Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Schrieber Baby Update

We had a Doctor's appointment this morning (what normally would have been my "first" prenatal visit where they take cultures, bloodwork, etc.) And let me just say, "I just love my Doctor!" She is always so personable, honest, attentive, talkative, and genuine. I never feel "rushed" when I see her and she has a way of making you feel like her time with you is important and valued. Today was no exception.

To be honest, I worry a bit with this pregnancy (especially in these wee-bitty stages of critical development). My nausea has subsided significantly (albeit full-force when I enter a state of "spontaneous instant starvation" ...AKA "when I am suddenly really hungry!") and the past two days (despite sleeping 4 nights in a row on the couch due to a cold and non-stop coughing episodes) I have had a considerable return of energy. While it feels good to feel a bit "normal" again, the diminishment of these two pregnancy symptoms had me a bit worried. So, my Doctor said that she'd feel more comfortable taking a look at the baby today (even though ultrasound is non-routine at this visit). I was relieved to have another glimpse at our little bundle of developing life!

While it is difficult to view clearly in this "still" photo, you can see the arm buds and leg buds that have developed. I am 8 weeks along and baby is developing ears and eyelid folds and already has a tip of the nose present (how cute, huh?). When she re-measured me, the due date ranged by a few days (going into September 2nd and 3rd). I told my Doctor I really liked the August due date :) because it didn't seem as far away. She smiled and said we'll certainly leave it
8-31-09 and we'll keep note of the possible few days of discrepancy.

On another positive note, I did a bit of research regarding exercise and healthy heartrates for pregnancy. Originally, I was told by the Doctor's assistant that I needed to keep my heartrate under 140 beats per minute-no exceptions. I pleaded..." Even if I am regularly active and normally keep a higher heartrate without overexertion?" Her answer was still no! The 140 heartrate is nearly impossible for me to do while exercising. It makes me feel handicapped. I have had to stop taking all of my classes at the gym and can no longer run or even jog slowly ( I can only walk... B-O-R-I-N-G!!! and I don't even break a sweat.) I have been active and exercising regularly for a long time and know what my body is capable of and when I am pushing it, etc. I would never do anything to compromise the health of this baby and of course will listen to my doctor's orders. But I would like to stay at a reasonable level of activity during this pregnancy.

I found several articles that claim that the old American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommendation was to not elevate your heartrate above 140, but their new guidelines suggest that you use a "Rate of Perceived Exertion" scale instead of a heart rate test. {A scale of 1 to 10 with 1 being no exertion (just sitting there) and 10 being maximum exertion (100% adrenaline). A prenatal woman's workout should be between a 5 and an 8 on the 10 point scale}. Now that I can do. The walking has felt more like a chronic "3" on this exertion scale. I brought in one of the articles and with confidence, my doctor completely agreed and gave me clearance. She says they use the "140 heart rate" as a general rule of thumb, but that it is an "old school" way of thinking and the exertion scale is a great way for someone like me to gage my exercise level. Being regularly active, you get accustomed to listening to your body and can better gage your exertion level. I am so excited to be able to do a bit more than walk! I did take a yoga class yesterday and would like to take yoga and pilates more regularly. But, I am glad that I can take one or two of my familiar classes as long as I drop them down a notch or two. (Treadmill: na na na na na na hey hey hey goodbye!)

And just for peace of mind, I have an appointment to go back for another ultrasound in two weeks (normally it wouldn't be until week 18-20). After that 10 week mark, they should be able to hear/detect a heartbeat which will confirm and reassure us during future visits.

Wow! Lots to share today. Thanks for taking the time to read and get a glimpse of my day!


  1. That IS alot to share! But it all sound sgood, if ya saw the sweet one and everything looks good, everything IS good!!! We are praying for you and Little One!

    LOVE YOU!!!!

  2. I'm sure it is such a relief to have regular confirmation that your baby is developing normally. We love you and are praying for you!

  3. Stay strong, pregnancy takes it toll in all areas, physical and emotional. I know getting back to your exercise will help you a bit. Sounds like your Dr. is very sensitive.

  4. I am so glad to read that things are going well for your pregnancy and that you are able to exercise. I took prenatal yoga when I was pregnant and worked out often and I think it helped me feel strong and healthy through the pregnancy. The prenatal class was a wonderful way to bond with Hailey while I was pregnant and to meet other pregnant women. And thank goodness for a great doctor!