(Fair warning: this is a long post.)
Well, I've just gotten back from my first appointment with my new OB. I confess, I was nervous. Would she be one of those doctors who doesn't like questions? Would she take issue with my weight, as other doctors have? Would I feel confident in her abilities?
While she isn't my wonderful Dr. U, I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised. She took a full half hour with me (unheard of!), asking questions about this pregnancy, and my previous pregnancies. She asked about how I understood my IF/RPL issues, and how they have been resolved. She asked about my family history and my Beloved's, and about Ginny's development.
Then she let me ask all my questions, and she actually answered them!
- Rapid/sudden weight gain? Not worried at this point, but we will monitor it. My target should be no more than 10 pounds over my pre-pregnancy weight (which I'm still below). If I see any big jumps that concern me, I should call her office.
- Heartburn? Zan.tac is no longer working, so it's time to switch it up. Will now be taking 60mg of Pan.ta.loc (also known as Pro.tonix) once a day.
- Low-Lying Placenta? This is actually an unknown at this point, as the tech at my last u/s was unable to get a clear look at the whole placenta. It appears to be a partial previa, but it's still uncertain.
- Next Ultrasound? At 28 weeks. Requisition in hand, just waiting to hear back from the medical imaging clinic with my appointment date and time.
- Scheduled c-section or induction? We briefly discussed VBAC, and the unlikely possibility that an induction would work. I am not bent on delivering vaginally, and after my induction experience last time, I would rather just get straight to the point. So, scheduled c-section at 38 weeks it is. The Halfling will be making his/her introduction to the world sometime between May 10-15, most likely the 10th or 11th. Woohoo!
- Tubal Ligation? Absolutely!
- Do I keep seeing Dr. B? Nope!!! Yay! She will be managing my care until the baby is born. Then it's back to the unremarkable Dr. B, but at least I will feel more secure in my obstetrical care.
I think it will take me a little while to feel completely comfortable with her, and she made several mentions of my weight being a big issue (duh! Talk to any fat person. They KNOW that their weight is a big issue.). But overall, I'm happy with how today's appointment went, and I think I will be okay with her. She's younger than any doctor I've ever had before, and I've never had a female doc either.
On to the update...
How far along? 25w0d
Maternity clothes? Yup..
Body Oddities? VERY dry skin, alternating constipation and IBS flares, acne, bruises from insulin injections, back ache, cracking joints, super sore & slightly leaky boobs, increased earwax, dry/itchy eyes, leg cramps, round ligament pain, heartburn is much worse, tingly fingertips, NEW THIS WEEK: heavy fatigue
Sleep? I've been very tired this week. Almost like first trimester tired. I've been sleeping well, and heavy. I haven't even been waking up to pee.
Best moment this week? I had the most glorious nap on Sunday afternoon. My Beloved looked after Ginny and I woke up feeling great.
Worst moment? When we were grocery shopping on Saturday, I had a lot of lower back and hip pain.
Movement? All the time. I'm pretty sure that the baby is transverse, as I feel movement on either side and down low. Only occasional movement higher than my belly button.
Food cravings/aversions? Chocolate. I made some no-bake chocolate cookies with Splenda, but they didn't quite fill the need.
Rings? Still on.
Gender? Still think it's a girl.
Intense Dreams? Nothing baby related, but very strange combinations of people, places and situations.
Medical Concerns? Gestational Diabetes (insulin 5 times a day), High blood pressure (on 50mg of lobetalol 3x daily), continued heartburn (on 60mg of Pan.taloc daily), kidney stones, low lying placenta.
What I miss? walking without waddlng, being able to lift Ginny without grunting like a mule
What I look forward to? Sushi, ice cream, chocolate milk, my next ultrasound
Emtional State? Okay most of the time, but my blood sugars have been a tad wonky and that frustrates me