Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Midwife appointment

I had my first appointment with the Midwife today. Her name is Tanya and she put Josh and I at ease. I was so nervous and having Josh there with me and having Tanya answer all of questions was so great.

One of the first things she did was check the baby's heartbeat. I was scared because she didn't find it right away, but then suddenly we heard the sound of galloping horses. Hearing the heartbeat was so moving. Josh and I just looked at one another and smiled ear from ear. Tanya said the heart was beating at about 160 beats per minute and sounded very strong.

After listening to the heart we talked about the symptoms I was experiencing and she answered more questions and suggested making the appointment for the first ultrasound. We determined that date of conception was August 13th and that baby's due date is still projected as the 6th of May. The ultrasound will measure growth and we'll confirm it again.

I had to have a pelvic exam and she did it super fast. I've never had one done as quickly as she did it and that was very much appreciated. She also said that she doesn't believe in routine exams and that made me very happy because I DO NOT like being probed... also I'm very sore from the exam now so I'm glad I won't have to do that every time I go in.

After the exam and getting dressed I had blood work, which was done in office, which was great. They took 6 vials which was not so fun, but at least I didn't have to leave the office and go to another one to finish it.

Once the labs were taken I made an appointment for the ultrasound. It looked as if they weren't going to be able to get me in until the 29th but they said they would call if they had a cancellation for this week. I had to make another appointment for the midwife and pay my copay at the other window and while I did that they had a cancellation and the lady at the other window caught us before we left! So it all worked out, and Josh will be able to come to the ultrasound too!

We'll actually get to see our little one on Friday which will put me at 11w1d. We are excited to see an image of our little one even if s/he is only the size of my thumb!

2 thoughts:

Victoria, Dan & Evan said...

That's great! My CNM did bloodwork in office as well and luckily I didn't need any pelvics either! Phew :)

Chelly said...

I am so glad you had a good appointment. The German hospitals around here require an exam at every visit, but they also do ultrasounds at every visit.

So glad things are going good for you!