38 week OB appointment

I just returned from my 38 week OB appointment.

The good news is that receptionist that I struggled with earlier on in my pregnancy has left the practise. His wife is temporarily doing the reception duties and she’s such a nice lady.

Overall, things are going well. My Strep B swab came back negative! Whohoo! Blood pressure is still good. I have minimal to no swelling.

My iron is still really low though. Once my bowels started moving better earlier this week, I finally caved and started taking my iron pills every other day. Hopefully that will help a bit before delivery.

He wanted to wait until the next appointment to do a cervical check, but I insisted that he check today. I’m currently 1-2 cm dilated and 40% effaced… which at this point means pretty much nothing. Could be days or could be weeks. I also had the membrane sweep done. Surprisingly, it didn’t hurt as much as I thought it would. Baby is low and in the right position.

The unfortunate news is my OB is away at a conference next week. Due to his lack of availability, my next appointment isn’t until 40 weeks, 1 day. He doesn’t seem concerned since I’m showing no reason to be. He also joked that I need to hold off until he’s back to have the baby.

So, that’s where things are at. I plan to focus more on natural induction methods over the next week and see if that results in any progress.

Let’s get this baby moving! Mommy and Daddy are ready to meet you!

26 week OB appointment and glucose screening options

I had an OB appointment today. It was not a nice sight to walk in and find out there’s standing room only. He was running 45 minutes behind. I haven’t often had to wait that long, so I considered it a blessing that I was going to miss more time off work on a Friday. 🙂

My husband always accompanies me to my OB appointments as I never want to be there alone in case something goes wrong (pregnancy after loss paranoia). I don’t have any issue with spouses or one support person being with you, but I don’t get why some women bring their Moms plus their spouse and all their children. Perhaps that’s just me not having my Mom nearby and not having a close relationship with my MIL? But, I just don’t see the need for it. There was one woman there today who had her Mother watching her two kids in the waiting room. If you need a baby-sitter, get your Mom to watch them at home. What’s the point in taking up extra room in an already busy office? In the end, I’ll excuse it because her child did end up being an entertaining distraction while we waited.  /endrant

Everything went well today. I joked with the doctor that I could feel my belly growing the past few days. He laughed and said I’ve definitely gotten bigger since last visit. Baby’s heartbeat was 162 bpm and we FINALLY got our full anatomy scan results. Obviously, everything was ok.

My doula shared an interesting article with me this week: Gestational Diabetes: Don’t Drink the Glucola without reading the label. I asked my OB about alternatives to the drink, but he wasn’t as open as I had hoped. He told me I could choose to not do the test. Since we do have a history of Diabetes on both sides of my family, his recommendation would be that I don’t skip it. I was too hot and had been waiting for too long to get into a debate about it this time.

I went for my glucose screening test following the appointment. The orange drink wasn’t as nasty as I anticipated. I got it down quite easily actually. And it only took 1 poke to draw my blood!

Maybe if we have another child, I can have a midwife and try the jelly bean route instead.

Has anyone had any experience with using an alternate option for your glucose screening test? 

First OB appointment

Today, I am 5 weeks, 6 days. We had our first OB appointment this afternoon.

Using the low tech portable ultrasound machine, we saw 1 baby measuring 6 weeks 3 days!  I keep telling my husband that the baby is on the left side. From today’s scan, it looks like my hunch was right!

My initial reaction was that I thought the baby was measuring behind. I had it in my head that he said 5 weeks, 3 days. As I stared at the screen, it finally clicked that the baby was measuring AHEAD! *whew* Such a relief!

In our shocked state, my husband and I forgot to ask for a print out or take our own photos.

We discussed the fact that we put 2 embryos in and the potential for twins. My OB said it could be too early to know using the machine he used. He would recommend the trans-vaginal ultrasound to get a closer look at my actual ultrasound appointment.

As for my ultrasound, I am very much NOT impressed with our local ultrasound clinic. My fertility clinic called them on Monday to arrange my appointment and they never got a call back. This afternoon, I called the ultrasound clinic myself and asked whether I had an appointment or not. They claim to have no record of my clinic calling. This isn’t the first mistake they have made. 😦

Anyway, my lovely nurse called them back and got me in for March 4th. I will be 7 weeks, 6 days then. I wish we could have gone a bit earlier, but I know we will get a better view then.

I also have my next OB appointment scheduled for March 12 at 9 weeks.

Appointments galore! This whole pregnancy thing is totally getting real! 🙂