Tuesday, January 02, 2007


Today I had my follow-up appointment with my OB doc. Everything went well. Mommy put on a few pounds since the last appointment... that makes 3 pounds total for my entire pregnancy so far. I wore maternity jeans for the first time today, and I must say that they are VERY comfortable! It's a relief not to have my jeans digging into my waistline. I'm finally starting to FEEL pregnant too... my belly is so tender and bending down in the shower to shave my legs this morning was a little uncomfortable... I had to lean to the side a bit!

But back to my appointment...

At the office, the nurse heard the fetal heart tones right away, still beating away in the 150's-160's. We laughed because the baby kept moving around away from the doppler. The nurse had to keep repositioning the doppler again and again in order to hear the heartbeat for a long period of time. My little one must not have appreciated getting poked at by that doppler! I'm still waiting to feel the baby moving around in there... hopefully within the next few weeks I'll start feeling those 'flutters.'

I go Monday morning for my MSAFP. I'm a little anxious about it, just because those come back as false positives so often. It just happened to one of my coworkers not too long ago... her reading came back positive so she was all worried something was wrong with the baby. She went to get an amniocentesis (which I'm hoping to avoid!!)and everything was fine. So I'm keeping my fingers crossed all goes well Monday.

The doctor also wants my husband and I to go to genetic counseling because I had a cousin who died of a severe form of mental retardation, and on my husband's side there is a niece who had a rare form of eye cancer. My husband and I discussed it, and we are a little on the fence where this is all concerned. The way we see it, if something is wrong, it's wrong. Abortion is NO option for us. To me, genetic counseling doesn't make sense right now since I'm already pregnant... it would be better if we were only just planning to get pregnant.


So I don't know. The genetic counseling will be a one-time thing, and they'll just tell us all the 'what if's'... what to do IF something is wrong, how to deal with it, what our chances are of there being something wrong, etc. I suppose that yes, it'll be helpful, but it just seems like something you should do BEFORE you get pregnant. If anyone reading this has had to get genetic counseling, when did you do it? In the planning stages, or during pregnancy?

Well I'm off to watch some tv and relax a bit. Have a good night!

1 comment:

Jenny said...

Try not to get too nervous about the AFP tests. I was lucky that mine came back OK, but my sister's tests were positive for both of her kids and they are perfectly fine. It is just a screen and in no way indicates there is a problem--just that they need to watch you closer. I will think lots of happy thoughts that you will get the confirmation that everything looks perfect and ease your concerns.