So, it turns out there is no appropriate clothing for an echocardiogram, except I would suggest wearing jeans/leggings/something on your bottom half, i.e. not just a dress or something. I was asked to take my top and bra off, and put a gown on, opening at the front!
You lie on your side and they use the ultrasound scanner and dig it into your chest and under your left breast, and it quite hurts – I coughed a lot because I felt like I couldn’t breathe properly. The combination of a baby pushing on my ribs and a woman pushing on my chest, I’m surprised I managed to breathe at all!
Then at the end, I wasn’t even offered blue roll to wipe myself with, so I used the gown, and managed to get goop all on my hand as there was a massive blob of it on the gown. She was also stripping the blue roll off the bed before I’d even got off it – baring in mind it is VERY obvious I’m pregnant, and I am not quite as mobile as the average 26 year old! It made me wonder how quickly she does these things to elderly, and how uncomfortable they feel? Considering that 99% of the people I’ve come across in the cardiology department has been over the age of 60.
Anyway, the echocardiogram proved I have a normal heart, and the 24 hour ECG proved I have a normal heart rhythm (except when I have palpitations of course), which is what I fully expected. The best news is the cardiologist thinks I may not have to have the ablation, and that I will have a fairly normal life post-baby. I have a review with cardiology in March next year, so I guess I will just have to keep a note of when I have palpitations, how long they last etc. Which I’ve never been good at before.
I should also be able to have a normal birth – hurrah. My birth plan will be decided in a couple of weeks with the Obs consultant though…then I’ll really know what to expect!