30 Week Scan – The 411

Today, I had an OB appointment as well as a 30 week scan. I met with Dr. Karamitsos and he listened to the baby’s heartbeat, which was at a rate of 145.  He measured my tummy and its 34 cm.  We reviewed my blood work from last appointment and discussed my anesthesia questions regarding my cesarean.  We are doing a spinal unless they feel it will take two hours or more in which case they will administer and epidural.  I got my TDAP vaccine today. My mom got hers on Tuesday when she had a preoperative appointment.

After my first appointment, which ended early, my mom and I walked around the corner to Rockefeller Plaza and sat out for an hour before having the Uber pick us up to head to Lenox Hill Hospital Black Hall for my sonogram.

My baby girl now weighs a few ounces shy of 3 pounds.  They anticipate her birth weight to go to 7 to 7.5 pounds.  I honestly think she will be between 5-6 pounds.  I am hoping she stays small.  No one wants a big ole fat baby lol.   My niece was only 5.9 pounds and was sooo tiny !  All the other kids were 7-8 pounds and they were pretty decent size.

I had to do another vaginal exam today and my placenta is still low, though it moved up some.  I HATE doing the transvaginal sonograms.  I have a little cramping afterwards and it kinda hurts.

My amniotic fluid is normal and all the measurements are normal.  I have to come back in three to four weeks for another placenta check and a biophysical exam.

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Late Anatomy Scan – The 411

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Yesterday, we had a late anatomy scan at Lenox Hill Hospital- Black Hall.  The scan went really well. My little one is very stubborn !  This time, they could not see her heart nor her measure her head because she would not move no matter which way they had me turn.  Her spine, eyes, organs, limbs, etc. are all perfect.  Her heartbeat is strong and steady.  I got to see her little face in 4D.

Next week, we have travel back to New York for a few days because the late anatomy scan has to be repeated to try to get a look at the heart and head.  If she doesn’t cooperate next week, we have to go see a Pediatric Cardiologist for him to to the scan.

After the appointment with at Lenox Hill, I had to rush uptown a few blocks to see Dr. Minor, the high risk faternal fetal medicine doc. It was really a pointless appointment since (1) she did not have my chart because I normally go to the 5th Ave location and (2) she was annoying and asking me questions outside of the scope of what I was there for or frankly that was not her concern.  She also wanted to go toe to toe with me in a discussion about reproductive immunology, something she knows NOTHING about and a subject I, unfortunately, am well versed in at this point.  She seemed pissed that she could not flex her “knowledge” about what research says simply because I am armed with knowledge that will refute the foolishness she was spouting.  Research is flawed and this is NOT an exact science.  This doctor has NO children.  She has not spent the last three to four years going through treatment and consulting with the top RIs in the country and she is not pregnant due to protocols and their work…. I AM !

She sent me to get a Quad test, which I learned today at my appointment with my OB, Dr. Karamitsos, had already been done.  She also tried to tell me that I do not need to take Metformin.   Is she going to deal with the symptoms if I develop GD?  No !  I AM !  I am willing to do whatever preventative measures I have to to ensure that I stay as healthy and complication free as possible.   She tried to tell me that my baby will not grow properly and that she needs some sugar….  I drink a soda every day.  I drink a 32 oz sweet tea every day.  That is enough sugar !  My baby is measuring RIGHT ON TARGET so what is she talking about?

Today, I had an appointment with my OB.  He listened to the baby’s heartbeat and went over the results of the blood work and the scan results.  I got a script for my breast pump and he told me to get the Medela Pump In Style.  I have to get a TDAP vaccine at my next appointment.  He wants my mother to get one as well.  NY is a hotspot for Whooping Cough so it is advisable that anyone who is to be in contact with the baby on a consistent basis to be vaccinated.  He is hoping that the flu vaccine will be ready by the end of September so that I can get that vaccine prior to giving birth. My posterior partial placenta previa is still present so I am still grounded, which is a bummer !  I wanted to go to Italy with my mom and sisters and I can not go now.  I have to wait until wk 26 to see what is going on at that point.  I will be too big to be traveling by the time we get that close and also I feel its too close to my due date to be out of the country. 😦

After my appointment, I took my mother to her favorite boutique which is around the corner from my 1st apartment.  We then ate lunch at Burger Joint.  Now we are back at the hotel relaxing and I am about to order a movie and start searching for a sublet for the time I need to be in NYC.  The one I was hoping to secure is not available since the owner found someone who can stay all summer.  I am not paying rent for time I do not intend to be here.  My landlord is supposed to hold a 1br for me for the three months I need a place, but I would much rather be in midtown or a little further down on the UES.  My apartment building is only 4 yrs old, so that is one of the draws, but I just do not want to be up near Harlem, as there is nothing to do.

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My belly finally is a bump !

Updates – The 411

baby - looking for somethingI miscalculated when my CD 1 (cycle day 1) was to be.  I am now at CD 34.  My menses are lost out there somewhere.  If someone has Aunt Flo’s number, tell the heifer that I am looking for her and when she finally arrives, we can go get that sonogram done as part one of the mock cycle for DE IVF !!

On Monday, my mom and I left for New York City for my upcoming annual physicals with my Internist and my OB.  On Monday, we met with my make up artist for lunch at an amazing Italian spot called Carmines.  The food is phenomenal !! That night, I took my mom to my favorite hangout to listen to Cheryl Pepsi Riley’s band, which two of my friends play in.  Some of my colleagues came out and hung with us.  It was a great night.

Tuesday morning, I had my first appointment with my Internist and he went over mounds of blood work from April on that I had done during stims.  He was very concerned about the amount of prednisone I have been taking and the length of time I was on it.  I have gained a lot of weight this past cycle because of the steroid.  I had to have additional labs done for diabetic screening as well as a full work up.  My TSH, T3 and T4 and a few other tests were run to determine the correct dosage of Synthroid I should now take.  The last labs done at the hospital when I was in the ER showed my T3 and T4 to be normal, but not my TSH.  Medications taken during stims make the TSH bounce around.  I will get the results by Friday.  My Internist is in agreement with me doing DE IVF and he signed off on my medical authorization form.

Later that morning, I had my OB appointment.  We went over my IVF treatments and the procedure I had done in January.  I got a referral for a 3D mammogram and got a sign off on the OB portion of the medical authorization form.

I have no idea why Aunt Flo is trying to be cute.  It very well may be because I am overly stressed out.

I am NOT looking forward to this move as I HATE packing and unpacking and having to find a place to put things.  It is no fun.

My mom is recuperating from surgery very well and is very sick off and on because of side effects of the radiation and back to back chemo treatments.  Her doctor warned her that this would be the case and that in six weeks she should start to bounce back and feel more and more like her old self.  She has a birthday coming up on the 9th !!

I hope everyone else is doing well.  I keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.