Remember when I said the other day that I couldn’t wait for labor?
Well yesterday (Friday Sept 13 lol), I went in for a weekly NST and they found me having regular contractions. They didn’t hurt and I wasn’t having any other symptoms or signs of preterm labor, but they did a FFN test anyway. That came back negative which meant I had a 99% chance of NOT delivering in the next two weeks but I was still having contractions soooo!?!!?
I was sent to my OB to check my cervix and sure enough I had shortened pretty significantly from my checkup on Monday. I was sent straight to the hospital where I spent the night. I’m home now and still contracting but it would seem the contractions aren’t affecting anything at the moment. So I have to take it easy and of course go back in if anything worsens. So I’ll lay around and see what Monday brings (when I have two followups).
It was a long, hard night, but we came home to two deliveries… our travel system and crib!! Aaron put both together and they look great. My sister got us the travel system. Its such a relief getting these things now, especially with how it’s seeming more and more like baby girl is going to come early. Going to make it a point to pack a hospital bag this weekend just in case.
Soooo tired. I just need a shower and nap now.
Boy have I got a wall of text to type this time. Lots has been going on!
So we’ll start with a few weeks ago, August 27, I was just past 29 weeks. That day I hadn’t felt baby girl move well.. really at all. By that night I was really REALLY nervous. I told Aaron but he did not seem at all concerned, plus he was focusing on a midnight meeting he was getting ready for (his company works with a group in the UK so some meetings are late/early to accommodate the group in the US and UK). He told me to lay down and he’d make her move. I did and he shook my belly, poked, talked to her…. nothing. This was in addition to the juice I had before, as well as music that I had played for her (both of which usually make her move). After he couldn’t get her to move either, we agreed I should call the after hours number. They asked me a bunch of questions, then told me to go ahead and go to the hospital and make sure everything is okay. This was at about 11 that night. So we got dressed quick and headed in.
We got there and they hooked me up to some monitors to listen to baby’s heartbeat and check for contractions. We heard her heartbeat right away which was a great sign. They also gave me lots of juice and water to get her going too. Well she started kicking up a storm, although I only felt about maybe 2/5 kicks (blame my anterior placenta, I guess). After about an hour, a doctor saw me and said they weren’t quite satisfied with the results.. something about her heart rate and movement weren’t matching up properly or.. yeah.. I’m honestly not sure, I was so tired. So we stayed overnight. Over the night, it was so uncomfortable being hooked up to those monitors and baby kept moving away from the monitors so they have to keep coming in and moving it.
That morning they did a Biophysical Profile (BPP) to make sure she was doing everything she should be (moving around, exercising her limbs, practicing breathing, etc). She did great and her results from overnight were good too. However, they found that my fluid was a little bit low so they wanted me to go to the perinatal office that Friday to do another BPP and Non Stress Test (NST) to see if it’d had increased. They told me to stay hydrated and sent me home. It was nice to hear that I’d done the right thing too… decreased movement isn’t something to dismiss easily.
So that was THAT week. It took a bit to catch up on sleep, and even now I’m still tired.. but I guess that’s just pregnancy. Anyway, Labor Day. Sunday night, I stood up to go to the bathroom to pee AGAIN and I got a horrible pain in my stomach, above my belly button. I keeled over, then laid back down which helped a bit. It felt literally like a charlie horse, just in my stomach instead of calf. The pains kept happening and only laying down seemed to make it feel better (although even then I could still feel it, just not as bad). I called the after hours number because I wasn’t sure if these were contractions or what. That nurse told me to just lay down, drink some water and take tylenol. I did that and Monday was pretty much a repeat. The pain wasn’t nearly as bad but still QUITE noticeable. I called again and that nurse told me it sounded like round ligament pain and basically repeated what the nurse said the night before. Water. Rest. Tylenol.. and to call back if it got worse, and also to call my OB the next day to let her know. It was slowly getting better, but geez what WAS this? Round ligament pain didn’t make much sense to me.. I thought the ligaments holding up the uterus were low, but oh well.. who am I to argue with a nurse?
The next day I spoke to my OBs assistant and she said the same thing, round ligament pain. Oh well, at least now my OB knows. The pains been going away anyway.
