Yesterday I had my weekly OB/GYN appointment. I swear, I should just camp out in the waiting room there since I feel like I’m always there. For those who don’t know, you have monthly appointments until around 30-32 weeks, then it’s every 2 weeks until around 36 weeks then it’s weekly until your 40th week. If you go over your due date, I believe it’s almost daily appointments. Because what you really want when you’re overdue is to negotiate traffic and drive with a belly pressed up against the steering wheel every day.
Anyways, I don’t mind the appointments so much but I’m often left feeling like some kind of farm animal being groomed for the fall fair or something. You get there, they weight you (which is always fun) then they take your blood pressure, measure your stomach with a tape measure then listen to the baby’s heartbeat. All of which takes approximately 5 minutes, then if you have any questions, you ask them. It’s very efficient and I’m glad it goes by so quickly when the property charges 2.50 every half hour for parking.
Yesterday I asked about donating cord blood for research. Basically if there was any research project in Ottawa that was using it. My doctor got very animated once I brought it up (in a good way). Turns out there’s a joint research with the Queensway Carleton Hospital and the Ottawa hospital where they’re researching the properties of cord blood to see if it can have any positive impact on heart and stroke issues. There’s a history of heart and stroke issues on my dad’s side so I’m kind of happy to be able to help further research into the problem. All we have to do when we show up at the hospital is tell them we want the blood to go to the study and it’s done. I feel much better about doing that than having it thrown away as medical waste. I keep thinking if more people donated cord blood towards research, then more developments could be made in that field and less people would have to actually pay to store their cord blood for possible future use. It’s kind of a circular logic thing.
Anyways, aside from that, Mr. Bean is good and healthy. My doctor pointed out that aside from the nausea and the backache, I’ve had a pretty great pregnancy. No blood pressure issues at all, the baby’s heartbeat is always at the level it should be . It kind of made me happy to hear that since you can’t help but worry about little things. Also the testing I did last week came back negative so no need to hook me up to an IV when it comes time for labour! Woo-hoo, one less needle!