Great Expectations

Rob and I (my mom went too) had an appointment with the OB today. It was my last appointment before I go into labor. I think I had the high expectations of being checked to see if I am dilated or if my cervix was effaced, but we went through the ultrasounds as well as the Q and A as if it was any other appointment. I’m sure my appointment expectation stems from reading other soon-to-be-mom’s blogs as well as just knowing that in the States you are checked every week when close to delivery. But, while I thought I would be bummed out for not having the internal exam (an oxymoron if I’ve ever heard one!), I’m actually OK with it. Lola is very active and we...
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Lola baby

I wanted to post good facial pics from our ultrasound yesterday, but Lola’s face was literally smashed into my placenta the entire time. When I told the doctor I was hoping to see her precious little face, he tried again and again and yet again, but to no avail. What he did get a nice picture of was her little Burger King (as the doctors call the baby lady parts). While it was cute to see because I’m her mom, I think I’ll spare her the embarrassment of posting nude pics on the Internet. 🙂 Actually, here is a good profile picture. Her legs are over a week and a half ahead of the rest of her body…tall like her daddy!...
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30 Weeks

Penned by Meredith Well here we are… heading down the home stretch! Our last appointment (at 29 weeks) went very good. Dr.Nisman had just returned from an ultrasound conference in Prague and I was his first patient so he was overly excited to test out some new techniques on me. It was actually rather funny to see him so excited over giving an ultrasound. Apparently when I first entered the ultrasound room, he was a bit concerned about the size of my stomach. I’m telling you, I don’t even think I look seven months pregnant! He voiced this to us, but his fears quickly subsided when he saw how big Lola was. At that point she was over 2.5 pounds and she was over 15 inches long. Again...
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The Bottom Line

Penned by Meredith So many of you have asked about the pricing for our pre-natal care down here in Costa Rica. I am here to tell you… it is beyond reasonable. Here is a mini-breakdown thus far: OB-GYN Appointments with Dr. Daniel Nisman: $120 per monthly visit (this will soon be bi-weekly as I have entered the third trimester). Includes a nurse check-up, a 45 – 60 minute visit with the doctor, ultrasound with 3D and 4D images, generally about 5 – 6 photos and a DVD with the entire ultrasound on it. Pre-Natal Vitamins: $13 for a monthly supply of 30 pills. Initial Blood Work: $80 for my very first blood work exam. Hemoglobin Blood Exam: $8 for the occasional hemoglobin exam Dr. Nisman orders. Urinalysis: $6...
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