22 Week OBGYN Visit

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Just got home from my 22 week check-up! Since this was just a heartbeat quick check I decided to bring Britt along. I wanted her to get to hear her baby brother or sister πŸ™‚ It also worked out where Zach didn’t have a meeting this morning so he was able to come too!

It was a frazzled morning and I ended up forgetting my birth plan on the counter in the kitchen when I walked out the door. Boo. Sidenote but I also forgot my bag of returns for Hobby Lobby and drove all the way there after the appointment before I realized it. Sigh. Thanks pregnancy brain πŸ™‚

I LOVE the early morning appointments because you are in and out so fast! Right when I got there they called me back. The girl who took my blood pressure asked if I have typically low blood pressure? To which I answered…I have no idea. They always tell me when they check it that it’s “good” so I just go with that πŸ™‚

Britt was excited for the visit and LOVES to go to the doctor. How random is that? She crawled up on the table and sat with me while we waited for Stacy and we did the heartbeat check as soon as she came in. I loved watching Britt’s little face as she listened. It sounded SO FAST to me but was in the 150s and Leo was moving like crazy! Enough to where I even saw a kick that made the heart beat finder thing bounce up in Stacy’s hand πŸ™‚ Love our active baby! 

When we left I asked Britt if she liked hearing the baby and she said yes and I asked her what it sounded like and she said “the baby walking” which is pretty true! I’m glad she was able to be there to hear it and especially glad Zach was there too. There is no sound sweeter!

The visit was very quick but I asked a few questions:

  • Ireland is RIGHT around the corner. Stacy said to wear my compression stockings and to get up to walk around every 2-3 hours. Which is MUCH better than what the pediatrician told me last week…she said every 45 min! Stacy said that since the flight there is through the night that I’m okay to sleep longer than the 2-3 hours. 
  • She also said to take one baby aspirin on the travel days to help and that it’s fine to take benedryl if I have any flight anxiety!
  • I asked about my back pain and she said she bought a pillow at Target that has a massager in it and has heat and she uses that to help her back. She said I’m doing all the things I can do to help it and that the belt thing I found may or may not make a difference. She said the belt thing is one of those things where the more you spend, the better it works. She also said she can write a prescription for one that would be better than anything I can find on Amazon. But that when she used it it was annoying so she’d always end up taking it off. I may just try to wait it out as long as I can!
  • I told her I’m going to bring the birth plan next visit since I forgot it. She feels confident that i won’t need it but she wants to sign it and have it on file just in case she can’t be there or something goes down, which I agree about!
  • I talked to her a good bit about when I go into labor. I’m hoping to wait until I’m 8 cm this time which is cutting it close. She said they’ve never had a car delivery for a first born baby but have had quite a few for a third baby. Zach was nervous about that haha! I asked if I should call the hospital to tell them I’m coming and she said it wouldn’t really speed up any of the process but that I should text or call her and let her know so she can be prepared and that way too if she can’t be there she can get ahold of Theresa and make sure she’s there this time for us! 
  • I know this is my THIRD time doing this but I asked her how I will know when to leave for the hospital haha. But, legit, I did NOT know I was in labor with Britt! Ask Crissy and Robyn b/c I was texting them both asking them how far apart contractions should be and even when driving to the hospital I called Stacy and she didn’t believe me that I was in labor b/c I sounded too upbeat haha. She said to make sure I don’t come until contractions are 5 min or less apart but with Britt they were like 2-3 min apart very early on in labor so I don’t know if the timer is too good of a judge, which she agreed about.
  • She said when I start to get miserable that it’s probably a good time to go ahead and come. Zach gets SO NERVOUS while I’m laboring at home. She said to expect labor to be MUCH faster this time so I just have a feeling that my labor at home stage will be quick
  • We did talk more about the whopping cough. I know, I talk to her about it every visit haha! But there have been TWO babies here locally that have died from it so it’s a legit concern. Unfortunately we can’t get the vaccine at the ob office so I need to schedule an appointment for Zach and I to go get the DTAP somewhere else and I need to go after my next OB visit!

On my way out Stacy mentioned that based on their scales I’ve only gained 8 lbs total which is awesome for being this far along! I mean I never even look at their scale (home scale I did weigh yesterday and it says I’ve gained 4 total) but I’m glad she said it’s good so far! Casey has only gained 10 total and is 7 weeks ahead of me so I’d LOVE to stay behind her weight gain but we’ll see haha

It was a great visit, love hearing our healthy baby, and thankful Zach and Britt were able to be there with me! I don’t go back for another month so I’ll be sure to bring my birth plan along next time πŸ™‚

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22 Week OBGYN Visit

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This morning we headed to the dr for another monthly visit. Our last visit was the ultrasound, so of course this one wasn’t as exciting. I was a little nervous about Kye’s behavior because when I picked him up from Gramma’s this morning (he stayed the night so we could go with Casey and Jordan to see their wedding venue…I LOVE IT!) he was crying and crying to go back to her house. He and I prayed the entire ride to the dr to help him calm down, and Jesus helped us for sure! He had great behavior!!!

