Today was my 36 week appointment. My mom came with me and I left Elise with John’s Mom because she is not good at knowing when not to interrupt. I had a lot to talk over with the doctor, and I thought she’d slow it down significantly. We did all the regular checks and everything looks really good. The baby’s heart rate was faster today–160 beats per minute. He/she was awake though, so that makes the heart rate go up a bit. I also got a group b strep test–a routine test for pregnancy that they like to treat if you have it so that you lower the risk of passing it onto the baby. I don’t know my results, but it was always negative in my last two pregnancies, so I doubt it is very likely I would be positive now.
The doctor did a check to see where we are. The baby is head down, which is a good thing at this point. I figured it was, because that is how it feels to me, but it was nice to know for sure. I am about 1/2 cm dilated, which is not much, but doesn’t necessarily mean anything anyway as to how close I am to labor.
We discussed some labor issues, things like eating and walking during labor and what he would allow. We are pretty much on the same page for everything. I have everything written down, not only for myself, but also so that if it happens that I am delivered by another doctor he can see what I had already decided on with my doctor. The doctor was nice in saying that he planned on being there. 🙂 Of course he warned me two days he’ll be gone to a conference and I warned him that the last time someone (John) told me a bad day to go into labor that was the day it happened. Hopefully that will not repeat itself. 🙂
We also discussed postpartum depression. Our plan has been and still is that I will go on anti-depressants while still in the hospital and will be discharged with a prescription. I plan on taking the ones I took before, because I know they work. I did mention to him that I have been very emotional some days even now, and he said that if things got really bad before the baby came there is one anti-depressant that is considered safe during late pregnancy. This takes a lot of stress off of me. I hope I don’t have to use it, but now I don’t have to worry about it as much.
All in all, it was a great appointment. I see the doctor every week now until the baby comes. It won’t be long now.