10 Weeks Pregnant
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10 weeks pregnant
10 weeks pregnantThis week you may go for your dating scan. You'll be asked to turn up for your appointment with a full bladder. This is so that the ultrasonographer (the professional performing the ultrasound scan) can get a clear view of your uterus, as when full, the bladder pushes it upwards a little.
Also, being in front it displaces your bowels and acts as a window for the ultrasound waves to pass through. (Although ultrasound cannot pass directly through a solid mass, like a full bowel, it can pass through fluid.)
More on your 10 week scan
You'll be asked to lie on a bed and pull your lower clothes down to the top of your pubic bone. The ultrasonographer will tuck some tissue into the top of your clothes, then apply a cold gel to your abdomen; this helps the scanning instrument to glide across your skin smoothly. You may be permitted to see the screen, although there won't be as much to see as at a later scan, when you'll see your baby fully formed, if very small. The ultrasonographer will take some measurements which will allow a fairly accurate calculation to be made of your baby's gestational age (how long you have been pregnant).
You should also have your booking appointment around now, where you will be asked lots of questions about yourself, your partner and your family's medical history. This is because some conditions may be genetic, in which case they will watch out for these developing in your baby. You will be offered screening tests at this time and your midwife may want to take bloods from you to check for:
your haemoglobin and platelet levels
your blood group and rhesus status
your rubella status
infection with hepatitis B
sickle cell disease.
10 weeks pregnantYour midwife will take your blood pressure. This will be used as a baseline for comparison during your pregnancy. Your blood pressure may be elevated if you are nervous or stressed in your pregnancy, or even if you have a full bladder. Try to go along to the appointment relaxed if you can, so that a more accurate reading can be obtained. Your midwife will give you your antenatal notes to keep with you. You should bring these to every antenatal appointment, and take them with you if you travel away from home, too.
Your midwife will ask you for a urine sample at this and all subsequent antenatal appointments so she can check for:
Ketones - these are excreted by your body if you are not eating enough nutrients and it has to break down fat. You may also have ketones if you have been sick or are exercising excessively, or if you are developing gestational diabetes.
Glucose - this may be a sign of diabetes or kidney disease. If you eat something sweet before you produce your sample then glucose may be detected in your urine.
Protein - this may be a sign of infection, but may also be a sign of hypertensive problems in pregnancy such as pre-eclampsia so needs to be investigated.
The midwife may also ask you questions about domestic abuse. Don't be offended by this. Domestic abuse, which may include both physical, verbal or emotional abuse, has been found to start and, in some cases, get worse in pregnancy, so it has become a routine question to ask all pregnant women. (If you are suffering any domestic abuse and would like to chat to someone now have a look at the badly treated forum in our coffee house.)