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Thursday, September 02, 2010

Things Not To Do

I had an appointment with the genetic counselor on Tuesday, which coincided with my 20 week ultrasound. I'm sure I've mentioned how amazing I've felt over the past four months, but every time I've seen this doctor, I'm terrified that they're going to find something wrong with me or the Jelly Bean. Stupid paranoia.

Tuesday, the doctor told me that the baby was measuring "on the low end of normal" and my fluid was "on the low end of normal." With the baby's size, I think my due date is a little early, and I'm going to talk to my OB about that in a few weeks. But the fluid? Well, that's a little scary. Stupidly, I googled it and got even more freaked out.

My beautiful friend, Amy, reminded me that this ultrasound was just a snapshot and it doesn't mean a trend. I had this appointment at 9:00 in the morning and hadn't really had anything to eat or drink. I'm sure that had something to do with it.

Sometimes, I think in our age of prevention and uber-technology, that we forget pregnancy is a completely natural thing. Most women can get through it without any sort of medical intervention. But we're not conditioned to think that. We need the reassurance from the experts.

I've been talking to some of my other friends who are either pregnant or have just given birth, and they've recommended talking to a doula. This is something I'd thought of doing anyway, because I'd really really like to not have another c-section. I've contacted the sweet women at Mother Me Inc. and I'm thinking of spending a ridiculous amount of money for a consultation. Maybe, just maybe, it will help me relax a little.


Kristabella said...

My friend had the "low fluid" issue with her first pregnancy and everything turned out just fine! I think it is common when you're a little older, but I am sure it is all fine!

Breathe Gently said...

20 weeks, yay! Now.. where are the belly shots, lady? I loved seeing them with Nathan! :)

I think we're all prone to self-googling and coming up with scary diagnosis (diagnoses?) but at least you KNOW and can get it checked out further with your OB. Deep breaths, chicka! x

Swimming-duck said...

Good luck with your doula consultation. I think it's a wonderful idea that may bring you some peace of mind. Dr.'s do get caught up in every little thing sometimes. I was told I'd probably have to have a C-section with Boo because my pelvis was too small. Hmmm - pushed him out just fine.

AJU5's Mom said...

Praying everything is fine, and that the consult can give you some piece of mind. Often times they are overly cautious and find things that aren't really there. Hopefully that is the case with the fluid.

Shannon said...

Everything will be just fine. I agree totally with the comments before. I am afraid most doctors are drawn to drama. And many like to stir it up in the exam room. It's true! lol! I remember when I was pregnant with Liam, there was one doctor in the practice that was just convinced I wasn't gaining enough weight. He was "very" concerned about it. In response I became very concerned but then I had time to think about it. Everything was just fine in the end.