood tests for a more reliable prognosis.
20 week scan - even better than the best thing ever – this is where you can get a nice scan photo to share, with more detail than the 12 week one.
At the 25 week appointment your Midwife will check baby’s heartbeat and give you your MATB1 form (to hand to your employer which states your due date) you must give this to your Employer no less than 15 weeks before your due date.
28 weeks – This is when they will carry out the Diabetes test if you are a potential candidate for Gestational diabetes. I was because my BMI was out of range... They also test for iron levels, and they re-confirm your blood group.
I had my diabetes test yesterday. I had to fast from 9 pm the night before and I didn’t have time for any ice-cream after dinner ;-). I have to wait a week for my results an am looking forward to a Strawberry split for pudding 😊
If I have to wee in one more pot it will be too soon! My husband thought it was vile seeing my urine sample on the side in the clinic the other week. I said blimey if you find that an issue what will you be like at the birth or after when our baby is producing fluid from every orifice. He is ever so squeamish – he is in for a shock!
The thing is, there are good reasons for them testing your pee:
Your urine is checked for several things, including protein or albumin. If this is found in your urine, it may mean you have an infection that needs to be treated. It may also be a sign of pre-eclampsia. Thankfully mine has been clear every time. Which I think now is well into the teens!
We have already come to the conclusion that the nappies and sick will probably, 9 times out of 10, be Mummie’s job but Daddy is more than willing to try. People say to him that it’s different when it’s your baby, that their smells won’t offend you but he is not so sure. And I just don’t really want to be cleaning up his sick too if he struggles to cope and ends up hugging the toilet...