I recently wrote about my 20 week scan, following this I saw the consultant to discuss my care plan and actions for the remainder of my pregnancy and labour.
Although I have had these appointments before, I presumed it would just be the usual blood pressure, urine and blood tests that would be done, and advised to speak to the community midwife if I had any questions or concerns.However I was pleasantly surprised to be greeted by a consultant registrar who had fully read my notes and was aware of my history and had a care plan ready to discuss. Probably due to the fact that tiny man decided to put in his appearance five weeks early.
Firstly I was offered serial growth scans at 28, 32 and 36 weeks gestation as both the boys have weighed a little on the small side based on the midwives growth charts. I was lucky enough to have
these with both the boys and these were a lovely opportunity to capture more sneaky peeks at baby.
Secondly was the discussion about birth options, I wasn't quite expecting this conversation so early in pregnancy but knew that I would like to try for a VBAC as I had a normal delivery with little man. So I came away armed with literature regarding VBAC and invited to attend a workshop to discuss the topic in greater detail.
I was also made appointments to have routine blood tests, thyroid test and those to indicate whether there would be any concerns regarding blood group incompatibility which me and the tiny man had.
I left with dates for numerous appointments over the coming months, but reassured knowing that a care plan had been put in place for the remainder of this pregnancy and that I would have the opportunity to discuss any issues or concerns over the coming months.