10 Weeks!

On Thursday, I had my first appointment with my own OB, Dr. Lloyd.  I was curious on how he was going to react, when I show up with pregnancy number 7 and only 2 of those were my own babies!   He just laughed and said you are something else girl, and as always such a trooper!  I know I am blessed with him as my doctor and to have had him help with all my pregnancies.  It also helps that he understands the surrogacy aspect and how meaningful it is for both parties involved.  He is thoughtful when discussing things to help not just me but the intended parents too.

First, we had an ultrasound to check on the baby.  The baby sure did look so much bigger and so healthy, just perfect!   He left the screen on, without me even having to ask so that I could take a pictures for D&B after I got dressed. 20160505_105156[1]

I then asked, Dr. Lloyd about trying to have a vaginal birth since I had to have a c-section with last delivery.  At first he was hesitant and said that is not his preference with most patients.  He has done them but often is nervous.   There is a 1% chance of uterine rupture, however when they go into delivery knowing they are trying a v-back, they prepare for emergencies that can occur.  After, thinking about it and talking with me, he said yes, since you are always so healthy and active and have had 5 great easy vaginal births we can attempt v-back.  Of course it will also depend on how the rest of pregnancy goes and the position and size of the baby.

Next, he began to tell me about a new blood test and asked if the parents would like to have it done.  The blood test is called Verifi by Progenity .  This test has only been around for about 2 years, so I had never heard of it.  Dr. Lloyd always keeps things simple and does not often promote testing unless signs show a need, so when he said he recommends it and is so excited about the test.  I wanted to know more about it.  It is a simple blood test you take at 10 weeks or further along.  It can detect genetic disorders such as down syndrome or other chromosomal abnormalities.  In addition, it can tell you the sex of the baby, yes that early!  I called B, while at the doctor’s office to see if she would like me to do it.  She said yes and then said to tell Dr. Lloyd that the plan is for him to be in the delivery room this time!  Due to quick early labor last time, I had to stop at a hospital near my house and did not make it downtown for Lloyd to delivery the twins.   I headed down to the lab and gave about 9 vials of blood, some were for the Verifi test and others were for general pregnancy screening.  I also left the doctor’s office with a huge bag full of prenatal vitamin samples, good thing Dr. Lloyd loves me 🙂  20160506_071902[1]

 

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