[5 weeks] Today I had the appointment with my GP. The only purpose of it was to ask me to which hospital I want to be referred to, so that they can arrange the antenatal care, but also if I had any questions. And I had many, of course… unfortunately her answers were all completely useless and I left feeling worried for nothing and in a very bad mood! There’s probably an element of me being in a bad mood because of my hormones, but she was supposed to be the one qualified to handle a patient, right?
Well, the questions that made me angry were what I can take for the constipation, and she said I can take lactulose if I need. That’s ok, but to buy it I need a prescription, and I found that out only when I went to the pharmacy and they didn’t sell it to me. Luckily it hasn’t been too bad in the last couple of days, so maybe I won’t need anything after all. Surely the GP didn’t help though.
I also asked what I can take if I have a migraine. It doesn’t happen very often, but when it does I need to take something immediately otherwise the migraine can last for two-three days and I feel really bad. She said I can take paracetamol, but it’s better to avoid anything else. Not very helpful, since I know that paracetamol doesn’t help at all with migraine.
The other question was if it’s safe to travel by flight at this stage, since I have a baptism in Italy on Saturday and my husband is going to be the godfather, so I don’t really want to miss it. She said there might be some risk of miscarriage due to the lower oxygen in the airplane but not very high – she wasn’t able to quantify this risk though. Well I looked in the NHS website and apparently it’s absolutely safe to take a flight in the early pregnancy, if I feel well and want to go. It might be uncomfortable if I feel sick or have a blocked nose, but the flight itself will not harm the baby in any way. Plus it’s a short flight, so I don’t even have to worry about blood circulation and the like. Other medical website confirmed all this.
It was nothing serious really, I realize I overreacted and I will ask about the medicines again when I go to the hospital for my scan, but the fact is I need to keep being active otherwise I go crazy, and feeling always tired in this period is not helping because I end up watching TV on the sofa and not doing anything at all!
Writing helped me, I feel better now: I’ll go out for a walk. It is going well, I only need to learn how to relax. And thanks Google for answering my questions this time 🙂