Bump Update – Week 21

We’re officially past the 20th week, so now we’re halfway there! Woho. While the pregnancy has been pretty good, this week I had a bit of a setback. The migraine came back. It’s so horrible, I’ve had headaches before, but this is something else entirely. It hurts so badly and when it’s at its worse I can’t even walk straight. This time around the usual paracetamol didn’t work so I was at a loss. Luckily my midwife booked me an appointment with their doctor to discuss what to do about it. I’m not entirely sure it’s pregnancy related, or if it’s a bit of a delayed reaction to the stressful situation at work. Luckily my co-workers have been so nice throughout all of this, and even if I felt bad about being at home at the end of this 21st week (because that’s just the person that I am), they were all so supportive and understanding.

By the way, am I the only one who feels guilty when I’m home sick? It feels like I’m slacking off, even if I have a legitimate reason for staying home. I actually had a discussion with some women from a pregnancy group on Facebook about this, and a lot of them could relate. One of the women suggested it was a type of a ‘good girl syndrome’ and it does sound like it a bit doesn’t it? I mean, whenever one of my co-workers are out sick, I never think that they’re slacking off and the only thing I say to them is to take care of themselves and that it’s important that they think about their health. How come you’re often that much harder on yourself? Oh, well.

On to happier things! I had a meeting with my midwife and she checked up on my blood pressure and all that. It would seem that my blood pressure continues to be nice and low, it actually hasn’t changed since I got pregnant. I know some women suffer from higher blood pressure during pregnancy. I also got to listen to Mini’s heartbeat, turns out the machine she used wasn’t that different than when it came to the home one that I borrowed from my coworker earlier on in the pregnancy. At least the sound quality wasn’t that much better. It was so nice to hear Mini’s swishing heartbeats, it beat at 150 at that point. A perfectly normal range! So all seemed to be good, with both myself and the little one!

Om rhulth

I'm an adopted 31 year old woman with a master's degree in social anthropology. I work as a social worker and have a background as a freelance reporter. I love to write, read and Netflix.
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