Wednesday, September 24, 2008

33 week check up

Yesterday I had my 33 week check up. It went very well. I had guessed that I gained 3lbs and I was right! :) So I guess that makes 6 or 7lbs I have gained so far this entire pregnancy. So hard to believe. My blood pressure was 136/70. Top number is pretty high but the nurse said its nothing to be worried about. It was probably high because of my morning. I will explain. I usually throw my keys on the table or leave them in the front pocket of my purse. They weren't on the table or in the pocket. I began to panic. First thought that came to mind was that Nathan accidentally took my keys. I called him but got no answer. So I called Nathan's Grandma to see if I could borrow her car. Then I remember we had a extra set of keys. Thankfully the truck key was on it, but then I had to figure out if one was a key to the house. Thank God it was! I get off the phone and hit the road. Half way down the road I decided I might check the pocket where I normally keep my cell phone. What did I find? MY KEYS!!!! I was so happy and felt so crazy at the same time. I have never done that before. I was told that's probably because of pregnancy (you forget more). There's the long explanation of why my blood pressure was high. Even the nurse agreed. lol She checked my hemoglobin and said everything looks great.

I was able to meet another doctor yesterday, Dr. Bradley. He seemed nice and didn't act like he was in such a hurry like the others. I was very happy about that. He measured my stomach. From top to bottom I measure 33cm. He was telling me how a woman should always measure at how many weeks along she is. I thought that was so neat. I never heard of that. Then he used the fetal doppler monitor to hear the baby's heartbeat. He found the heartbeat and then he moved. It took him a second but then he found it again. His bpm is in the 150s. All of the sudden my little boy kicked the doppler as hard as he could. Dr. Bradley's hand and the doppler actually jumped off my belly. It was the funniest sight. Dr. Bradley said he must not like that. I told him he's never done that before. That was just way too funny.

I asked Dr. Bradley if there was anyway of telling how much he weighs or how long he is. He said it would be all guess if he told. I'm guessing the only way of knowing is if I had another ultrasound. Which I can't since we'd have to pay out of pocket. At it says he weights a little over 4lbs and is around 17inches long. I also talked to him about Episotomy. When I first read about what that is it really freaked me out. Even more so than actually giving birth. I asked him how often they are done and he said 80% with first time Mom's. He talked about how they haven't hardly ever seen any infections and they heal up well. I was still a bit freaked. (I even talked to my MIL about it and she said she had one. She said it was worth going through so she didn't tear on her own.) I guess there's a lot of pros and cons. I talked to about something else but its kind of on the gross side. I'll leave that part out.

Over all my appointment went well. I was much more pleased with him then Dr. Smith. My next appointment is October 7th at 11am. I get to have the Beta Strep Culture taken. Not looking forward to that at all.

Tomorrow Nathan and I meet with the baby's Pediatrician, Dr. Whittenberg.


  1. Yay for a good appointment! I'm glad you enjoyed this doctor better than the last. I know you aren't considering water birth but I was going to say that women who use the tub at some point are less likely to have an episiotomy. :)

  2. Yes, YAY for a good appointment. I can NOT believe you have only gained 6 or 7 lbs! How is that even possible! NO FAIR. I gained 60 with my first two and 55 with Madison. SHEESH, 6 or 7 lbs!!!!

    I wanted to thank you for sending me that link. I love my new spruced up blog. I also helped my friend fancy hers up too!