The registrar says they don’t do them at 5 weeks (and I am only 5 weeks today by the calendar, and probably 4w6 by when I ovulated – actually, now I think about it, I think I’ve only ever got pregnant on cycles when I ovulated a day or more late). She asked for blood tests – beta HcG (the nurse asked whether it was to be repeated, so it seems they do sometimes repeat them, but it isn’t – I also know that even some IVF clinics just do one), full blood count (in case the ENT doctor was right about me being anaemic – and if he was wrong, I’m to come off the extra iron), and clotting screen - she didn’t actually say why that one, but I am pretty sure it’s an online clotting test since some people have hyper clotting only during pregnancy. It was a bit strange actually to think that with all these pregnancies, no-one’s ever managed to do any tests during one of them.
She said she’d book me in again in 2 weeks for a scan. I thought about it for about 5 minutes while waiting for my blood tests and when she came back with the appointment request I asked if it could be brought forward, so it is next Friday instead. I have a feeling they don’t like to scan people unless they are then able to get a definitive answer, reasoning that an ambiguous scan may be worse than no scan. But I am not even sure that the pregnancy will last 2 more weeks, let alone my nerves.
Anyway, having arrived ultra-early, I left the hospital 7 minutes after my actual appointment time. Is this a world record? Then I got the train to where Mr. Spouse works, bought Lush products, had lunch with him, bought shoes for us both (our third wedding anniversary present to each other – leather, see?), and had a manicure. I’m so hard-working, me.