Last Thursday I had a routine appointment with my community midwife, well I thought I will see my midwife, but it was different one again. I actually liked her, up until I came home and looked at my pregnancy notes.
Prior to my appointment I have booked whooping cough vaccination and a Maternity Unit tour, so these 2 things were out of the way and I was intrigued to see what we will talk about during this appointment. I think I have spent there at least 20 minutes as she talked me through Pelvic Girdle Dysfunction (PGD) I have, she was kind enough to refer me to physio therapist.
We spoke about breastfeeding, few things she said made me laugh inside, as I'm not sure that they are true, for instance she was referring that breasfeeding may help to lose weight (well this doesn't make any sense for now at least as I know of ladies who put on weight while breasfeeding due to them drinking/eating specific food which will benefit baby) or your baby won't have eczema (my husband has eczema and his mum was breastfeeding him).
As there are no NHS antenatal classes as such they still try to provide support when they can, I have been offered to attend 2 hour session where midwife will be talking about breastfeediing, I thought that I can't miss this opportunity and booked myself in for May.
Then she did a routine check of my urine, send me to do some blood tests, checked baby's heartbeat and checked my blood pressure, which was high again (140/90), but according to my cardiologist if I had high blood pressure every day they would be more concerned and this (having it from time to time) seems normal to them.
The last check I had at this appointment was measuring the size of my uterus with a tape measure. When she did measurements she clearly stated its 26 cm and said it's small, then looked at my notes and while putting something down said that it's actually average, which made me feel relieved as everyone commenting that I have a small bump, and when you hear it over and over again you inevitably start to worry. When I came home I decided to check what she wrote (I check it every time and I think I need to do it there and than form now on), everything seems fine until I saw growth chart- instead of putting 26cm, which actually makes me below any centile line, she put slightly more than 26cm which makes me average (which is obviously not what she told me). So I have texted my midwife saying that I'm concerned and what I've been told and what is written in my notes are too different things, still waiting for her to come back to me...
What was/is your experience with a growth chart? Should I be worried?