Yesterday, I bought a peace of mind. Well, technically I wanted to buy it on Thursday but I couldn’t get an available slot so I had it yesterday instead. And boy did it make my day!
And what was this whole thing about? Basically I got a little freaked out when I overheard scan lady whispering to my gynae about some “fluid looking low” during the last visit. And to amplify that worry, I wasn’t showed the amount of amnio fluid I had, nor did I get a direct answer on the level. Though I was told everything was okay.
Coupled with consecutive urinary incontinence for the next few days which led me to swap a liner for a urinary leak pad (thanks to Poise!) and spotting 2 tiny weeny specks of blood appearing on the pad few evenings ago before realizing that I had probably ‘outwalked my quota’ for the day; I decided that I needed affirmation because I was really desperate to get back to doing some yoga and I wanted to know how far I could push myself this weekend – in terms of physical activities such as walking or being out of the home.
I did consider going back to the gynae, but aware that his new clinic set-up was still a little messy at the moment (initial teething issues) and hearing how wait time was about 2 hours even for scheduled appointments (and I was intending to do a walk-in), I decided to go to another gynae/my usual one to get that reassurance instead.
Upon reaching gynae B’s office and taking the usual BP, wt & ht measurements, I got to see him almost immediately. He greeted me with his usual warm smile..asked how were things along with the pregnancy at 28w (glad he bothered to remember) and right away, I started asking a list of questions that I had prepared mentally. He answered them in detail one by one, before popping over to the scan machine where we had another peek at baby chungkin – the little one is growing wonderfully, at 1.3kg (200g within a week!).
Gynae B then showed me placenta position in detail – which was on my left and definitely not blocking the cervix, saying that I needn’t worry about placenta previa (so yay that I can continue to have a natural birth route) and also measured my amnio fluid (aka. water bag) level – which has a value above average (double yay). Lastly, he did a swab test to check that I wasn’t suffering from any infection (leaking of amnio fluid can lead to preterm labour) – triple yay. I was also told that if baby chose to come out anytime from 34 weeks & above, he won’t have to be in NIUC and can room in with me!
I was elated that all my doubts were cleared at one go.
We then ended the long consultation (quadruple yay) by discussing about birth protocols/plans. While gynae B was aware that I had a gynae-of-choice (goc) to deliver baby chungkin, he offered to share a preview of what to expect upon admittance to hospital – which I thought was good information to know and keep in mind, especially for 1st time mamas like myself where there’s usually fear of the unknown/what’s going to happen next etc. And as I left the clinic, I could feel a sense of joy filling my heart. I got what I came for.