So since then, those pains have pretty much gone away. I’m on weeky NSTs now to monitor my fluid and the last time I got one, that nurse said it sounded more just like my muscles tearing.. which makes a lot more sense to me. So that’s how I’m treating it now.
Anyway! Onto better things. This past Friday, Sept 7, I went in for one of the NSTs and my fluid is in a more than comfortable range… such good news! Then Monday, the 9th, we went in for another ultrasound to check on the ventricles in baby girls brain. The past few times, the left one has been slightly enlarged, giving her a diagnosis of mild ventriculomegaly. Honestly we didn’t think much of it.. it’s not terribly common for the measurements to go down so we were just hoping it hadn’t grown… Well this time.. they were down! Both ventricles are now in a normal measurement range, although both slightly high. I didn’t ask if this voids her diagnosis, but I’m so happy she’s measuring better now! Her estimated weight was 3lbs 8oz.. my baby is growing :)
I had a normal OB appointment later that day and was told to get at least one more NST just to make sure my fluid is still up, but still.. yay! If this Friday goes well and her fluid is still up… we won’t need anymore monitoring in particular until she is born… such great news! Even though I’ll miss seeing her little face monthly.
Aaron’s been working half days and helping me out around the house. It’s really nice… especially since I’m still sore from the muscle tearing (and I think baby tears me more, she has a spot she LOVES to push really hard against). My ligaments are also sore.. staying on my feet too long hurts there and my feet and it’s just.. bleh. I’m hot, tired, sore, and I can’t get comfortable in bed, not to mention I get nauseous more often again. My stretch marks are getting REALLY bad above and to the right of my belly button, that is baby’s favorite spot to push (I think it’s her bum, she’s head down). Sometimes it hurts but I’m thankful to feel her.
In other news… my sister bought us a travel system! I’m grateful. She’s been out of work since the start of the summer so it was definitely a shock. My mom meant to buy us the crib but we already did that.. but she still wants to get us something. So we’ll have the crib, travel system, and we already have her changer/dresser which was also a gift. I wasn’t expecting anything at all this pregnancy so I am just… so happy to have these people in my life.
I’m 31w 3d now… only 8 1/2 more weeks to go if she comes right on her due date (November 10). I’m so scared, but so excited too! We’ve got hospital tours, baby classes, pediatrician interviews, and of course.. LABOR coming up… can’t wait :)
August 12th.. 27 weeks 1 day today!
We had another followup ultrasound today to check on my baby girl’s mild ventriculomegaly. Her left ventricle which was the issue from the beginning is still about the same if not measuring a little smaller so that is definitely good news (around 11mm I think it was). Her right ventricle is on the high side of normal but its still normal so no issue there!
At the last followup at 23 weeks, they couldn’t get any 3D/4D shots of her because her face was pushed into my anterior placenta. It was still this time, but just backed up enough to get a few of these awesome shots. Not bad for her arm and my placenta both being in the way. The last image of her in 3D we saw of her was at 19 weeks… she has changed so much.. and I’m sure I have mommy glasses on, but I think she is so cute!
Aaron and I agree that she’s got my chin and cheeks.. and probably his nose and brow line.. I guess we won’t know for sure until she’s born though. We go back in another month.. and well, every 4 weeks until she’s born to keep checking on those measurements. It’s bittersweet.. we go to check on something serious, but it’s definitely sweet getting to see how our little girl is growing! Right now she’s about 2lbs 5oz and is in the 53 percentile so we’re told.. so she is right on track.
She’s still head down, she has been the entire pregnancy and I assume (although I know she still has room to roll over) that she’ll stay head down. She’s facing the front too. I’ve been feeling her more and more though. It’s hard to remember my placenta will be cushioning movements when I don’t feel her most of the day.. but she’s only getting bigger right?
The heartburn! I think this is my main symptom now. I’d had smooth sailing for so long with most symptoms except fatigue and shortness of breath, but as she grows, so do my ailments. The heartburns been pretty bad, but according to the old wives tale, she’ll have lots of hair!
