Yesterday, I had my 15-week checkup with my OB. Even though my appointment was scheduled for 10:45 AM, I didn't get called back until 12 PM. My measly snack of a pear was long gone, so it was a good thing that this appointment was very short.
After waiting for what seemed like forever, the nurse finally calls my name. She instructed to go to the designated "Pee Room" and give a sample, standard procedure these days. Then she took my blood pressure, which was significantly better than what it was last time but still above normal. I've noticed that my blood pressure is always lower if I can manage to get some exercise in the day before. I know I need to make it more of habit, especially later in my pregnancy. Finally, she took my weight, which has yet to move +/- 2 lbs from my pre-pregnancy weight.
Next, I make it to the room where Trey was waiting on me. Another nurse came in and said she was going to use a doppler to find the baby's heartbeat. For those that don't know, a doppler is like this wand thing connected to a huge iPod looking thing, and they put the wand on your belly to find the baby and listen to its heartbeat. She asked how far along I was and when I said 15 weeks, she said, "Ok, so they'll still be pretty low. I'll need you to unbutton your pants and lie down." I lie down and expose my belly for her, and she waved the wand thing over my belly, bellow my belly button, from the right to the left. A few seconds pass and then I hear "Whump-whump-whump." I immediately smile and the nurse said, "Oh yeah, there it is. 156--that's very good." I always like getting that confirmation that there's still a baby inside me and they're doing well; it's easy to not feel pregnant all the time especially when I have no proof of it yet (i.e. no baby bump).
A few minutes later, my doctor comes in and he looks as ravished as I was. I know doctor's have long days, too, so I was understanding. He asked me how I was feeling with fatigue and nausea, and I brought up the fact that I have been having some heartburn. I know heartburn is not uncommon during pregnancy, but I've had a history of chronic heartburn since I was 19. I've been taking an antacid daily for the past 8 years, even before I was diagnosed with D. He seemed a bit concerned that I was having heartburn above the capacity of my antacid, but I always feel better once I take my pill at night. Everyone is happy with that solution for now.
I also brought up my lack of weight gain, and he told me he was absolutely fine with it. He said he normally doesn't see a lot of weight gain in his patients with preexisting diabetes. He did suggest that I go ahead and try to add 300 calories to my daily intake (1% milk, here I come!). Next he instructed me to lie down so he could measure my belly (I swear, everyone wants me to expose myself in this office. Next time I'm coming with no pants just to make things easier). He took out a tape measure and measured from my pubic bone to the top of my belly button. He seemed very pleased with the number (17 cm) because he finally smiled and said "That's great!"
I scheduled my next ultrasound for 3 weeks from now, where we'll get to find out what this baby actually is. That will be a nice post-Christmas present! Then Trey and I went and grabbed some burritos that we ate in about 5 seconds.
DISCLAIMER: I am not a doctor, nurse, certified diabetes educator (CDE) or any medical professional of any kind. (But I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express!) Therefore, please do not use any of my postings as medical fact. I am simply a blogger expressing my highs and lows (pun intended) with diabetes. For changes in your medication, exercise regiment, or diet please consult a qualified physician.