No cupcakes today, but I thought I’d pop in with another update.
Last week I hit the 15 week mark and FINALLY had my first prenatal appointment.
The appointment did not start off so great. We had to wait over 2 hours to be seen, AND were informed that my health insurance has no maternity coverage.
Because my husband is self employed, we pay out of pocket for health care with Humana, and every year for the past 6 years they have made me choose between raising our rates or raising our deductible. At this point, I am paying $500 a month with a $5000 deductible and have reeeeeeealllly reached my limit as far as what we can afford to pay. So unfortunately, even if we DID have the coverage, my deductible is so high that it wouldn’t cover a lot of the costs.
That being said, I now have to pay everything pregnancy related in cash. It is what it is though, and I can’t say that it would have influenced our decision to have another child in the slightest.
After all that, I was ready for some happy news. Luckily, I have a really awesome doctor who is very efficient. My exam lasted just a few minutes and then he got to the ultrasound and I got to see the baby!!
He was unable to determine the gender just yet (I begged for a good guess but he wasn’t biting), but he said that the baby was measuring right on track with how far along I was. It’s an active little thing, and every photo showed it in a different pose.
It was such a huge weight off of my shoulders and I left feeling a lot better than when I came in.
My exhaustion is mostly gone, but still shows up from time to time. I try to listen and take naps when I feel like I need to, since I know that there will be a time when I no longer have that luxury.
Heartburn is my main issue, and I have tried almost everything to get it to go away. I had it bad with Jon David, but I can’t say it was as bad as this. There are times when it nearly incapacitates me and I have to go sit down.
Cravings are about the same: Cheeseburgers, pasta, sweet tea, and now Dr. Pepper. Before being pregnant, I always drank diet sodas, and the full sugar ones tasted awful to me. Now I crave the full sugar kind, but I make sure to drink sparingly. Usually one glass of Dr. Pepper a day.
My next appointment is the morning of July 5th. I’ll have my ultrasound to determine the gender (OMG I’m so READY!!) and then I’ll get all my lab work done (boooooo).
Thanks again for supporting me and being here for me to share this with. I am beyond blessed!!