Friday, June 5, 2009
Over the hurdle of the First Trimester!
Today was my 12 week appointment, a milestone in the pregnancy since the first 12 weeks are the most fragile time in the babies development. I saw a new doctor this time, Doctor Burkhardt, one of three doctor's that I will be seeing throughout my pregnancy. He was an older man, but very nice.
The appointment was a normal OB exam with doppler to hear the heart. I made Cha come along since he didn't hear the heart beat the first time. Plus if anything went wrong I would need his support.
Of course the appointment started off by stepping on the scale, which I was not looking forward to, but who ever does. To my surprise and Cha's I lost a pound. Don't ask me how that happened! I have been eating like a pig lately and not going to the gym as religously as I normally do. I am usually a pretty healthy eater, but not lately. My sweet tooth and craving for carbs has been ridiculous. It is so bad that I can't even go down the candy aisle at the grocery store. The doctor said that there was nothing to worry about and that he wouldn't be surprised if I even lost more than that since my body has significantly increased in blood flow and boob tissue. Plus most women don't tend to gain weight until the second and third trimester. He has never had a patient were the problem is not enough weight gain, usually it is the other way around.
Once he began the exam and then the doppler, that's when I became extremely nervous. I mean if anything bad was going to happen it would of happened by now. It took him a few minutes to find the heart beat and the whole time I was praying to God, please let everything be ok. The doctor even said, "she is a shy little thing, isn't she". Cha and I just looked at each other like does he know something we don't! Is there something on my file that says she wants a girl? But finally he found it and I think Cha almost fainted from suspense. The doc calculated the heart beat at 156 bpm and he said, "it sounded like a strong little heart beat and it's also in the girl range". Each time I hear that rapid little heart I am amazed. I think the next appointment I will record it because I could just listen to it all day long.
After we left the doctor Cha confessed to me that his heart was in his throat the whole time when the doctor was trying to find the heart beat. But now both of us can relax and feel comforted that we have made it through the scary first trimester. Although even though I know this I still can't wait for the next appointment. I probably won't feel totally relaxed until I deliver the baby and hear her/him cry, along with the doctors confirmation that everything is ok. Oh, the joys of motherhood!