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24/04/2014 at 14:57
So this morning I had my 25 week check up - I am a little early at 24+4 but hey ho. The midwife arrived and both her and DH were there. She said I looked really well and commented on how big I had got since I last saw her at 16 weeks.
She checked my fundus height and I was measuring spot on at 24.5cm for 24+4. When she started to press on my tummy the baby gave a really big kick and the midwife laughed and said "Oh hello you!" to the baby.
She got out the doppler and popped it on my tummy. She found baby W and near enough straight away the baby shot away from the doppler and the midwife chuckled and said that as it works on sound waves, the baby must have heard it and not liked it. She then tried to get it again and couldnt find baby at first. Is aid to her that baby usually has it's head on my left side (at about 2/3 oclock if I was a clock) and it's feet on my right (at about 7/8 oclock) so she said she would try at the 4/5 oclock mark and bingo - bu-bum bu-bum the little heart was beating away! I managed to get a recording on my phone and oh, what a lovely sound to hear! DH was really smiling at this.
She said everything seems to be fine having looked at my scan report and said that she will see me at 28 weeks and booked an evening appointment for me which is great because DH can come too.
I asked her about the hip pain I am getting and she said she doesnt think it's SPD as when she pushed my pubic bone, it wasn't in the slightest painful but is going to refer me for physio anyway. She is also making an appointment for me with the consultant midwife so that we can try and get my birth as "normal" as possible.
I was also really pleased as when I spoke to her about breast feeding, she said she would support me in whatever I wanted to do - breast or bottle. She said she had bottle fed 2 of hers and breast fed her youngest and that the only main difference is that baby will not get the antibodies from me if I formula feed from birth and said if I was happy, I could start to express now and freeze it ready for when baby arrives and just feed from the breast until my milk appears. She said if I decide to continue to breast feed once the milk appears, I will find baby will go through growth spurts and want more and more milk from me which can be quite demanding. I explained part of the reason I would like to use a bottle (with formula or breast milk) is so that DH can feed the baby too and she said she is happy for me to take whichever route I like, even formula from birth if I choose to.
24/04/2014 at 15:01
Oh and she also said the "rash" I have developed under my right bust is possibly a sweat rash from putting my stretch mark cream on right before bedtime
24/04/2014 at 16:43
24/04/2014 at 17:06
Oh no thats really crappy Haleigh. I think some MW's and I assume HVs can be quite strong about it - luckily mine wasn't but said she has had some ladies at the birth centre (I am being a guinea pig for a new thing the local birth centre is doing where the birth centre midwives caseload a few ladies of their own) in tears saying their MW has said they "HAVE" to breast feed their babies and my MW said she was quite disgusted by the attitude. She said she couldnt do it with her first two and formula fed them but her third baby took to it straight away so I have the advantage of a MW who has seen it from both sides of the coin. She even said I'm not the breast feeding police and that she can;t stand those who are! lol. It had made me think that maybe, I might just BF until my milk comes through then switch to formula. I'll see what DH says after we have had a chat about it all
24/04/2014 at 19:39
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