After checking my weight and blood pressure, we were escorted into the doctor’s office where we discussed the pregnancy to date, what we would have done differently during Jacob’s delivery and what our hopes were (early on) for this birth. I did work up the courage to share my fear that there may be something wrong and before we even proceeded with the exam the doctor suggested we take a quick peek at our little one via ultrasound. I’d have been content just to hear a heartbeat, but the thought of actually seeing our baby this early was very exciting. The sight of its little heart, beating so strongly, helped put my fears to rest … at least temporarily. The exam that followed was quick and painless and revealed that everything appears “normal.”
While talking with the doctor I explained that Jacob is still nursing and that I have no desire to rush him off the breast. I did mention that if there were a valid medical reason to do so, we’d discuss options at that time, but made it clear that I fully intend to nurse Jacob for at least another few months unless he leads the weaning process in the meantime. The problem arose when I shared my concern about taking any medications that Jacob is not supposed to have, such as codeine, ibuprofen, aspirin and radiographic dyes. While the latter two shouldn’t present a problem during a normal pregnancy and birth, the former went a long way toward keeping me comfortable after Jacob’s birth and an unpleasant episiotomy. Our doctor looked at me and asked if I planned to nurse both children after the birth even though that can be difficult at first. I was a bit bothered by the comment, but I know that this practice is committed to breastfeeding, and I do feel I’ll get the support I need to continue nursing throughout this pregnancy. As for the medications, I’m hoping for a painless birth this time! More realistically, I’ve asked Jacob’s doctors and mine to look into other pain medication that may be effective for me, but not harmful to Jacob or the new baby.