Why I Love My OB

I had my first prenatal visit this morning, and I got a sneak peek at "Sprout"! S/he was measuring spot on and had a beautiful heartbeat (although I forgot to ask what the heart rate was). 

It's a picture-of-a-picture since I'm too lazy to go upstairs and use the scanner.

I saw my OB for this particular visit (there are also two certified nurse-midwives in his practice, and I see all of them for visits depending on who has an opening). As per usual, he was awesome.

1. He was very congratulatory, and made no derogatory references to the fact that this was baby #6 (not that I'd expected him to, but I've heard horror stories from other women with other OBs). He is neither Catholic nor NFP-only.

2. He told me the baby was measuring 8 weeks, 2 days. I said, "Yes, that corresponds exactly to what's on my NFP chart." His response? "Oh, that's right, you're very knowledgeable about your fertility. That's great." 

3. He mentioned that by his calculations the due date was actually 12/13, not 12/12. I said I'd like to keep it at 12/12, and he asked why. I told him it was because that December 12 is the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe, patroness of the unborn. His response? "Well, we can't go against the saints. December 12 it is." 

4. We talked a bit about the fact that I'm technically advanced maternal age now, since I'll be turning 35 during this pregnancy (at around 34 weeks, for crying out loud). We got on the topic of how some people look older or younger than the really are, and he said, "If I didn't know you, I'd guess you were around 26." 

5. I mentioned my concerns about Zofran possibly causing Peter's clubfoot, and he said that he's much more hesitant about prescribing it now, and will recommend Diclegis (which I'm currently taking) first. 

6. He asked about Peter's treatment and prognosis, and we talked a bit about the chances of this baby having clubfoot too. He'd actually read up on it prior to our appointment, and knew that the risk of this baby having clubfoot was only 4%

7. He didn't blink an eye when I declined the NT scan, but mentioned that he'd be sending me directly for a Level II ultrasound this time around, as opposed to the standard anatomy scan, due to the AMA factor as well as Peter's diagnosis (both factors deem it "medically necessary"). That's fine with me as it'll make that much easier to see if this baby has clubfoot or not. 

I love my OB! 


  1. Congratulations! I don't know how I didn't have your blog on my feed! I constantly see your name on Catholic blog sites ;) and I am having almost the exact seem pregnancy experience! 9th pregnancy (we have 3 live children), due 12/22 or 12/23 depending on who you ask, and I will be turning AMA in June. Prayers for your pregnancy!

    1. I've been reading your blog since you were pregnant with Mary-Grace! :)


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