Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Checkin Up

Yesterday, I had my monthly OB appointment and it was a mixed bag of sorts. Of course, as always the first order of business was the weigh in. I wasn't overly concerned because I have been eating pretty well and I take 45 minute walks twice a day along with doing some very light weight exercises a couple times a week. I even double checked on my home scale and saw that while I had gained, the extra pounds were right on target for where I should be at 14 weeks. Which is why I was caught of guard and a little bit anxious when the scale at my OB's office disagreed with my own and said I was quite a bit heavier than I thought, which also meant that I had gained far more than is considered healthy in a one month period.

Dr. Casual was, as always, very casual about the whole thing. He asked about my exercise and diet habits without making me feel guilty and reassured me that a million factors affect those numbers on the scale and to trust my own measurements more. He said they are much more concerned with overall patterns and significant jumps than individual numbers. He did schedule a size check for three weeks from now though, I think to be sure me and the baby aren't growing too fast.

Honestly, after checking again today, I am becoming more convinced that a combination of water retention and bloating contributed to the skewed number yesterday and I am trusting that I won't see another scary jump like that again. Please, don't think I am being vain or planning to try to lose weight while pregnant or anything crazy like that. I know weight gain is healthy and necessary right now. I am just concerned with staying healthy for Snow Pea and doing my best to avoid any complications.

I also
had to have a pap smear since I hadn't had one in well over a year. Luckily, months of wandy dates prepared me and it wasn't nearly as bad as I remembered it being. I think Dr Casual also did a great job of keeping me distracted and getting it over with quickly. He is really good at diffusing any anxious or nervous moments, which is a skill I am glad he will be bringing into the delivery room.

The greatest part of the appointment though was that we got a quick peek at Snow Pea and everything looks great! Unfortunately, we didn't get any pictures but it was still fun too watch. I never get sick of seeing the sweet image of my growing baby on the monitor. Snow Pea's little heart was beating away steadily and we got to see a full arm wave. There is a lot of movement going on in there! I can't wait until I can feel it for myself. Dr Casual tried to get a look between the legs but Snow Pea wasn't interested in sharing. He was hopeful though that we will be able get a conclusive answer about what's going down there at the next appointment. He asked if we got a guess about the sex at the NT scan and commented that those techs are almost always right in his experience. Hopefully in a few more weeks, we'll know for sure!


Caitrin said...

Cant wait to find out if its a little boy or a little girl! So glad to hear everything went well- dont worry about the weight difference!

Ashley said...

Glad to hear everything is great! I had a huge jump in weight at my 12ish week appointment but I too think it was just water retention, etc because since then I haven't had a huge jump. That's great that you are able to still be so active. I am definitely a little jealous since my OB won't let me. :( Can't wait to hear what you are having!!

Tiffany said...

Don't worry about the scale and what it says. I hate a few months of a jump here and there, but it always regulates itself back out. If you stay active with your walking, i'm sure you'll be just fine! I'm so excited that snow pea is doing well. Such great news!

Ally said...

YAY! So glad things are going great with you two :) I had a similar weight-gain scare around the same time where it appeared I had gained almost 5 lbs in a WEEK, however the next day when we rechecked it was down to a normal number and we figured it was seriously all due to water retention. Not cool! has a great tool to track your pregnancy weight gain to let you know if you're on track. At my 19 week appointment I had gained 11 lbs, which I was happy to know was right on target!

T said...

14 weeks?! How awesome! Cannot wait to hear the news at the next appt!

Jen @ After The Alter said...

aww I'm so glad you got to see your snow pea! I can't believe soon you get to find out if its a him or a her!! How exciting!

heartincharge said...

Snowpea is a flirt! He or she waived but won't open the legs and share the goodies.

Isn't it frustrating to feel like you are eating right and exercising and have the scale totally ignore your efforts. I'm sure it was bloat that day.