It took awhile to sleep last night. I kept wondering what was going to happen at the doctor’s office. I still knew that I was pregnant, but confirming it would come when I take the pregnancy test at the doctor’s office.
Ivan and I had more waiting to do – this time in the doctor’s office. A few minutes after my 2 pm appointment, we were taken in. I got weighed and I had to pee in a cup while Ivan waited in room 13.
It’s funny how there’s a little silver box that opens up to a hole in the wall – you place your cup of pee there after you’re done. I was hoping nobody would go in there and steal my pee. I’m not sure why anybody would want to do this.. but you never know.
I went to room 13 and sat on the high examining table. The doctor’s assistant was named Mary. She asked a few questions. She was 37 and was glad that I was the same age and that I’m pregnant. I told her there’s still time. She said she would have to find a nice guy in Vegas first. I said That can be hard.
She handed us a paper which has different tests that I might want to take to find out if our child has Down Syndrome or Cystic Fibrosis. She said the doctor would talk to us about it.
I started reading it and thought Great, more stuff to worry about!
Later, we were taken to another room. Mary said that we would have to wait since the doctor was with another patient.
Dr. Brill came in and wanted to shake my hand, but he was sick. He told me that I was pregnant. Based on my last start date of my last period which was December 1st, he said I was 6 weeks and 4 days along. The baby’s due date was September 7.
The doctor said I should drink one gallon of water a day. If I needed anything for pain relief, I could use Tylenol. He recommended not taking Pepto Bismol, but Tums or Rolaids were fine.
He also recommended taking prenatal pills. He said he would write me a prescription or I could buy over-the-counter prenatal pills since he thought vitamins were vitamins.
He doesn’t really think that women over 35 are high risk. He answered a few of my questions without me asking.
I asked him about exercising. He said it was fine to do. If I exercised 60 minutes in one day, I should only do it 5 times a week. He didn’t think I should ride a bike or run on a treadmill since I might fall. I thought that’s common sense. I knew I wouldn’t be doing either one anytime soon.
The doctor suggested that I get blood work done to check my health like testing for HIV and diabetes. He wanted to have an ultrasound done in 2 weeks and then see him in a month.
It turns out that all the tests would be $610. Since we don’t have insurance, I went to talk to Ivan. He asked about the Obamacare to see how long insurance would come into effect if we signed up. I declined on the tests for now while we look up our options for insurance. The visit cost $100 which seemed a bit expensive for a pregnancy test and some advice.
We drove back home and later looked up information on insurance. I signed up for the Obamacare and no plans were found for me. WTF?!
I called my parents and they were thrilled. My dad has been especially pushing for us to have kids. My dad said he had a dream the other day that I was pregnant. I called my sister and my brother too. It seems more real now telling people that I’m pregnant. My sister wants a girl. My sister-in-law thinks it’s a boy and it will be born September 3 like Ivan and my brother.
Ivan has been thinking I should have a natural home birth and do hypnobirthing. Ivan is a trained hypnotist. He’s hypnotized me before and I can actually hypnotize myself.
He remembered a movie called The Business of Being Born that was recommended by our neighbor Carrie. She gave birth almost two years ago with a home birth and she did hypnobirthing as well.
The Business of Being Born talks about how hospitals are in a rush to get you out of the hospital. Most pregnancies in hospitals use an epidural and caesarian sections are quite common. It was scary to see that so many drugs are being used. It talked about giving mums pitocin to induce the labor. This gives longer and more intense contractions. The doctor will then give an epidural and sometimes another epidural. It looked like this was really bad for the baby. It just seems that the hospitals are trying to have short births in order to make money. It doesn’t seem natural at all.
One of the midwives thought that the baby should be born on their own time.
This movie showed 3 home births. I’ve never seen a birth before. It wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. There’s always horror stories of seeing a woman give birth and it’s the scariest thing ever.
It does seem amazing to have a home birth, I’m just scared of the pain and if anything could go wrong. If we did have a home birth, we do have a hospital just 3 minutes away from our house.
I bought a few books including The Essential Homebirth Guide: For Families Planning or Considering Birthing at Home and What to Expect When You’re Expecting. Hope these will help me out with what to expect.
Tomorrow, I’m going to call a couple midwives and see if they’re covered by insurance and to see if they do ultrasounds.
Credits: The Business of Being Born picture