Monday, April 27th, 2009 • No Comments on Moving Forward (7w5d)
I am now one day past as far as I got in the last pregnancy. That’s not a really a big deal because something could still happen, but it’s a small milestone. It’s nice to be here. The best part is that I don’t have any symptoms to suggest anything is wrong. Good news.
I had a consult with my doctor today and that went well. The breast lump that was there last week has mysteriously disappeared (I’m pretty sure it’s hormonal), which means I can forget about that for now. I have another ultrasound scheduled in two weeks on May 12, which will be reassuring. I have my MFM (maternal fetal medicine) appointment on May 27. That will start the process of genetic counseling and screening tests. A little nerve racking, but by then I’ll be twelve weeks and closer to being able to relax.
I have to say, I’m feeling much more calm and relaxed this time around. Even my blood pressure was in the normal range today (they usually take it twice—once when I get there and then again when I leave because the first time it’s so high). Peace. I think it’s a combination of receiving better (and more) medical attention and just feeling like this time everything will be all right.
Speaking of better medical care, by May 12 I will have had four appointments and two ultrasounds. May 12 was the earliest they would schedule my first prenatal appointment at the naval hospital. The lack of concern—especially for older “high risk” patients is infuriating. If I had waited, I wouldn’t be on the progesterone supplement (Prometrium) my current doctor recommended. A shortage of progesterone is frequently the cause of early miscarriages and is often prescribed from the time a pregnancy is confirmed through week 12. I didn’t start until week 7, but that’s still five more weeks this supplement might be working for me—as opposed to not having it at all.
I get so angry when I think about it, but I don’t know what to do or who to write or whether it would even make a difference. How many women are having early miscarriages due to a progesterone deficiency while they wait for the naval hospital to get around to seeing them? Grr. Makes me angry.
But, so far, so good. I’ll be 8 weeks on Wednesday. Sometimes it doesn’t feel real at all. I’m feeling pretty good other than be tired more often than not. My nails are growing like crazy, which is a nice perk of pregnancy and prenatal vitamins. I hope I can maintain this calm throughout. It’s good to feel at peace with what’s going on inside my body.