When you're not pregnant, if there's anything wrong with you it can be a struggle to convince doctors of it. When you are pregnant, suddenly this reverses and the doctors become paranoid hypochondriacs freaking out at the slightest thing. One-off increased glucose in urine, despite normal blood glucose? OMG GESTATIONAL DIABETES. Slightly high blood pressure? OMG PRE-ECLAMPSIA.
They are currently freaking out about my blood pressure even though it's not even high enough to register as "mild hypertension" on this NHS scale
, and want me to go to the Rosie for another consultant appointment, preferably today, which means I wouldn't even have time to talk to my nice midwife, who seems to be sane and competent, but doesn't have a direct line, only an answering service where she or one of her colleagues calls you back after 24 hours.
I feel like I'm having an explosion of medical appointments which I don't want, with all different people who don't talk to each other, and I have sole responsibility for coordinating between them and trying to keep them all on the same page. That shouldn't be the patient's job.
No news of my supposed appointment with the Supervisor of Midwives yet. But it might be irrelevant: if they're worrying about my blood pressure and glucose as well as all the other stuff, I stand even less chance of being classed as low-risk.
I have a friend who went in for a routine ante-natal appointment sometime in the third trimester and they decided then and there to keep her in hospital for some kind of monitoring until her baby was born. She didn't even get to go home to pack or arrange childcare for her toddler. She felt fine health-wise, just very bored and frustrated for all those weeks. The outcome I'm anxious to avoid has now moved on from unnecessary inductions and C-sections to this.