I also took the one hour glucose test today to check for gestational diabetes. The drink tasted like orange kool aid which is alright by me! Tasty! I didn’t get jittery, headachy, or anything too which is cool.. now just hoping I passed it so I don’t have to do the three hour..
Enough rambling for now. I love my baby girl and can’t wait to meet her this November!
I was just sitting here doing absolutely nothing and remembered I had this blog!
Soooo… not much to report since last week. I feel baby girl pretty consistently every day, at least once a day. I’m certain she moves more than that though… but anterior placenta, what can ya do?
Also! I think we officially decided on a name, although we’re still unsure if she should go by the first or middle name and whichever, which nickname we should use. I think we’ll wait til we meet her and just let that happen, she’ll “tell” us :p
Randomly feel down today, or more specifically just the past hour. Oh well, I’m sure it’ll pass soon.. not long til bedtime anyway :p
We still need to start reorganizing and getting baby stuff… but I’m not sure where to start. Maybe I could convince Aaron to take a Thursday and Friday off so we can have four days to just get everything done, getting rid of the excess and bringing in baby stuff… hmmm…
Two days in a row, WOW!
So baby girl had her followup ultrasound to see if her mild ventriculomegaly has progressed at all…..
It’s regressed! Her measurements in her brain started out around 12mm and now its around 9mm (up to 10mm is normal I hear). Her corpus callosum is also present. It’s such a huge relief! She’s not in the clear until she’s born and checked out, but for right now… it’s looking good and I feel relieved.
I’m 23w 1d and she already weighs 1lb 4oz. I thought that seemed big but the tech said its right in the middle. Everything else looks completely normal and right on track. I have a normal OB appointment tomorrow which I THINK I may be tested for gestational diabetes but not sure. I also go back in another month to check the measurements in her brain one more time.
I love feeling her little nudges during the day, no matter how gentle because of my placenta. I love my little girl and can’t wait to hold her in just about 4 months!
Has it been too long? Yes.. it has.
I’m 23 weeks today! I had my anatomy scan at 19w 1d so just about a month ago! And LOOK!! We’re having a girl :)
It was amazing to see how far she had come. She was measuring right on track and everything looked GREAT…….. except one thing….
The found that my baby girl has mild ventriculomegaly which basically means there’s a part of her brain where fluid is that is measuring bigger than normal. It’s only mild, but still enough to scare me. We were offered all sorts of tests but honestly there is nothing we can do to fix it so we opted out. At this point in the pregnancy, we wouldn’t have wanted to terminate anyway. Still, the odds seem good. We had done lots of early testing and found that she would only have a 1 in 100,000 chance of having Downs Syndrome or some other trisomy. Good odds, but with what they found at the anatomy scan, her chance now is back up to 5%… so there is a 95% chance she’ll be born perfectly fine.
We go back tomorrow to check up on it, to see if it’s progressed I suppose. Hopefully the measurements are the same (or lower!!) to help put our minds at ease. Whatever the case, I’ll be glad to see my little girl again.
Onto happier things! At 22 weeks exactly, I saw her first kick!! I’d been feeling really gentle movements for about a week before that but nothing significant til that night. I have an anterior placenta which cushions most of her movements so I was worried I wouldn’t feel her until I was almost ready to pop! Well since last week, at least once a day I’ll see a small little kick from the outside. I don’t feel her constantly, but enough and it makes me so happy… it also gives me hope that she’s healthy. I can’t wait til her movements get stronger and Aaron can see/feel them too (she always stops when I call him over).
Symptoms aren’t much at the moment. I get tired really easily and I find that I NEED a nap during the day, but that’s about the bulk of it currently. I find that my appetite is like a switch. I’ll be fine then all of a sudden I am starving! It works the other way too, I’ll be eating because I’m starving and regardless of how much I’ve eaten, I will suddenly feel extremely full. I guess it’s because of how she’s pushing on my organs? who knows!
We haven’t decided on a name although we have a few front runners. It’s such a permanent decision and Aaron isn’t helping much. He has one name he loves but isn’t pushing it on me and says I need to find one I like. Which I have ones I like, but nothing I love yet… So tough!
We’re slowly reorganizing and downsizing to make room for baby, but I can’t wait til we can move and she’ll have her own space.
