Monday, April 6, 2009

The Heartbeat

We had our first official, working appointment with MH, our midwife. We are very, very happy with her. She meets us at home. We talk. She answers questions. She hugs us. She let’s the dog investigate her stuff. MH mentioned that Piper seemed both fascinated and wary of the same instruments and procedures as the toddlers that attend her appointments. No one seems to like the blood-pressure cuff.

At this appointment (12 weeks and 1 day) we heard the heartbeat for the first time. It was a little surreal to have evidence that Amanda now has a second heart inside her. I was relieved to hear it and have MH confirm it sounded strong. I just read a blog where a couple did not know they miscarried until they couldn’t find the heartbeat, and I have been a little nervous since then. We also found and listened to the uterine artery. The baby’s heartbeat was so fast, but the uterine artery had a strong and slow beat. It sounded quite relaxing and soothing like a white noise machine for the fetus.

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