I have always been an auntie. I have four nieces and five nephews, some family, some are the children of friends. I have always loved being an auntie and I was very content with that when I felt that that was my only option. See, I was never jealous, upset with myself but not so much jealous. I was always happy for my friends and family who were able to conceive, I was just upset with myself that for some reason my body was incapable of doing things that a woman’s body should be able to do.
Now that I am carrying this beautiful life, I am seeing things from a completely new side. I have had three appointments and a fourth coming up next week. Two ultrasounds so far and a good five hours of blood and urine testing. I have never really mad myself and my health a priority. But I’m slowly learning that I have to so that my body can support this extra life.
In my first appointment, they did the fifty questions with all the family history info and estimating the due date upon information from my last period. With pcos and endometriosis I have NEVER had normal periods. They could last eleven months at a time and I could get a week break and it would start all over again. So when I explained my last period to my doctor she originally guessed that I was 13 weeks and due April 3rd when in fact I was 5 weeks and due may 25th.
My second appointment was with a doctor I wasn’t seeing. They wanted me to meet with HIM (which, for many reasons, makes me uncomfortable) so if my regular doctor is unable to deliver I at least know him. He ordered my first ultrasounds where we found out the actual due date and size of the baby. He also ordered SO MANY tests for the lab. Thyroid, hgh ( human growth hormone), things like that. So I sat through five hours of tests and I’m glad I did. He prescribed me thyroid medicine and requests that I do all of these in a few months.
My last appointment was a physical and my doctor asked to do another ultrasounds so we could check the heart rate of the baby, and it was a strong 172-177 beats per minute. But while they did the ultrasound, they noticed that my ovaries still had cysts on them and a very large one on my right. So currently, she wants to see me every two weeks so they can monitor it and see how it’s going. She swears it will cause no harm to the baby so, I’m not as stressed over it. In this appointment she also administered what is called a RHogam shot. When she did my physical, she noticed spotting and explained that my blood is RH protein negative where the babies is RH protein positive so this shot just tells my body that the baby is there and it’s okay, so my body doesn’t try to reject the baby. I will have to take this three times during this pregnancy and any pregnancy here after.
This next appointment we get to schedule our nipt and I can’t wait. My fiance is dying to know the gender. Me, I kinda want to wait. But we’ll see how it goes! If you’re reading this, let me know if you’ve had similar experiences! I’d love to know that these are all common things lol.