My appointment with the midwife, and the scan both went well – the baby appears to be healthy and doing well. My iron (haemoglobin) level is under what it should be (10.8 instead of between 12 and 16), and I’ve been given some heavy duty iron supplements to help with that. This level is from the blood test taken just before the medication change and the 10 days I spent vomiting round the clock, so I’d imagine my levels are slightly worse than they were before! I’m curious that they are so low since I’d increased our red meat intake and I had also been taking a basic pregnancy supplement. All this is especially interesting when you recall that according to the World Health Organization no western woman should need iron supplements (according to them we are abundantly supplied through our diet) – I was sceptical when I first heard that, and even more so now.
By the way, we are having a girl! Simon wasn’t as keen to find out as I was – I really didn’t want to wait until birth to know. Now we can have some more focussed discussions on names, and I can decorate the baby’s room. I’m going to start with a shopping trip for curtain fabric – I’ll then plan the room decor round that. (yes, the baby will be sleeping in our room for the first 6 months, but I still want a dedicated room decorated and ready).
I am so bowled over by God’s gracious love and generosity to us!