Archives for the month of: March, 2014

2014-03-31

The husband and I had a night away in a lovely hotel, and whilst Saturday went really well I was completely wiped out on Sunday. When we got home I had a two hour nap then went to bed early and slept for another twelve hours or so.

When I woke up at lunchtime I had to be prized and cajoled out of bed by the husband. I just felt so tired, and low. I didn’t want to go to work. After managing a couple of hours the husband re-evaluated me and politely suggested I take the day off sick.

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2014-03-27

A bit from the husband today:

The First Kick

On a few occasions I have tried to feel the baby moving, but nothing. At the start of the month I went to the USA for a week for work, and the night I got back I tried again. This time I felt him! It’s really weird – a bit like having my hand on the duvet when the cat got under it! A funny wriggly feeling in a place that nothing should be moving. It’s also lovely. It’s not quite an “almost in tears” moment like the fluttering heart on the first ultrasound, but it’s pretty darned exciting. I have seen him moving around on the ultrasounds, and my wife has been able to feel that daily for ages, and I’ve felt a bit left out. 

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2014-03-26

I had a routine appointment with the obstetric Consultant today, following up on my nausea.

The husband came with me, to protect me from it all. I’m overwhelmed and needed the support.

Arrived for a 9.45am appointment and waited a little while, then saw a nurse to give a urine sample and check blood pressure and fetal heart rate. Then waited a little while longer to see the doctor.

It wasn’t a doctor I’d seen before but she was very nice.

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2014-03-23

Today the husband did a little bit of planning around the practicalities of what we will need to get bought in for Kip’s arrival. Although I’m only 25 weeks I’m quite conscious that all this blood pressure stuff might mean they encourage him out early. Not for a while yet I hope, but still best to be sorting some of this stuff out.

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2014-03-21

I had been told to attend obstetric triage at 11am today to have my blood pressure monitored.

Arrived on time, and waited in the waiting room for an hour.

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2014-03-19

All has been quite uneventful since I was let out of the hospital yesterday.  Came home, let myself have a day off work and spent most of it asleep, started taking the new blood pressure drugs.  These are Labetalol – 100mg twice a day.  I have to go in and get monitored again on Friday to check they are doing their job.  I’ve felt fine, well actually I’ve had a really itchy head but I don’t know if that is related or not.

Something really pissed me off though.  When I got my notes back along with my discharge information and letter to my GP it all said I was to stop taking one of my two anti nausea medications (metaclorpramide).  No word on why, no mention of this to me.

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2014-03-18

I didn’t get a huge amount of sleep in the hospital. Several reasons. One was that I had to have my blood pressure taken at 12.15am, then 4am, then they woke us up at 7.15am. Another was that I was on a mixed antenatal and postnatal ward and two of the women had newborn babies in with them so there was a bit of baby crying. Mainly though, it was just very light. And not as comfortable as my own bed.

I had to ask for some anti nausea medication, as I hadn’t taken mine with me.

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2014-03-17

After having had my blood pressure monitored at the hospital on Friday and being sent away and declared OK, the midwife from my home monitoring trial wanted to check in with me again today. I did my readings and she called me about 4.30pm and said she’d like me to go into the hospital to get monitored again.

I had a dentist appointment at 5pm, so we agreed I’d go to the dentist then straight up to the hospital. Dentist was uneventful. Good.

I arrived at the hospital about 6.30pm and this time didn’t even need to wait in the waiting room so the tests were done within the hour. Blood pressure, urine dip, fetal heartrate and some blood tests.

I just had to wait for a doctor to look at the results.

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2014-03-16

Kipling and I have reached 24 weeks together, which feels fantastic.  Kip is now a foot long and weighs a pound, and if necessary he could survive outside me.  I’m looking to keep him in for a good while yet, but this feels like a milestone.

He’s moving about quite a bit, I feel him having a good wriggle about maybe once every hour or two.  Every time it makes me smile.

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2014-03-14

You’ll recall I’m on an NHS research trial for home blood pressure monitoring during pregnancy.  I have to test my blood pressure and do a urine dip once a week.

Last night when I took my weekly blood pressure readings they all came out really high – five consecutive readings of around 150 / 95.  Too high.  I did the readings around 8pm and I wondered if I ought to seek medical advice immediately, but upon looking on the internet I was assured that I ought to worry if I had a headache or swelling in my hands and feet.  I didn’t.  And there was no protein in my urine.  I decided it would be OK to wait until the midwife called me for my phone consultation the next morning.

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