I don't think I have posted on this thread before, but I have just switched providers to an ob (from a CNM; she will be on vacation when I am due, and also I am not crazy abt the hospital she delivers at. I switched to an ob because I prefer the more family friendly hospital that they use). Anyway, I noticed something new and interesting I wanted to share. At this practice, instead of checking baby's hb with a doppler, they have these Iphone sized mini ultrasounds and take a look at baby during every visit. The first doc I saw there did not share this info with me or show me baby, and I thought he had some kind of magic to know baby was breech without palpitating my belly much! I didn't like that he said (at 25 weeks) "baby is breech, but that's ok- I can turn him," and decided to try a different doc for my next appt. SHE showed me baby (who was head down at that visit) and I liked her much more...I told her I was worried about a c sec due to positioning and she reassured me by saying "he hangs out transverse and breech so much because there is plenty of room since you have already had kids, and your last was so big...." She also told me not to worry abt a csec at all and estimated my chances of needing one at about 1-2% (as I have already had a couple of vaginal births). SO I think she will be much better for me than the old codger I first saw at that practice! Anyway, I just wanted to share about the pocket ultrasounds; I had never heard of such before!
Appointment check-ins! - Page 13
I didn't have an appointment, but felt like this might go here. A few days ago, I was having some Braxton Hicks, and it seemed to freak the baby out. I was laying on my back in bed, and baby flipped from transverse to head down and ENGAGED in my pelvis. I seriously felt every movement. It was crazy! I was so overwhelmed with love and an appreciation for how smart our little beans are... It was like the baby thought, "Uh oh, this could be showtime, enough with the playing, I gotta get prepared!" Of course, after the Braxton Hicks ended, baby went right back to its usual transverse lie high up near my ribcage. But it was sooooo cool, and weird! When baby engaged I IMMEDIATELY had to get up and pee!!! LOL
I had an appointment on Tuesday. They took my blood and checked me for gest. diabetes and anemia (negative for both! WOOHOO!!) and we talked for a while about my questions, my sickness. she prescribed me some anti nausea meds since the sickness is still going strong. we talked about pre term labor, counting fetal kicks, and braxton hicks. We heard the heartbeat, and watched a brief video on breastfeeding. and i signed a form that said i want to take the placenta home with me to encapsulate it.
all in all, it was a very positive visit! baby and Mom are both healthy!
Congrats octolars! Sounds like a great checkup.
I had an appointment this morning at 27w6d. I had read a couple of childbirth books since the last appointment, so I wrote down a number of questions that I asked the midwife (about logistics of when to come into the hospital, what would happen when I get there, "time limits" for labor, pain relief options, etc.), and I was very comfortable with all of her answers. She is just fantastic in general. I feel so much better after I see her. I should really make appointments with the other midwives at the practice, since it could be any of them when it comes time to deliver, but I have gotten so comfortable with her that I just keep dragging my feet on doing that.
I took the GD test and had blood drawn for that, thyroid, Rh antibodies, and maybe another thing or two (didn't read the requisition that carefully). I am really nervous about the GD test (I'm overweight), so we will see what happens with that. However, for once in my life my bp was normal in the office (112/65). I have been taking it at home regularly and double-checking periodically on a drugstore machine or whatever, and it's been getting lower than it was in the first tri; typically 110/70 or thereabouts, but the last couple of appointments it was still 135/90 or something in the office. Today we had to get there pretty early to get the blood drawn and stuff, so I am wondering if I just had a bit more time to calm down than I normally would. Unfortunately we are typically rushing in at the last minute.
Other than that she measured my fundal height (said I am measuring right on at 28 cm) and listened to the baby's heartbeat. I did ask her if she could tell what position the baby was in, and she said she seemed to be head down, with her back to my right side at the time of the appointment. She said she could/would probably continue to change positions until 34-35 weeks. I can feel and see movements pretty strongly now on the upper right side, and to a slightly lesser extent down low. But I still have trouble distinguishing what is a kick and what is movement of the baby's hands or head, so I never know what way she is facing.
I had an appointment yesterday.
I forgot about it until 10 minutes before and it's an hour drive away.
So now it's next Monday, which is when I was pretty sure it was supposed to be in the first place (but midwifes book and my phone say otherwise, so I'm going to have to say pregnancy brain got me again)
Had appointment yesterday at Maternity Clinic and today with the midwife.
Yesterday typical appointment.
baby heartbeat with doppler~good
I have made no further appointments with them hopefully they will not notice and I won't be harassed.
Today at the midwife :)..
Baby heartbeat with feta scope~Good
Measuring at 30 weeks
Iron~ ok will check next month and it should go up.
