Whether your pregnancy was meticulously planned, medically coaxed, or happened by surprise, one thing is certain – your life will never be the same. – Catherine Jones
“What was the first day of your last cycle?” the nurse asked.
*queue awkward silence*
“Uh…late October…the 29th I believe?” I replied. Why on earth do doctors and nurses think I should have the first date of my last period memorized? I really only care when it ends.
“Hmm, you’re a little late then.” the nurse observed “Any chance you could be pregnant hun?” she asked.
“Ha-ha! No ma’am.” I said with resolve. “It’s not unusual for me to be late. Plus, I have an IUD in which is just as good as sterilization. I guess there is a chance though. According to the brochure you all gave me, a 0.8% chance to be exact.” I said sarcastically with a sly grin on my face.
The doctor in the room quickly interrupted. “You’re correct, IUD’s are pretty effective, but let’s just get you a pregnancy test before we start your procedure. Just to be sure. Ok? We’ll be right back.”
“Sure.” I said glancing at the time on my cellphone. I sighed heavily. I’ve been through this before. I’ve had my IUD in for just about three years now and…no baby. This Paraguard is supposed to be good for 10 years, so I don’t know what all the excitement is about. “Whatever.”
The nurse returned with the empty plastic cup. I took the cup, did my part and handed it back to her.
A few minutes later, my doctor returned with the nurse “Mrs. Reid, congratulations! You’re pregnant!”
“You’re VERY pregnant!” the nurse added with a grin.
* * * * WHUUT?* * * *
I burst into tears. Scary tears. The faces of the nurse and doctor switched from joy to concern. “Is everything okay Mrs. Reid?”
“I-I-I know I’ve only been-pre-gnant-for 30 seconds. B-B-But…” I sputtered. “…is the baby gonna be okaaaay!?!?” I wailed “I don’t want my baby to be born with an IUD in it’s eye!!!” I cried shaking my head vigorously.
*I can laugh about it now.* But in the moment, lemme tell ya. I was pretty distraught.
The doctor calmly put a hand on my shoulder. “Mrs. Reid, don’t worry. We’re going to take the IUD out. While there is a chance of a miscarriage, I believe we are early enough. Even though it is rare to conceive with an IUD, some women who have conceived have successful pregnancies and give birth to healthy babies. Sit tight. I’ll be right back.”
I sat down in disbelief. I am pregnant.
I sat alone waiting for the doctor to return; all I could think about was a little fetus inside me that could possibly die. And, I was worried about it. Quiet tears rolled down my cheek. I guess this is what the whole maternal instinct thing they tell you about feels like huh? I never thought I had it. I mean the hubby and had started talking seriously about having children, but I was never one of those girls “Jonesing to have a baby” y’know?
But it was undeniable. I walked into the doctor’s office a sarcastic, smartphone toting lady, ready to check this doctor’s appointment of my endless to-do list. Thirty minutes later, I sat quietly waiting with a palpably strange yet genuine concern for my little embryo.
Yup. Life had changed.