Thursday, March 22, 2007

Boring, laundry-list update #1

I saw the OB this morning; the ultrasound will be in the afternoon. (Fortunately, I work very close to my hospital.) The results: blood pressure 114 over 62; urine fine; fundal height measuring at 30 weeks; weight up 1 or 1.5 lbs; heartbeat 140ish.

My OB has decided no longer to care about my weight gain - whereas she used to be very by-the-book and harp on me if I hadn't gained precisely 2 lbs. since the last appointment, she now thinks that because I am consistent in my weight gain and because I am exercising and not on a donut-only diet (though that sounds appealing), everything is all right. I think I'll be up 30 lbs. by the end, which sounds just right to me. She is not concerned that my fundal height is two weeks behind my dates since it also has grown consistently.

I left with a prescription for Pep.cid because I've had a few episodes of waking up to find that (TMI alert) my most recent meal has traveled back up my esophagus and into my throat and nasal passage. It's Reflux Deluxe! I had tried to avoid this by changing my eating patterns such that I have my biggest and most complex meal at lunchtime - e.g., yesterday I had an XL salmon nicoise salad at lunch, then just had cereal and a banana for dinner at the judiciously early hour of 6:30pm, but I still got to meet that light meal again at about 11pm. I am forced to pull out a word from my youth (approximately middle-school-era) to describe this experience: GRODY.

Finally, I got a list of pediatrician recommendations from her. Most of them are men. My instinct had been that I'd want a woman pediatrician, maybe someone who'd had kids and breast-fed, etc. What are your thoughts on this? I've always strongly preferred having a woman OB/GYN, although it didn't bother me at all that several of my REs were men.


MSF said...

if the pep.cid isn't good enough, ask for prev.acid, by best friend in the whole world, even more so than tivo. mostly.

Hopeful Mother said...

I don't have any thoughts on the pediatrician thing... but you should definitely do whatever you're most comfortable with.

The reflux does indeed sound GRODY (thanks for the junior high flashback!)

Jane said...

We picked a female pediatrician for our girls, thinking long term; when I was around 11 or 12 I asked my mother if I could switch to a female doctor. Maybe your little dude would rather have a dude doctor when he hits puberty. But if you're planning on relocating before that, of course, it's not really an issue.

I tend to like female doctors better as a rule, but there are asshole / awesome doctors of both genders. I think the most important thing is to find someone you feel comfortable asking lots of questions, and who is accessible.

infertilepediatrician said...

Obviously I think you should find a pediatrician that you feel comfortable with. That really is the most inportant part. You want someone that will be on the same page as you in terms of wanting what's best for your children. It's ok to ask lots of questions and interview several pediatricians before the baby is born. One caveat - don't discriminate against those of us w/o kids (it's not for lack of trying). While I'm sure having kids will make me a better pediatrician, I think I'm a pretty good one now. I'm also a huge proponent of breastfeeding despite not having done it yet myself. I am actually the head of our hospital's BF committee and feel like I am practically a lactation consultant at times. Just my 2 cents.