33 weeks pregnant – a weekly pregnancy update from the third trimester
“So, you’re measuring slightly small…” The midwife said, as she hovered above me with the tape measure at my 33 weeks pregnant appointment.
I have to admit, my mind had been elsewhere at that point (my train of thought had included: Oh, how lovely to listen to the heartbeat just now. What shall I have for breakfast no2? Wouldn’t Eliza love the toy horse that’s in the office? Isn’t lying on the bed relaxing? What’s on my to-do list today? Need to write loads of emails. What shall we have for dinner?) But even when I realised what she said, I wasn’t really worried. Isn’t that what midwives always say?
I have an underactive thyroid, which means there is a risk of a smaller baby if my pregnancy is not properly monitored. However, mine is managed with medication, blood tests, and additional growth scans. The last of these was two weeks ago and I have another booked in for two weeks time.
I explained this to the midwife at my 33 weeks pregnant appointment, thinking it would be fine. But she said I was measuring quite far under the acceptable margin for tape measure error, and phoned the hospital, who said I needed to have another scan in the next few days.
“But don’t worry” she said as I left the room later. At which point I did start to feel ever so slightly anxious. Thing is, I know it’ll be fine – I’m on the small side, Eliza was a normal weight, and I’d always had conflicting results from each tape-measure wielding midwife – but at the back of my mind I can’t help feeling that things have gone so right this pregnancy, something is bound to go wrong. Is that being overly pessimistic?
And then of course, no-one called me to book the scan, so I’ll have to play phone ping pong this week to find out.
Ironically, I’m feeling massive at the moment. And still slightly in denial. But after my mild panic of last week, we have at least made a start at getting things ready. My mum is coming down to wash all the baby clothes. Our SnuzPod arrived, ready for a newborn to review it. And I now have newborn nappies and a giant pack of the mattress-sized maternity pads (something else I’d forgotten about the newborn stage. Joys). So we are slightly more ready.
Also, things have finally turned a corner with our house and we’re mostly all done. Our sofas arrive today and we now have brand new carpets. I’ll just have to try to not accidentally give birth on them now.
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