Both of these appointments were routine Midwife check-ups which involved testing my urine, blood pressure, measuring my bump and listening in on the baby’s heartbeat with a doppler.
All of my checks came out fine at both appointments.
The Midwife didn’t fill in the exact heartbeat of baby on my notes at either appointments, but did state that the heartbeat is regular, at the 34 week appointment she actually commented on how impressively regular it was, seems as if we have a very calm baby.
Baby isn’t yet engaged but is still head down, although in a bit of an odd position, there is something (midwife thinks a leg or arm) sticking out of my right side, this is nothing to worry about but probably is the reason that I keep getting sharp shooting pains in my right side.
Baby is no longer measuring as large, we are now exactly on the average line which is a relief!
I asked if/when I do a birthing plan. My midwife said that there is no point in doing one as it goes completely out of the window, as a result she doesn’t intend on going through one with me. I received some advice on labour and pain relief at my parent craft class so I’m not too concerned about this. My midwife did say that there is a specific section in the back of my notes where I can write a birth plan myself, there is also a template available on the NHS website, but she doesn’t really recommend filling one in as it often leads to disappointment. I mentioned that I want a water birth and wasn’t sure how I make the hospital aware of this. It is simply a case of requesting one when I phone up to be admitted, again, this may result in disappointment because they only have a limited amount of birthing rooms with pools so these may be full, and also, if the maternity ward is particularly busy they will be ‘all hands on deck’ which means that the birthing pools won’t be manned and aren’t available for use.
I am now being moved to two weekly appointments as my due date is fast approaching.