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Sorry to be all dramatic, but I had to laugh a little. Today was the second appointment in a row that my doctor had a little trouble finding the baby with the doppler. She tried for several minutes, and I could tell she was getting worried when she asked when the last time I felt movement was. Luckily between using my doppler at home just recently and feeling movement, I wasn't too worried. Anyway, so after several long minutes, she finally found the little squirt clear over high up on my right side. She made some comment about it being stubborn, which I agreed to and said was normal for our family. To which she replied, "Well I don't like it!" She meant the stubbornness, not the baby of course, but I had to laugh, because I could tell it was really bothering her that it took so long to find baby, and I would have been more worried if I hadn't actually felt it squirming in there as she was searching.
To follow that up, I had brought in my home blood pressure cuff to have it measured against the office one, and my blood pressure was through the roof. It was fine when I took it before the appointment, and fine when the nurse took it at the beginning of the appointment. But apparently my doctor makes me nervous or something, because every time we took it while she was in the room it was high. She laughed and called it "white coat hypertension". As long as it doesn't start getting high all the time, or get high and not come back down, it's nothing she's worried about. I don't feel any different during my appointments, but SOMETHING makes my blood pressure go up when I'm there. Weird =\
Anywho, all that aside it was a good appointment. I gained 2 pounds, which she was really happy about (I'm still 4 down from prepregnancy). My anatomy scan will be sometime on the 29th, I have to wait for the nurse to call with an actual time. She did put me at 18 weeks 3 days, instead of 6 or whatever my ticker says, which puts my due date as 6/8 instead of the 5th.
White coat hypertension is a real psychological thing. It ties in with Observer Effect where when you're being observed you change your behavior. Either you act more sick or you downplay the sickness based on what you think will please your doctor more or what you expect they want to see. So, your brain sees a doctor, expects to hear that something is up and so tells your heart to be ready to fight/flight.
Good luck with your pressures. My pressure is always low. I was so nervous during my 12 week us that that when measuring my pressure with the doppler, the tech asked if I was on anything to control. All I needed was to hear that everything was normal and it came down Hope it is the same for you.
haha yeah, if it is like my other kiddos I have no doubt my hands will be full =\ And really, the whole thing mystifies me. I feel completely relaxed at my visits, I've never had a problem like this before, and I've never had trouble with my blood pressure until just lately. I knew things were fine when she couldn't find the baby, and was actually laughing about it because I could feel baby squirming. Eh, neither of us are worried as long as it doesn't STAY high.
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"Would I rather be feared or loved? Um ... easy, both. I want people to be afraid of how much they love me." - Michael Scott