My appointment was at 8:30 and my name had already been called when I got there (benefit of having a hubby get there before I did!) so it was a mega fast morning which made for a nice visit! We prepared our birth plan to take with us. I did not have a birth plan with Kye and had to fight many a battle while in the labor room. Since Stacy can’t be with me for delivery, we decided to write up a detailed birth plan with our wishes so she can sign off on it and discuss it with the other drs and midwives so we ~hopefully~ won’t have the same struggles. Stacy and I only get to see each other for a couple more appointments before she leaves to have her baby so I wanted to have time for us to finalize it together.

All my stats looked good and the scale was a lot better since my bladder wasn’t mega full like last time. Their scale says I’ve gained 4 lb total while mine says 3 so that’s pretty close (especially since I always weigh naked at home and obviously couldn’t do that there!). At this appointment with my last pregnancy I had gained 10 lbs overall and had the WORST experience with a rude dr (you can read about it here). I’m thankful that a) I haven’t gained that much weight and b) that I got to see Stacy and not that jerk πŸ˜‰

We got to hear Blitzen’s heartbeat and it was in the 140s. It’s still strange that this baby has a slower heart rate than Kye’s…his was always SO high! Which puts to rest the whole “high rate means girl, low means boy” thing! Kye enjoyed hearing it and wanted to hear the baby in his tummy too. After we were done Kye sat sweetly in my lap through the whole appointment. At one point I asked Stacy about having the nurses clean off the baby before I hold it because all that blood and junk is kinda nasty when the baby first comes out and Kye kept saying “nasty!” over and over again.

I haven’t blogged about this yet, but this is a good place to mention it. We were STOKED about our two free Aflac trips this October…one to Italy for a Mediterranean Cruise and the other to Hawaii! Sadly, we found out I’ll be too far along in my pregnancy to do the cruise (and the cruise line has STRICT rules about it). While I was devastated at first, Zach and I both realized that it’s God’s plan. From the beginning Stacy didn’t feel good about it and Zach admitted that he’d been very worried about it and had prayed on it frequently. Guess God answered his prayers huh? We will still be going to Hawaii with Aflac and are hoping to go to Italy for our 5 year anniversary in May since we can’t go on the cruise. Which I’m more excited about than I was the cruise because we really aren’t cruise people and we’ll be able to see ALL the sites instead of just a couple days worth. I filled Stacy in on everything and she agreed that it’s for the best that we aren’t going but did say that I need to get my prenatal records to take with us to Hawaii and get some sexxxxxy compression socks to wear on the plane.

I asked if I have to take the epidural class again. Obviously I zero percent plan to have an epidural but I heard that if you have to have an emergency c-section they won’t give you the epidural unless you take the class. She said I do not have to sit through the class again but do need to go sign some forms just in case. I mentioned the pain I’ve had after intercourse and she said it’s very normal and that while I may feel pain, the baby won’t so it’s perfectly safe to be intimate (although to be honest, I’m still nervous about it!?). She also reassured me that the ligament pains are very normal and will probably get worse as I get bigger!

Overall it was a nice short and sweet visit! It’s ALWAYS a blessing to hear our sweet baby’s heartbeat and to catch up with Stacy. I’m racking my brain to think of everything I need to talk to her about at our next couple of appointments before she leaves me!!! I realized that after my next monthly visit I’ll then be starting the every other week ones…and THAT stresses me OUT. Um…it’s getting decently close to the finish line and I have a TON TO DO!!!! As soon as Kye and I walked in the door I went to work cleaning out the freezer and organizing the pantry (don’t ask me why but I ALWAYS start with cleaning out food for some reason?!?). I’m making a list of things to tackle so I won’t feel so overwhelmed!!!

journeyofphood

Hey Guys, I’m Emily! I’m a stay at home mom and consider parenting to be my passion. Disney is my happy place and I love making memories as a family together. I’m a big believer in transparency and share all of my real-life moments as a mother of four.

My work has been featured on Today Parenting and Chronicles of a Babywise Mom. I’m also honored to be a member of the Babywise Friendly Blog Network.

You can read more about our family on my About Me page. Also be sure to follow along with me on Instagram, FacebookΒ and Pinterest!

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1 Comment

  1. Rachael_Copponex
    August 3, 2011 / 6:32 pm

    I'm not really in your same school of thinking as far as deliveries go, so take this for what it's worth, but I don't mind waiting until after they clean up the baby to hold it.Β  I have waited 10 months I can waitΒ a few minutes…Β  When they are cleaning up the baby is usually when Greg and I are crying together and enjoying our SURPRISE gender and talking about the name!!

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