I don't post often but thought I would share my first experience going to L&D last night and see what you ladies think...
I really didn't feel the baby move much on Friday, so when I got home I broke out the doppler just to calm my nerves. I found the heartbeat fine, but noticed that it sounded different, like there was an extra beat. I wasn't too concerned...brought it up to my DH later and he didn't think anything of it either (thinking it was probably picking up my HB or something too)
Saturday I was relieved that the baby was moving like crazy most of the day while we were at our childbirth class. Then from Saturday night to about 4pm Sunday the baby was completely quiet. I tried eating some apples to jumpstart her and laid down with some water for awhile, but nothing. So I called the on-call doctor and he recommended going to L&D just to calm my nerves.
Just before we left I broke out the doppler one more time and this time my husband heard the off heartbeat as well. So we quickly headed to L&D to get checked out. I honestly wasn't that concerned that something was wrong, but just wanted to double check.
We got there, got signed in and hooked up to the fetal monitor while the nurse brought me a giant pail of apple juice. The nurse actually had problems getting the heartbeat because the baby was moving around like crazy! She kept saying "Do you seriously not feel that" every time we clearly heard the baby kick on the monitor. I got the "your too early and your baby just has too much room to move around still" speech while the nurse continuously tried to get a good strip of measurement on the heartbeat. We mentioned hearing the off beat but since the baby wouldn't stay steady we really couldn't hear it well on the monitor. (I really just wanted them to bring out the handheld doppler and listen to that) She finally got it postioned so we could hear it decently, and said she'd be back in awhile to get the recording and talk to the on-call doc.
30 minutes later or so...she walked in and says "Well, its not good" Ofcourse I freak out by her choice of words, but she only meant that they wern't getting an accurate reading because she was so active. After trying longer another nurse eventually brought in a portable U/S. Everything looked good but in the middle she asked when I had my last U/S. and I told her at my anatomy scan at 17 weeks. Then she goes "Oh, well your doctor will probably give you another one about 26 weeks." I just looked at her and said..."Im 29 weeks now..." and she just blew off her mistake like no biggie. Meanwhile in my head I'm thinking "Does she look like she's measuring a good 7 or so weeks behind?" I got no comfort from the U/S considering she was looking at my baby on the screen and assumed I was like barely over 20 weeks. I was furious but didn't really say much about it at the time. They eventually picked up the off beat, but didn't think anything of it and said it would probably just clear up on its own.
When the original nurse walked in with my discharge papers I emotionally broke down crying and told her I was upset the other nurse didn't know how far along I was and she apologized for her but that was about it. I felt like an idiot. I was then discharged and sent on my not-so-merry way. I know the baby looks fine, but I can't decide if I'm still worried about the heartbeat, or if Im more worried about dealing with dumb dumb's when I really go into labor.
What do you ladies think? I'm considering checking in with my doctor today...but again, I was told everything looked fine at the hospital so should I just not worry about it and bring it up at my regular OB appt in 1.5 weeks?