We had an appointment on August 28th. I am not sure if I should say I was 16 weeks or 17, but to be exact, I was 16 Weeks, 6 Days along. This was just a pretty easy-going appointment. We weren’t there long and only got one photo of the baby. The technician asked if we wanted to find out the sex, and we excitedly told her that we’ve decided NOT to find out. To be honest, she seemed so relieved. It really made me think about the tons of pressure they must be under to always find out. I don’t know a ton of people that have waited; it seems almost rare. Archaic.
Alas, we saw the baby for a brief period of time and everything is looking absolutely great. Our little wiggle worm was much more complacent this time, but the tech said that she would have had trouble telling us the sex had we wanted to know. Overall, the appointment was very brief. The doctor came in after the technician left. We discussed pre-natal vitamins. He recommended that I take over-the-counter pre-natals instead of spending all the money on the prescription ones because to him “they’re all the same.” I was pretty intrigued by this because it seems every doctor I’ve been to has pushed prescriptions on me. I felt like he didn’t have an agenda.
Date: August 29, 2013
Measuring: I wasn’t told at this appointment because this is the point where all babies start growing at different rates.
Due Date: February 7, 2013
Heartbeat: Also wasn’t taken at this appointment.
Next Appointment: September 26, 2013 – our big anatomy scan!
Important Findings: The baby looked great and seemed to be growing well! The doctor and I spoke about the pre-natal vitamins, but also about weight gain. I asked him what I should be expecting or trying to maintain throughout my pregnancy. He said he never gives an exact number and doesn’t like to put serious stipulations on it because he doesn’t know exactly what it’s like to be pregnant (and never will). He said that my weight gain (5 lbs. at this appointment, total) seemed healthy and right on track. He wasn’t concerned at all. I personally know weight gain is going to happen, but I am trying to be really careful because I think being a new mom and stressing about losing the weight post-delivery will feel overwhelming; I will just want to focus on being a mom and not having my insecurities control my life. I just don’t want to be out of control.
Baby Irmagerd is doing great. I’m feeling fantastic. Time seems to be flying by. I can’t believe I’m so behind on updating the blog that I’m sharing the 16 week ultrasound before our sonogram tomorrow. Ooops!