Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Today's Appointment

Today's doctor's appointment went well. It was mostly a Q&A session on my part - I came in with a lengthly list of questions for poor Dr. R. But she was very patient and answered each and every one of them and didn't make me feel rushed.

Scrappy's beautiful heartbeat was a robust 164 bpm. Dr. R actually suggested that we get a fetal doppler as she thinks it will help with my anxieties. I might just do that.

Dr. R is sending me for an ultrasound on Thursday to check my "cervical length". Because of having a previous miscarriage, I was concerned about having an incompetent cervix and she wanted to put my fears at ease. I believe there is a very minimal chance that there is actually something wrong with my cervix, but it can't hurt to check things out. Better safe than sorry. Plus, we might just get another quick peek at the kiddo, which would be great.

Only one teeny tiny piece of unfortunate news came of out today's exam, and really it's not a big deal at all. I asked Dr. R if she thought they would tell us the baby's gender at our ultrasound on March 25th and she said absolutely not. In Canada, we have a law in place that states that couples cannot find out the sex of their baby until they are at least 20 weeks along in their pregnancy*. Well, I will only be 19w2d when we have our ultrasound and apparently they won't budge. I thought maybe we'd have some wiggle room since we conceived by IVF but no go. Ah well. She says that we can call her office after we're past the 20 week mark and find out over the phone. I'm still hoping that by some miracle, we'll find out at the ultrasound.

It's not that we care if it's a boy or a girl - I just want to go shopping!

*The reason we have this crazy law in Canada is because there are a lot of different religious and cultural groups in this country that will abort their babies if they find out they're having a girl. While I don't think this happens often, apparently it happens often enough that they had to make a strict law about it. 20 weeks is the official cut-off time for having an abortion. Horrible, I know.

8 comments:

Fertilize Me said...

congrats on the good dr appointment. Good luck with the upcoming u/s

Mel said...

Oh, that is just stinky about the gender deal. I guess whatever they have to do to protect innocent babies, though. I would be itching to go shopping, too!! I cannot wait to hear what you are having. So good to hear another positive update-Scrappy is kicking ass and taking names in there!
*hug*

Future Mommy said...

I've never heard of that law - how horrible that people would abort because of gender, necessitating such legislation!

I'm curious as to what questions you asked your doctor - would you mind sharing some of them? I'm trying to get a list going for my appointment on Friday, even though it's only my initial consult after my BFP, and I want to make sure to cover all bases.

Baby Deux! said...

How horrible that they even need to have that law!!!

I am so happy to hear about a good appointment! AND the u/s!

If you get the doppler I would be interested in knowing how you like it. :o)

Kristen said...

It's a shame that a few select people have to ruin it for everyone. But I do understand why the law is in place.

So glad everything went well overall! I also have this fear about my cervix since I had a LEEP in 2004. I'm going to make sure they put my fears to rest at my 20w u/s.

XOXO

christina(apronstrings) said...

wow, what a sad law to have to make. don't fret about asking your dr questions. it's their JOB and their getting paid $$$ to answer them.
what do you think you're having? boy/girl??

Road Blocks and Roller Coasters said...

YAY for a good appointment and for scoring another u/s. You would think they would have you sign your right away to abort if you want to know the gender early. That just stinks. Have you thought about maybe pushing the u/s back a week? Just an idea...though I'm super impatient, so I don't know that I could do it.

Hoping that you get the answers you are looking for at the big u/s. :)

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