Everything is just chugging right along, I'm feeling good and baby moves a lot.:)
I keep thinking they are going to call me to go in for another appointment soon, but so far nothing. Other then the coolness of hearing the heartbeat I'm not really super to keen on going. The last couple appointments haven't been such a positive experience, so I guess that's why. But we were given a green light as far as the placenta "issues" we were supposedly having, so things should be better. I don't see any reason why it shouldn't be positive, I just don't really like the DR's take on pregnancy. Today I accidentally "peed" a little, which seemed kind of strange, and it seemed like there was a fair bit more voluntarily liquid then normal, so I almost stopped in at the clinic on the way home. But it was just a one time thing...so we'll see. I'm kind of in a pissy mood the last couple days, just getting tired of the temporary-ness of our housing. (We're care taking a house/land that is for sale while we wait for our land application to either go through or get denied, which could be a 2 year process. Someone came to look at the house last week, and its just reminds us again how we could be asked to leave at any time....although, this place has been for sale for almost 5 years, so the chance is unlikely....but its still there.) Anyway..maybe I should have a bath tonight and just relax. Maybe a glass a wine would be a good idea. I think I might like that even.
28 weeks - had an appt today with CNM
BP, weight, baby heartbeat were all good
measured at exactly 28 weeks
did the glucola (yuck) GD screen & blood draws for that, anemia, & RH check
will get the RhoGam shot at 30 weeks - I guess they do a blood test first to double check I need it
so far, so good!
I'm a little late on this one, but I had an appointment with my midwife last Tuesday at 28 weeks. We looked at the results from all of my tests, including that gross glucose test I did a couple of weeks before the appointment. I kept joking that I must have studied for all of these tests because my numbers were really great for everything. Yay! I wasn't really too surprised by that. I've been feeling awesome so it stands to reason that nothing was off.
She gave me the link to a pdf on their website about homebirths that I need to read and sign off that I read next time I'm in and discussed that a bit. I've already ordered my birthing pool and supplies so I'm ahead of the game on that. I feel like that's sort of similar to packing your bag for the hospital in a way. Got your gauze and plastic sheeting? Yep! Okay, ready for birth! haha
I also had to get my super fun WinRho shot (that's like what the US gives as Rhogam) for my Rh- blood. I swear the baby moved just before the appointment and is now head down. Even cooler, last night the baby was pressing against my belly and I could feel the outline of the baby's back on my left side and a leg and foot coming across the front of my belly towards the right. Sooo neat!
I saw my naturopath a couple of days after the midwife and we talked about the supplements I'm taking and the teas I'm drinking as well as the books I'm reading/am planning to read. All is well with me and the baby both so I don't have to see her again until the end of June.
Appointment today -
Fasting blood sugar - 71
After an hour - 93 (no worries at ALL)
Blood pressure - 108/70
Baby's heart rate - 150
Fundal height - 29 (I'm 2 days shy of 29 weeks, totally on track)
Pee stick came back "perfect"
So no worries whatsoever.
Now we start every 2 week appointments and I have to buy my birth kit.
Uh... where did the pregnancy go? It hit me when she said "Okay, time to see you in 2 weeks" that ... holy crap... I'm third trimester!
•Blood pressure - great
•Baby heart beat- 140's
•1hr Glucose reading- 112
( didn't pass the 1hr with the my other two, but passed the 3hr)
•Iron level- border line low (was told to eat more food with iron)
•baby measuring on track!
•I have gained around 23lbs already! Gaw!
•I go every 2 wks after may 9th!
I had a really frustrating visit with my perinatologist today. I know I've posted this before, but I'm a type 2 diabetic and over 35 so in a high risk pregnancy for several reasons. So far, things have been pretty on track- some fluctuations with my blood sugars, etc. but for the most part I've been getting positive feedback from the doctors there, and I see them on a rotating basis. However, there's been one doctor who has consistently rubbed me the wrong way but at the time it was nothing significant. I feel like he's the only one who seems a little more negative and a little more "finger pointy" and when he's made adjustments to my insulin, that's when I've seen the worst weeks.
So today I had my first biophysical profile test and things looked great, just as they have. She was right on track with growth until a couple of weeks ago and then jumped ahead a bit, which is one of the concerns for diabetics. He didn't give me specifics, just her weight, but when I'd seen my OB she said it still left the baby at only being in the 73rd percentile for growth, so no cause for real concern. Today he comes in after the testing to review my blood sugars and tells me how terribly I've been doing. I point out to him that my average has actually improved not just since the pregnancy, but over the last two weeks when I was being treated by the other doctors (I didn't add that little fact) and they'd readjusted my insulin from what he'd changed it to. He looks at it and points out a few highs I had and tells me that I've been "naughty". I tell him that I feel like I've been being pretty consistent with my diet but had a few days- one of which was a day that I HAD eaten poorly and I told him that yes, I'd had a white bread hamburger bun, some beans, and a cookie at a BBQ we'd gone to and we'd stayed longer than expected so I'd taken my insulin much later than normal. He looks at me, clucks his tongue and says in a sing song voice, "oh, you had more than A cookie. You're either not telling the truth or there are things you're not catching that are causing your sugars to run high" and says again that I need to stop "being naughty".
