I hate to sound so...annoyed/bitter/upset, but to be honest, this appointment seemed completely useless to me.
It may have been the fact that the office was running an hour and a half behind that put me in a bad mood, but it seemed like a waste of my day to have my OB talk with me for all of 7 minutes.
I got weighed, got my blood pressure taken, peed in a cup, and got the forms to do my first round of genetic testing. I learned that my OB doesn't do the NT scan at 12 weeks because their ultrasound technicians are not trained to preform it, and no one in the office is trained to read the scan. If Keegan and I were really worried (which we're not,) we could be referred to a maternal fetal specialist an hour away who could do the scan, but I doubt we'll make the trip.
I did learn that if anything is wrong with our anatomy scan, then we'll be referred to the specialist anyway. The way Dr. L was talking, it seemed like they refer many women, so we may be making the trip anyways.
I also learned that the genetic testing we're doing will not tell us the sex of the baby. Dr. L said that that type of genetic testing is new on the market, and insurance normally doesn't cover the test for the sex, so we'd have to pay out of pocket.
I was asked if I had any questions or concerns, so I brought up the cramping I've been having. Apparently Dr. L was never told about it, even though I was assured she was when it first occurred, but she just brushed it off as normal stretching pains. She even went so far to ask if I held my urine too long which could cause similar pains. I know that this is my first pregnancy, but I know the difference between having-to-pee pains and what I've been experiencing.
I did get to hear Breadcrumb's heartbeat on the doppler which was nice. It took Dr. L a good three minutes to find the heartbeat, but I wasn't too upset because I had found it myself a couple of days ago on our home doppler.
I then drove to the outside lab to do the genetic testing and they took 5 vials of blood. I really, really hope that my insurance wasn't lying when they said they'd cover the cystic fibrosis test, because if they don't, we're out $800.
All in all, a 10 minute appointment took over 2.5 hours. I scheduled our anatomy ultrasound for March 6, but while driving back to work, remembered that Keegan will be gone that entire week. I emailed the office to see they could move the appointment up a week, so we'll see what happens.
Ladies farther than me / with kids already: are all appointments (besides the anatomy ultrasound) like this? I know that it's important to check a woman's blood pressure and urine for preeclampsia, but the entire appointment felt like a waste of time. Perhaps it felt like that because I was used to doing something during our TTC appointments (ultrasounds, blood work, talking about our next steps.) I just felt really...rushed and pushed out the door with this appointment and didn't really get much out of it.
Oh, also, either my home scale or the doctor's scale is broken. I weighed myself on our home scale before I left this morning and I weighed 191 pounds. A 10 minute drive to the OB clinic and I suddenly weighed 203 pounds. I was chugging water so I could provide a urine sample, but I doubt it was 10 pounds worth!