Let’s call this a 32-week check up even though I’m really like 31 1/2 weeks. But whatever. Today’s appointment was with my perinatologist (the high risk doctor since, you know, I’m old and stuff). Totally an uneventful appointment.
They always do an ultrasound to measure things and baby looks great! Still definitely, 100%, proud-to-be a boy! They measure all kinds of things like head size, thigh size, stomach size, kidney size, amount of fluid, placenta blood flow, etc. For all of the metrics, baby was measuring ahead 1-2 weeks. That’s great because I tend to have babies on the smaller side.
The doctor confirmed that my platelet count is starting to get low, but it wasn’t anywhere near a critical level yet – just that it’s starting to decrease. They’ll keep an eye on it, but he isn’t concerned about it at all. If it does get too low, he’d likely recommend that they give me some steroids that will increase platelet count. My main concern is that I’ll be able to get an epidural when the time is right!
I’ll continue to see my normal OB every other week until 36 weeks, then I’ll go to the both the normal OB and the perinatologist weekly. The perinatologist will do a biophysical profile each time – mostly looking for signs that the placenta is aging too fast. If I remember correctly, the tech said that they give a score between 0 and 8:
- 2 points can be assigned for movement
- 2 points can be assigned for placenta bloodflow
- 2 points can be assigned for amount of amniotic fluid
- 2 points can be assigned for baby’s heartbeat
They did try to get me some 3D shots of baby, but no luck. He kept his hands near his face the whole time. I got to see his eye socket. It looked like…an eye socket.
Either way, so far, so good!