So.... I had my monthly check-up scheduled for yesterday, but I had to reschedule due to work stuff. It actually worked out good because Mama and Lou Ann were bringing Mattie out to Incredible Pizza Company which is in between the doctor's office and my work. I stopped by there to eat lunch with them and Mama decided to go with me to the doctor.... glad she did!
When I got there, the nurse took me back immediately and started looking for the heartbeat on the doppler. She checked... and checked... and checked....and couldn't find the heartbeat. I could tell she was getting a little nervous, but honestly- I thought she was just getting aggravated with herself. After a few minutes of looking, she grabbed my chart and said "You're getting an ultrasound." My response- "Yay!" (Still didn't realize that I should have been scared.)
They took me straight back and the nurse and the ultra-sound tech had a little chat and before I knew it- I was up on the table and looking at my sweet little baby. Everything ended up being perfect. Mama and I were able to see the arms & spine, but the baby was curled up so that's all I really got to see. The baby is measuring 13 weeks and 3 days. OH.. and the heart rate was 158! They did give me a picture so I'm attaching it below. It isn't the best because all she was really looking for was a heartbeat!
The reason the nurse could not pick it up on a doppler is because I have a retroverted uterus. That means that my uterus is tilted backwards inside of the pelvis toward the spine. This is nothing to be alarmed with and as the baby grows, my uterus will tilt toward the front. The only bad thing is apparently you scare the nurse and doctor because the doppler won't pick up the heartbeat.
When I went back to the doctor's room, he and the nurse kept saying "sorry we scared you," so finally I told him the truth... I didn't know to be scared! :) He said good!
I go back in a month and then again 2 weeks after that to find out what it is!
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
I just love that my family if full of good "favors." For example.. I need to ask a question about taxes- I call my brother-in-law, I need some insurance- I call my dad, I decide I want to be the next Tiger Woods (ha)- I call my husband....but... if I want to see my baby- I call my sister-in-law!! Yep.. Trish is a sonographer and sells portable ultrasound equipment which means she always has one in her trunk! She came in town last night and scanned me- we had a blast looking at the baby. It was bouncing everywhere and we were even able to see it's arms, legs, and profile, but the best was seeing that little heartbeat going so fast! When Ryan wasn't glued to the monitor, I had him take some pictures with my camera. Here they are... thanks Aunt Trish!!