Yesterday was a big day for me. I reached 11 weeks gestation, and officially "graduated" from my RE. I had mixed feelings about this, as on the one hand, I love my RE, and on the other hand, it's nice to all of a sudden be a "normal" patient. I still don't feel normal, but maybe that'll come one day.
To mark the occasion, I had an ultrasound, which was AMAZING. I saw little arms and legs flailing, a big head, and the spine. Those little legs were kicking so fast, I couldn't believe that I can't feel it from the outside. All of a sudden, the blob has turned into an actual baby! I couln't stop grinning.
The only fly in the ointment was getting the results from some lab work that I had done two weeks ago. Apparently all is well with my urine (good thing, since I pee every 30 seconds these days), and most of my blood results were good. However, they ran my rubella titers to check my immunity, and the results were on the low end of "indeterminate", just one point above "negative". So, I'm potentially at risk for rubella, and it's now too late to get revaccinated. The RE was quick to reassure me that all will be well if only I avoid children. But how on earth am I supposed to do that? If a kid is sitting next to me on the subway, shall I pull out a gas mask? I was screened for immunity to rubella last year by my old RE, and the results were fine, so if I've lost the immunity, it's just happened in the last year. How typical.
Today, I had my first appointment with my new OB/GYN. I've transferred to a big hospital that is only about a 10-minute walk from my apartment, so it's really convenient. They also have a big international clientele, so they have a whole clinic set up for non-Korean speakers. My new doctor was really nice, and spoke perfect English. She did look like she was about 12 years old, but I'm trying to convince myself that's a good thing. If she's just finished her residency, then she should be chock full of information about the latest greatest advances in the field, right? The most amazing thing was that I got to keep all of my clothing on for the whole appointment. I didn't know that was possible! I'll have to get back into the stirrups next week for a pap smear and the nuchal fold translucency screening, but still, it was nice to meet the doctor fully clothed.
Two things came up that made the appointment a little stressful. First, she really encouraged me to have amniocentesis. I'm really struggling with that issue. On the one hand, I really do want to know if there's something wrong. On the other hand, I really don't want to risk my baby's life for some information. I guess I'll decide after the nuchal scan next week. It's hard to know what to do.
The other worrisome issue came up when I asked her about my plans to travel to Indonesia for work in June/July (have I posted about that?) She said that flying is fine in the second trimester, but that I'm at risk for cervical incompetence because I had a LEEP procedure (removal of abnormal cervical cells) about 15 years ago. So, she discourages me from having any real exertion after 16 weeks! I was planning to try to exercise regularly throughout this pregnancy, but I guess that's out. Well, at least now I have a doctor's permission to be a fat lazy slug.
And speaking of fat, I've already gained almost 3 kilos! Aargh!