Tuesday, February 06, 2007

8w1d OB appointment

It only took almost 2 1/2 hours, but we were able to see that everything was OK yesterday. Dr. Wonderful lived up to his name and suggested, before I even had an opportunity to ask, that we get an ultrasound just to make sure that everything was still moving along. Of course, I wasn't on the schedule, and their afternoon was already pretty full. They did manage to squeeze us in, and all it really took was 10 minutes. Still measuring a day ahead, and a heartbeat at 167. I was sort of surprised that they were able to get everything doing an external (avoided the wand-hooray!), but all is well.

The downer of the appointment was that since I'm 35, I'm now going to be subject to all of the screenings for all of the genetic abnormalities. I've never really given this a thought. I mean, egg quality has never been an issue, lifestyle has been boring to say the least.....you get the picture. However, we still spent the first 20 minutes of the appointment going over all of the options. In the end, I don't see the need to do anything intrusive at this point. We elected to go for the first trimester screen, which includes the nuchal fold scan, and bloodwork for t21, t23, and t18 (I think). If that turns up any concerns, then we'll talk about an amnio.

It was pretty sobering to have to even discuss it. I had been blithely going along not really thinking about the age issues. I guess that it just didn't seem to matter too much to me. Dr. Wonderful didn't push any one option, but he agreed with what we chose. Apparently, some insurance plans don't cover this, so I have to sneak off to a conference room today to call my insurance and see what will be covered (No, I still haven't told anyone at work. Not planning to until I absolutely have to.). Not a big deal if they don't cover it, since we have scads of money in our FSA this year. I just want to get it done with. I have to wait until 11-13 weeks, so I'll have plenty of time to chew on it. Great, just what I need.


Kristina said...

Oh, yay!!! I was hoping everything was okay- just your little one messing with you. Hopefully this is the END to all the scares- do you hear me little one? NO MORE SCARES!! Your poor mommy can't handle it :).

I'm glad everything looked good :)

kate said...

Hi! Thanks for stopping by my blog, congrats on your new pregnancy, and i am so glad everything is okay!

I had the first trimester (integrated) screen with the twins -- nuchal fold + bloodwork. First pg i had it with and I don't really know why i agreed since i am terrified of amnios anyway, so we won't go further with the testing. But whatever, at least i got a nice long look at the babies when they did the ultrasound (and some extra pictures too!)

Jennifer said...

so glad everything is growing well with your little baby - thanks for sharing your journey. I'll soon be out of the south - some of the worst eating habits here! BLah!