This morning I had my 24 week doctor’s appointment. All is well! Our little girl is measuring right on track, her heart rate is healthy, and all of my tests are within a healthy range as well.
This appointment I was back with my regular doctor (the last two appointments have been with other doctors in the practice), so it was great to be able to chat with her and ask her some questions. We talked about hypnobirthing and her views/opinions on it. I was very relieved and excited to hear her thoughts. She said she was familiar with the method, and had delivered several babies for women who have used, or attempted to use, the method and that she thought it was a great resource or “tool” to have at my disposal. She emphasized over and over again that her and all the other doctors in their practice really treat each birth as the woman’s birth and that they, as doctors, are simply there to support them. I already got that vibe from all of the doctors I’ve seen there, but it was nice to finally have it stated. Needless to say, I am relieved and very excited about my choice in doctor and birth center.
The most exciting (and terrifying) part of my appointment this morning, was that I only have one more appointment at four week intervals.
My next appointment (28 weeks) will be an eventful one. I’ll take a glucose test to test for gestational diabetes as well as receive a Rh immune globulin injection because I’m Rh negative. Assuming I pass my glucose test, my next appointment will only be two weeks after that! I go in for appointments every two weeks during my third trimester until I reach 36 weeks, when I go every week.
So today, I made my doctor’s appointments for the remainder of my pregnancy. There’s only nine of them! This includes a 40 week appointment that was made for June 16th, three days after my due date. I asked the scheduling nurse if it was bad luck to schedule a doctor’s appointment for after my due date… she wasn’t amused. How could that not be bad luck!? It would be nice if I didn’t have to keep that appointment, but most first time moms go to 40 weeks and beyond…so I’d better just prepare for that now.
My belly has really “popped” over the last week, and it’s reflecting in my weight gain. This morning at the doctor’s they had to use the “150” weight on the scale; I knew I would be seeing those numbers, but I wish I didn’t have to! Why can’t I just stand backwards on the scale and not watch as the numbers get bigger and bigger. That way the doctor can just tell me if I’m on track, if I need to cut back on the sweets, or just eat anything in sight. Maybe I’ll try this tactic in the future.
The upside to being so big is that our baby girl is getting bigger and bigger as well. I can now tell where she is inside my womb at any given time (she likes to hang out on my left side). It becomes especially obvious if I lie flat on my back, then I can totally see her little shape! I love it. Sometimes, she’ll squirm around into a new position and one of her appendages will push hard against my stomach, so I’ll grab Matt and say “feel right here, that’s her!”. I think he really enjoys getting to see/feel the evidence of her growing.
The coming weeks are going to get very busy…more yoga, more hypnobirthing, and trips to visit friends and family. Stay tuned for all the fun details!