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Sprout | Dr. Appointments

I just wanted to document this information now, before I forgot.

I went to the doctor yesterday (4/18) and my only complaints were, I have had and have swollen feet.  It's really much more worse toward the end of the day, but it's happening and it's making it harder and harder to wear certain shoes.  Not to mention my feet just being tight and harder to walk on comfortably.

My dr. said that while they are swollen, they aren't nearly as bad as they could be and I should be thankful.  However, she does understand how sore they might feel from time to time and to just keep hydrated and keep them elevated.  She said that she suffered through them during all three of her pregnancies and sometimes, she still gets them while not being pregnant. 

My heart rate and blood pressure were all good, so there was no worry for preclampsia either.

Other than that, I'm 24 pounds up from my pre-pregnancy weight and I'm still feeling good.  That's not a fun number to watch grow, but I have to remind myself that it's for the baby and just grin and bare it.  No one likes to watch the scale move, but it's healthy and I'll have the ability to work it off once our Sprout is here!

Our next appointment will be our last 2 week appointment and then we flip to every week appointments which seems NUTS!  During my next appointment, she will do an internal exam to see what sort of progress I'm making, if any.  She will also do my Group B test to see if there is anything that we should know about prior to delivery.  If there is, then I will just have an antibiotic administered during my deliver through an IV and that will keep everyone healthy.

During my next few appointments, she said that she won't require me to do internals, but that she would do them, if I would like.  My opinion on this is that, I could be 3 centimeters one second and think that something is going to happen... but in reality, I could remain at 3 centimeters for WEEKS and  knowing that might give me false hope.  Plus, my dr. said that some women she's checked have been 3 centimeters for weeks and had to be induced.  Other times you could show no progress and deliver that night.  It's just a luck of the draw and you just never know if an internal will give you any hope as to what your outcome might be. 

Right now, my thoughts are (while I would love to know every time) I don't know that I will because I don't want to give ourselves false hope about how we're doing.  I know they are uncomfortable and I know that they don't always give you the answers you want.  So right now, I'm thinking we might just do them case by case and that wouldn't mean every time that we see her.

(saying to myself) Anything is possible.  Anything is possible.  We just have to wait.  We just have to wait.

As for movement and things, she requires me to feel 5 movements in 1 hour.  If I don't feel 5 movements in 1 hour, she wants me to remove myself from wherever I am and try to relax and feel those movements.  If a 1/2 hour or 40 minutes goes by following the "remove and relax to feel movements" and I still don't feel something, then I need to be seen.  Right now, I'm not having an issue feeling him.  He's moving a lot while I'm at work and I told her that over the weekends, we're busy and sometimes I just don't feel him move.  She said that's mainly because you're rocking him to sleep but that I should still stop to feel those movements, if I'm not getting them.

Just interesting information that I'm trying to pay closer attention too, so I can communicate how our little one is doing!  So far, so good!

My next appointment is in 2 weeks.  I'm looking forward to hearing how everything is going.  Should be a great appointment!


Allison said…
Wow! I can't believe how close you are!!!
Oh goodness sakes - you're getting so close! YAY! Sorry for the swelling, it's definitely not a fun side effect. Thank goodness it's not summer in Ohio right now!
Sassytimes said…
I felt the same way you do about the internal checks. With S, I remember being 39 weeks and my Dr. asking if I wanted checked. I just KNEW nothing was happening and I didn't want to hear it (for sure) again from her. I never got checked until my due date when I went into labor.

With E, I had so much pressure and cramping that I was always tempted to ask for a check, but never did. I think knowing that I was x dilated would have made me even more anxious. I just wanted to relax and let nature take it's course near the end.

I can't believe how fast this went!
Alyson said…
Yah for being so close! So sorry about the swelling. :(
Mandy said…
That's interesting that your doctor said internals are optional. I had no idea they weren't automatic for everyone. They definitely aren't comfortable, but I think I'd probably always get them regardless. I just can't pass up knowing a bit of information. :)

I can't believe you're so close!

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