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Next Wave of Extra Prenatal Tests are Scheduled

prenatal testThis morning I was woken up by a phone call from my doctor’s office. I had been waiting for the call to know when the next stage of prenatal testing would be done for this pregnancy and the appointments are set for this Monday.

I’ll be heading to a much larger children’s hospital a couple of hours away to get a more detailed ultrasound on Baby Boy’s kidney and getting a closer look to make sure there are no congenital issues with his heart. I have a meeting with the specialists a few hours after those tests are completed where we will go over the results, decide if any more tests will need to be done, and where to go from there.

I am confident that everything will be okay. Even if what they spotted on the last ultrasound is linked to this one for his kidneys, it’s not something that is life-threatening and barring any other issues spotted, it should be relatively simple to manage. The umbilical issue will need to be monitored as my pregnancy progresses to ensure Baby Boy is growing at a healthy rate. That is known, though;  no questions about that one.

I am anxious though. I’m trying to rationalize the stress out of my brain my telling myself that things could be a lot worse, but it’s my baby. I wasn’t anticipating any issues after making it through our typically-rough and questionable first trimester and into the second.

I can deal with my own kidney issue through this pregnancy. Yes, it’s crazy painful, hard sometimes, and tiring, but that’s me,  not my baby. I can deal with the constant nausea and on-going vomiting that I am getting a handle on. But, it’s not ideal now that I’m worried and anxious every time I choose to eat and hope it stays down so Baby Boy can grow like he’s supposed to.

:: How do you/have you handled stressful appointments? Share in the comments! ::

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Devan is a freelance writer living in Toronto, Ontario with her husband, three kids and expecting baby #4 at the end of this year. Read more from  on Babble and “like” Accustomed Chaos on Facebook!

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