She’s still due November 10 but we all have a feeling she’ll probably be a late October baby. Who knows, October or November, I can’t wait to hold my perfect little girl!
Sorry for the wall of text, I’ll really REALLY try to update more often so it’s not so long.
So went to this site and my hubby and I decided to morph our pictures to predict what our baby would look like as a boy or a girl. They look less wonky from far away, but I think they’re both pretty cute! Definitely going to save these to compare to the real thing :p
Once again it’s been awhile.
15 weeks 3 days now! I swear I felt baby this morning, I’ve never felt anything like it before.. gentle flutters, it was amazing. However the doctor told me today I have an anterior placenta which means my placenta is implanted on the front.. and she said that means I probably wouldn’t feel baby until later than usual.. but.. I still swear I felt him or her this morning!
Anyway things have been pretty good so far, morning sickness is rare now and even the headaches are letting up, although I just get tired really easy. I’ve also seemed to “pop”. My belly is definitely pregnant looking although it’s got some rounding out to do still. I’m actually looking forward to it getting bigger.. maternity clothes are so cute hehe…
The anatomy scan is on June 17, day after Father’s Day! We can’t wait to know if we’re having a boy or girl, 4 weeks seems like forever at this point ehe.. Oh well, so long as he or she is healthy and happy :D
I really should update more often! For the baby and all, so he/she can know what it was like for mama going through this whole process :)
Anyway, had my NT scan today, 12 weeks 1 day. The lady doing it seemed reluctant to tell me much without the bloodwork results to go with it, but from what I’ve seen online and comparing to my ultrasounds, I think my baby is just fine. The 3D one was an awesome surprise, but by that time it was moving around so much, it was hard to get a good picture, oh well, I see that little fist!
It was amazing seeing our little peanut, now lime sized, rolling around and punching the sides of my uterus haha (although I still can’t actually feel it). I look forward to the blood results to find out my odds.. either way, I am in love with this little nugget! They made no guess at gender for me (so jealous of you ladies who get a guess at this exam!), it was against their policy, but oh well, June 17 isn’t THAT far away right?
I tried desperately to look up ultrasounds for the skull theory but really no luck, just cannot tell what gender it is yet. Soon, little lime, soon.. and then the buying will begin!
My morning sickness and a lot of the more unpleasant symptoms have begun to subside, however I am now getting more frequent headaches. Frustrating of course, since I can’t do a lot about it, not as much as I used to anyway, but oh well, so long as baby is okay, I can deal.
(Aaron says that’s his nose :P I sure hope so!)
So of course I’ve been pretty bad at keeping up with this blog/journal so far, so lets recap.
My symptoms have mostly been nausea and sleepiness, with some headaches, cramping, acne, and bloating mixed all in there. A few nights ago I had the worst migraine… ever. It was absolutely AWFUL. I know I can take Tylenol, but as someone who has pretty much always had headaches, I’m pretty well immune to it. Oh well. Aaron was and has been just great though. He is taking great care of me!
So! I had an ultrasound at 7w 1d and the one above is 9w 5d. Normally you don’t get another ultrasound so soon, but here’s what happened. I have been spotting mostly in the mornings, off and on for the past week. It was light red, then turn brown and stop. I was glad when it would stop, but was still concerned that it seemed frequent.
So I call the doctor this morning about it and they ask me to come in for an ultrasound to make sure everything is okay. Had to be a vaginal ultrasound since there was bleeding, bleh.. but anyway! She sticks the thing in and I immediately see the baby. It’s bigger but it wasn’t moving and I couldn’t see a heartbeat. Well then all of a sudden.. SWOOSH! We must have woken it up, it started moving all over.. and I’m just blind, it’s heart rate was a good 184BPM.
It turns out that my placenta is forming low which can cause some bleeding. I don’t know if it’d be called Placenta Previa quite yet since it is still early, but either way… I was glad to get a reason for it.. and REALLY relieved that my baby was just fine.
I’ve been pretty giddy all day, I can’t stop staring at my baby. I can’t believe how much he/she has grown in such a short amount of time. Baby measured a few days ahead of what I thought I was (based on my last exam) so not sure which to believe yet, but oh well. Baby is growing and healthy!