After the constant attention at the fertility clinic, it was a huge adjustment to go to monthly OB appointments. However, I kept reminding myself that monthly meant normal which is what we wanted. I was really nervous for our next OB appointment on Dec. 22 because F was having blood drawn for the quad screen. The quad screen tests for spina bifida, various trisomies, and Down’s Syndrome. It’s not a “Yes/No” test. Results come back indicating either a low risk or an elevated risk for one of the conditions. I had worked myself up into quite a lather about this test because I am always fearing and anticipating the worst (however correctly or incorrectly). I had read there were a number of false positives on the test and that it often caused parents needless worry. Why have the test then? Well, I figured that we’d rather know than not know and encounter it in the delivery room.
I loved the doctor at this appointment. Despite being almost 17 weeks, she couldn’t find the heartbeat consistently, so she calmly asked for the ultrasound machine. We were a little tense, but she reassured us that since F had had 4 other pregnancies, it was likely that the baby had more room to hide. She was just very calm. Sure enough, the u/s revealed a baby with a beating heart. It was moving its arms and legs but wasn’t quite as active as it had been at other appointments. I suppose even fetuses have to sleep sometime!
It has been amazing that we have had so many u/s. We were able to enter the holidays reassured that everything was ok with the baby and show off pictures to family of its development from an 8-celled embryo to 9, 10, 11, 13 and 17 weeks. I’m glad that we have so much documentation!