Saturday, 21 August 2010
Today I met with the nurse for my first OB appointment for my second pregnancy. When I called the doctor's office, I asked if this initial appointment was really necessary my second time around, and they said that it unfortunately is. That's fine, I love my doctor's office.
What's nice about this office visit is that it makes the pregnancy feel more real. Yes, I already saw the positive test at home on August 9, but I felt oddly relieved when the nurse walked in with a fresh pregnancy test and said, "Yep! You're pregnant!" I don't know why, but both with my first pregnancy and again this pregnancy, I was scared that the nurse would walk in with a negative test and say "What are you talking about?"
Of course, that makes absolutely no sense; I have every symptom in the book. I am so tired I can hardly stand, my breasts are hard as rocks, the meat aisle in the grocery store makes me gag, and I pee once an hour.
I'm a little disappointed that the nurse was following the "rulebook" when she calculated my due date based on my last menstrual cycle, instead of the date of ovulation, which gives me an estimated due date of April 6, 2011. But I am positive that I didn't ovulate until Day 26 of my cycle, so her due date is completely off!
As best as I can tell, I am actually due around April 18, 2011. When I meet with my doctor during my next appointment in a month, I'm assuming that she'll schedule me for an ultrasound to check my dates. I had my first ultrasound at 12 weeks when I was pregnant with Hannah, so I'm assuming that's what she'll aim for this time too. Unfortunately, when my chart says I'm 12 weeks, I'll actually be closer to 10 weeks. Oh well, I guess the ultrasound will prove it!
I guess some would consider me lucky that the estimated due date they assigned me is early. But unlike most women at 40 weeks, I do not want to be induced unless I am SERIOUSLY overdue.
Even though I had a great induction experience with Hannah, it was evident that I didn't actually need to be induced when my "dangerously low amniotic fluid" required a mop for clean up once my water broke. It worked out for the best, but I want to go into labor on my own this time unless absolutely necessary. I know my dates are right; I just want my doctor to get them right too.
How about you, Mamas? What were your first prenatal visits like? Has your doctor every changed your due date? By how many days?