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This morning I had my first weekly obgyn appointment which also included my last bloodwork appointment for this pregnancy and my last appointment where there won’t be any checking for progress 🙂 It’s gonna start getting funnnnn next week haha!
I didn’t have the kids come with me since I had to have the blood work done (I don’t want them to see Mommy being a total WUSS when it comes to needles) and because today was the day of my strep b test which did mean I had to undress and I just don’t feel comfortable with “down there” stuff going on with the kids in the room ya know?
The appointment wait, of course, moved quickly this time. Last time it took ages when I had the kids and this time when I came prepared with lots of reading material it was mega fast haha! That’s how it always works!
Blood pressure looked good. I don’t even know what scale looked like. I’m past the point of caring about that! They gave me a little white sheet to bring with me to every appointment and to also take with me to the hospital when I go into labor. It’s one of those things you NEVER think about again. I don’t remember bringing it with me to the hospital the past two deliveries but I know I did! It’s just one of those little details that quickly gets forgotten!
On the sheet they will write down each week at my appointment my stats and progression and such. Kinda handy! Also just one more thing to keep up with! They also gave me this “New Baby Packet” to keep and read over.
I love me some info packets so I was eager to read it and literally laughed out loud when I read the very first page. The first two lines of it reads: “Types of Birth Control. The time to think about birth control is now.” HAHAHA. I mean really?!?! You’d think an OBGYN office wouldn’t be hardcore about birth control since they make a living off of delivering babies 😉 It has a list of all the different birth control options and describes each one. Personally, I didn’t go back on the pill after I had Britt. Not to sound like mega granola or anything but the more I thought about it I just didn’t like the idea of a bunch of hormones being put into my body! I will probably go the same route after Leo too 🙂
The next page was about postpartum care. Here are a few things that are worth noting:
- Stay in and around the house for one week after birth. After one week you may gradually increase activities, but take three weeks to work back to your regular routine.
- Sit in a clean tub with warm water without soup or bubble bath up to your navel for 20-30 min two to three times a day (immmm hello?!?! who has time for that?!?!)
- Intercourse is allowed as soon as you wish or as soon as the soreness leaves. (Timeout. Past pregnancies I’d always been told to wait until the 6 week check up to be cleared for intimate activity…now they are saying you can do it from day 1?!?!)
The last page of the booklet was about circumcision. What the procedure includes, the pros and cons of doing it, and how to care for it either way. I also had to sign a form letting them know that if Leo is a boy we will be circumcising (Sorry to the anti-circumcision group. I would have gladly looked more into your research if it had been presented to me in a loving way rather than in attacks about me as a person and my faith.).
When I got back to see Stacy we listened to the heartbeat right away! You can see/hear it here 🙂
I love that Stacy and I are pregnant and due at the same time with our third baby! It always makes me feel better hearing her say that she’s dealing with the SAME stuff I am 🙂 And it’s also funny to meet ANY pregnant woman. We all instantly say how miserable it is to be pregnant in summer time 🙂
The only real question I had was about evening primrose oil. I forgot all about it! She said she couldn’t exactly remember how much to take each day either so I need to look that up…anyone else know? She said my cervix should be VERY favorable with this being my third but that it still wouldn’t hurt to take it! I ran by Walmart after and bought some 🙂
I start going every week from now on so I made my appointment for next Friday so that way I will be 37 weeks (which basically lets me skip going during week 36 since they can’t check me at that point anyway…it’s just an extra appointment for really no reason). After that though I hope to go back to going on Wednesdays. Just in case an appointment happens to put me into labor like it did with BOTH Kye and Britt…I’d rather have a Wed delivery day than a Friday 😉
Stacy will be on call for my next visit so I’m seeing Theresa! Which I think will be great! She delivered Britt but I haven’t seen her since so it’ll be good to catch up and touch base as if Stacy isn’t available she’s my next in line for sure to deliver Leo!!!
After the appointment I had to have my blood work done. Blah. It’s hilarious b/c when I got called back the girl was like “oh it’s you” hahaha. I have quite the reputation b/c I always tell them I need an extra person while they draw my blood. The extra person talks to me and keeps me occupied so I don’t notice the needle. It works but I guess it annoys them! Once I walked back another person said “Oh! Its you! I know your face but not your name!” haha. I had chugged a bunch of water prior to the appointment so the blood work went fine and she said my iron looked good!
I think they will call me about the group b strep thing…I assume it’ll be fine since I never had any of that issue with past pregnancies but I know even if I do have it or carry it or whatever that it’s not too big of a deal!
Overall it was a great appointment and I even got the chance to meet a blog reader while there which is always a fun thing 🙂