We had our sixteen week appointment yesterday and as usual we asked a lot of questions. The allergies I am experiencing are of course normal and I can take Claritin or Sudafed if want to. Since I am going for pregnancy au natural I will do none of the above. Other suggestions were to get an air filter in the rooms I spend the most time in. I am sure that my Bernese Mountain Dog isn’t helping too much either with all his hair! Time to take out the furminator. We also did another round of genetic screening and this is the last one. It was a blood test no big deal. I learned that my doctor will not do a scheduled c-section which I was kind of interested in so that is off the table. Their rationale is that during a c-section because there is an incision there is a risk of damaging the uterus which could ultimately affect your chances of another pregnancy. I did not know that. I guess I will just have to get my back into pushing uhhh….we’ll save that for another entry- so not looking forward to that. Add this to another one of my many issues!
We also got to hear the heartbeat again. This time it was a lot stronger than before. Because I have been a psycho about taking all these online gender tests I had to find out what our bpm were and it was around 160 bpm- nice! I don’t know about you but we are anxious to find out the sex of our baby. I feel like then I will truly be pregnant and can begin to plan names, rooms, outfits etc. Our doctor told me that none of the old wives tales are legitimate and that the most accurate way to find out is at the twenty week ultrasound. She said that we could do an ultrasound sooner and at our own expense- but that they are hard to read and often inaccurate for that reason. She said that the 3D ultrasounds are better in the last trimester because you can see so much more detail and that she wouldn’t recommend one until much later if we wanted to go that route. Apparently the intelligender test is highly in accurate and all the other wives tales are just plain that tales…. Personally I don’t really care if we have a boy or girl- I would be excited about either- I am sure it will matter much more on our second. My hubby really wants a boy so for that reason alone I am hoping it is a boy. Also we have this extremely annoying sig ot in our family that keeps insisting it is a girl and I would like to prove him wrong. I mean he seriously acts like he knows for sure it is a girl and is very uppty about it- so annoying. I highly doubt he has some sort of special psychic power to know this information and he knows hubby wants a boy- so shut up already. Additionally all the online tests I take say it is a girl too so it will be interesting to see how this pans out.
Are you familiar with the whole hamburger turtle analogy? Apparently that is how you tell the sex on an ultrasound. Pretty funny. The girl’s lady parts look like a hamburger and the boy’s manilihood looks like a turtle. Who knew I was once a hamburger? Will the turtle come out of its shell? From what I understand on ultrasounds done earlier than 18 weeks they are hard to read – I mean the parts are so tiny now so as time goes on and the baby grows it is easier to tell. Isn’t funny how obsessed we get with looking at a baby’s privates?