Pregnancy Update!

Well, I finally went to the doctor.  It was as I had feared — a long time spent, little gained.  In addition, my regular OB retired, so his partner took over the practice and moved offices, so I was treated like a new patient, even though he’s the doctor that delivered Audrey.  “New patient” means lots of paperwork, and LOTS of preliminary health questions and the like.  Plus, he was running late from a delivery, so all told, I didn’t get out of there until more than two hours after my appointment time.  Good thing Martin was with the kids and I wasn’t paying $10/hr for babysitting. 

Also, it was good that Martin was at home with the kids, instead of in the waiting room since the appointment was so long.  Initially, he had planned on meeting us there at the doctor’s office, and him staying in the waiting room for most of the time, but leaving the boys for a bit (and holding Audrey) so that he could come into the exam room and he could hear the baby’s heartbeat.  But, 6yo Wesley was so ill on Thursday, Martin came home a little extra-early so I could go alone, and he could stay at home.

Actually, being only 12 weeks, I didn’t think we’d hear the heartbeat.  But, we did, fast and strong.  🙂  That’s always exciting.

And, I had estimated the due-date as October 22, and they told me October 24.

I’m glad my doc is a DO;  they tend to be less medicine-prone than MDs, and I tend to be medicine-avoidant, whenever possible.  But, he still said “the Academy” recommends an amniocentesis since I’ll be 35 when the baby’s born, to which I said a resounding, “NO” both because I don’t want any needles in there, and because it really doesn’t make any difference if I have a baby with a chromosome anomaly.  So, he said that his second recommendation would be a high-level ultrasound at 18 weeks.  That, I agreed to.  It’s noninvasive, and I’m not among those skeptical over the safety of ultrasounds.  Plus, it would be cool to see my baby in “hi-def.”

Semi-dissapointing was that he expressed concern over the size of my babies.  He mentioned that we could schedule an induction, which I am very opposed to, and he said this after I told him that my basic plan with pregnancy and delivery is to be as hands-off and natural as possible.  I figure if I can birth a 10 lb baby with no doctor in the room, and no nurse even catching the baby*, I can take pretty much any baby to full-term.

In other, semi-odd news, next to a patient of his who is in her 9th pregnancy, I’m runner-up in the birth-number category.  That was really surprising.  I mean, it’s uncommon for families to have five kids, but it doesn’t seem like it would be that unusual. 


That happened w/ Wesley — I told the nurse that the baby was coming, and in she mosies, 20 minutes later, to exclamations of, “OMG, he’s crowning!  Has anyone called the doctor?”  She didn’t even have her gloves on when I pushed him out. 


About Karen Joy

I'm a partially-homeschooling mother of six -- 3 boys ages 19, 17 and 15 years old, and three girls: 11, 8, and 3. I like birding, reading, writing, organic gardening, singing, playing guitar, hiking, the outdoors, and books. I very casually lead a very large group of homeschooling families in the Phoenix area. I have a dear hubby who designs homes for a local home builder and who is the worship pastor of our church. I live in the desert, which I used to hate, but now appreciate.

Posted on April 14, 2008, in Birth, Medical Stuff, Pregnancy, The Dear Hubby, The Kids. Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. I’m so glad to hear everything is going well!! That’s so exciting! 🙂

  2. What the difference in training for a DO vs. an MD, do you know? I know of a DO who is very good and VERY busy because he doesn’t think inside the usual very tight box.

    So who caught Wesley?

    I’m so glad things are going well. Do you have a scanner so we can see the u/s pic??? 😀

    It does seem strange that there’s only one family in his practice with 5 children, but what an honor!

  3. Thanks, MLBAH!

    Mrs. N ~ I really don’t know the difference in training. I do know that DOs are trained more in “holistic,” whole-body treatment, taking the whole person’s health into account, rather than individual symptoms. And MDs are better-trained in the application of medicine/drugs…. No one caught Wesley, the poor boy. The bed did, I guess. Martin was the first one to touch him, which is good. And the nurse scooped Wes up very shortly after he came out. It was probably all of 30 seconds delay, but it felt like forever…. I don’t have an u/s until tomorrow. I will post scans! My OB doesn’t have a machine in his office, which is one of the drawbacks of having a doc with a very small practice.

  4. Twelve weeks already!

    We said no to the needles too and supermum was 39. Like you say, wouldn’t have made a difference in the context of what they’re testing for. Pleased for you it’s going well – bet the other five can’t wait to see the scans!

  5. Wah! Congratulations! I haven’t checked your blog in ages but today I just suddenly had a feeling about this! This is so lovely, and isn’t it amazing to hear the baby’s heartbeat for the first time?

    Funnily enough, I know one mother with four children and another with five, and a few others who are talking about having three. I feel like I’m in the minority having only one!

    All the best and take care!

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