What to Expect at Your First Maternal Fetal Medicine Appointment

I saw my primary care, Dr. L, after seeing those two pink lines show up. She brought up that we should go see Maternal Fetal Medicine, just to keep a better eye on Little Turtle’s growth.  Now, if you do some googling on why you should need to see this specialist, I recommend that you don’t, you come on the other side more afraid than relived.

When I first got the phone call about setting up my appointment with Maternal Fetal Medicine, you expect to be setting up one appointment. However, it’s almost a whole day affair, or it at least feels like it.

We started with seeing the nurse, who took my vitals and asked if we had any questions about what was going to happen during the appointments or about the pregnancy. She explained about the three appointments what we had scheduled, genetic counselors, ultrasound and then meeting with the doctor.

The genetic counselors were very genuine and explained our testing options. We decided to go with the least invasive of the options because neither side of our families have any chromosomal disorders. This option is a blood test for me and during the ultrasound the tech measures the fluid in the spinal cord right behind the brain. Luckily, for us, everything came back with crazy low odds of Little Turtle having any chromosomal defects, not that it really mattered for us either way.

Then we had our ultrasound, Little Turtle just wanted to sleep though the whole thing. However, after some cold water and a little break, Little Turtle gave us some nice hand waves and profile photo.

Finally, we met with the nurse practitioner who works with Dr. VanEerden. We ended up changing my due date, pushing it back a week to 12/17 form 12/12. During this time I was able to bring up my concerns with going into labor naturally. I worry about this because we live an hours drive away from the hospital in Fargo I would like to deliver at. This is also concerning because of my Spinal Cord Stimulator, the doctor that puts in the epidural has to be even more careful with placement.

Having Complex Regional Pain Syndrome in my left hip brings up a whole host of other issues. The nurse practitioner, said she will bring those concerns up to Dr. VanEerden, that way he can talk with his colleagues around the country, to develop the best plan for how to move forward. I am hopeful we will have a pretty solid plan in place after I see them again in August.




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