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Week 16
~ Trip to the Doctor

Well, went to the doctor today, and we discussed heartburn, doing blood tests, and a possible amnio. I told her I have always had problems with heartburn and knew it was part of being pregnant, but I told her I had eaten an entire bottle of 72 Tums maximum strength in a little over two weeks. She said that was a bit much and told me some other over the counter things to try before we resort to prescription medication. So who knows? We'll see.

We also did the second part of my AFPT blood draw today. They told me they couldn't really tell me about the first half of the test they did 6 weeks ago until they had the results of today's.

Now for the part about the amnio . . . I know my family's medical history and to my knowledge, the worst thing anyone in my family has been born with is hemophilia. On my husband's side, things are somewhat complicated. Now don't laugh here or make fun of southern people here please. My husband has an adopted sister who technically is really his cousin by blood. His parents were not able to have children for many years and when his Aunt (his mother's sister) became pregnant with a baby she really did not want at the time, they decided that his parents would adopt the baby, keep it in the family so the birth mother could still at least watch the child grow up and have some relationship with her, even if she was then her Aunt too. Five years after she was adopted, out of the clear blue, their mom got pregnant with my husband. It was a difficult pregnancy and she was not able to ever have any more. My mother-in-law has never even told me that my sister-in-law is technically adopted. And when I question her about the family medical history, she says there is nothing to really worry about. My sister-in-law though has informed me of relatives with Down syndrome, forms of spinal bifida, cerebral palsy, congenital heart defects etc... I was discussing all this with my doctor who told me she didn't blame me for wanting to rule out any problems given the circumstances, however, we are going to at least wait until the blood work today comes back in. I've never had an amnio done before with my other two pregnancies so it does make me a little nervous. (ANYTHING WITH NEEDLES MAKES ME NERVOUS!!!)

Not a lot going on with work still. They ask my husband every time he works what is going on with me, how things are going . . . all this concern now that I'm not there on a daily basis. Don't get me wrong, I feel I work for a good company that is very family oriented, but they've made me feel at times in the past few months that I've done something wrong in getting pregnant. Could just be me being overly sensitive to things on my part, but it still makes me feel that way.

Baby is still moving a lot; today they had to actually use two fetal dopplers to chase the baby down to get the heart rate!! We were all laughing about it. I go back to the doctor as of right now on May 17. They are going to do an ultrasound then and hopefully Hoodini will let us know if we have a boy or girl on the way. Baby's heart rate today, was 158 beats per minute. They stressed that was an estimate, because the little acrobat was all over the place.

Hope everyone has a wonderful week.

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