Today's appointment with my OB went very well. It was great to see Dr. R again, especially b/c up until now we have only dealt with miscarriages, D&Cs and infertility. It's wonderful to move on to a much happier place together. Anyhow, after a ton of blood work, she did an u/s, which showed a healthy, growing baby (and ute ... it never ceases to amaze me how much THAT grows too!). Great heartbeat, normal size and although it is measuring a few days behind my calculations, Dr. R wasn't concerned about that. The blood clot is still there, though very small (so maybe it shrunk?), and I'm not sure she would have seen it at all if I hadn't told her that Dr. So-Cal had found it last week.
She asked me what the fertility clinic had found, and we talked about my diagnosis with thrombophilia, the treatment Dr. So-Cal and Dr. Greece had prescribed for this and what that would look like for the duration of the pregnancy. I'll continue to take progesterone through my 12th week, and Lovenox (the blood thinner) through the entire pregnancy, switching to Heparin a few weeks before my due date so that, as she said, "You can have an epidural". After the baby is born (knock on wood), I'll take either Heparin or another drug that is safe while breastfeeding for a couple more months. Oddly enough, the drug she mentioned (sorry, can't remember the name of it) T recognized as one of the medications my Grandpa takes. I'll have to tell him that ... he'll get a kick out of it.
Anyhow, T who, as always, has been so supportive and encouraging through all my ups and downs these past few weeks, was SO excited to see this little one on the u/s screen. Although the picture she gave us came out rather blurry, on the screen the image was super clear. We were laughing after the appointment about how it is still very much in the "reptile" stage, with T pointing out the "tail" and making me giggle by imitating a swimming fish with "paddle" hands.
Speaking of which, I'd like to post today's picture here, but I'm not sure if I can. The only camera I have is my cell phone, and I don't know how to get the picture from an attachment in an e-mail onto my computer. Anyone know how I can do that? Otherwise, I'll just e-mail it out.
So, things are continuing to look good. I'm still taking it easy, though I'm feeling comfortable doing a lot more than I have the past few days. As T said, "Now you can wash the dishes again!". Yeah sweetie, that's exactly what I was looking forward to! Not! I have another u/s scheduled at the super-sucky u/s clinic next Friday to get a better look at our little fish. While I dread the long wait in that office, it will be great to get another, probably better, look inside. If I were going to be further along, I'd even hope that we could see if there's a "he" or "she" in there. At 10 weeks, though? Probably not.
O.k., I'm off to watch Oprah and rest on the couch while my first baby takes a nap. Be back soon! =)