Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Can You Pee in a Cup...TWICE?

The first OB appointment was today, which included an ultrasound.  I had read that it can help to have a full bladder when the technician is conducting the ultrasound.  So I drank 32 oz of water in an hour and a half leading up to the appointment.  When the technician put the cold gel and then the ultrasound wand on my belly and pressed to see the baby, I wanted to bust!  But it was all worth it because we were able to see the baby and hear the heartbeat.

8 w 3 d
Based on my LMP, I am 8 weeks and 3 days along; the baby was measured to be on track with my LMP.  In addition, the heartbeat was 175 beats per minute. 

With my lack of symptoms (little bloat and fatigue), I was slightly concerned about what was going on, so it was very reassuring to see and hear the baby.  The next ultrasound isn't until 20 weeks, when we hope to find out the gender!  3 months to go.  Though there will be other appointments before the 20th week.

So after the ultrasound, I have to provide an urine appears they test to ensure you are pregnant.  Seems like it should be the opposite, but then I wouldn't have the full bladder that is beneficial to the ultrasound when conducting on the outside of the belly.  After the ultrasound, AJ went back to work.  I am so happy I chose a local OBGYN so that my husband could come to the appointments, even when he is on duty.

Afterwards, I met with the doctor.  We discussed my medical history, and he answered any questions I had.  He was very surprised and pleased that I knew so much about pregnancy - especially having a blood type that is Rh-.  He was glad to see I had done my research.  I like the OB very much.  He doesn't believe a pregnant woman needs to live in a bubble, and that most things are okay in moderation.  He wasn't against exercise or me continuing my pre pregnancy routine, as long as I was comfortable when doing so.

Then came the fun part...the pelvic exam.  So we'll skip that part.  Though I will say the doctor and nurse put me at ease - really like the practice so far!

Afterwards, I had to go give blood (9 tubes) and another urine sample!  Thank goodness that I drank all that water.  The nurse conducting the lab samples said she didn't understand why the OB always had his patient give a sample, and then sent them upstairs 30 minutes later.  Most can't go twice.  Most don't drink as much water as I do!

In all, I was at the doctor's office for 2 hours.  Normally, I can't stand being at the doctor's office, but today was definitely an exception.  Well worth every waiting minute. :)


  1. Wow! I thought my 7 vials was tons, but 9 is way more. I'm just hoping they don't want blood too often as I hate having it taken.

  2. I use to donate blood (pre PG), so giving 9 vials was nothing. Nurses love my veins!

    AJ needs to find out his blood type, but he hates having blood's only a small amount.