Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Prenatal Check-Up #5

Our regular OB is on vacation in Hawaii so today we met with another CNM (Certified Nurse Midwife) for my 5th prenatal check-up. 

I'm now 26 weeks, 4 days. The size of my belly is 26cm, which is normal, matching the week of my pregnancy. The baby's heartbeat is about 120 per minute. The nurse taught us how to do "kick counts", which is counting any fetal movements within a certain amount of time. I'm likely to feel 10 movements within an hour or at least 10 times within two-hour frame. 

I also need to do the screening for gestational diabetes (high blood sugar). I had to drink a bottle of glucola and stayed at the lab, then had my blood drawn after exactly one hour. The test came back normal so no further testing is needed.

I also had a CBC blood test (Complete Blood Count) and it turned out that I'm low on RBC (Red Blood Cells) and HCT (Hematocrit). Both components are below the standard ranges, but the doctor said it is okay, pregnant women tend to low on these two, no action needed at this time.