I’m Having a Baby !

I’ve decided to share the good news a little early that I’m having a baby, I thought about waiting until the twelve week mark to share but decided I could keep it to myself no longer.

Tomorrow marks my ninth week of pregnancy, I’ve seen the midwife and already have a scan date so it’s all starting to feel very real now.

My experience so far with the medical profession has been far from a smooth ride as I will explain to you a little in a moment, this is my 4th pregnancy but had it been my 1st I would already have been put off for life !

I found out really early, on the first day of my missed period thanks to this little piece of genius.

 

I was only getting a barely there line on the cheap tests so I bought this Clearblue digital one, well worth the extra pennies.

The past few weeks I have been feeling super tired, having to take naps in the afternoon and feeling nauseous most days.

I’m trying to keep in mind how greatful we are that we got pregnant so quickly after trying, but some days all I want to do is moan about how rotten I feel, I know this will soon pass.

Here are a list of the ‘Comedy of Error’s’ (although they didn’t seem funny at the time) that I have already endured

1. Phoned my doctor’s surgery to find out about seeing a midwife to be told that she wouldn’t see me until I was between 10-12 weeks & I needed to come & fill a form in ( I understand some clinics have different policies but I was wondering how on earth I would get a scan date).

2. Went to the surgery to fill a form in, the receptionist booked me an appointment for 14 weeks, when I questioned it she told me she was just following the rules and would be 12 weeks then anyway, I don’t remember her being at the conception but she seemed to know better than me.

3. Got home and promptly phoned another surgery (we have two we can visit), who booked me in for 12 weeks.

4. Received a voicemail from a the midwife from the first surgery ( now I’m apparently called Kerry) saying I needed to be seen sooner at 8 weeks. I phoned the second surgery who told me all pregnant woman should be seen between 8-10 weeks !!! I think they need to have a meeting and decide their policies.

5. Went to the Midwife ( who now thinks I’m called Nicola !) , she took all my booking in information but when it came to taking my blood I knew their would be a problem as I have terrible veins, she attempted a couple of times before giving me the paperwork to take to the local blood clinic.

6. Next day I wait at the blood clinic for almost an hour (it’s a ticket system) , the nurse doesn’t read the paperwork properly takes one vial of blood, try’s to fob me off when I insist she hasn’t looked properly, realises then profusely apologises as she attempts three more times before admitting defeat. At this point an appointment is made for me at a clinic in town a couple of days later.

7. I arrive at the clinic, which involves a bus journey to be met by a clueless assistant who has never done antenatal bloods before, does not know how to process the paperwork, treats my sample of urine like it’s highly radioactive, stabs at my already sore arms three times before concluding I need to go to the hospital for the tests.

As you can imagine by that point I’m angry, sore, frustrated & on the verge of tears (damn hormones).

I have now decided that they can come to me if they want the blood, as I am at the end of my tether, also one of my arms is incredibly numb which is a little worrying.

Surely things can only get better ?

On the plus side I have a little webster growing inside me and that in itself cancels out all the bad stuff.

Have you ever had any problems with the medical profession during pregnancy ? Do you feel like no one listen to silly pregnant ladies ?

Angela x

4 Comments

  1. October 6, 2013 / 3:18 pm

    First congratulations on your pregnancy! I'm so glad for you that this isn't your first baby. It's a scary time when you don't know what to expect, but even scarier when nobody seems to know what they're doing (or even what your name is!). When I was expecting my twins, I had to go for scans every two weeks, but each time I saw the consultant, I saw a different person each time and ended up telling them what was what. I also had to remind them that I needed blood tests too. Fortunately when the twins were born I couldn't have asked for better care so it all worked out in the end šŸ™‚

  2. October 6, 2013 / 3:37 pm

    Thanks for commenting Dawn, sounds like you had a similar experience, glad to hear you had a good experience of care at the birth, as that's where it matter's most I think. I will be a nightmare patient from now on !

  3. October 7, 2013 / 3:25 pm

    Congratulations on your pregnancy. I just found out that I am also expecting my first child. This is so exciting and scary all at the same time. I haven't seen or talked to a doctor yet, I hope I don't have to deal with the kind of people that you did. My sister recommended the best obgyn so I know I will have at least one person that is professional in my corner. I hope everything from here on out goes smoothly for you.

  4. October 7, 2013 / 3:26 pm

    Thanks Lauren, Congratulations to you too ! Such an exciting time šŸ™‚

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