I had another prenatal check up today with my doctor. Everything went great. I think what's even better is that every time I see my doctor, I like her even more. She really REALLY listens and is very sympathetic and understanding to my feelings. I definitely couldn't ask for someone more caring.
Anyway, back to the baby. As of today I am 14 weeks and 6 days. My morning sickness is easing and I've been able to cut back on my medicine quite a bit, which has been very nice. Hopefully soon I won't need to take any at all! At my appointment we listened to the baby's heartbeat. It was thumping away at a fast pace somewhere in the 160's. I'm measuring almost right on... just a hair big. Everything seems to be right on track and I'm so thankful that my baby seems to be healthy. At this point in the pregnancy, our chances of losing the baby are less that 1%, so that is also very comforting.
My doctor told me that we'll do our 'big' ultrasound at the next appointment, so if we choose to find out what we're having, we'll know in a short 4 weeks! As of now we are planning on finding out the sex, but I'm kind of having second thoughts! We didn't find out with Brennan, and he came as a huge shock to us. Yet, this time around, my 'need' to know isn't as strong as it was with him. Ryan definitely wants to know, so I guess either way, he'll be finding out. Besides probably finding out the baby's gender, we'll be taking a close look at my c-section scar. We want to make sure the the placenta is not growing into the scar at all. If it does, my chances of having a VBAC are very slim. I'm still hoping to have a VBAC, but if my chances aren't good of having one successfully, I definitely want to know! This is because if it looks like I should be able to have a successful VBAC, I'll need to actually go to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. They are the only hospital around that does VBACs. However, if it looks like my chances for a successful VBAC are slim, I'll choose to stay in our hometown and have a repeat c-section with my doctor since I've come to trust her so much!
Something that made me super thrilled today was how my doctor remembered that I'm a needle phobic! She has already done her very best to accommodate me by postponing my initial blood draw until my 24 week appointment so that we can do it at the same time as the gestational diabetes screen. That way I only have to get 1 needle stick! Isn't she sweet? Well today she told me, "Now I want you to be mentally preparing yourself for 24 week appointment. We want to make you as comfortable as possible. Are you going to need something to take the edge off or do you think you'll be able to get through it by yourself? Is there anything in particular that you are going to need from us?" I about fell out of my chair. I've had understanding doctors before, but NOTHING ever like this! She completely understands how I feel about everything (not just needles, but other stuff we've discussed) and does everything she can to help things go my way. I just couldn't ask for a sweeter doctor. Oh, and by the way, I'm not going to need something to take the edge off... I'll do just fine with my