12 weeks pregnant – Blood tests today!
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I was scheduled to have my blood tests this week. I had never actually had a blood test before, so I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I was interested to find out what my blood group was. I sat in the waiting room of the hospital with hubby, as there was a twenty-minute delay due to the number of pregnant women waiting in the waiting room. So, hubby and I used this time to discuss boys’ and girls’ names. As I people watched, it was interesting to see women of all different shapes and sizes; some hugely pregnant, some with children, and some carrying big packs from Bounty. I wondered what that pack was and whether I would be receiving a pack like too?
I was given a form to fill out my weight, diet, height etc… and, as soon as I heard my name, hubby and I were ushered into a tiny room with two nurses, a bed, and lots of equipment to administer the injections. I was very nervous as I had a fear of needles, but the nurses were really nice and patiently explained the procedure to me. One of the nurses asked me lots of questions about my family history. As I was of Mediterranean heritage, the nurse thought it was best to think about being tested for Thalassemia and Sickle cell disease. Since I was having a blood test anyway I thought I may as well suck it up and get tested for everything, so I told her to go ahead and even offered them to do some research on what was left of my blood.
The second nurse told me to lie down on the bed. I warned her that I was scared of needles, but she reassured me that she wasn’t going to tell me when it was going in or coming out. The other nurse started to tell me how exciting it was having your first baby and we discussed the different stages of pregnancy. Before I knew it, the whole thing was over. The nurse then handed me a form that contained all the answers to the questions she had asked me before the blood test. I was to give the form to the midwife at my first midwife booking appointment. And I received my Bounty pack too!
I skipped down the street, thinking I was the queen of the world! I had conquered my fear of needles and believed I could do anything at this point. It was such a beautiful hot summer’s day as well, so hubby and I sat down on the grass for some lunch before we both had to get back to work. We discussed financial plans, parenting skills and where we were going to bring up the baby. We were currently renting so we discussed the possibilities of being able to buy a house. At the moment, it’s so expensive to buy a house these days and banks require a 20% deposit. Where were we going to find that much money? Renting was expensive enough and we felt the pain of paying straight to the landlord’s pocket. How would we get out of the vicious circle and start paying towards a place of our own? Buying a property felt so far out of our reach at the moment.
A fun fact – Your baby is about the size of a fig, and is about 5.4cm long and weighs less than 14g – wow!
The science part
Your baby at 12 weeks
- The placenta is now developed and is supplying your baby with oxygen
- The baby’s lower body is growing and it is now catching up with the large head
- Your baby’s bones are continuing to develop
- Your baby’s genitals are still developing but you will have to wait until your next scan to see the gender
- Your baby is developing their own unique fingerprint
- Your baby is building up waste to help them make their first poop
- Your baby is starting to develop lanugo which is the hair that will cover them during most of the pregnancy. You may see some lanugo during birth
- Your baby’s reflexes are developing and they are starting to curl their fingers and toes – you won’t be able to feel them move yet, but they are definitely making full use of that space in your belly!
Your pregnancy signs and symptoms
- Welcome to the calm after the storm of the first trimester
- The placenta is lessening your hormone load so you may start to feel better at this point – you may still experience a surge in emotions though. Find other mums to talk to online – or contact me! firstname.lastname@example.org
- You may still experience food aversions, so avoid what you need and stick to what works for you
Your next steps
- Continue eating a healthy and balanced diet for baby’s optimal development
- Ensure you get plenty of rest during pregnancy as sleep boosts the growth hormone, which is important for your weight maintenance and foetal development
- Make sure to include plenty of protein in your diet
- You can continue to take your pregnancy supplements if you are unable to eat a varied diet
- If you haven’t done so already, you soon should be receiving an invite to your first ultrasound. This may be the first time you see your baby and it will make all of this very real!
- If you already have your 12 week scan, please share in the comments below!
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