Bonnie and I had our 32 week checkup yesterday. We did not have an ultrasound or anything, but I was able to hear Bonnie’s heartbeat, and the doctor assured me that she sounded perfect.
At the beginning of the appointment, my doctor always asks me if I have any questions. Usually my answer is no, but today I had two questions. My first was about my iron levels. Since I’ve been craving ice so much lately, I told him I was concerned about my iron levels (apparently craving ice is a sign if iron deficiency.) He kind of laughed and said that all women who are pregnant have lower iron levels than women who are not, because their babies are taking lots of their iron. He said that as long as my prenatal vitamin contains iron, I do not need to supplement or be concerned. I was actually surprised at how light he made of it. But I guess if he isn’t worried I shouldn’t be either.
Symptoms of iron deficiency during pregnancy are:
- Pale lips, skin, and nails
- Tiredness or weakness
- Shortness of breath
- Rapid heartbeat
- Trouble concentrating
I am not experiencing any of these, so I guess there truly is no need for me to be concerned. I will just keep enjoying my crushed ice! (:
My second question for the doctor had to do with labor induction. I am terrified at the thought of having to be induced, so I asked the doctor how far past my due date he would allow me to go before insisting we induce. His answer kind of caught me off guard, and took me aback.
He said that he is “pretty interventive,” especially when it comes to IVF pregnancies. First of all, I did not even know “interventive” was a word. Second of all, when I selected him as our doctor I was under the impression that he was the opposite.
He said he would be very hesitant to go more than a day or two past my due date before inducing labor, and that he has never seen anything good come from waiting much longer than that with IVF pregnancies.
Honestly, this does not make a whole lot of sense to me. All long, he has been telling me that getting pregnant was the hard part, but now that I am pregnant, my pregnancy is no different than any other “normal” pregnancy. But suddenly, IVF babies are not allowed to go past their due dates?
I believe his reasoning is that estimated due dates after IVF are much more accurate than estimated due dates for babies who are conceived naturally.
All of that is my long-winded way of saying that today’s appointment left me a bit concerned about the possibility of having to be induced, and I will continue praying that Bonnie comes on or before her due date!
This picture has nothing to do with yesterday’s doctor’s appointment. Just thought I would share with you all what our dogs do when they hear my husband’s truck pull into our driveway after he’s been gone all day at school. They can’t wait for him to walk in the front door!!!