Well, today is officially Week 15. We went to the Perinatologist (an obstetrical subspecialist concerned with the care of the mother and fetus at higher-than-normal risk for complications) last week. Momma to be is 34 and to the insurance gods, right on the cusp of the magic “Age 35”, the bright line marker to be declared high-risk. The doctor did an ultrasound and blood test. We also consulted with a genetic counselor.
Usually, I don’t get nervous with tests (having been in school so long), but this time it was different. I found out that I have already learned how to “worry like a parent”. I want and pray for the best for our baby, including no complications. I even parked in the same parking spot where I had parked before (and received good news before) in order to have good luck again.
I am happy to report that all the tests came back in the normal range. The doc said that the baby looks very healthy for its gestational age and that the baby’s heart was beating strong and loud. Music to my ears! Baby’s heart was beating at 162 beats per minute I believe. We passed the test!! Relieved, we celebrated by heading over to Togo’s for the usual.
There are so many things that can go wrong during pregnancy. I read so much information that I just had to stop. I found out that “Ignorance is Bliss” is sometimes very true. If you start worrying about all the things that can go wrong, you will never sleep. I also like to look at the doctor’s and nurses facial expressions when they are doing the exams. Their facial expressions tell so much and cannot hide good news from bad news.