First OB appointment
Everything went perfectly, despite my somewhat irrational fears. Even though I’ve seen a growing baby and a healthy heartbeat every week for the last 3 weeks, there was still a part of me that kept reliving the day almost 3 years ago when the doctor couldn’t find a heartbeat with the Doppler at my first prenatal appointment. Because it was my first pregnancy, there was no need for early ultrasounds, so that would have been our first listen. We will never know if that baby ever had a heartbeat, or if there was ever really a baby at all, for by the time we had an ultrasound, there was nothing but a small, empty sac.
Anyway, like I said, everything went fine this time. The OB found the heartbeat right away (~170 bpm), I had a chance to ask all my questions, and the lab collected bodily fluids for testing. I was disappointed to learn that I will have only one more ultrasound during this pregnancy, around 16-18 weeks. My OB’s office does not do the NT (nuchal translucency) scan for Down syndrome screening, because they do not have anyone trained to read the scans. I could travel 3 hours for that test, but instead I opted for a blood test that gives you an even better idea of the risk of Down syndrome, as well as other birth defects. It’s not 100%, but it lets you know if you need more invasive tests, like an amniocentesis. It can also tell you the baby’s sex, if you choose (which we will). This particular test is called Verifi, but there are others, including Materni21 (or Mat21). The test can take place any time after 10 weeks. I’m doing mine in one month.
So, other than being of “advanced maternal age” at the ripe age of 36, I’m just your average normal pregnant woman, according to my clinic. In lots of ways, that’s awesome, but I sure don’t feel it. I still feel fragile and nervous, in need of constant validation. A friend of mine gave me her home Doppler, so that should provide some reassurance in between appointments. Of course, it could also lead to even more anxiety should I have a hard time finding the heartbeat. I think I’ll save it for “emergency” situations.
10 Weeks Update
(I may or may not do these updates every week. I haven’t decided yet. When I do one, it will appear at the end of another post, most likely. You can just skip over them if they bore you. They are mostly just a record for myself.)
How far along: 10w1d (due date August 28)
Total weight gain/loss: -5 lbs
- Nearly constant nausea, worse when I get hungry.
- No appetite most of the time. When I do get hungry, I’m ravenous and nauseated at the same time. Super fun!
- Exhausted. All. The. Time.
- Emotional. I’m irritable (especially when driving) and I cry at anything even remotely cute or sentimental. The new Budweiser Super Bowl commercial had me in tears.
Maternity clothes: I wear a belly band to disguise the fact that I can’t close my pants. I have purchased 2 pairs of maternity pants and a few tops for work, I still have 2 pairs of jeans I bought last time (but never got to wear), and I recently ordered some crop pants, since I’ll be pregnant all summer.
Stretch marks: None yet.
Sleep: I get between 7.5 and 8.5 hours a night, but it never feels like enough. I have very strange, vivid dreams every night, which often wake me up in the middle of the night. So far, my bladder hasn’t given me too much trouble.
Best moment: Hearing the heartbeat on the Doppler!
Movement: Way too early.
Food cravings: Nothing, really. I have my old impulses to indulge in cookies, donuts, and ice cream, but none of those things appeal to me. In fact, sweet things make me a little sick. I mostly want starchy things, like pasta and potatoes, but I wouldn’t call them cravings.
Gender: Too early.
Labor signs: None, thank goodness!
Belly button: No change; still an inny.
What I miss: Feeling rested.
What I look forward to: Feeling movement.
Baby buys: Nothing yet, but I am knitting a blanket. We have a few hand-me-down toys and a bassinet from last time.
Milestones: Hearing the heartbeat for the first time!