This week was another doctor appointment! I had planned to go next week, but because I am past 14 weeks, I decided to get the flu shot as early as possible. Getting the flu can be dangerous in the second and third trimester, especially if when you are in labor. It’s important to get vaccinated for both the seasonal flu and swine flu. This appointment was pretty routine – the nurse weighed me and checked my blood pressure. Then the doctor came in, measured my stomach, and I got to hear the baby’s heartbeat again! I can never get enough of that.
The babies weighs close to 2 ounces and measures about 5 inches. She’ll start growing lanugo (fine, soft hairs on her body for protection, that will shed a few weeks before birth). At your next appointment, depending on your history and/or risks, your doctor will ask you if you want to perform two tests – an amniocentesis and a triple test. The amniocentesis is a procedure where the doctor will stick a needle in your stomach to draw fluid from the amniotic sac to test for abnormalities. The test is routinely performed on women over 35. The triple test is a standard blood test that can detect Down’s Syndrome, though it is far from accurate. Your doctor will give you a choice about taking the tests. Some women don’t want to find out, because there is nothing they can do to rectify the issues. Others feel that they need to be prepared if there is something wrong.
In response to the question, “Is it safe to wear a seatbelt?” – Mani F. from Virginia
Definitely. It’s dangerous to drive without wearing a seatbelt, whether your pregnant or not. To position the seatbelt properly, make sure the lap belt is under the stomach but on top of the pubic bone. The shoulder strap should be between the breasts and off to the side. If the seatbelt is on top of the stomach, the risk of fetal injury is higher in case of a collision. If you are involved in any sort of collision, you should get checked out no matter how mild.
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