Oh sweet relief. We saw and heard our little guys heartbeat yesterday. He is right on track for his gestational age and the MFM said the sac looked “textbook perfect.”
It’s about fucking time that something was textbook perfect.
Since this is my first rodeo, I found this chart helpful in understanding the proper heartbeat ranges based on gestational age:
|Age||Normal Fetal Heart Rate|
|5 Weeks (Beginning)||80-85 bpm|
|5 Weeks||starts at 80 and ends at 103 bpm|
|6 Weeks||starts at 103 and ends at 126 bpm|
|7 Weeks||starts at 126 and ends at 149 bpm|
|8 Weeks||starts at 149 and ends at 172 bpm|
|9 Weeks||155-195 bpm (average 175 bpm)|
|12 Weeks||120-180 bpm (average 150 bpm)|
Prior to my MFM appointment, I had Anti-Xa bloodwork done at the hospital. This is a timed test that is used to determine if the blood is thin enough while on Lovenox. The results were back within the hour and we learned my blood is a tad too thick. My hematologist is increasing my dosage of Lovenox from 40mg to 60mg. I must admit, this conversation brought me to tears, tears of relief that I (finally) have the right doctors who will monitor my issues. It gives me some hope for this pregnancy.
Also, as much as I bemoan the issues that make my pregnancy high-risk, we were really impressed by the ultrasound machine at the MFM’s office. Dare I say they were sex-ay? They really blew my RE’s ultrasound machines away (and those are nothing to sneeze at either.) We also straightened out my monitoring and ultrasound schedule for the next 15 weeks or so and now we can can schedule some things we’ve been holding off on. So while being a clotting nightmare is no prize winner, there will be many appointments, and the constant reassurance during this pregnancy is welcome.