Today I am 10 weeks pregnant, and at a stage where everyone seems to agree that our tiny embryo has become a tiny foetus. I feel like wearing a party hat to celebrate!
Some midwifery agencies state that this occurs at about 9 weeks, and some at 10. There does seem to be a lot of confusion within the medical world about a) exactly when the embryo becomes a foetus and b) how long the 1st trimester is. I have heard that it is 12 weeks and 13 weeks.
Yesterday I had my booking in appointment with the midwife, which lasted an hour and a half and was very indepth. I am now officially in the system and recorded as being preggers.
It all seemed to go well, with most of my blood tests coming back within normal range, but apparently they hadn’t been able to test my blood type and rhesus type because the tube wasn’t correctly labelled. This was no major problem; all I had to do was give a bit more blood for a retest. That is where the fun began…
I have tiny, rubbish veins apparently, but the student midwife located what she thought was a vein and went in for the kill. No, it was a tendon. Oouuuucccchhh! The midwife then took over and had a go in each arm, before giving up and checking the back of my hands. No luck there either. They had to admit defeat and send me to the lab to let the ‘Phleboes’ have a go.
Luckily I only had to wait for 2 minutes to be called in to see a lovely German lady in a very vintage looking uniform. She found a vein straight away and I was out again in minutes. I did wonder though, whether people set out to become a phlebotomist, or it is something you fall into when you find out you are very good at getting blood out of people at nursing college?
Right, I am off to Brighton with my Mum today to give her an early Mother’s day treat. I have booked to have afternoon tea in the hotel in which my husband and I held our wedding breakfast 5 years ago, on another beautiful sunny day by the sea. We may also look in some baby shops.
A final thought. Did the same scientist who discovered the rhesus positive and negative proteins on red blood cells also discover the and name the Rhesus macaque? Whenever anyone mentions rhesus, all I see are dancing monkeys…