At my 32 week midwife appointment I swanned in thinking that as everything had been going so well with Baby Hunts progress this one would be fine. I was wrong!
Not only did I have a urine infection (due to his head been so low and not being able to empty my bladder properly), I also had raised levels in my blood tests that indicated a risk of blood loss at birth – so they are monitoring this with another blood test at 36 weeks. To top it off Baby Hunt also measured well above average when my midwife measured him.
As a precaution within a few days I was up at Norfolk and Norwich Hospital having a growth scan. After a quick look around, and another go – just to double check, they confirmed the midwife was right.
This got a bit worrying when she mentioned the words – early and C Section, especially with Project Hillside a way off being completed!!!
What does it mean?
The next day they had me back up the hospital for a Gestational Diabetes test, which could be a cause of him growing quickly.
Gestational diabetes is high blood sugar that develops during pregnancy and usually disappears after giving birth. … It occurs if your body cannot produce enough insulin – a hormone that helps control blood sugar levels – to meet the extra needs in pregnancy.
The test involves not eating or drinking anything after 12am the night before. A first blood test is then given upon arrival and then you are given a special glucose drink followed by two hour wait in the waiting room. A second blood test is then given to measure the difference in levels and you are given some orange juice and a banana as your reward.
But I am ok and so is he!
So it turned out my tests were ok, it could be Baby Hunt decided to have a bit of a growth spurt! We have another growth scan at 36 weeks to check how he is doing.
The good thing is – he is being monitored!
Information about Gestational Diabetes can be found here > https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/gestational-diabetes/