I’ve been keeping a secret for a while now. Let me catch you up….
Friday, 24 November 2017: I took a paper test (Ultra Early – 10mIU Pregnancy strip test) and got a positive result before I even missed a period (10DPO). I repeated the test when my husband came home from work. Then, did another test the next morning with first morning wee to be certain and ordered a Clear Blue Digital test from Amazon.
Monday, 27 November 2017: The Clear Blue test arrived and spelled out the result “Pregnant”. The test predicted I was 2-3 weeks (4-5 weeks pregnant) which was further along than I expected but this happened with my last pregnancy – I must have higher HcG than most women.
Above screenshot from Clear Blue website on interpreting the results of their test.
Based on the first day of my last period being 1 November 2018, I calculated I was 3 weeks pregnant (not 4 to 5 weeks like Clear Blue Digital) and that the baby would be due on 8 August 2018.
We headed off on a family holiday at Centre Parc. It was lovely to have that time to ourselves as a family and celebrate our news.
Saturday, 2 December 2017: We returned to holiday and I did two more tests. To see if the line showed darker on the paper test and to see if the weeks progressed on the digital.
First midwife appointment (Booking In)
5 January 2018: My midwife wasn’t in so I saw a different midwife that was covering. She went through the questionnaire with me about my family and history (lots of personal information) and ran some tests, took a urine sample and some blood samples. She agreed with my LMP Due Date of 8 August 2018.
First Scan (Dating Scan) – 13 weeks, 4 days
29 January 2018: So this was supposed to be my 12 week scan but the Sonographer measured the baby and estimated that I should was further along than I predicted! My due date was changed to 4 August 2018 and they booked a date for my mid-trimester scan.
Meet the Midwife (Antenatal Check)
9 February 2018: Finally, got to meet my midwife and she’s lovely. She updated my paperwork with results of my blood tests and discussed my scan.
Mid-trimester Scan – 21 weeks
Saturday, 24 March 2018: This scan was brought forward to 21 weeks as I had a few problems recently with bleeding. It’s been pretty scary.
I heard the baby’s heartbeat on Thursday and again on Saturday – good strong healthy heart beat. The scan shows everything is as it should be and the placenta is not over my cervix. I had a cervical exam which finally identified what was causing the bleeding.
I have an ectopia on my cervix (cervical ectropion). Unfortunately, this can’t be treated whilst pregnant so I am going to have to put up with some bleeding. The tricky thing will be deciding if I need to be checked out in future i.e. is the bleed accompanied with pain, or is their a lot of blood. I’ve come up with a plan with my midwife to help with this.
I feel better knowing that both the baby and myself are healthy. It is still scary to see blood though.
I’m pleased to say, over the Easter holidays I haven’t had anymore bleeding so hopefully that worry is over. *finger crossed*
We did find out the sex and I am having a Gender Reveal party today with close friends and family to celebrate with us. I think it will be fun for Noah to discover if he is getting a brother or a sister with everyone around him. I’m so excited and can’t wait to spill the beans. Feel free to take a guess at the sex if you like…