(A little late, but whatever)
At my 24 week OB appointment Dr.Gass said everything is looking great! He likes my weight gain so far, and my blood pressure is nice and low. I am showing a little anemic (normal in pregnancy) so I have to take an iron supplement now. But I have not really been eating much meat so I suspected it would happen. I am measuring right on schedule, which means my uterus is right where it should be for 24 weeks.
For those of you who don't know and are wondering what these appointments are like, every appointment they "measure" your uterus. This is done by having you lay on the table with your belly exposed while the doctor feels (pushes semi forcefully) your stomach. They can feel where the top of the uterus is, and they measure from that spot to just above your pubic hairline with a measuring tape.
They also use a Doppler to listen to the baby's heartbeat at every appointment. Griffin's heartbeat was in the 140s this time. Perfectly healthy, yay!
We asked Dr.Gass about epidurals this time. I had been told that they are made with narcotics and I am pretty allergic to narcotics so it worried me. I wanted to know my options so if I feel like I need an epidural during labor I dont have a huge surprise added in! Ha! He explained that epidurals are not made with narcotics, but some other drugs sometimes given during labor like demerol do have them in them. I plan on researching this a little more, but it made me feel a lot better about it. He said he thought it would be pretty rare for me to be allergic to it, but we could do an allergy test if I was worried. I dont think that will be necessary, for now I feel comfortable saying if I feel like I want the epidural I will take it.
We also asked Dr.Gass about the delivery policy, like if he couldnt make it who would deliver the baby. He delivers all his patients baby's unless he is on his annual vacation. We are in the summer, so there is a possibility that we could run into that issue. He is setting his plans soon and then we will see. If he has plans to be gone, we will meet with the other doctors in his practice before to share our wishes etc. I am just hoping its not an issue, but whatever.
My next visit is in 4 weeks, then I start the every two week appointments. You know what that means? We are getting close! That is just crazy to me. I feel super excited and ready to meet our little man, but I feel like there is still a lot to do to prepare for him. And I am almost sad to see this unique time come to an end. Did anyone else feel like this about pregnancy?