It was.... sort of eventful. Started off normally. Pee in the cup, weight check and BP check and then since this was my first pre-natal appt. with her (we just switched GP's at the end of June) she asked me some questions and then she asked when my last pap was. I told her March 2010 and she said she would need to do one. I told her my last GP always did them every 2 yrs which is why she hadn't done one, but she said that she prefers to do them at the start of pregnancy to make sure that everything is O.K. Before doing the pap, she took out her doppler and tried for a few minutes but couldn't locate the heartbeat. She said she would try again after the exam. She did the exam and tried again, and still nothing. She said to try not to worry as this has happened before, but she wants me to go in for an U/S as soon as possible to make sure that everything is O.K. She said her office would call me as soon as they have an appt. available.
I was trying not to worry too much because I had found the heartbeat with my doppler at home just a couple of days ago, but it was still nervewracking since I am 16 weeks along and she should have been able to find it. As soon as we got home, I made dinner for the boys and as soon as they were settled down eating, I ran up and got my doppler and I found the baby's heartbeat within a minute. I wonder why she couldn't find it on hers ? Maybe my doppler is more sensitive than hers or maybe it's because I had a full bladder. I had to pee so bad while she was doing the exam. Maybe the full bladder made it harder to find ? I wonder if I should call tomorrow to let her know that I found it, and to ask them to book the U/S for around 20 weeks instead so they can check that baby is developing normally. I asked her if they would be able to check everything like they would at the big U/S if I went in this early, and she said that she didn't know. She said usually they prefer to wait until 18-20 weeks when the baby is bigger. I would rather just go once than have to go twice in the span of a couple of weeks.
Either way, it was a very interesting appt. but thankfully with a good ending. I'm so thankful I have my own doppler. I would have been a nervous wreck otherwise.