This post was written on Sept. 13. It was still too early for me to know whether or not I was pregnant but I was operating under the assumption that I could be.
It’s been 14 months since my last gynecologist appointment. Until today. I went in for the old annual
scrape exam and with all that’s been on my mind (i.e. making babies) I had about a dozen questions ready for her. But then, the doc beat me to it by immediately asking, “So when are you gonna make me some babies?!” Shocked, I replied defensively, “We’re trying!” And then I went into the whole backstory about how we were thinking about it last summer but then the whole moving-to-Charlotte fiasco threw a major hitch in our plans so we held off until about May 2011, when I finally went off the pill.
She then asked about ovulation and I told her that I had purchased some test strips and just started using them with this cycle so it’s possible that I could already be pregnant. I meant to ask if doing a pap would be harmful to a possible pregnancy but before I could, she assured me that the exam would not affect it. First question out of the way!
Then we talked about frequency and timing of sex, next steps if we aren’t pregnant in a few months, and then: prenatal vitamins. I had called around July to get a prescription for prenatals. Of course, no one NEEDS a prescription but if my insurance co-pay is $5 versus $10-$15 for a month’s supply over the counter, I’d rather get a prescription. But after about 3 days of swallowing a giant horse pill, I noticed things were a little, ahem, backlogged in the old digestive system. So I ditched those pills in favor of the chewable gummy prenatal vitamins at Target. For some reason, I just assumed the gummy vitamins wouldn’t be recommended by my doc, but she informed me that if they say prenatal and are sold over the counter then they had to be FDA approved and therefore, they were totally acceptable as a prenatal vitamin. Hooray! I can still eat my daily gummy vitamins!!
So two things to take away from this post for someday moms-to-be: Pap smears won’t harm your unborn baby and gummy prenatal vitamins are totally acceptable. Don’t force yourself to take those giant horse pills if you don’t want to.