Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Last week I had my regular OB appointment. Keeleigh and my mom got the opportunity to go with me. After arriving late thanks to stupendous NOLA traffic and a long wait, we were finally called back. I was happy to find that I weighed two pounds less on their scale than the scale at the ultrasound office, ha ha. It was also great that my BP is still wonderfully perfect. The doctor saw us quickly since we'd had a long wait, and because my mom and Keeleigh were there, she did a little impromptu ultrasound right then and there to show them the babies. She took her time pointing out all their little parts...feet and fingers and other slightly less cute sounding things like brains and amniotic sacs.
I will now be seeing the doctor every two weeks and because preterm labor is a risk in twin pregnancies the doctor wanted to check me for dilation. I was actually opposed to this mainly because it seems pretty pointless to me but consented. Of course I was not dilated at all and the twins were still "really high." Happily the doctor did not think to order my glucose test. Perhaps she will just forget it all together? This is yet another thing that I find totally pointless for me. I'm considering refusing it. I'm so not good at saying no, though. It feels like that isn't even an option. Doctors feel so authoritative! I really need to look more into patient rights, I suppose.
Another thing that the doctor discussed was birth. I keep trying to forget that I will have to actually do that and she just keeps on bringing it up! Sigh. I am constantly reminded that if the "presenting" twin is breech that I MUST have a c-section. Which to me is dumb because 1.) I typically have small babies so adequate dilation should not be an issue, 2.) this is my fifth pregnancy and I'm ever confident that my body knows how to handle birth, and 3.) countless numbers of babies have been and are born naturally and safely in the breech position. I do not like doctors treating everyone as if they are to die any second. Of course, should the presenting twin be head down and the second twin be breech, my doctor is okay with a vaginal birth but recommends an epidural which I do not want so that she can perform a "breech extraction." That means she will stick her hand inside of me, search around for a foot, and pull. Which will hurt. A lot. And which will probably also require an episiotomy. Which also will hurt. A lot. And which is also probably completely needless. Of course I could avoid all of this pesky birthing stuff and just schedule a c-section if I want! So, again I guess I need to look more into patient rights. I don't want to get pushed into having a c-section. I don't want a breech extraction, and I sure as heck don't want an episiotomy. Can I just say no to all of that? Am I stuck in the hospital trap? Shouldn't I just be satisfied with a healthy mommy and two healthy babies?