Week 12 of My Pregnancy – Blood tests today!
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 glad that I was going to find out my blood type for the first time. I sat in the waiting room of the hospital with hubby. There was a 20 minute delay due to the amount of pregnant women in the waiting room, so hubby and I had some time to discuss boys’ and girls’ names. I took a look around the room. There were women of all different shapes and sizes; some pregnant, some with children, and some of them were carrying big packs from Bounty. I wondered whether I would get one of those packs today. I was given a form to fill out my weight, diet, height etc… I heard my name and 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 have a fear of needles, but the nurses were really nice and patiently explained the procedure to me. One of the nurses asked me tons 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 told them to do research on what’s 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 when it was coming out. The other nurse started to tell me how exciting having my first baby will be and we talked about all the different stages of pregnancy, and, 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. I skipped down the street, thinking I was queen of the world! I conquered my fear of needles and believed I could do anything. It was such a beautiful hot summer’s day, 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 are we going to find that much money? Renting is expensive enough and it feels like we’re paying out to help the landlords with their mortgage. 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 5.4cm long and weighs less than 14g – wow!
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