In all of this, he never asks what I've eaten (I track it all in a small diary and I'm very honest about it) or makes suggestions on what it might be that I'm not catching, or talks about any of it. He adjusts my insulin and tells me to come back next week. This is also the man who'd previously told me NOT to try to modify my sugars by reducing carbs - so that I can get in some grains, etc. I'm just so pissed off that he's assuming because I'm overweight and diabetic that it means I'm just gorging on pies and cakes and pasta every day. We don't eat pasta, I generally use low carb whole grain breads, and maybe have a small amount of brown rice a few times a month. I eat small amounts of fruit two or three times a week. I admit that my downfall is in higher carb veggies like potatoes, sweet potatoes, corn, peas, etc. I'm certainly not claiming that I have a perfect diet, but had he looked in my food diary he would have seen things like a giant spike I had after eating a dinner of fajita chicken with vegetables with one flour tortilla, which shouldn't have caused as significant a spike as it did.
I left feeling humiliated, angry, and more than anything feeling even more anxiety over this upcoming birth than I already did. It doesn't help that I've been feeling really hormonal lately and just feel like I'm at a real low. I'm going to contact the office manager about the experience and ask that I not have to see that particular doctor again, but that kind of thing always makes me really uncomfortable. If a disgruntled food worker can spit in your food, what can a disgruntled doctor do? Haha.
I think more than anything it ties into my frustration and not feeling a closer connection with these doctors, my OB, or even any pregnant or mama friends since we moved out of state a couple of years ago. I just feel so alone and alienated in this pregnancy.
Thanks for listening... that was a lot of venting, but I needed to be able to get that out.
ETA: On a positive note, the baby is doing very well and she's very active. Her little kicks and punches are all over the place, and I love feeling her roll around as much as she is. I've waited for her for so long... it's good to feel that she's healthy and active. It keeps me going, for sure!
I'm sorry, WHAT A JERK. It's one thing to be concerned about your sugars, the baby, your diet, etc. But this guy clearly has an agenda if he wasn't even interested in seeing your food log, and that agenda is that fat people eat crap and lie about it. He is doing nothing for your care (evidenced by the fact that his guidance for your insulin dosing has made things worse rather than better) and doesn't appear to care what your numbers, diet, or condition of the baby actually are as long as he can point the finger at you and confirm his preconceived notions. I totally agree with you that it would be best to dump this guy if you possibly can. I would love to say "Just don't listen to him" and "Just enjoy your baby and your pregnancy" but for me, that was not realistic. One high-risk appointment with a crappy doc left me feeling awful and terrified for months afterward. I am only now starting to feel OK and confident about the pregnancy again.
I am sorry you're feeling alienated. Sometimes I forget that it truly is a gift to have friends and family nearby, and stresses seem to be magnified during pregnancy anyway, such that an encounter with a guy like this is the last thing you need. At least it sounds like the other docs at this practice are decent.
@ Shinyredstar...so sorry to hear of your troubles with the doc. For the first time, I am treated by only female HCPs and it is a much more consistent experience. I never wanted to be "prejudiced" against male providers, but I don't think I'll go back.
Today had appt. I figured I'm 29w1d, but they have all different EDD's for me so as far as they are concerned I'm around 28 wks.
BP was good.
Glucose screening...just made it.
Weight was fine as far as they are concerned. I feel like I am gaining more than I am consuming, but I haven't been tracking or anything.
Measured at 28 wks.
HB was fine.
DS came to appt for the first time. He had no school today. He was so sweet in the car on the way. He was concerned we would be late (which we cut it very close, but did arrive before MW). He also talked about how this was "Mommy" time. (Had DH take DD to preschool.) He was very unimpressed by appt. But he did light up a bit when he heard the heartbeat. MW let him read the tape measure since I mentioned he was learning about measuring in school.
MW said baby's head was kind of on the side, but did not mention where she thought other pieces were. I can't figure this baby out. It must be moving a lot or I am a poor judge of location.
Grr... What, does he think you're two??? My husband saw a dentist like that, talking to him about the germy-wormies living in his mouth. Yeah, never went back.
I am in a huge practice, but thankfully have only had to see my own ob who I like. I will get whoever is on-call that night at the birth, which I don't love the idea of, but have already btdt with my 2 unplanned hospital births, so I guess not too big of a deal.
I'm sorry to hear that, Shinyredstar... In my current mood, that doctor probably would have gotten a piece of my mind. LOL How patronizing of him, to treat you like a "naughty" little girl! Ugh! Hugs to you. You are not alone, we are here, for starters. But I know what you mean that pregnancy can be alienating. I have felt that way at times, too.
Was supposed to have my 30wk today but got a call right before that she needed to reschedule. Went ahead with my us since I was already on my way. Baby is breech again and tech said she was pretty wedged in there. Not surprised with all the movement I am feeeling behind the pubic bone. Starting to get a little nervous...I think all my others were head down by this point. Going to try some spinning babies, get to the chiro, try the pool, what else???