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I had already decided before I went to this appointment that I would be asking a few questions about my baby's size, as I've received lots of comments on how small my tummy is. At my last appointment a month ago my midwife also made a comment on this, but did not sound alarmed. At this stage I was only 26weeks pregnant and had far more time for the baby to be growing so I wasn't either. However, as the weeks have passed by I have started to think I should discuss this further with my health care professionals, just to be safe due to my history. I decided that it was best to bring this up at my appointment and I am so glad I did!
My midwife was fantastic! She listened to everything I had to say and didn't once make me feel silly...not that I would let anyone make me feel silly about this, because as I said yesterday no pregnant woman ever wastes anyone's time with questions like these! I discussed with her that many people had made comments on my size, I was honest with her and told her I was starting to get a little concerned due to my history of high blood pressure, but at the same time I wasn't trying to stress myself out about it either. I feel that due to already having had a premature baby at 27weeks because I had pre eclampisa and HELLP Syndrome (both of these are pregnancy induced complications that are surrounding high blood pressure and a blood and liver condition ) and that I thought it was best to show caution...she agreed.
The midwife checked my notes, did my routine checks (blood pressure and listening to the baby's heartbeat), and then she measured my tummy or fundal height. My midwife found I was only measuring around the same size as what a lady at around 26weeks gestation would be measuring. This could mean a whole bunch of things too so it was a little cause for concern as I am 30 weeks. It could mearly mean that the baby is laying sideways, that I just have small babies, that my placenta may not be functioning 100% and more!
The fact that there is also still much to learned about pre eclampisa and HELLP Syndrome and that my family history also includes some cause for caution, we both thought it was best I have an ultrasound ASAP to check on the size of the baby as well as the function of my placenta.
So tomorrow afternoon we are going for an ultrasound to check all of that. Hopefully we find one baby who is on their way to being chubby, who is laying sideways and hopefully a fully functioning placenta!
If we don't, then we will deal with that then. I'm trying not to freak out, but have to be honest and say, I was thinking a few choice words to myself when I walked out of my appointment and down to make the ultrasound appointment. I started thinking about if something does need to be done it probably can't be done through my local hospital. This means we will need to go to the other side of the city to the Royal Women's Hospital, where they treat complications like this....then I reminded myself to chill out and wait to find out what happens tomorrow rather then jump to conclusions unduly stressing myself out about something that might not even happen yet!
I think from my dealings with Airlie being premmie and then having a high risk pregnancy with Aston, I've learnt that it is best to actually know then to assume. Like I said yesterday in my post
A pregnant woman never wastes anybodies time by asking a question about anything to do with herself or the baby! It is better to be safe when both your health and your baby's health could potentially be at risk. Oh, and don't worry about feeling silly or thinking other people will think you are over reacting and being hypercondriac! I've personally thought all of this in the past when it has come to asking questions, but while Airlie was in NICU one of her Neonatologists (premature baby & newborn doctor) said to me "Fiona you are your baby's advocate and you know them best! We are all apart of a team working together. You are one of the very important people because you know your baby well and you know if anything is wrong before we do!" I think this is really true and it goes for when you are pregnant too! Never be afraid to ask a question, because there is no such thing as a silly question!I promise to update you all after I know what is going on. To date I've been healthy and had no real cause for alarm so hopefully there is a baby laying sideways in there! I just wanted to say thanks for all your support. I've met many amazing friends through forums, blogs, facebook, twitter, instagram, in person, locally and from the areas I have lived at in the past etc and I appreciate all of the support and friendships.
Today I am just going to chill out at home with Aston and do nothing at all!