Graduated

I am done at Emory. I officially “graduated” to my OB today. It’s kind of bittersweet. I’m ecstatic to have reached this milestone, but it will be weird not going to the clinic, where I’ve really gotten to know all the doctors and nurses.

Lil’ Geek looked great today. He/she had a heartrate of 150 bpm. It’s still a smudge, but a much bigger smudge. Joe swears he can see the distinction of legs. I’m not so sure.

7 week ultrasound

One of the big things I’ll miss now that I’m going to an OB like a real pregnant woman is the weekly ultrasound. I’ve heard you only get a couple throughout the pregnancy at the OB’s office, and I’ve really looked forward to seeing the smudge every week. At least I should get one next Monday since it will be my first OB appointment, and he hasn’t done an u/s yet.

In other pregnancy news, it’s interesting seeing how my body is changing. Sure, it’s a little depressing at times, but it’s still very neat. My waist is really growing, which I’m guessing is from my uterus expanding. I only have a few pairs of pants now that fit me comfortably.

My belly is also getting quite big. I look fat now rather than pregnant, and it makes me feel self conscious is pretty much anything I wear. This leads to long, agonizing periods in front of my mirror every day as I try to find something to wear to work.

And my boobs…holy cow, they’re so big now! In fact, they are now almost popping out of my camisole! I think a shopping trip for larger bras is in the near future for me. They’re the one thing I don’t *mind* buying larger sizes in!

Answers

It looks like the chlorine smell and taste I’ve been experiencing is from the prenatal vitamins. The nurse at my PCP’s office wanted me to not take my prenatal today to see what happens, and, amazingly, the chlorine sensation is gone. The nurse says it’s likely from all the iron in the prenatals. Maybe I’m not used to so much iron at one time since I don’t eat meat. Who knows. At least now I know. I can deal with it for seven more months.

Weird Pregnancy Symptom?

For the last couple of days I’ve been smelling chlorine non-stop. Not only do I smell it, but I have the same feeling I get after I get done swimming. Today, I actually *tasting* chlorine too. It’s like I’m drinking pool water. I told two people — including my mom — and both immediately said that it’s a pregnancy symptom. So, what, the baby wants to go swimming??

Did any of you have any weird pregnancy symptoms like this? Do you think this could be from the pregnancy or is something else funky going on with me??

Sick and Anxious

I am finally starting to feel a little bit better. Hooray. I’ve been sick all week with sinus funk. It was bad through Wednesday, and it got to the point where I thought it was a sinus infection. Luckily, the IVF coordinator said I could take Claritin. That really started to clear me up, and even though I was sneezy all day yesterday, I was feeling much better. Today, I have a headache, which sucks because I can only take Tylenol, which really doesn’t do much to help me. Oh well.

I’m really anxious for Monday’s u/s. At this point, seein the baby on the screen is the only way for me to know it’s still ok in there! I’m sure it’s fine, but, of course, I wonder sometimes, especially when my symptoms seem to have gone away. I know that’s normal, and maybe I’m one of the lucky ones who had only a week of morning sickness. I just can’t wait to see Lil’ Geek again. And, hopefully, he/she will look less like a blob this time!

I freaked out a bit yesterday because I forgot to change my estrogen patch on Wednesday. At least, I think I did. I can’t remember if I changed it Wednesday or not, and since I can’t remember what day I started my new box, it was hard for me to calculate. Luckily, the IVF coordinator said it was fine to just change it out today as I would have anyway. She said that at this point I could actually stop taking them altogether, which makes me wonder why I have to finish out the box. And, I wonder why I have to take the progesterone so much longer than the estrogen. Questions to ask the doctor on Monday, I suppose. Hopefully I’ll have a doctor doing my u/s and not the tech I had the last two times who wouldn’t tell us anything or show us anything while she was doing it.

Seven Weeks

Only five more weeks left in the first trimester! I’m definitely counting down to the point where I won’t have to worry as much anymore. I’ve heard the second trimester is much more enjoyable.

It’s hard to believe that it’s almost been a month since we found out we were pregnant with Lil’ Geek. Time seems to be going by *so* slowly! Here’s a list of things that happened in the last week or will be happening this week:

  • We saw Lil’ Geek’s heartbeat. Now I want to see it every day to make sure he/she is ok!
  • The end is in sight with Emory. My last appointment is Monday, and then I “graduate” to my OB. That can’t come soon enough.
  • I’m down from two estrogen patches every other day to one patch every other day. When this box runs out, I’m done for good. Yay!
  • I made my first OB appointment! I’m ready to start feeling like a “normal” pregnant woman.
  • We’re going on a hospital tour on Sunday. I know it’s early, but I wanted to make sure we picked an OB with privileges at the hospital we want to deliver at. Although we haven’t toured the Women’s Center yet, I think we’re going to like it. The pictures online were gorgeous, and it’s a branch of a major hospital in Atlanta that everyone says is the best hospital for L&D. And, this branch has a Level 2 NICU. They said they can handle babies born up to 32 weeks early. That’s a definite plus.
  • It’s been busy, and I’m ready to really get this pregnancy going and really start feeling and looking pregnant. It’ll definitely help me ease my mind and not wonder if Lil’ Geek is still ok in there (I’m not the only one who’s done that, right?).

    Banned

    The on-call doctor told me tonight to not call anymore.

    Seriously?

    See, if my call about what I could take for my sore throat/cough had been returned before 4:55 p.m., I wouldn’t have had to call. But, the IVF coordinator told me I could take meds one of the doctors had specifically said not to take and, with it being 5 p.m. and time for me to be on the air, I didn’t have time to question it. So, I called afterward. Actually, I had Joe call because it was looking like I was going to have to run the board for the baseball game.

    That’s a no-no, too. Well, maybe if I didn’t have to be ON THE AIR I would be able to call myself. But, it’s kind of hard to talk on the phone while broadcasting.

    Oh yeah, and I was lectured for not looking at my meds sheet. I might have been able to IF I WAS AT HOME. But, seeing as how I was in the car, it wasn’t something I was able to do.

    Maybe this doctor doesn’t realize that most of us are pregnant for the first time, and since we’ve had to do IVF to get pregnant, we’re even more cautious about what we do during our pregnancy. Obviously, I’ll know more about what I can and can’t do next time around, but I’ve never been pregnant before, and I’ll be damned if I’m going to do anything to hurt this pregnancy.

    And, if I had just gone to the pharmacy and asked the pharmacist (who told me to call my doctor), they would have lectured me for NOT calling them.

    I could understand them getting annoyed with me if I called every day. I’ve called only a few times — when I was bleeding, a couple nights ago when I started getting sick and tonight. Interestingly enough, this doctor — Dr. SUGARDANCE I might add (Really? How can I take someone seriously when her name is Dr. Sugardance?) — is the only one who’s even cared. The other doctor, a resident who’s done many of my scans, was happy to tell me what I can and can’t do.

    Thankfully, I only have a week left with them. But, it’s a week of me guessing what I can and can’t do since I’m not longer allowed to ask questions. I’m considering writing a letter to the senior doctor when we leave the reproductive center. I really hope my OB is more patient-friendly.