Today, 03/22/01, was my second check-up/exam appt of March. The reason for this appt was to get back the results of the urine and blood tests taken at my last appt. There were other things discussed, seeing how I spent maybe 3 min's with my doctor the last appt.
I actually got in to see the doctor a couple min's before 2, which was my appt. time. But, I had to wait 45 min's to get checked out of the clinic and then another 15 mins at the Pharmacy just to drop off a prescription. At least I got to see the doctor on time. First they checked my pulse. This time is was only 114...normal and actually lower for me, unlike last time it was 143. I weighed in at 148. At my first appt I weighed 129 so I have gained 19 pounds so far.
The results of the blood and urine taken at my last appt were normal..thank God. So, everything is still going pretty well for me.
He wanted to hear the baby's heartbeat so we did that first. He found it very easily and and it was very fast and according to him, very normal. He said I run about 110 and the baby's should be about 140-150. While listening for the heartbeat, he asked me the only question he ever asks and that is "have you had any bleeding." Thankfully, no I haven't. I did tell him about a strange episode this past Monday night though and he was concerned.
On Monday night I was lying in bed and all of a sudden I got this bad cramp real low on the left side. Well, it went away but then suddenly came back. It was painful but not intolerable....it was more "very uncomfortable" than intense pain. Any ways, I moved from side to side and nothing helped the pain. I have never felt contractions before but I surely thought that's what the cramps were and I started to get a little scared. This went on for about 15 minutes. I told my husband about it and told him that I wonder if I am about to deliver and he said that a contraction would be felt in the middle, where the baby is. Well, I laid there and laid there, hoping that I wouldn't feel a drip down my leg and/or get more severe cramps and I was worried sick that if I delivered, I would be over 3 months early and I didn't think the baby would survive. I woke up the next morning and the pain was gone so I guess the pain stopped and I was able to fall asleep. When I told my doctor, he seemed concerned. He told me that if I ever experience anything like that again, I am to go into the ER right away. He said that Premature labor is serious and the cramps could have led to that. So, he said that he wanted to check my Cervix to see if it is open at all, I guess which would indicate that I am on my way to delivering. He checked it and said that it is long and closed so that it good...no baby yet, thank goodness.
About my due date. Well, he has the 16th of July and that is what he is sticking by. He said that the ultrasound he did at 8 weeks is more accurate than the "official" one the other clinic did. He said earlier ultrasounds are more accurate. So, I am not 6 months yet...grrrrrrrr. I said well the female doctor I saw the last time before you came in told me it was the 10th and then the ultrasound people told me the 5th and he said his date is staying the 16th, even though the baby will come when it wants. So, I am back to July 16th for the estimated due date..once again.
I have been having SEVERE heartburn and I asked him if Tums are ok because I am practically eating them like candy. They work for a little while and then I need to take more. He prescribed me some Maylox (?sp) and said that it is stronger than Tums. He said Tums are fine to take, especially since they have calcium in them, but since I get Heartburn so often, Maylox is supposed to be stronger and will hopefully help longer.
I asked him when he recommends Lamaze classes and he said he doesn't. He said that it use to be recommended all the time and works for some and not for others. He said that most of his patients use epidurals. He said he wouldn't recommend natural birth..I don't know if it is because I have had back surgery or because of the pain of delivery.
Let me interrupt here for a moment for those of you who don't know me. I was in the US Army and my back was injured while I was in there. I have had 2 major back surgeries, one in 1995 and the other in 1998. I have been told by numerous doctors that it would be stupid for me to try to have a baby because the weight would make it very difficult. I told them that I am willing to be on bed rest for however long....I just want a child. I am almost in my 6th month and I haven't had one back pain yet, knock on wood, so I am fortunate. However, I am not as big as I will get so we will see. I have learned and have been told that walking is the very best thing you can do for your back and I have been taking my dogs for walks, sometimes every night of the week for the past 4 1/2 years. So, I figure that because of the walking and because of God, back pain hasn't hit me yet. Yet, being the key word. I don't work but I go to school and my semester will be over the 2nd week of May so if I can make it that far without bedrest, that would be great. If not, i'll just have to drop classes. I hope to make it all the way through without bedrest but that remains to be seen.
Anyways.....my doctor said that he has seen women go through natural childbirth and they face a lot of pain. I told him that I definitely want to be drugged and he said that's what he was planning on any ways, as that's what his patients always want. He said that an epidural is almost like natural birth because it eases the pain, doesn't knock you out and you can still participate and watch your child be born, unlike other pain reducing ways that knock you out and don't allow you to participate in the birth. He did check with the clinic and said that they do offer free Lamaze classes and if I want to take them, then to go ahead and tell him how it goes and to let him know if I think Lamaze will be helpful. But I told him that since I plan on being drugged, I don't think I will need them. I know that many women prefer natural but I don't. Every time I think about the pain of it, I get sick to my stomach. I know it is going to and is supposed to, thanks to Eve, hurt but anything that can relieve my pain and allow me to witness the birth of my child, is the way I want to go.
I have to go back on the 29th of this month for a Glucose Tolerance Test. My doctor said that some women get diabetes when they are pregnant. So, when I go in, I get to drink some sugar water, wait an hour and then be tested. I will get the results on my April 20th appt.
So, the next update will probably be on April 20, 2001, unless something happens or comes up that I want to post on here. I am only going in for the test on the 29th so there won't be anything to update. I will find out the results of the test on April 20th so I will see ya then.
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