i had my second prenatal appointment today. everything was good. chris came with me and it was a different dr. than the first visit. she was very nice, a little hyper. we chatted about test results which i didn’t get other than my ultrasound looked good (which we already knew). i have to have the second part of my IPS blood work done between 15 and 18 weeks and then we’ll have the full picture of likeliness for complications.
she had me lie down to use the doppler but before she checked for the heartbeat she felt my belly. my belly is growing, no doubt about it. i find sometimes it’s a little lopsided to the right and it’s getting higher but still not as high as my belly button yet. anyway, turns out she thinks it’s “a little too high for 14 weeks” and thinks it “curious” that it’s kind of siting to the right. so she goes on to do the doppler and it takes about a minute but she finds the heartbeat. she measures the rate at 138 and says “that’s a little lower than normal”. what? i thought anywhere from 120-180 beats is normal and the old wive’s tale of a lower heartbeat meaning boy often rings true.
then she says she wants to do an internal. okay. no problem. she feels around and says she can’t feel anything amiss but still i’m too high for 14 weeks. i asked her what that would indicate and she had no answer. she said she’s going to call the OB/GYN which i’m supposed to see on december 8th and see if she will see me sooner. also, i’m to go for another ultrasound.
she talked me into a flu shot. i got it. we left.
so of course i started googling and my hubby had already been doing that in the waiting room while i was having my exam. he’s not worried at all. the heart rate is normal and women have different uteruses that do different things. i feel the same way but i still don’t like the doctor being unsure of something. i also have to factor in that i have had 3 surgeries. that could mean scar tissue issues. i have had my ovary float around and get stuck between my uterus and my abdomen (when i had that monster dermoid cyst). i also have a uterus that is slightly tilted upwards (the reason why my ovary was about to move into that god awful position in the first place). if i have a slightly tilted uterus to start and it start it’s natural tilting process for pregnancy that would mean it’s going to be a little higher no?
so now i’m supposed to not worry and wait hear back today or tomorrow about what my next step is. i just hope i don’t have to wait too long for this next step.
so for now i’m just focusing on the fact that we found and heard the heartbeat today, and as far as we’re concerned, it was healthy and strong.